India and Bangladesh will face off in the Asia Cup final on Friday. The life of Bangladesh in the 2018 Asia Cup has been about pain, and about largely finding routes for overcoming most of it. On the opening day, Tamim Iqbal was lost to a wrist fracture, and by the time they made it to the final Super Four game with still something to play for, Shakib Al Hasan couldn’t play on any further due to his fractured finger.
India are unbeaten so far in the tournament, coming closest to defeat in their tie against Afghanistan in their last match. Having secured their place in the final, India fielded a weakened side for the dead rubber, resting skipper Rohit Sharma, and bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Conventional wisdom suggests India are overwhelming favourites to claim the trophy, but the same wisdom also reckoned Bangladesh weren’t first-choice to be playing as the opposition on Friday.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, enjoyed a comprehensive victory over Pakistan. Defending 239, Bangladesh bowled tight line with left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman leading the pack with 4-43. Mehidy Hasan also contributed with two wickets. Bangladesh’s win came as a shock to many, as Pakistan were favourites to play the final.
Mashrafe Mortaza & Co. have done well to pour cold water over the biggest anticipation – shared perhaps, even by the broadcasters – of a third India-Pakistan final. Who is to say then that they don’t have more surprising and shocking to do?
When: September 28, 2018 3:30 PM Local time, 5:00 PM IST
Where: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
What to expect: A full house, given the level of support India and Bangladesh get in Dubai. Four out of six result matches in the tournament here have witnessed wins for the side batting second, so expect the toss to play an important role again.
Which TV channels will broadcast the India-Bangladesh match?
The match will be telecast on Star Sports 1 and 1 HD, Select 1 and Select 1 HD and Hindi 1 and Hindi 1 HD DD Sports.
How do I watch the match online?
The match will be live streamed on hotstar.com.
All the seniors who sat out of their exhilarating tie against Afghanistan will return. That means KL Rahul, who batted superbly against Afghanistan, will also have to make way.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
The opening pair is unconvincing but Bangladesh have to play Soumya Sarkar for his contributions with the ball as Shakib Al Hasan isn’t available. Bangladesh should field the same XI that beat Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.
Probable XI: Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmadullah, Imrul Kayes, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan
Did you know:
- Mushfiqur Rahim has scored nearly 29 percent of Bangladesh’s runs in Asia Cup 2018 [297 out of 1041]
- Three of the top-five bowlers in this tournament will feature in the final [Mustafizur Rahman (8 wickets), Jasprit Bumrah, and Kuldeep Yadav (7 wickets)]
- Ravindra Jadeja is 61 away from 2000 ODI runs.