Mirpur : Injuries to key players such as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma is giving them the jitters but India would still be firm favourites when they take on a depleted and struggling Sri Lanka in their penultimate league encounter of the Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament, here Tuesday. Despite injuries, India have the edge against the island nation, whom they beat 2-1 in a recent home series.
New Delhi : Even though India thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan in the much-anticipated Asia Cup clash on Saturday, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni seemed tad miffed with the umpiring standards in the match.
Dhoni was unhappy after Bangladeshi umpire SIS Saikat failed to detect a nick from Khurram Manzoor's bat off Ashish Nehra's bowling during high-profile clash at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.
And indirectly, Dhoni made his point by indicating that the use of some umpiring devices like ear-piece prevent the on-field official from hearing snicks and edges in a packed stadium.
Mirpur: MS Dhoni-led India continued their good run in the shortest format of the game as their registered a 45-run win over hosts Bangladesh in Match 1 of Asia Cup 2016.
Here are all the statistical highlights of the opening match:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, with 31 catches, has set a record for most catches by a wicketkeeper in T20Is, eclipsing the 30 by Denesh Ramdin for the West Indies.
India have won all three encounters vs Bangladesh in T20Is - by 25 runs at Nottingham on June 6, 2009, by 8 wickets on March 28, 2014 and by 45 runs at Dhaka on February 24, 2016.
Mirpur, Feb.24 : Bangladesh have won the toss and decided to send India to bat first on a lush green pitch in the opening match of the Asia Cup Twenty20 here at Shere Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.
While captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who suffered a muscle spasm in the back during training session, has been declared fit, star batsman Virat Kohli replaced Ajinkya Rahane as the only change from the side that played against Sri Lanka earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh are playing four pacers with star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan providing the spin option.
New Delhi, Feb. 24 : India will face with Bangladesh in the Asia Cup tournament-opener in Mirpur today at 7 pm.
The continental championship will be played in a Twenty20 format for the first time, from the usual ODI, keeping in mind the World T20 to be hosted by India next month.
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's availability is doubtful for today's fixture as he suffered a muscle spasm during the team's training session on Monday.
The injury prompted the BCCI to rush Parthiv Patel as his back-up. (ANI)
Dhaka, Feb. 23 : Prolific Indian batsman Virat Kohli on Tuesday said the Asia Cup being played in Bangladesh will provide a great preparatory platform for team ahead of the World T20 to be played in India.
For the first time in the history of Asia Cup, the tournament will be played in the T20 format.
Mumbai, Feb.22 : Wicketkeeper batsman Parthiv Patel has been called up to the Indian T20 squad as a cover for injured captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Asia Cup, which starts on Wednesday.
"India ODI and T20I captain MS Dhoni has suffered a muscle spasm in the back during a training session today in Dhaka," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur said in a statement.
"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Parthiv Patel as the back-up wicketkeeper for the upcoming Asia Cup, 2016. He will join the team in Dhaka at the earliest."
New Delhi: Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday claimed that the current Indian team is "in auto-pilot mode" ahead of the twin T20 tournaments - Asia Cup and World Twenty20.
The 34-year-old was referring to the recent triumphs against Australia and Sri Lanka, which India won 3-0 and 2-1 respectively Down Under and at home.
"We have played T20s in Australia and the at home in recent times. The team is doing well. So, you can say that the team is in auto- pilot mode," he said.
But the skipper was shared his concerns, for possible injuries and drop of form.
New Delhi: Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has made it clear that he is not retiring from international cricket anytime soon.
The 34-year-old Dhoni had called time on his Test career in the middle of the away series against Australia in December 2014.
Dhoni, who guided India to two world titles - inaugural World T20 in 2007 and World Cup in 2011 - besides overseeing the country's rise to the pinnacle of Test ranking, is seeking to regain the trophy he won nine years ago in South Africa.
New Delhi, Feb. 19 : Limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes that Indian bowling unit is looking very balanced and settled going into next month's World T20.
"Our bowling has been good in the T20 format on the back of experienced line-up. We are looking good as of now. There is a lot of consistency in death bowling and first six overs. Overall bowling looks very balanced," Dhoni told reporters on the sidelines of an event by Rhiti Group in New Delhi.
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