India reached super four by beating Pakistan in a one-sided game two days ago in the league game of Asia Cup 2018. Though Indians seemed confused to counter the newcomers, Hong Kong, Indians dominated the match against Pakistan with all-around performances. The team led by Rohit Sharma needs to win against Bangladesh to strengthen their position in the points table. Last year, India managed to win the ICC champions semifinals against Bangladesh by nine wickets last year. That was their last encounter.
Adding to the woes of the new Bangladeshi skipper Mortaza, Bangladesh lost to Afghanistan yesterday by 136 runs in the league match. He was very much frustrated to move from Abu Dhabi to Dubai for this game yesterday. The crucial game with India will be played at Dubai. However, India succeeded in collecting the broken pieces of the small marginal win against Hong Kong by beating Pakistan by 8 wickets on Wednesday.
In the last encounter against Bangladesh, Rohit Sharma managed to slam 132 runs without losing his wicket showing that he could score well against any other team, not only Sri Lanka. Coming to the Indian team, Hardik Pandya will be out of the game due to a lower back injury and Shardul Thakur and Akshar Patel were sacked out of the team at the last moment. Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja, and Siddharth Kaul might be included in the final XI.
Coming to the team compositions of Bangladesh, injury woes hit the team badly. The skipper Mortaza is looking for efficient openers including Shanto and Abu Hider. Mushfiqur Rahim, who was rested for the previous game might be included in the squad. Mustafizur Rahman will be playing this game.
Some of the talking points about this game are, MS Dhoni is 35 runs short for 500 ODI runs against Bangladesh and Chahal might reach his 50 wickets landmark in the ODIs if he can pick 2 wickets in this game. Mortaza picked 246 ODI wickets and Shakib Al Hasan picked 242 scalps.
Talking about head to head competitions from 1988-2014 in Asia Cup, India won nine out of 10 games. In the ODI format, India won 27 out of 33 games.
The game begins at 5 pm, IST at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. The climate will be probably humid and sunny.
Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja, Siddharth Kaul, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzwendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav.
Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Liton Das, Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammed Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hussain, Mehidy Hasan, and Robel Hossain