Can spirited Bangladesh overcome full-strength India?


The organizers and announcers may have salivated before the possibility of three matches between India and Pakistan in the Asian Cup, but the third, the final, is not titular. In contrast, Bangladesh, devastated by the injuries of its best players, has entered its third Asian Cup final in the last four editions. His dismantling of Pakistan in the Super Four meeting or dying on Wednesday confirmed that the final will come, they will be as prepared as India.

Mushfiqur Rahim, who led Bangladesh's batting in the absence of Tamim Iqbal in the first half of the tournament, once again proved to be his pillar against Pakistan, in which they were also without Shakib Al Hasan. Mahmudullah and Mohammad Mithun have also supported him, while Mashrafe Mortaza has led the bowling attack very wisely, particularly with Mustafizur Rahman rising up as a bowling leader. Mehidy Hasan has also given them good beginnings with the new ball. Bangladesh would need its bowling trio to be at its best against an Indian order as tough as teak.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will be key terrains for Bangladesh, as they are among the three best candidates in the tournament. Dhawan, who has scored two centuries until now, looked like a batter completely different from the one who fought against the red ball in England. The high-ranking races have been a fact for India in the tournament so far, so Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jhadav must remain vigilant if they are required to play a more important role in the final.

India Bowling has maintained most of the quiet batting lineups in the tournament. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have been in control, while the turn of Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Jadhav has claimed 23 scalps at an average of 25.26 and an economy of 4.17. They will represent a big threat to Bangladesh's batting lineup, particularly the higher order that has not contributed much in the tournament.

Any three of Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mosaddek Hossain, Mominul Haque and Nazmul Hossain Shanto will be playing in the final, although they all come with attached questions. Liton has scored the most runs among the five, but lost two receptions to Pakistan after replacing Mushfiqur as a wicketkeeper. Soumya and Mosaddek have been out of the races for a long time, while Shanto has added just 20 in his three innings.

So far, the biggest hitters in Bangladesh have not allowed an unstable higher order to dissuade them. But in the final, the pressure will be at a different level. How he will manage to attack India's strong bowling attack will be the main battle within the battle. Also, it will be interesting to see if a bowling attack in Bangladesh causes problems in the higher order of India.

India could be the best ranked team, but, in the final, it seems that a battle of equals is in sight.

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In the Spotlight

Mohammad Mithun calm under pressure against Pakistan saw him reach his second half of the century in the tournament. If the opportunity presents itself, Mithun should try to prolong his stay beyond 60.

Dinesh Karthik is lined up to play a punch AFP

Regards from Dinesh Karthik plays the last Six ball in the final of the Nidahas Trophy in March will be fresh in the mind of Bangladesh. Karthik, who has made 109 runs in four innings so far, will also keep those violent innings in mind as he takes the field on Friday.

Team news

An India with all of the fort means the return of Rohit, Dhawan, Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar and Chahal to XI. Therefore, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Siddarth Kaul will have to give way.

India (probable) : 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma (capt), 3 Ambati Rayudu, 4 Dinesh Karthik, 5 MS Dhoni (week), 6 Kedar Jhadav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

It is unlikely that Bangladesh will change its bowling attack, which includes three sealers, a first-line offspinner and three half-time bowling options. But what are you going to do with your three best results? Will Liton, Soumya or Mominul be given another game?

Bangladesh (probable) : 1 Liton Das 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (week), 5 Mohammad Mithun, 6 Imrul Kayes, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 9 Mehidy Hasan, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Field and conditions

Keeping their players away from the oppressive heat during the day has been one of the reasons captains hit first in this tournament. But, in Dubai, the side chasers have won more games. The weather will not be different in the final, with a maximum temperature of 41 degrees.

Statistics and trivia

  • Three more terrains will take Mustafizur ahead of Rashid Khan, who has taken ten wickets, as the main wicket of the tournament-

  • The starters of India averaged 89.12 in ten combined innings in the tournament , while Bangladesh's starters average 9.11 in the same number of innings.


"Actions are stronger than words, they [Bangladesh] have better and show it through their performances, they have experienced players, they know their game, they know the strategies and how to play under pressure. they have the dilemma and pressure to play against a great team, which is very good for cricket. "
Inaugural India Shikhar Dhawan on Bangladesh's recent progress


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