Asia Cup 2018 Double Header match highlights:
∙ India will play Bangladesh on the 21st at 5 pm IST
∙ Friday will also see Afghanistan take on Pakistan at 5:00 pm IST
∙ Both India and Afghanistan are unbeaten in the tournament
Friday sees the Asia Cup 2018 Double Header when India will play against Bangladesh while Afghanistan will take on Pakistan. The 21st sees a doubleheader scheduled in the tournament to kick-start the Super 4 stage.
Coming off their biggest ever win against age-old rivals Pakistan after giving them a mauling that will never be forgotten, India qualified for the Super 4 as group A leaders. A nervy win against Hong Kong was put right with a comprehensive smashing off Pakistan and this bodes well for the side going into their first Super 4 match against Bangladesh.
With the openers clicking for India, the middle-order coming good with Rayadu and Kartik getting vital contributions to the team’s score and the bowling unit working in tandem to get wickets as a unit, the Indian team looks a solid side. The emergence of Kedhar Jadhav as a spin option in the last match has helped bolstered the Indian bowling attack which will come in handy to Rohit Sharma on slow, sluggish pitches that aid spinners to no end. We expect them to go in with three spinners come Friday.
An only headache for the Indian team management before the encounter is the trio of Pandya, Thakur, and Patel exiting the tournament due to injuries. However able alternatives have been quickly identified with Jadeja, Chahar, and Kaul more than competent to fill in the slots of the injured trio.
For India, the problems are almost none while the positives are many before their match against Bangladesh. Looking at the most complete side till now in the tournament, they will be favorites to not only win the match but also make the final of the cup.
However, for Bangladesh, it is a completely different story. Outclassed by Afghanistan, Bangladesh once again showed the world that when it comes to cricketing abilities they still have very little to offer on the pitch. Apart from a few lucky results, Bangladesh cricket has never oozed success or confidence, something they should take a lesson in from Afghanistan.