Asia Cup 2018: Buoyant India to take on gritty Bangladesh today

Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were amongst the runs in the first two matches while Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik looked solid against Pakistan

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New Delhi: The last time India faced Bangladesh in a cricket match, it took a heroic effort from Dinesh Karthik to save the match for Men in Blue. The side led by skipper Rohit Sharma almost saw a massive upset before Karthik scored 8-ball 29 to take India to a thrilling final-ball victory.

For India, the worry will be the team combination as Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of the tournament owing to back spasms, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar might be rested after back-to-back games against Hong Kong and Pakistan.

Left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed may come in place of Bhuvneshwar but it is still not clear as to who would be Pandya’s replacement.

Although it will be a tough challenge for Mashrafe Mortaza and men as their best batsman Tamim Iqbal will be missing from the side due to a wrist injury, which will create a big impact for the Bangladeshi side. Struggling Bangladeshi side on Thursday faced a humiliating defeat against Afghanistan and lost the game by a huge margin of 136 runs.

Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were amongst the runs in the first two matches while Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik looked solid against Pakistan.

Dhoni hasn’t been firing and it will be interesting if Rohit promotes him in the batting order to give the veteran time to get settle down.

While India’s rivalry with Pakistan is historic, the one against Bangladesh has been a bitter one post the controversial 2015 World Cup quarterfinal at Melbourne.

However, one can’t deny that Bangladesh are now a quality 50 over side, a format they have mastered after a formidable run at home besides reaching the Asia Cup final in 2012.

Under Mashrafe Mortaza’s captaincy, and with the experienced campaigners Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman and Nazmul Hossain in the squad, India may face a tricky competition.

India: Rohit Sharma (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manish Pandey, Lokesh Rahul, Deepak Chahar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul

Bangladesh: Liton Das (wk), Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider Rony, Mominul Haque, Nazmul Islam, Ariful Haque