For the second consecutive Asia Cup, India and Bangladesh will meet in the final for the prestigious trophy at the Dubai International Stadium on February 28 (Friday).
Meanwhile, it’s safe to say that India starts as the favourites to win their second consecutive Asia Cup title, and seventh overall. They have so far dominated the tournament where Afghanistan gave them a run for money to finish the game on a tie.
The men in blues rested their senior pros to give opportunities to the young players of the squad. However, now they will come back for the challenge against Bangladesh.
Here is the predicted XI of team India for the mega-finale of the Asia Cup against Bangladesh:
Shikhar Dhawan so far scored two hundred in the ongoing Asia Cup and making useful contributions in almost the games. The dashing southpaw will be desperate to finish the series n a high:
ROHIT SHARMA (C)
Rohit Sharma has led this side from the front putting up good opening stands in almost all the games. The stand-in skipper has been spot on with his decision.
Rohit will look to bring back with much-coveted Asia Cup title.
Ambati Rayudu has made use of the full opportunity that has come his way. He has scored in almost in all the games during India’s dominant run.
Rayudu will be keen to finish this tournament on a high to present a strong in front of the selectors.
Dinesh Karthik is yet to fire with the bat in the ix-nation tournament. Although he has got starts, Karthik hasn’t put a big score to his name. He needs to play a big match against Bangladesh to win the trophy seventh time.
MS DHONI (WK)
MS Dhoni is yet to fire with the bat in the ongoing Asia Cup. However, he has been spot on with the gloves on behind the stumps.
Dhoni will have to play a key role in the mega-finale clash against Bangladesh.
Kedar Jadhav has done a fair job since coming back to the India squad for the Asia Cup. However, Jadhav needs to score some runs down the order to back the top-order.
Ravindra Jadeja has impressed on his comeback in the ODI squad in the Asia Cup. He has contributed with both bat and ball and the team will expect the all-rounder to continue doing so.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has continuously picked wickets with the new ball and has also done splendidly well in the death overs. The men in blues will bank on him to get early wickets against the Tigers.
Kuldeep Yadav has done an outstanding job for India over the last one year. The control of the match will be in his hands as India will expect wickets from him in the middle overs.
India will face Bangladesh in the finals of the Asia Cup 2018.
Jasprit Bumrah will be raring to go against Bangladesh in the final after a game off. Bumrah has been a key component in this squad and certainly, a lot will depend on him in the pinnacle clash.
Yuzvendra Chahal claimed two wickets in the last outing which will give him the much-needed confidence ahead of the Friday’s final. Considering the slowness of the pitch, Chahal will play a key role for India in the Asia Cup final.