In my previous post I have mentioned that the Asia Cup 2016 is going to be played in a shortest format of cricket which is T20. The format of the game is totally based on the upcoming world event of cricket, which is confirmed to be held in India. So, it is clear that every contestant team is considering the importance of Asia Cup as an extra momentum for world stage T20 cricket tournament.
India Vs Bangladesh Match 1
The First match of Asia Cup T20 2016 between India and Bangladesh is right at the hottest place of news currently. The predictions and possibilities over winning team just got even more complicated, since the Indian skipper MS Dhoni is reported to be injured and unfit for the opening match against hosting country Bangladesh.
Date: Wednesday, 24 February
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
Time: 7:30 P.M local/ 7:00 PM IST/ 1:30 PM GMT
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The captain of team Indian seemed to suffer from muscle spasm during the training session. The wicket-keeper cum batsman Parthiv Patel has been confirmed as back-up in by BCCI; and Virat Kohli will be commanding the team men in blue.
While India got the title of favorite with victories in last two T20 series against Sri Lanka and Australia; the host Bangladesh has been proving themselves as invincible at their home in limited-over cricket since the last year beating more than one top class teams such as India, South Africa, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
Some of you might take the injury and absence of captain cool MS Dhoni as an advantage for Bangladesh; on that case, I must say you are underestimating Vice-captain Virat Kohli. Kohli always led a team India with a good attitude in the absence of Dhoni. We certainly can see him as a sustained captain for future.
If we look back at last records of T20 matches played by India, India has won five matches out of six.
Additionally, men in blue are in a strong form, especially its bating line up considered as the best in the world; whereas Bangladesh strength is totally depends on their bowling attack. It sounds like India has its best against Bangladesh.
The pitch of Shere Bangla National stadium offers an extra advantage to the spinners while team India has its bowling line up with spinners like Ashwin and Jadeja.
Moreover, in the history of T20 between India and Bangladesh, the teams have faced each other twice till date; and India won the both matches. Bangladesh’s strength at their home ground covers only in 50 over’s ODI format so far. On that sense, team India possesses more strength than Bangladesh in T20 format.
India: MS Dhoni (Captain-Wicketkeeper), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Parthiv Patel
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny, Abu Hider, Nurul Hasan
Live Stream TV Channels
Star Sports (India), Channel 9 (Bangladesh), MTV Sports (Sri Lanka), PTV Sports (Pakistan)
AccuWeather.com says, the weather on Wednesday eve is expected to be interrupting for the match with heavy rainfall and thunderstorm. This may cause to wash away the fun of the match.
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