In Asia Cup, India will assert its dominance on the continent for the seventh time that’s a record which most probably with the end in favor of India.
India is an all-time favorite team that will lock horns with injury-hit Bangladesh that has amazingly made it to the finale of the biggest cricket event on the Asian continent. The opponents are coming after long streaks of win that they somehow were missing. A renewed confidence will help Bangladesh to take on a dominant India at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium Stadium today.
Speaking of performance, the virtual semi-final Bangladesh played against Pakistan with tremendous courage to knock off Pakistan from the champions with a clinical 37-run win. What makes this even more impressive is that the team was able to clinch the win in absence of key players-Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal.
For India, their last debacle against Afghanistan, the MS Dhoni-led side was left with an unexpected outcome after Afghanistan made an impact and resulted in a tie. The opening pair of KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu gave a strong start to for men in blue but the middle order failed to perform. After resting the best five players for the match against Afghanistan, Indian squad will be restored and it will be a rewind of the 2016 summit clash.
This thriller will take place at Dubai International Cricket Stadium at 5 pm IST.
For this game, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, and Yuzvendra Chahal will make it back to the team. The pair of Rohit-Dhawan has been phenomenal in this series and their performance will matter in the final game. Indian batsmen have to watch out for Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman who after a four-wicket haul against Pakistan is high on confidence. Dhoni who has not been very resourceful in the series with 0, 33 and 8, will want to lend a stability to the middle order woes.
The gamble to bring Rubel Hossain in the team paid back big time for Bangladesh as he proved to be highly economical in his eight over-spell. Furthermore, he dismissed the most severe threat in name of Shoaib Malik. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza who clinched the mid-wicket catch of Malik injured himself while doing so. But it is not a good news for already injury-laden Bangladesh who will want the skipper to be fit for the match today. The squad is expected to be same eleven as the previous game.
India: 1. Shikhar Dhawan, 2. Rohit Sharma (captain), 3. Ambati Rayudu, 4. Kedar Jadhav, 5. MS Dhoni, 6. Dinesh Karthik, 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. Yuzvendra Chahal, 9. Kuldeep Yadav, 10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11. Jasprit Bumrah
Bangladesh: 1. Liton Das, 2. Soumya Sarkar, 3. Mominul Haque, 4. Mushfiqur Rahim, 5. Mohammad Mithun, 6. Imrul Kayes, 7. Mahmudullah, 8. Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9. Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), 10. Rubel Hossain, 11. Mustafizur Rahman