India A look to clinch series in final unofficial ODI
Bengaluru: After a shock defeat against Bangladesh A in the second one-dayer, India A will look to get their act together and clinch the unofficial three-match ODI series as they go into the third and final match in Bengaluru on Sunday with both teams locked 1-1.
The hosts outplayed the visitors in all departments in the first one-dayer with the Unmukt Chand-led team beating Bangladesh by 96 runs, riding on a brilliant all-round performance by Gurkeerat Singh who scored 65 runs and bagged five wickets with his off-spin.
However, Bangladesh leveled the series by thrashing India by 65 runs in the second ODI with the help of an all-round performance by Nasir Hossain who cracked an unbeaten ton and claimed a five-wicket haul on Friday.
Having failed miserably for the second time in the series, India's top order would like to make amends and come out with all cylinders blazing in the decider at Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday.
Also the middle and lower middle-order, who helped India A amass 322 after they were struggling at 125 for five, would hope to forget the last game where they miserably surrendered to Nasir's off-spin and Rubel Hossain's medium pace, who ended with figures of 4 for 33.
Suresh Raina, who has managed just 33 runs in last two games, would look to get some batting practice before the South Africa series starting next month. Even Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav will look to put up their case with a better show, even as they are included in the 30-member probables list announced by BCCI for the upcoming South Africa series.
Chand, who top-scored with 56 in the second ODI, would like to continue the show and take some sheen off the new ball and rattle the visitors by putting up a good opening stand with Mayank Agarwal.
Coach Rahul Dravid would also want to see Sanju Samson, Gurkeerat Singh and Rishi Dhawan to click in the middle and lower-order, as they did in the opening game. Samson had top-scored with 73.