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Shakib Aims to Finish Asia Cup Campaign Strong

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Shakib Aims to Finish Asia Cup Campaign Strong

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Bangladesh hopes to finish their Asia Cup campaign strongly as they face India in their final Super Four match at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo today. The game will begin at 3:30 pm. The Tigers were already out of contention for the final after losing their first two matches to Pakistan and Sri Lanka by seven wickets and 21 runs, respectively.

Despite slim hopes of reaching the tournament final, their chances depended on other results and favorable net run-rates. However, their already complex equation was further dashed when India defeated Sri Lanka by 41 runs.

India’s win secured their spot in the final, essentially turning the Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka game into an unofficial semifinal. Consequently, Bangladesh had to exit the tournament. However, for India, tomorrow’s match is more of a formality, and they will likely use it to test their bench strength by resting some key players.

On the other hand, for Bangladesh, the match is an opportunity to regain some pride because they don’t want to return home without a victory. With India planning to give their bench players a chance, this presents the best opportunity for Bangladesh to secure a win.


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India has played exceptionally well in the Asia Cup so far, making them the top contender to win the trophy. However, it’s worth noting that in the last series between the two teams, Bangladesh came out on top, winning the three-match ODI series at home with a score of 2-1. This marked Bangladesh’s second consecutive series victory over India on their home turf.

Despite their best efforts, Bangladesh has struggled to defeat India when playing outside their home country, with their only victory occurring during the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies. In the Asia Cup, Bangladesh’s record against India is quite poor, having won just one out of 14 matches between the two teams. Their sole win in the Asia Cup came in 2012 when they hosted the tournament.

While Bangladesh has come close to defeating India on several occasions in the Asia Cup, they have been unable to secure a victory, often due to India’s exceptional performance or their own limitations.

Following Bangladesh’s loss to Sri Lanka, both captain Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim returned to their home country. Mushfiqur, who is expecting his second child with his wife, returned to be by her side, while Shakib returned for personal reasons.

Although Shakib later rejoined the team ahead of the match against India, Mushfiqur, who welcomed a baby girl, was granted an extended leave to be with his wife and newborn daughter. As a result, Bangladesh will be without the services of their most in-form player.

Following their loss to Sri Lanka, the Bangladesh cricket team spent three days confined to their hotel rooms. During this time, the players engaged in gym workouts and recovery sessions within the hotel. However, as they prepared for their upcoming match against India, they began their practice sessions.

In the midst of their preparations, head coach Chandika Hathurusingha conducted one-on-one sessions with the players, aiming to impart specific messages and guidance to each of them.

Squads

Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Liton Das, Towhid Hridoy, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan, Naim Sheikh, Shamim Hossain Patwari, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Anamul Haque Bijoy

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya (vc), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumraj, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Sanju Samson (travelling reserve).


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