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Asia Cup super four begins today

Injury hits Bangladesh, India

Sports Desk     21 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh will take on India in the first match of super four round of Asia Cup 2018 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) today. The match will begin at 5:30pm (BST).

Bangladesh will be missing their ace opener Tamim Iqbal who has been ruled out of the series with injury.

Dependable batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored a century against Sri Lanka earlier in the tournament, is likely to return. He was rested against their Group B match against Afghanistan yesterday.

Seamers Abu Hider Rony and Rubel Hossain will have to fight for their spot in the playing eleven today as Mustafizur Rahman is expected to join Mashrafe Mortaza in the pace attack of the Tigers.

Meanwhile, three Indian cricketers including all-rounder Hardik Pandya were Thursday ruled out of the Asia Cup with injuries, dealing a blow to the side’s chances in the 50-over tournament, reports AFP.

Pandya, 24, was stretchered off the ground after suffering an acute lower back spasm during the game against archrival Pakistan in Dubai on Wednesday.

“All your love and support is going to make me come back stronger!” Pandya tweeted Thursday.

Pandya will be replaced by Deepak Chahar in the squad, the Indian cricket board said in a news release.

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who injured his left index finger while fielding against Pakistan, will be replaced by Ravindra Jadeja.

“He (Patel) was sent for scans and the results showed that he had a tendon tear. He will be unavailable for the remainder of the series,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India said.

Siddhartha Kaul has been roped into the squad in place of right-arm pacer Shardul Thakur, who is nursing soreness in his hip and groin.