In the sixth match of the Asia Cup 2023 Super Fours stage, India will take on Bangladesh tomorrow, September 15, at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo at 3 PM IST.
The Men in Blue will be up and active for this game as they look to build momentum for the final. The team led by Rohit Sharma will undoubtedly attempt to remain unbeaten while also assessing the depth of their bench. Thus, the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma and Prasidh Krishna could be included in the game. Given that India’s top four has scored more than 600 runs in the competition, the core group, which includes captain Rohit, Shubman Gill, and Virat Kohli, could remain in the starting XI. In the bowling department, the Indians anticipate a strong performance from pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj with the new ball, as they have bowled well in the past two games. With nine wickets in the last two games, Kuldeep Yadav is in incredible form. Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel‘s inclusion will also aid in strengthening the bowling attack.
Shakib Al Hasan and his team, on the other hand, had a terrible campaign. Apart from a win against Afghanistan in the group stage, the team has not lived up to expectations. They were defeated by Sri Lanka by 21 runs in their previous game and have no chance of progressing to the next round. Mohammad Naim and Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who have scored good runs, will be expected to do well at the top. Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam will want to challenge India’s in-form top order with the ball as well. Furthermore, Shakib and Mehidy Hasan Miraz will also aim to limit India’s scoring rate. Bangladesh will aim to finish their campaign on a high note, and a victory against India would be an enormous boost of optimism ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
Head to head:
The Men in Blue have claimed 31 wins out of the 40 ODI matches between the two nations. While Bangladesh won just seven games, two games also ended without a result. Furthermore, in the Asia Cup, Bangladesh won just one game, while India won 13 of the 14 matches.
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