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Shreyas Iyer 33-ball 62 blitz alongside an impressive 52 from KL Rahul helped India post 174 for 5 against Bangladesh in the series decider on Sunday in Nagpur. Put into bat after losing the toss, India got off to a poor start, losing openers Rohit Sharma (2) and Shikhar Dhawan (19) inside the powerplay overs. But then Iyer and Rahul stitched a crucial 59-run partnership for the third wicket to steady India innings. Rahul departed soon after his sixth fifty but Iyer continued alongside Rishabh Pant for another 45-run partnership. In the process, Iyer got to his maiden T20I fifty but then departed, trying to up the scoring rate. Towards the end, sloppy fielding from the visitors and Manish Pandey-Shivam Dube duo helped India get past the 170-run mark.

India 174/5 in 20 overs

Shreyas Iyer 62

KL Rahul 52

Soumya Sarkar 2/29

So, Manish Pandey and Shivam Dube collect 11 runs in the final over from Mustafizur Rahman. India score 174 for the loss of five wickets

End of 19th over: Just six runs from Al-Amin Hossain’s over and Bangladesh will take it. The Bangla tigers have slightly pulled things back after Shreyas Iyer’s blitz. How many more can Manish Pandey and Shivam Dube add in last 6 balls ?
IND 163/5

17.4 overs: FOUR! Cracker from Manish Pandey. Slower and short-pitched from Shaiful Islam and Manish was waiting for it. Slams it in the deep mid-wicket region to collect his first boundary.
150 comes up for India as well!

16.5 overs: OUT! Second wicket in the over for Soumya Sarkar. And this time it’s dangerman Shreyas Iyer. Bowls it full and wide outside off. Iyer goes after it but fails to time the ball. Liton Das at long-off takes a good diving catch. Iyer walks back after scoring 62 off 33 balls.
IND 144/5

16.1 overs: OUT! And, Rishabh Pant once again disappoints. His poor run with the bat continues. Soumya Sarkar cleans him up for 6. Goes for a wild hoick but completely misses the slower ball. India lose their fourth wicket.
IND 139/4

15.4 overs: FOUR! Mustafizur Rahman’s bad day is getting worse. Short-pitched delivery from him and Shreyas Iyer pulls the ball in style to collect his second four. One bounce and over the ropes. Iyer already has 5 sixes to his name.
IND 137/3

50 for Shreyas Iyer!

Gets to his maiden T20I fifty off just 27 balls. What a sparkling knock this has been from the youngster. Laced with 5 mammoth sixes and a four. After getting dropped on a duck, Iyer has made Bangladesh bowlers pay for that. He looking in sublime touch at the moment.

14.2 overs: SIX! SIX! SIX! Hat-trick of sixes from Shreyas Iyer. Gorgeous and effortless from the youngster. After a cautious start Iyer has raced to 49 off just 25 balls. Afif Hossain under hutremendous pressure now.
IND 127/3

13.2 overs: SIX! Length delivery from Soumya Sarkar and Shreyas Iyer launches it over the long-on fence. Exquisite timing on that occasion from Iyer.
100 comes up for India as well with that cracking strike.
IND 104/3

12.1 overs: OUT! And straight after the drinks break KL Rahul departs. Mistimes Al-Amin Hossain’s delivery and hits it down the throat of mid-off fielder. Rahul walks back after scoring 52 runs.
IND 94/3

50 for KL Rahul!

What an impressive knock this has been from him. Gets to his sixth T20I fifty off just 33 balls. Has taken the India innings forward superbly after early loss of openers.
IND 93/2 after 11.5 overs

10.4 overs: SIX! Shreyas Iyer joins the party. Goes down town against Aminul Islam and connects the ball to perfection. The ball crashes into the sight screen.
IND 83/2

9.4 overs: FOUR! Second boundary of the over for KL Rahul as he moves into the 40’s. This time he hits Mustafizur Rahman over mid off fielder to collect his sixth four.
IND 69/2

End of 9th over: Tidy over from Aminul Islam comes to an end. Five runs including a couple and three singles from it. Both. Iyer and Rahul at the moment looking to rotate strike and keep the scoreboard ticking.
IND 59/2

50 up for India!

KL Rahul takes a comfortable single on the on side off Soumya Sarkar as 50 comes up for India in 7.1 overs.

