Mirpur, Mar. 05 : India's limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes that Asia Cup finalists Bangladesh have improved as a side over the years, insisting that defeating a home side is always difficult.
Although India comfortably trounced the hosts by 45 runs in the opening match of the tournament, Bangladesh displayed tremendous amount of resilience as they won three successive matches to advance to the final.
New Delhi: Thursday was indeed a sad day for cricket fraternity as former New Zealand cricket skipper Martin Crowe passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 53 years of age.
India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni expressed his condolences at the demise of New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe after stating him as a "fantastic human being" like the rest of New Zealand players.
Mirpur, Mar. 04 : Indian spinning all-rounder Pawan Negi, who made his first international appearance against the United Arab Emirates in the Asia Cup on Thursday, revealed that he overcame a nervous shaky start after receiving a sense of calm from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
"Before walking out to the field, our captain MS Dhoni walked up to me and asked me not to think too much about the fact that I was making my debut. He asked me to relax and treat the game as a normal game and go about things normally," the 23-year-old told bcci. tv.
Mirpur: On a roll with three back-to-back victories, India have finally decided to test their reserve bench against minnows United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the final league encounter of the Asia Cup cricket tournament here on Thursday.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not someone who believes in chopping and changing the side too often but after making it to the final with a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka, the India skipper said that the UAE match will be a platform to give opportunity to all those who have till now warmed the benches.
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.
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