Asia Cup 2018 Preview and other match Highlights:
- India take on Afghanistan on 25th September at 5 pm IST
- Indian are through to the final while Afghanistan is out of the tournament
- Bangladesh play Pakistan on the same day at 5:00 pm
- The match will decide the finalist of the Asia Cup
- These are the final Super 4 matches
Coming back to Asia Cup 2018 Preview Tuesday sees the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup come to an end with two mouth-watering matches. India Vs Afghanistan and Bangladesh Vs Pakistan are the perfect way to culminate a Super 4 that has given us more than its fair share of nail-biting encounters. While India Vs Afghanistan is a dead rubber given India’s qualification to the final on Sunday and Afghanistan biding adieu to the tournament on the same day, Bangladesh and Pakistan’s encounter will be a cliff-hanger with the winner going through to the final.
Despite India and Afghanistan’s match having no consequence on the larger picture in the Asia Cup, the match will be anything if dull. An Afghanistani side that has won hearts all over with their competitive spirit and fine showing with both the bat and ball will be looking to give it one last go against the mighty Indians to take away something from the Super 4.
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Despite having 0 points in front of their name in the Super 4, Afghanistan’s matches have been far from dull. The relatively new to international cricket side troubled both Pakistan and Bangladesh in their encounters. Both their matches went till the last over with the Afghanistan is falling out of luck as well as gas in the dying stages of the game to end up on the losing side by a small fraction. If anything, those losses have shown immense grit and a huge show of character from Afghanistan to put on the same consistent performances despite results not falling their way.
For India, the match will be all about giving the untested players a chance. With a final on the horizon, key players will more than likely be rested to prevent heartburn and break down. The likes of Rahul, Chahar and Patel could all be given some playing time for a side that will be looking to maintain their 100% record ahead of the all-important final.
After just edging out Afghanistan by 3 runs on Sunday to keep their hopes alive in the tournament, Bangladesh goes into their clash against Pakistan knowing they have to desperately up their performances if they are to have a chance of playing India. A Pakistani side that was kicked all around the field by the Indians will be low on confidence, giving Bangladesh the right moment to take advantage off. The potential semi-final should be an exciting one given it holds the key to playing in the final.
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