The battle to Asian supremacy, Asia Cup, is to begin today. This is the first time where this tournament will be played in the T20 format. The host Bangladesh will take on India, who has been playing quite decent cricket for some time now. Whereas, Bangladesh is not the same minnow anymore, they must be having their tail up. Bangladesh defeated Pakistan, India and South Africa in ODI series in their backyard and that too quite comprehensively.
Bangladesh looks a totally different side with Soumya Sarkar in the top order, a remodeled Mehmudullah in the middle order and Mustafizur Rehman as their attacker. Other than these new stars, they have got their veteran players Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim as well. All in all Bangladesh is looking a dangerous side and they cannot be written off from the game by any means. The Bengal Tigers can be the dark horse of this tournament.
Whereas, India will be heavily depending on their rock solid batting lineup. Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are among the runs as usual. They have dominated the mighty Aussies in their home grounds recently. But, the problem with India is that their middle order haven’t been exposed to a crunch situation, Yuvraj Singh has faced only 26 deliveries in about six matches that he has played and the new allrounder Hardik Pandya has played just 18 deliveries in the matches he has played. Plus, India’s spineless bowling lineup is definitely a major issue for them.
Toss will play a huge part in the game. India would want Bangladesh to bat first, so that they can chase down the target, which is their strength. On the other hand, Bangladesh might look to neutralize this strength of India.