Bangladesh Suffer Twin Injury Blows Ahead Of Series-Decider
Bangladesh’s hope of winning their first-ever T20I series against India has been hit by two cruel injuries just ahead of the series-decider. The three-match series, which is currently locked at 1-1, will be decided on Sunday in Nagpur. However, the visitors can miss the services of allrounder Mosaddek Hossain and their pace spearhead Mustafizur Rahman.
According to media reports from Bangladesh, Mosaddek is suffering from a groin niggle. On the other hand, Mustafizur is dealing with an ankle issue. Mosaddek could not even take part in the practice session due to the injury and looks more than likely to sit on the sidelines when Bangladesh and India lock horns in the third T20I.
Mustafizur’s chances of playing the game are not looking bright either. The left-arm pacer has also struggled to deliver in the series. In the first two games, he couldn’t pick a single wicket. Fit or not, Bangladesh are unlikely to play Mustafizur in the third T20I. Given the nature of the pitch, the tourists are likely to opt for a spinner.
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Taijul Islam is expected to walk into playing XI in place of Mustafizur. The left-arm spinner has played two T20Is so far in which he scalped one wicket. On his debut against Zimbabwe, Taijul became first Bangladesh’s player to take a wicket off the first ball of his T20I career.
The three-match T20I series between India and Bangladesh is finely poised at the moment. Both the teams have registered one convincing win so far and the series will now be decided in the third and final game in Nagpur. Bangladesh drew the first blood in the series by stunning the hosts by seven wickets in the opener in Delhi.
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However, India did not take long to prove that the defeat was just a one-off and they just had a bad day at the office. The hosts registered a thumping eight wicket win in the do-or-die clash in Rajkot to keep the series alive. Led by their skipper Rohit Sharma’s blistering half-century, the Men in Blue just blew away the visitors and will be looking to make the most of the momentum.