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Shreyas Iyer made Bangladesh pay for an early drop hitting 62 off 33 balls as India set-up 175-run run winning target for the visiting side in the series deciding third and final Twenty20 international in Nagpur on Sunday.
After Shafiul Islam removed both the openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan cheaply, Bangladesh had the chance to put India under pressure when Iyer gave a catch at point in the first ball he was facing.
Aminul Islam dropped the straight forward catch and India took the full advantage to take the control of the game.
KL Rahul, who also made 52 off 35 balls, put 89 runs with Iyer putting the pressure back on Bangladesh.
Al-Amin Hossain remover Rahul in his second spell but Iyer threatened to take game beyond Bangladesh’s reach adding 45 runs with Rishabh Pant for the fourth wicket.
Iyer struck Afif Hossain for three consecutive sixes in his only over before Soumya Sarkar (2-29) dismissed both the batsman in the same over to provide Bangladesh some respite.
Shafiul earlier gave Bangladesh a positive start after Mahmudullah won the toss and elected to bowl first at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.
Al Amin Hossain opened the bowling and conceded just three runs in the first over before Shafiul got one angled in to take an inside edge and uproot the leg stump of Rohit Sharma in the next over.
The Indian talisman, who almost single-handedly took the match away from Bangladesh in the second match, made just two runs this time.
Shafiul then removed Shikhar Dhawan for 19 as Mahmudullah took the catch but Aminul’s drop in the same over swung the momentum towards India’s way
The Tigers brought one change in their line-up from the first two matches, bringing in Mohammad Mithun for Mosaddek Hossain.
India also made one change as they picked Manish Pandey for Krunal Pandya.
Pandey was unbeaten on— to ensure India got a competitive score as Shafiul finished with 2-32.
In another nightmarish day, Mustafizur Rahman finished his four overs giving away 42 runs.
The series is currently locked at 1-1 as Bangladesh won the first match by seven wickets on November 3 before India squared it off with eight-wicket win the in the second match on November 3.
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