Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Nidahas Trophy: India Needs to Watch Out For Rejuvenated Bangladesh

Nidahas Trophy: India Needs to Watch Out For Rejuvenated Bangladesh

They are a very good team.

In reaction to criticism of Bangladesh for the failure to win any trophy, he said, "If we think it's a final match and against a big opponent like India, then there will be pressure".

The Perera duo once again performed, Thisara (58) and Kusal (61) showing their mettle with a fine counter-attacking batting display to take their side past the 150-run mark.

Meanwhile talking to reporters about the upcoming game, Indian wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik stated that even though they start favourites, they are not ready to take the "Bengal Tigers" lightly.

Furthermore, remember, just before the Sri Lanka game, they have been reinforced with the inclusion of star all-rounder and T20I skipper Shakib al Hasan.

Captain Shakib gestured for his batsmen to come off the field in Colombo on Friday after Mustafizur Rahman was run out in the final over, having failed to make contact with a second successive short delivery from Isuru Udana.

A glass door was shattered by someone from the Bangladeshi dressing-room immediately after the game, sparking further criticism. The equation changed to 34 off two overs when Karthik came in to bat, but the experienced finisher - he was Man of the Match in India's very first T20I back in 2006 - displayed vast calmness to smash Rubel Hossain for a couple of sixes and fours to score 22 runs in the penultimate over.

Shakib said Bangladesh, who have lost all their previous seven Twenty20 Internationals against India, have the "momentum" going into the final at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Despite losing both the matches to India, the Men in Green produced top-class performances against Sri Lanka in both their encounters, including their dramatic finish to the two-wicket win.

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"Bangladesh have nothing to lose and everything to gain against India".

Bangladesh team management did not respond to the allegations but it is understood that they have offered to pay for the damages.

Karthik conceded that this was not a problem that was unique to Sri Lanka. "But we will focus on our processes and routines, that have given us good results till now", Karthik added.

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan says his team is all geared up for the big final of the Nidahas Trophy against India on Sunday.

The second-string Indian side led by Rohit Sharma had a comfortable outing in the T20 Tri-series event sans the lone loss to Sri Lanka. "Going into the final, we have our bases covered for sure", he said.

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