India vs Bangladesh India Face Tricky Bangladesh Challenge

India will be eyeing another convincing victory over Bangladesh in their first game of the Super 4 round of the 2018 Asia Cup in Dubai on Friday. After a lacklusture show against minnows Hong Kong, India rode on an all-round show to outclass arch-rivals Pakistan by 8 wickets on Wednesday. India however, should be careful on Friday as the Mashrafe Mortaza-led Bangladeshis are well known party spoilers. The Indian bowlers disappointed in the contest against Hong Kong, but rose to the occasion when it mattered the most and were flawless against Pakistan. Moreover, seamers Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah got a surprise support from part-time spinner Kedar Jadav. Jadhav came as a surprise element against Pakistan with figures of 3/23 from his nine overs. The batsmen have more or less been good so far and opener Shikhar Dhawan presently leads the run-scorer charts with 173 runs from two innings. Skipper Rohit fell cheaply in the first game but struck a fine half century against Pakistan. The middle order comprising Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik too, look in good touch with the bat. However, India now miss the services of all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has been ruled out of the tournament due to a back injury. Rohit will be well aware that Bangladesh is no longer a team of the past as the Mortaza-led side came with a clinical show against Sri Lanka. With the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Mithun, the team has the capability of chasing or putting high scores on board. Also, quality pace bowling in Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain with the support of left-arm spinner Shakib carries the potential of posing some serious damage. Crowds can expect another thrilling contest when the two tournament favourites clash in Asia’s biggest cricketing event.

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