September 28, Friday; 17:00 IST
Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium
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The 2018 Asia Cup ultimate couldn’t have had two higher groups competing for the trophy. India have comfortably been the very best workforce within the match, whereas Bangladesh have proven character in progressing to the ultimate. That they’ve completed so within the absence of two lynchpins of their line-up, Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan, speaks volumes about their completeness as a workforce and, additionally, Mashrafe Mortaza’s impressed captaincy.
From the match’s perspective, the expectation, on the outset, was of an India vs Pakistan ultimate. However Pakistan have been let down by their key personnel, whereas the workforce choice was questionable at instances: Junaid Khan taking part in solely the final Tremendous 4 match is a living proof.
India go into Friday’s ultimate as a favorite for a number of causes. They’ve performed all their matches in Dubai, the place the situations have been to their liking. They have been the primary workforce to strike a profitable mixture and each match aside from their final Tremendous 4 match emphasised their superiority over the 5 different groups.
Bangladesh shook off the seven-wicket defeat to India of their first Tremendous 4 match to beat Afghanistan and Pakistan and qualify for the ultimate. Mortaza’s means to get the very best out of the accessible bowling sources was commendable and one of many contributing elements in beating Pakistan on Wednesday. Mushfiqur Rahim has proven, on a couple of event, that he has the skillset and temperament to elevate the workforce from tough conditions, whereas Mustafizur Rahman has regained the zip that had been missing for a greater a part of the final 12 months. Bangladesh have a protracted batting line-up and, with Mahmudullah batting at No. 7, will be significantly harmful whereas chasing.
All of which bodes nicely for a great ultimate, however India have performed so nicely up to now that, in the event that they play to their potential, they might nicely flip the ultimate into one other one-sided match.
Pitch report and climate forecast
The pitch right here has been on the slower aspect in comparison with the one in Abu Dhabi, significantly within the first innings, the sluggish and dry nature of the pitch aiding the spinners. The ball has skidded onto the bat extra within the second innings, beneath lights, and batting second may nicely be the way in which to go.
The climate forecast says that Friday will likely be sunny, however much less humid. The temperature within the night will likely be 35 diploma Celsius.
Asia Cup ultimate taking part in XI: India vs Bangladesh
India rested 5 of their first-choice personnel for the inconsequential fixture in opposition to Afghanistan, however the likes of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan ought to return to the taking part in XI for the ultimate.
Possible Indian taking part in XI: 1 Rohit Sharma (c), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, three Ambati Rayudu, four Dinesh Karthik, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, eight Jasprit Bumrah, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bangladesh’s high order has contributed little over the course of the 5 matches up to now and that is the most important concern for them. The modifications, if any, will likely be to the highest three, whereas the remainder of the line-up is prone to stay the identical.
Possible Bangladesh taking part in XI: 1 Liton Das, 2 Soumya Sarkar, three Mominul Haque, four Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mohammad Mithun, 6 Imrul Kayes, 7 Mahmudullah, eight Mehidy Hasan, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
The onus is on Bangladesh to lift their recreation, factoring in that that is the ultimate they usually haven’t received in opposition to India in over three years, their final three defeats coming within the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Nidahas Trophy ultimate and within the Asia Cup Tremendous 4 match. Having stated so, they’ve the gamers who’re able to hurting India, who themselves have to be at their greatest. We’re prone to get a great contest in entrance of what ought to be a capability crowd on a public vacation within the Gulf.