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India to take on Bangladesh in summit clash today

India to take on Bangladesh in summit clash today

Ahead of the do or die clash, Bangladesh's batting line-up has been bolstered by the return of their regular skipper Shakib Al Hasan after an injury lay-off. Also, they have been handed with one demerit point each for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct after their win over Sri Lanka on 16 March, Friday. However, the win was marred by ugly scenes, first with skipper Shakib Al Hasan threatening to take his players off, followed by a photo which broken glass panels in Bangladesh cricket team's pavilion.

Frustrated with the umpire's not calling no-balls for the two deliveries, an argument broke out between Bangladesh's substitutes and the Sri Lankan fielders.

Nurul also pleaded guilty to unruly behaviour and was also fined 25 percent of his match fee and awarded one demerit point. "Players were eager to do well today", Mahmudullah said. I understand that it was a tense and an edge-of-the-seat match with a place in the final on the line, but the actions of the two players were unacceptable and can not be condoned as they clearly went overboard.

In a flash, Shakib came down the stairs and stood just behind the boundary, where after speaking animatedly with the fourth umpire, he asked Mahmudullah and Rubel off the field.

When the second ball was sent down to Mustafizur Rahman, the square-leg umpire appeared to have called a no-ball but the decision was overturned after a discussion with the head umpire since no warning had given to the bowler after the first bouncer.




Sri Lanka slumped to 41-5 but Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera shared 97 runs for the sixth wicket off 61 balls to lift their team. As much as it was a bitter pill to swallow for the hosts, it was sweet revenge for the men in green, who were at the receiving end during the recent Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh. Players have great relations too.

Between the trophy and them lies Bangladesh, who have never beaten India in seven previous T20I meetings between the two sides. "It depends on how you see it", Shakib told reporters at the post-match press conference. If you don't think about pressure, it is not pressure. "I think we came back all guns blazing the next time we played Sri Lanka and in the next game against Bangladesh". After six matches, we are all set for the final between India and Bangladesh at R Premadasa. "Rather, let's think about a bat v ball contest", he said with a smile.

Shakib conceded that he lost his calm during the final over and insisted he would handle similar situations better in the future. Carried away by the high intensity of the game, we have seen the very best of players fail to justify the saying. It has a massive effect on fielding in the second match we played. "Going into the final a lot of bases are covered for sure", he said.

After losing to Sri Lanka in the opener, India are favourites to lift the title as they have registered three consecutive wins here, including two against their final's opponent.