Asia Cup 2018: Confident India faced exhausted Bangladesh in Super Four

With momentum and high moral on their side after a thumping eight-wicket win over Pakistan, the Rohit Sharma-led India will face a fatigued Bangladesh side in the opening Super Four clash of the 2018 Asia Cup at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday.

While Bangladesh are known to have spoilt the party for India on a few occasions, this time around, they won’t have time to rest and recover from their harrowing 136-run defeat against Afghanistan on Thursday. Much to Mashrafe Mortaza’s annoyance, his team has to travel from Abu Dhabi back to Dubai for this crunch match – a development which led the Bangladesh skipper to vent his frustration at the Asian Cricket Council.

Meanwhile, India, after picking up the pieces post a wobbly start to their tournament opener against Hong Kong, bounced back the next day, despite the searing heat to bowl out Pakistan for 162 in under 50 overs and register an eight-wicket win.

India and Bangladesh last faced each other in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final last year. India won that match by nine wickets, with Rohit scoring an unbeaten 123.

While an India versus Pakistan match has time and again proved to be the cornerstone of the Asia Cup, an India against Bangladesh is not far behind.

Date: September 21

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Time: 17:00 IST

Weather: Mostly sunny with a high of 40 degrees

Team news

India

India were hit by a major string of injuries on Wednesday. While it was certain that Hardik Pandya would be ruled out from the tournament following a lower back injury during the match against Pakistan, news about left-arm spinner Axar Patel and pacer Shardul Thakur’s exit came a shock. Medium pacer Deepak Chahar, allrounder Ravindra Jadeja and pacer Siddharth Kaul have joined the team as replacements.

Ravindra Jadeja to replace Axar Patel in Asia Cup
Could Ravindra Jadeja slot back in? @Getty

Probable XI: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma (capt), 3 Ambati Rayudu, 4 Kedar Jadhav, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Dinesh Karthik, 7 Ravindra Jadea /Deepak Chahar, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Kuldeep Yadav

Bangladesh

Bangladesh rested Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman against Afghanistan and both will slot back. The debutants Abu Hider and Nazmul Hossain Shanto had contrasting outings, but given the lack of opening options Shanto could hold his place.

Probable XI: 1 Nazmul Hossain Shanto, 2 Liton Das (wk), 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mohammad Mithun, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Statistics

-India’s Yuzvendra Chahal needs two wickets to reach 50 in ODIs.

- MS Dhoni needs 35 runs to complete 500 in ODIs versus Bangladesh.

- Mortaza has taken 246 wickets for Bangladesh in ODIs, while Shakib Al Hasan has 242 to his name.

Head-to-head

In the ODI format of the Asia Cup (1988-2014), India and Bangladesh have played 10 matches. India have won nine. As far as the overall head-to-head record in ODIs go, India have won 27 matches, while Bangladesh have emerged winners five times from the 33 matches played between the two nations.

Quotes

“We have to be fresh for tomorrow’s big match. It is hard to recover from the heat and back to back matches. Hopefully, we will come up with something better tomorrow and play hard.” – Mortaza

“My bowling is all about trying to read the batsman. My plan is to bowl stump to stump. If you score, it’s fine, but if you miss, wickets are there for me.” – Kedar Jadhav