Asia Cup: India win toss, opt to bowl against Bangladesh

India are expecting to lift the Asia Cup for a record seventh time

Asia Cup: India win toss, opt to bowl against Bangladesh Yuzvendra Chahal (left) along with Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (not pictured) is expected to give firepower to India's bowling attack | AFP

India captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup final on Friday.

India remain the favourites to lift the Asia Cup for a record seventh time.

Bangladesh has been plagued by injuries, but will look to upset the clear favourites to win the tournament for the third time.

Denying another India-Pakistan clash, Bangladesh stormed into the final after Mushfiqur Rahim produced an all-round performance to stun Pakistan.

Skipper Rohit Sharma and opener partner Shikhar Dhawan are back after being rested for the Super Four match against Afghanistan that ended in a tie. Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal are expected to strengthen the bowling attack.

Bangladesh is expected to struggle owing to a string of injuries. The side is already missing its star batsman Tamim Iqbal, who is out with a fractured hand, and all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan, who is out with a finger injury.

India, on the other hand, look confident of winning the tournament. After the 1-4 hammering the side received in the Test series against England, India would definitely want to finish on a high. Winning the Asia Cup without skipper Virat Kohli would also make a strong statement for the team.


India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Siddarth Kaul, KL Rahul, Deepak Chahar.

Bangladesh: Masrafe Bin Mortaza (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun, Litton Kumar Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Islam Apu, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Haider Rony.