KL Rahul 25*

Shreyas Iyer 3*

6.3 overs: FOUR! KL Rahul at the other end doesn’t seem bothered at all by the loss of two wickets. What a confident looking shot that was. Cuts Aminul Islam’s delivery beautifully through point region to collect four runs.
IND 46/2

5.5 overs: Dropped! Aminul drops a sitter at backward point. Should have been second wicket in the over for Shaiful Islam. Shreyas Iyer hits it straight into the hands of Aminul but he goofs it up. Shreyas gets a crucial lifeline.
IND 37/2

5.2 overs: OUT! Shikhar Dhawan’s aggressive knock comes to an end. Was trying too hard to make the most of powerplay overs. This time he skies the ball and Mahmudullah completes a good catch at mid-wicket region. Second wicket for Shaiful Islam.
IND 35/2

End of 5th over: FOUR! Boundary to end the over. Shikhar Dhawan is looking in sublime touch. This time he cracks the ball through covers to collect his fourth boundary. Poor start from Mustafizur as he concedes 9 runs in his first over.

4.1 overs: Bang! FOUR! A cracking pull shot from Shikhar Dhawan this time. Short and on the pads and Dhawan throws his bat at it. Finds the middle as the ball races to the square leg fence.
IND 30/1

End of 4th over: After a wicket maiden, Shaiful Islam gives away 12 runs in his second over. Both KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan are looking to take on the Bangladesh bowlers. Change in bowling for the visitors as Mustafizur Rahman comes into the attack.
IND 25/1

3.2 overs: FOUR! FOUR! KL Rahul now gets going. A couple of cracking boundaries. The first one was an uppish drive down the ground and then cracks the second one through covers.
IND 21/1

2.3 overs: FOUR! FOUR! Counter attack from Shikhar Dhawan and he collects consecutive boundaries off Al-Amin Hossain. Shuffles across on the first ball to hit it through square leg region and then goes down to to pick up another four.
IND 11/1

End of 2nd over: A wicket maiden from Shaiful Islam. The first maiden of the series. What a start this has been for Bangladesh.
IND 3/1

1.3 overs: OUT! Knocked him over! Inside edge and the ball crashes onto the leg stump. Rohit Sharma fails to fire in series decider. Early blow to India! Shaiful Islam castles Rohit for 2.
IND 3/1

End of 1st over: Three singles from Al-Amin Hossain’s first over. A tidy start from him and Bangladesh. Both Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are off the mark. Shafiul Islam to share the new ball with Hossain from the other end.
IND 3/0

0.2 overs: Single to get off the mark for Rohit Sharma. Hits it through covers and Shikhar Dhawan is quick to respond.
IND 1/0

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are out in the middle to start the India innings. Al-Amin Hossain will start the proceedings for Bangladesh. A wide first slip in place for him.
Here we go!

Captains at the toss!

Rohit Sharma: “We would have bowled first as well. It’s a great challenge for us to bat first and post a good total. Teams batting first have managed to defend scores because of the slowness. The records are not for taking. It’s another day in the office, loving to play for my country. I have cherished it. We have got one change. Manish comes in for Krunal.”

Mahmudullah: “We’ll bowl first. The wicket looks good. India is a good chasing team, we’ll try to restrict them as low as we can so that we can chase it down. It was in our minds, but we have considered dew factor as well. In the middle-overs, the run-rate has to be there and we have to keep wickets for the last few overs. Mithun comes in for Mosaddek.”

Playing XI for both teams!

India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant(w), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Khaleel Ahmed

Bangladesh: Liton Das, Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah(c), Afif Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain

Team news: A change each for both the teams. For India, Manish Pandey comes in for all-rounder Krunal Pandya. Mosaddek misses out, Mohammed Mithun comes in for Bangladesh.

Toss news: Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah wins toss, opts to bowl first against India in series decider.

Pitch report: “The pitch won’t be too much of an issue. There’ll be a bit of turn. The grass has come off a bit. Once the ball keeps landing there, it’ll turn more. Teams batting first have won more here; the captains would still want to chase,” said Sunil Gavaskar.

India’s T20I record in Nagpur!

Played 3

Won 1

Lost 2

Average first innings score here has been 149/7

Players from both the teams are out in the middle, warming up for today’s game.

Yuzvendra Chahal (49 wickets) is just a wicket away from becoming only the third Indian bowler after Ravichandran Ashwin (52) and Jasprit Bumrah (51) to get to 50 T20I-wicket mark.

Chahal-650

A moment to cherish and remember for Team India!

Hello and welcome to TimesofIndia.com’s live coverage of the third and final T20I between India and Bangladesh in Nagpur.



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