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Team India gear up for battle ahead of Nidahas Trophy 2018 finals vs Bangladesh; Rohit takes Sinhala lessons

As the two nations toil before the finals, the Men in Blue are making the most of their spare time by having a crack in the net. Take a look.

Written by: Brett Ellis, New Delhi [ Updated: March 18, 2018 13:04 IST ]
Image Source : AP Team India gear for the finals vs Bangladesh

It's the finals of the Nidahas Trophy 2018 and the Men in Blue have performed exceptionally well under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma while Virat Kohli kicks back and relaxes after a long exhausting schedule. The floodlights will shine brightly at the R Premadasa Stadium today in Colombo as the two nations face-off in the summit clash of the Tri-Nation series. Bangladesh did the unexpected as they knocked out the hosts Sri Lanka in a controversial knockout match which saw the return of Shakib Al Hasan as well as they dismissed the Lankans in their backyard by 2 wickets.

As the two nations toil before the finals, the Men in Blue are making the most of their spare time by having a crack in the net. All-rounder Vijay Shankar and Opener Shikhar Dhawan were seen playing the big shots and it seems that the Indian batsmen might produce some fireworks during the finals itself.

India defeated Bangladesh in the two encounters where as they won one match and lost one against Sri Lanka. 

Rohit, who is currently leading a young Team India, found his mojo against Bangladesh when he hammered 89 runs off 61 balls, smashing five 6's and five 4's. The skipper was on a dry spell in the first three matches but somehow managed to get going and the fans at the R Premadasa stadium will know what to exactly expect from the opener once he gets going.

By Rohit's side is vice-captain Shikhar Dhawan, who has been in a great form as well. Since the conclusion of the South Africa tour, Dhawan has been hammering away and doesn't look anywhere near stopping. Team India's 'Gabbar' is all about class and power and the opener has been one of the biggest influences in the Tri-Nation series so far. As seen in the video below, Dhawan is all set to pull out the big ones.

Prep looking good for @shikhardofficial 👀👌😎 #TeamIndia

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SNAPPED 📸 - finding some time for a quick selfie @shikhardofficial #TeamIndia

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The bowlers who are a young lot which includes Vijay Shankar and Washington Sundar have impressed where as the experience of Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel's need no explanation as they have been the game changers in the matches they have played so far. All-rounder Shankar has performed well with the ball, but the opposition does not know what he might be with the bat. Here's a glimpse of what Shankar can do when he faces a delivery.

Rohit Learns Sinhala

Team India captain Rohit Sharma was seen taking out time and having a crack at the native language that is spoken in Sri Lanka, Sinhala. In the video, the Mumbai power-hitter was seen being taught by the locals of Sri Lanka. Take a look.

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Group A

  • Teams Matches Wins Losses Points NRR
  • India 2 2 0 4 +1.474
  • Pakistan 2 1 1 2 +0.284
  • Hong Kong 2 0 2 0 -1.748

Group B

  • Teams Matches Wins Losses Points NRR
  • Afghanistan 2 2 0 4 +2.270
  • Bangladesh 2 1 1 2 +0.010
  • Sri Lanka 2 0 2 0 -2.280