Asia Cup 2018: Preview of India vs Bangladesh l Can India tame Bangladeshi tigers again?

Asia Cup 2018: Preview of India vs Bangladesh l Can India tame Bangladeshi tigers again?


India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan
are featuring in the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup 2018. Afghanistan qualified for the first time in
the next stage of the tournament. Bangladesh has never won the tournament but
qualified for the final twice. They played against India in 2016 and before
that they were defeated by 2 runs by Pakistan in 2012. Pakistan has won the Asia Cup twice in 2000
and 2012. India has won the tournament five times, which
is the most number of times alongside Sri Lanka. Each team will play each other once before
the top two teams among them qualify for the finals to be played at Dubai International
Cricket Stadium on September 28th. Will the minnows shine or the favourites India
be too much to handle? The last time India met Bangladesh was in
the finals of Nidahas Trophy in March 2018 where, Dinesh Kartik reminded everyone of
Javed Miandad. With 4 runs needed of the last ball, Kartik
hit Soumya Sarkar for a six over extra cover to clinch India the triangular trophy, similar
to what Miandad did against Chetan Sharma in the final of Austral-Asia Cup in 1986. This time around the stakes will be higher
since both the teams will be meeting to keep themselves alive in the Asia Cup today. In the last Asia Cup of 2016 which was a T20
edition, India and Bangladesh played each other in the finals. India defeated the Bangladeshis by 45 runs. It was a comfortable tournament for the Indians
since they won all their five games. India has the second highest win percentage
in the tournament with 63.63%. Bangladesh has a dismal 13.15% which is nothing
in comparison to the mighty Indians who are coming with a nearly perfect performance against
their arch rivals Pakistan in the group stage. A major cause of worry for Bangladesh is also
the absence of their opener Tamim Iqbal who fractured his hand while playing in the opening
game against Sri Lanka. But the form and resilience shown by Mushfiqur
Rahim in the opener of the tournament to get his team to victory is a worrying sign for
India. Still, India looks likely to beat Bangladesh
after their performance against Pakistan. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were instrumental
with their batting performance, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar was lethal with the ball. Whether Hardik Pandya gets fit enough to play
or not, will change the entire lineup of the Indian side as he’s their lone genuine all-rounder
in ODIs. MS Dhoni has only batted once in the tournament
till now in which he was dismissed for 0. The Indian middle order looks bleak without
Kohli as a stability factor. Since 2016, 30 centuries from India have come
from the top 3 in the ODIs. Will Rohit Sharma and Co. be able to get past
Bangladesh & lift the Asia Cup 2018?

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