The match will start at 3 pm
Colombo (EMS). The Indian team will play Bangladesh in its final match of the ‘Super Four’ of the Asia Cup here on Friday. The Indian team has already reached the finals. In such a situation, his aim will be to give opportunity in this match to those players who are among the potential players for the upcoming World Cup and have not got the opportunity yet. Apart from this, players who are playing continuously can also be given rest under workload management.
Special consideration will be given to giving rest to the bowlers. Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has bowled only 12 overs so far in the Asia Cup, which includes five against Pakistan and seven against Sri Lanka. Now it remains to be seen whether he wants to bowl in one more match or will go straight to the finals.
Whereas young fast bowler Mohammad Siraj has bowled 19.2 overs and all-rounder Hardik Pandya has bowled 18 overs in this tournament. Due to the humidity here, the bowlers are facing a lot of problems, so the team management can rest one of them. In such a situation, experienced fast bowler Mohammed Shami can be fielded in this match. With this, he will also get an opportunity to bowl before the World Cup starting from October 5.
Anyway, Shami is being included as a back-up fast bowler of Bumrah, Siraj and Pandya. Whereas spinner Akshar Patel will have to regain his rhythm in this match. He will be used as cover for Ravindra Jadeja in the World Cup but he has not been able to take wickets for some time now, which has increased the problems of the management. Even he is not able to control the opposing batsmen. Axar has taken only three wickets in seven ODIs this year at an economy rate of six. Thus they have to improve their game.
The team management is relieved by the fitness of batsman KL Rahul. Rahul has also shown signs of being in his element by batting brilliantly against Pakistan. After the match against Sri Lanka, Rahul talked to the team management about his role. It is clear that he will be the main wicketkeeper as well as a middle-order batsman. Therefore, it can be assumed that Rahul will also bat against Bangladesh, although batsman Shreyas Iyer’s play is doubtful as he has a strain in his back. For this reason he could not play in the ‘Super Four’ match against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
In this match, either batsman Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav may get an opportunity. Ishaan has batted well in ODIs so far but Suryakumar has not been able to prove himself in this format. Even after this, he has been included for the ODI World Cup. In such a situation, the management would definitely like to give him an opportunity to play. On the other hand, if we talk about Bangladesh, they will have to enter this match without wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim. Mushfiqur has returned home due to the birth of his child. In such a situation, batsman Liton Das may get the responsibility of wicketkeeping. The team will be captained by Shakib Al Hasan. Bangladesh is already out of the race for the final. In such a situation, this match is just an opportunity for him to gain momentum before the World Cup. In such a situation, all the players would like to perform better and regain form. The team’s batsmen and bowlers have not been able to perform as per expectations so far.
Both the teams are as follows:
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
Bangladesh: Mohammad Naim, Mehdi Hasan, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Tauheed Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Shamim Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmood.
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