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India begin Super Four campaign with injury inconvenience

Cricket news - India begin Super Four campaign with injury inconvenience

For all the (controversial) luxury of avoiding travelling hassles and playing in Dubai throughout, India may not be heading into the Super Fours in the most ideal fashion after all. Hardik Pandya's Asia Cup-ending injury has left the team management on the brink of breaking away from their most trusted team composition of two fast bowlers, two spinners alongside Pandya - a fast-bowling all-rounder.

Deepak Chahar, Pandya's replacement, is a fine bowler and fits the combination, but it is the lack of equitable batting acumen that sticks out as a sore spot. The question, though is, do they need someone who can bat too? If the answer to that is no, then any of Chahar, Siddarth Kaul or Khaleel Ahmed could fit in. This game, in fact, could be another opportunity for Khaleel, after putting on an impressive show against Hong Kong, but making way for Jasprit Bumrah against Pakistan.

But if the team management is not in favour of trimming down their batting options and trusting Kedar Jadhav as the lone finisher, then all roads lead to just one solution - Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja last played an ODI in June 2017, but brings the sort of accuracy with the ball that teams crave in conditions in Dubai.

Bangladesh too have had to deal with injuries, the latest one taking Tamim Iqbal away from the event. Tamim heroically batted with a broken wrist at No. 11 in the tournament opener, but has now returned home and risks missing the Zimbabwe series. Tamim's replacement though is the exciting young Nazmul Hossain Shanto, the 20-year-old who has two Under-19 World Cup appearances and a Test debut to his name already.

The two most vociferous sets of fans in the Asia Cup have so far belonged to India and Bangladesh, and a coming together promises some sparks. On the field though, whether Bangladesh can get over their mental barriers and overcome India in limited-overs for the first time since June 2015 remains to be seen.

When: September 21, 2018, 3:30 PM Local Time, 5:00 PM IST

Where: Dubai International stadium

What to expect: A well-supported game from the stands. Apart from that, yet another day to curse the weather is in the offing.

Team News:


KL Rahul's omission has come as a bit of a surprise, considering he was the first choice No.4 in the three-match series in England. But his returns were rather ordinary there - 0 and 9 in the two games he played. With Dinesh Karthik getting a good hit against Pakistan, it looks unlikely that Rahul will break into the XI yet.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah


Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman got rest against Afghanistan, perhaps keeping the Super Four game in mind against India. Debutant Abu Hider Rony's bowling show against Afghanistan makes the decision for the India game a bit tougher, but in all likelihood, Mustafizur should be back. Mushfiqur too will return, in the hope of bettering his Asia Cup opening day epic of 144.

Probable XI: Nazmul Hossain, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman/Abu Hider Rony

Did you know:

- In four ODIs against India, Mustafizur Rahman has picked 13 wickets.

- 137, 63, 0, 29, 123 - Rohit Sharma's last five outings against Bangladesh.

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