India defeated Bangladesh in the opening Asia Cup game on Wednesday night by 45 runs. Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field where India scored 166 runs with Rohit Sharma adding 83. Bangladesh inning started with wickets falling at regular intervals and they could only manage 121 runs.
Bangladesh playing India in the opening match of the Asia Cup 2016. Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field first in what is a pitch which set to provide assistance for Bowlers. India lost three early wickets but Rohit Sharma put on a show taking India to 166 runs with his knock of 83 runs of just 55 balls.
Bangladesh failed to negotiate with Indian paces and lost wickets first two wickets inside 15 runs. Sabbir Rahman’s 44 of 32 balls gave a bit of hope but lower order fail to add runs quickly, pressure mounted and Bangladesh stumbled on what was a difficult wicket to bat on.
Bangladesh will host 2016 Asia Cup and they will start their campaign against India in the opening game on Wednesday, 24th February 2016 in what will be the first ever T20 game in Asia Cup. Bangladesh has become quite a formidable limited over team at home and their recent home result suggest they can not be taken lightly anymore. An highly successful 2014-15 season where they defeated the likes of Pakistan, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe in 50-over fomats, set them up nicely as they hunt their very first Asia Cup title.
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India on the other hand are coming into the Asia cup t20 tournament on the back of a back to back series win including the white-wash win over Australia in T20 series followed by impressive 2-1 series win over Sri Lanka at home. After sitting out of Sri Lanka series, Virat Kohli will be back in the side to complete what is widely regarded as the best top order batting unit in limited over cricket. India is the best T20 team at the moment and they will be favourite not only against Bangladesh but to actually win the title.
Bangladesh has included number of youngsters in the Asia Cup, T20 world cup squads with the ever present experience players like Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman. Although one surprise drop out is Tamim Iqbal who was fantastic in the Pakistan Premier League. After reaching the final in 2012, Bangladesh will be eager to go one step further and finally land their first major trophy in international cricket.
Predictions: Having beaten India earlier in the ODI Series, Bangladesh will be confident of converting their 50 over form into T20 format but thats easier said than done against India team who just made history of white-washing Australia in their own backyard. It should be a close encounter and alot depend on the toss. If Bangladesh get the opportunity to bowl first they will have a better chance.