Each team will face each other twice, with two teams progressing to the finals and as the cricket fans know, the three nations are familiar with each other quite well. Get to know the teams and their squads for the Nidahas Trophy 2018 in Sri Lanka.
The Men in Blue have been rampant, destructive and have annihilated any team that has come across their path with their current form as Team India come off a massive win over South Africa in the limited-overs format as they recently won a six-match ODI series 5-1 and a three-match T20I series 2-1. A major advantage for the other two nations would be that Team India will not be featuring skipper Virat, wicket-keeper MS Dhoni and seamers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvnehswar Kumar. The board has rested the four key players for the tournament which leaves deputy Rohit Sharma lead the pack in Sri Lanka. The squad will feature a few new faces and many youngsters in the squad. Suresh Raina is back in the squad after a brilliant performance in the South Africa tour where he was awarded the Man of the Match in the third and final T20I of the three-match series. Dinesh Karthik will be seen behind the stumps as former Team India skipper Dhoni has requested to be rested. The Rohit Sharma-led Indian team reached Colombo on Sunday for the Nidahas T20 Trophy to be played in Sri Lanka from Tuesday.
India squad players list:
Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammed Siraj, Rishabh Pant
The hosts recently riding high on confidence after winning the Tri-nation series between Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and were also unbeaten in the One Day International format. Angelo Mathews, who was leading the Lions, has recently picked up a fresh injury and it will be Dinesh Chandimal who will take charge. Sri Lanka recently toured Bangladesh where they won the two-match Test series 1-0 (first match drawn) and the two-match T20 series 2-0. Sri Lanka would have a higher advantage over Bangladesh but will ensure to even matters out with India after the Men in Blue thrashed the hosts twice in a year, whitewashing an entire tour at home. (Test, ODI and T20). The hosts will aim to defeat the two nations at home and clinch the silverware at the end of the tournament.
Sri Lanka squad players list:
Dinesh Chandimal (c), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera
Bangladesh have received a major blow ahead of the Nidahas Trophy with their star all-rounder and captain Shakib Al Hasan ruled out of the T20I series against India and Sri Lanka after he failed to recover from the finger injury sustained in January, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has said. The BCB had initially named Shakib in the 16-member squad but eventually decided to rest the 30-year-old all-rounder so that he gets enough time to recover. Shakib has been replaced by batsman Litton Das in the squad, which will now be led by Mahmudullah. Bangladesh will play their first match against India on March 8. The Bangladesh side has not been in a great form after losing the Tri-Nation series, Test series and T20I series to Sri Lanka and will surely have vengeance on their minds. Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe in the two encounters they met in the T20 league and will hope to stand out at Sri Lanka. All eyes will be on pacer Mustafizur Rahman as his spells have been blistering fast and has caught the Indian and Sri Lankan batsman off-guard many times. Bangladesh will aim to get the best out of their bowlers.
Bangladesh squad players list:
Mahmudullah (c), Litton Das, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed, Imrul Kayes, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam, Abu Hider Rony
India vs Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh series: Full schedule, match timings, venue and results
1ST MATCH: MARCH 6 (TUESDAY) - INDIA vs SRI LANKA 7.00 PM
2ND MATCH: MARCH 8 (THURSDAY) - BANGLADESH vs INDIA 7.00 PM
3RD MATCH: MARCH 10 (SATURDAY) - SRI LANKA vs BANGLADESH 7.00 PM
4TH MATCH: MARCH 12 (MONDAY) - SRI LANKA vs INDIA 7.00
5TH MATCH: MARCH 14 (WEDNESDAY) - BANGLADESH vs INDIA 7.00 PM
6TH MATCH: MARCH 16 (FRIDAY) - SRI LANKA vs BANGLADESH 7.00 PM
FINAL: MARCH 18 (SUNDAY) - TBC vs TBC 7.00 PM
Venue - R Premadasa International Stadium
Named after the late Sri Lankan president Ranasinghe Premadasa, the International stadium in Colombo which is a 35,000 seater concrete bowl is the biggest cricketing grounds in the country. The Premadasa stadium is fondly known as a batting ground as is best remembered for holding the world record for the highest Test total - 952/6 which was declared by the hosts themselves against neighbours India in 1997-1998. It was former Sri Lanka duo Sanath Jayasuriya who smashed 340 runs along with Roshan Mahanamma (225), to build the highest Test partnership of 576 for the second wicket.