Rohit Sharma    AFP
Rohit Sharma AFP

India have bounced back after their defeat in the first T20I in Nidahas Trophy 2018, against Sri Lanka. It only goes to show how well-oiled the team is despite the big guns resting. Rohit Sharma has led well, and the team has stood up in tight situations. They play Bangladesh on Wednesday. A win here will confirm their place for the final. In that case the last league match, between Sri Lanka in Bangladesh, will turn out to be a virtual semi-final. Let us find out the key battles of India’s last group stage encounter:

Rohit Sharma vs form: Rohit hasn’t performed since the Sri Lanka home series last December. Much like Yuvraj Singh of early 2000s, Rohit keeps delivering from time to time to keep his critics at bay. Nonetheless, fans demand more consistency from him, especially now, when he is in charge. In the last 6 outings, Rohit has scores of 21, 0, 11, 0, 17, 11 at an average of 10. He has got starts, but thrown his scalp playing wayward shots. Even the recent six-match ODI series versus South Africa, Rohit performed just once. However, his knock on a tough surface at Port Elizabeth was enough to seal the series for India. Will he do the same, and storm the side into the final?

Bangladesh vs history: Bangladesh have lost every single of their previous 6 T20Is against India. If Bangladesh lose again, they would level their performance against New Zealand (0-7). With all to play for a spot in the final, will the (self-proclaimed) Tigers upset the favourites?

Mushfiqur Rahim vs premature celebrations: In a must-win 2016 World T20I encounter, India got the better of Bangladesh by 1 run despite trailing behind on most parts. Requiring 11 off 6 balls, Mushfiqur struck two fours and brought down the equation to 2 off 3. Unfortunately, common sense took a backseat at this point as he burst into premature celebration. India claimed 3 wickets in the last 3 balls to clinch the match. Can Rahim bury the Bengaluru demons in Colombo yet again, the way he did against Sri Lanka? With him in form, all eyes will be on his much-talked about mindless ‘premature’ celebrations.