Asia Cup Finals 2018, India vs Bangladesh Final: If anyone felt that cricket cannot bridge ties between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, they should rethink. Pakistan fan Bashir Chach a.k.a Chacha Chicago wearing the Indian jersey and waving the tricolor is a testament to the fact that cricket helps in making friends and uniting the two nations. Earlier, it was found out that it was the same Pakistan fan had sponsored Indian superfan Sudhir Gautam’s Dubai trip as the Indian fan did not have sufficient finances to travel. The gesture won a lot of hearts in India. But, watching him wave the Indian flag after Bangladesh lost the wicket of Rahim showed that cricket can do wonders in bringing peace between the two nations. Also Read - Shafali Verma Was Given The License to Attack: Shikha Pandey
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Earlier in the day, Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to field first as he was confident of chasing as India has been throughout the tournament. India picked a full strength team for the title clash, bringing back Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, and captain Rohit Sharma, who all were rested for the game against Afghanistan.
Nazmul Islam was picked in place of Mominul Haque in the Bangladesh playing eleven.
Bangladesh got off to a rollicking start after losing the toss, thanks to Liton Das and Mehidy Hasan. The openers put on a 120-run-stand before Jadhav struck and got the wicket of Hasan for 32 off 57 balls. Soon after that, he struck again and this time it was the big fish Mushfiqur Rahim. Rahim was out trying to pull a short ball for five runs.
India is the better team on paper and are outright favourites but Bangladesh can hurt them and Rohit Sharma would know that well.
At the time of filing the copy, Bangladesh was 188/5 in 41 overs.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Liton Das (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah