Who Will Win Bangladesh vs India, Asia Cup 2018 Final Match?
Bangladesh beat Pakistan by 37 runs at Abu Dhabi and have set up a title clash with India in the final of the Asia Cup 2018. The Dubai International Cricket Stadium will be the venue for this match to be played on September 28. Live telecast is scheduled to start at 3:30 PM local time.
Ind vs Ban: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Fox Sports, Sky Sports Cricket, OSN Sports Cricket HD, SuperSport
At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, bowlers have found more assistance from the wicket during the first period of play. Also, four of the last five matches (excluding Tuesday's tied encounter between India and Afghanistan) played at this ground have been won by the side bowling first. So toss is going to be a massive factor here and the team that wins it on Friday is more likely to field first.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and match prediction for India vs Bangladesh Final match, Asia Cup 2018...
India Team News & Playing 11
IND Team News
Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan who were both rested for the last match against Afghanistan will return. This means KL Rahul and Manish Pandey will have to sit out while Ambati Rayudu will be pushed down to number three. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal will also return to the side replacing Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul and Deepak Chahar.
IND Key Players
The opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma hold the key to India's batting. Both these batsmen have shown sublime form in this Asia Cup and they will look to take their team off to yet another solid start. Dhawan is leading the runs charts with 327 runs which includes two centuries and he looks set for another big one here. Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik have also chipped in with fine contributions and with MS Dhoni not looking in the best of forms, it will be crucial that one of them bats deep into the innings. Jasprit Bumrah is the third best bowler in the tournament with seven wickets in three matches and he is likely to rattle Bangladesh's top-order early on. Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav have also picked seven wickets each and these two will be the skipper's go-to bowlers in the middle overs.
IND Recent Form
India now have ten wins, three defeats and a tie from the fourteen one-day internationals they have played this year. They will be going into the final of the Asia Cup undefeated. After winning their first four matches of the tournament in a row, they tied their last game against Afghanistan. Barring that game and their campaign opener against Hong Kong, India have had comprehensive victories in the rest of their three matches.
Bangladesh will be without their ace allrounder Shakib Al Hasan who has been ruled out of the tournament with a finger injury. Shakib aggravated his injury after the game against Afghanistan and he was replaced with Mominul Haque in the last game against Pakistan. In addition to this, Bangladesh made a couple more changes - they brought back Soumya Sarkar for Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Rubel Hossain for Nazmul Islam. The convincing win against Pakistan will probably tempt them to go in with an unchanged line-up.
BAN Key Players
Mushfiqur Rahim with 297 runs in four matches is the tournament's next-best batsman after Shikhar Dhawan. He is coming off a magnificent 99 against Pakistan and the team will hope that their key man is able to fire in this big final against India. Mohammad Mithun and Mahmudullah have also had good hits in this Asia Cup and Bangladesh's middle-order relies heavily on the duo. Imrul Kayes scored an unbeaten 72 against Afghanistan and he too will be expected to come good with the bat. Mustafizur Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza and Mehidy Hasan are the main threats in this Bangladeshi bowling attack. Mustafizur is the tournament's second-most successful bowler with eight wickets in four games. His four-wicket haul against Pakistan swung the match in his team's favour and he among all the bowlers seems likely to trouble the Indian batsmen. Mehidy Hasan has an outstanding economy rate of 3.27 and he could build pressure on India by slipping in a few quiet overs.
BAN Recent Form
The 37-run win against Pakistan was Bangladesh's fourth win in their last six one-day internationals. Out of the thirteen ODIs they have played so far this year, they have won eight and lost five. After losing to Afghanistan and India in back-to-back games, Bangladesh have managed to gain some momentum with wins in their last two matches against Afghanistan and Pakistan respectively. They would have been pleased with their bowling performance in the last game as they managed to defend a moderate total of 239 with ease.
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
IND : T W W W W
BAN : W W L L W
IND vs BAN Head to Head
IND vs BAN Head to Head
India and Bangladesh have now played 33 one-day internationals against each other in the past with the former winning 28 of those and the latter just 5.
India have beaten Bangladesh seven times in their previous nine ODI encounters, including the most recently played three.
India thrashed Bangladesh by seven wickets when these two countries faced each other earlier in the Super Four game of the ongoing Asia Cup. Opting to field first, India bowled their opponents out for 173 and then knocked off their target inside 37 overs.
Matches Played: 33, India Won: 28; Bangladesh Won: 5
Bangladesh vs India Betting Odds
India have not been challenged much in this tournament. Only associates Hong Kong and Afghanistan were able to stretch them as they had rested most of their frontline players for those games. So India, unsurprisingly, go into this Asia Cup final as the bookmakers' favorites to win at very short odds of 1.23 on Betfair and even shorter at 1.20 on both Betway and Bet365. Bangladesh's road to the final was not as smooth as India's. They are the underdogs for this game and are being offered at a much higher price of 4.33 on Betway, 4.50 on Bet365 and 5.20 on Betfair.
India vs Bangladesh Prediction
India and Bangladesh will be going head-to-head in the second consecutive Asia Cup final. The former had recorded a comprehensive eight-wicket victory when these two countries met in the 2016 edition which was played in the T20 format.
Bangladesh were demolished in the reverse encounter earlier in the Super Four round and that heavy defeat will still be fresh in their memories. They are also without their star player Shakib Al Hasan and his absence will put additional pressure on Mushfiqur Rahim in the middle order. India, on the other hand, will return to their full strength after having experimented with their side in the last game against Afghanistan.
However, India's middle-order batting has not been very consistent and the chinks were clearly exposed by Afghanistan. Bangladesh have a potent bowling attack and if they are able to penetrate their top order quickly, they will give themselves a great chance of pinning them to the mat. With all that said, India are still the superior of the two sides in all aspects of the game and we predict them to successfully carry out their title defence.
Final Verdict: Back India to beat Bangladesh in the final of the Asia Cup 2018 at 1.20 on both Betway and Bet365 and 1.23 on Betfair.