Bangladesh opt to field, Shivam Dube makes debut for India


This gives us an opportunity to test out a few players from the domestic circuit. It's their best chance to grab the opportunity, said India's stand-in captain Rohit Sharma.

New Delhi: Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah won the toss and elected to bowl against India in the first T20I being played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium here on Sunday.

"We are going to bowl first. The wicket looks good, so we need to restrict them to a low score. It's a good opportunity for the other guys in the team to step in the absence of Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal," Mahmudullah said after winning the toss.

India's stand-in captain Rohit Sharma said that all-rounder Shivam Dube will be making his debut. "We would have bowled first as well considering the dew factor here. Our record chasing is good as well. The pitch looks slightly sticky, we need to assess and see what will be a fighting score," said Rohit.

"This gives us an opportunity to test out a few players from the domestic circuit. It's their best chance to grab the opportunity. We are trying to stick with the same combination. Two medium pacers and Shivam is the all-rounder...that gives us the balance," he added.

Playing XI

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed

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

IANS

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