After receiving a defeat in the opening match of 2016 Asia Cup T20 against India, Bangladesh achieved three consecutive wins and booked their berth for the final match of the tournament. Bangladesh beat UAE, Sri Lanka and Pakistan quite comfortably in their last three matches of the tournament.
Though India is a very strong T20I team and they are currently running in a sensational form as they are unbeaten in the ongoing tournament, Bangladesh is the team who can’t be taken lightly especially when they are the host nation.
In the opening game, Bangladesh suffered a 45-run defeat against India but they shocked Indian top-order batting and sent the Asian giants into back-foot for some moment. However, Indian team survived from that damage but that also gave a hint how tough an opponent is Bangladesh team.
Currently, the big headache for the host nation is the players’ fitness. Star pacer Mustafizur Rahman had been already ruled out from the tournament while all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan is suffering “left hip-flex injury” and is doubtful for the final.
Before the Mustafizur’s injury, Bangladesh was playing with 4 pacers along with skipper Mashrafe Mortaza. But in their last game against Pakistan, they brought left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny in the place of injured pacer Mustafizur Rahman.
It looks like that Bangladesh will not be interested in making many changes to their playing XI. Yet they can go with 4 pacers by including left-arm pacer Abu Hider, especially when Indian batsmen don’t fill comfortable in the front of the left-arm pacers. If that really happens, then Mortaza should drop a spinner from their playing XI and that could be Arafat Sunny.
On the other hand, Bangladesh will decide whether to play Shakib or not, just before the toss. If Shakib is unable to play this game, then Mortaza may go for Nasir Hossain.
Bangladesh performance in 2016 Asia Cup T20:
24th February: Bangladesh vs India – Bangladesh lost by 45 runs
26th February: Bangladesh vs UAE – Bangladesh won by 51 runs
28th February: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka – Bangladesh won by 23 runs
2nd March: Bangladesh vs Pakistan – Bangladesh won by 5 wickets
Bangladesh probable XI: Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan/Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Arafat Sunny