Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Reaching Asia Cup Final is a ‘Big Thing’ for Bangladesh: Dhawan

Reaching Asia Cup Final is a ‘Big Thing’ for Bangladesh: Dhawan

Thanks to his career best (144) in the opener against Sri Lanka and 99 against Pakistan on Wednesday, Rahim separates Dhawan and Sharma at the top of the run-getters' chart. Some of the players like Shakib, Mushfiq, Mustafiz and Tamim have contributed greatly in these victories.

Everyone was thinking it is going to be India V Pakistan final, but Bangladesh won a great match last night. Star batsman Tamim Iqbal is already out with a fractured hand and Bangladesh will also not have premier all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan in the line-up owing to a finger injury.

While hoping to get an early breakthrough, Bangladesh will also be hoping that its trump card Mushfiqur continues to lead the batting charge.

"Confidence is there although we haven't played our best yet, I feel, in the three departments".

But they found heros in Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and despite a depleted team, Bangladesh will believe in themselves to upset India in the final. While Jadeja and Chahal will challenge the Bangladeshi stalwart by turning the ball away from him and making it hard to play the sweep shot, Kuldeep simply inspires more dread among batsmen with his variety.

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"The youngsters in the team are learning quickly", he added, "and once they come out with a good knock or good bowling spell, it will give them the confidence". The boys have done really well and with a match to go we can fight on. They're a competitive side. "How many years have they been playing cricket now? When you play all-round cricket, the results will follow", said Dhawan ahead of the final. That's what we are trying to do.

Rohit Sharma is a destructive batsman across the limited overs format. "Conditions will remain the same, we'll plan for individuals by looking at videos of their batsmen, revise and prepare accordingly". The World T20 Super Eight tie was a nail-biter; Bangladesh lost by a run off the last delivery. "Whenever I play, red ball or white ball, I utilise whatever knowledge I have of the game", said Dhawan on the eve of the Asia Cup final against Bangladesh. And in that middle muddle, Dhoni's struggle is the biggest worry as a total of 240 plus could prove to be challenging on a slow track if the team bats second and loses an early wicket or two.

As far as India's playing eleven is concerned, there will be few expected changes in the squad like all the regular players will return to the team who had a nice little rest against Afghanistan.

# 174 (by Hong Kong), 2 (by Pakistan), 15 (by Bangladesh), 24 (by Pakistan), 65 (by Afghanistan) are the runs scored by openers against India in the tournament.

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