The important work has been done and Bangladesh have reached the finals of the 2018 Asia Cup, where they will meet the defending champions India on Friday. Yesterday’s win against Pakistan would have surely boosted their confidence, but the team knows that they have to be at their ultimate best to beat the Men in Blue.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has said that his injury-struck side will have to improve considerably in all departments to challenge India in Asia Cup final on Friday.
“We always know that India are a serious side and the number one side in the world. We still need to improve a bit of our batting and bowling. We will be missing Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal but the boys have shown character and one match to go, and hopefully the boys will play hard,” Mortaza said.
Mortaza also praised his team after a crucial win in the yesterday's match and said, “The bowlers did a good job, especially when we didn’t get the runs. I think we changed our combination a bit. Usually, I open the bowling, but today we started with Mehidy Hasan.”
It is going to be a consecutive final between the two teams – India and Bangladesh. In 2016, when the tournament was in the Twenty20 format, India defeated the Bangla Tigers by 45 runs and claimed their 6th Asia Cup trophy. Rohit Sharma played a beautiful knock of 83 and guided the team to a respectable total of 166.
Ashish Nehra was in amazing form and picked up 4 wickets to restrict Bangladesh to 121/7 in 20 overs.
2 years have passed and Bangladesh would be looking for redemption. The final game on Friday is surely going to a cracker of a game.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar