Asia Cup: India win toss, opt to bowl first

Abu Dhabi: India have won the toss and opted to bowl first against Bangladesh in their Super Four stage match of the ongoing Asia Cup here at Dubai International Stadium on Friday.

After the toss, India skipper Rohit Sharma said,” Played a few games here and it gets better to bat under lights and we like to chase. That’s been the team’s strength. The pitches are similar to India.”

Talking about the team combinations, Sharma confirmed that Ravindra Jadeja has replaced Hardik Pandya in the team after latter sustained a back injury during their group stage match against Pakistan on Wednesday.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, on the other hand, stated that they were anyway looking to bat first and asserted that it is an important match for the team.

“Would have liked to bat anyway. Sometimes it’s good after a bad game you don’t have to think much. Today is an important match, first game of the Super Fours,” Mortaza said.

Bangladesh have called in Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman at the place of Mominul Haque and Abu Hider.

After finishing on top of the Group A, India would look to get past Bangladesh to continue with their dominant run in the tournament, so far.

Following are the India and Bangladesh squad for the match:
India playing XI- Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

Bangladesh playing XI- Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.