DHAKA, Dec 25: Virender Sehwag gets an opportunity to make amends for his Test failures when an experimental Indian side take on Bangladesh in the second one-day international on Sunday.

The hard-hitting opener is the only specialist batsman to have missed out on a run-feast against a weak Bangladeshi attack in a two-Test series, making just 13 and 10 in his team's victories in both the matches.

Sehwag was then rested for the opening one-dayer in Chittagong, where India registered an 11-run victory to gain a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

He now gets a chance to play his first big knock on the tour after being named in a 12-man squad for the day-night game.

India persisted with their policy of rotating players for the one-dayers, resting star batsman Sachin Tendulkar, left-arm fast bowler Irfan Pathan and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for Sunday's game.

"We've an opportunity to try out a few youngsters in this series. We just want to see how they handle pressure," Harbhajan said while announcing the 12 at a press conference on Saturday.

The spinner, reported for his suspect bowling action after the Test series, also said he was not worried about the incident.

"I think it's a routine test," said Harbhajan.

"Many bowlers have gone through the tests and come back and played. I'm not worried at all. I might have to change my bowling action a bit, if required. I hope I don't have to do that."

Match-referee Chris Broad had reported the spinner to the International Cricket Council for his 'doosra' delivery, which turns away from the right-handers instead of coming into them like a normal off-break.

The spinner will now work with an expert team over the next six weeks to address these concerns.

Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar said India were favourites despite resting the three key players.

"They are still a very strong side as both Sehwag and Zaheer Khan have returned after missing the first game," he said.

Bangladesh, playing their 100th one-day international, hoped to mark the occasion with an improved performance in the crucial game.

"Our aim is to improve with every game," said Bashar, whose team fought well in the opening match before losing by 11 runs.

"What we want is consistency. We want runs from top-order batsmen to post a competitive total. Winning or losing does not matter at this stage. What matters is improvement."

Bangladesh are likely to include paceman Mashrafe Mortaza and opener Javed Omar in place of Mushfiqur Rahman and Rajin Saleh.

India: Sourav Ganguly (capt), Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Kaif, Dinesh Mongia, Sridharan Sriram, Mahendra Dhoni, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Joginder Sharma, Murali Kartik (12th man to be named).

Bangladesh (from): Habibul Bashar (capt), Nafis Iqbal, Javed Omar, Mohammad Rafique, Aftab Ahmed, Mohammad Ashraful, Khaled Mashud, Mashrafe Mortaza, Khaled Mahmud, Tapash Baisya, Nazmul Hossain, Rajin Saleh, Manjural Rana, Mushfiqur Rahman.-AFP

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