Date: September 28, 2018 Time: 12:30 Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Asia Cup Final Betting Tips India have won 28 games against Bangladesh while the latter has won only 5 and has won only one game in Asia Cup in their 11 encounters so far Our Prediction for India vs Bangladesh: India will win this game We are done with the League and Super Four stage of Asia Cup 2018. The countdown has begun for the big final to be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium between reigning champions India and Bangladesh which will be a repeat of the final in the 2016 Asia Cup. India has qualified for the finals convincingly barring the tied match against Afghanistan where they rested some of their key players. For Bangladesh it has been a huff and puff ride so far as they lost to Afghanistan and India in the previous rounds but brought their best show against Pakistan in the last game which was a virtual semi-final. It would be a test of nerves for Bangladesh and they would be looking forward to winning their first major multilateral tournament. Indian side won’t make it easy in what promises to be a thrilling encounter. Bangladesh It should come as no surprise that the Bangladesh team find themselves in the final ahead of Sri Lanka and Pakistan as the side has been constantly coming up with impressive performances over the last couple of years. The road to the finals though has been a rough ride for Mashrafe Mortaza’s side. They have played some ordinary cricket at times and have been in brilliant form in other matches. They defeated Sri Lanka convincingly in their opening encounter before slumping in form in back to back defeats against Afghanistan and India. But the side found momentum after holding their nerves in the Super Four encounter against Afghanistan and carried it through their last game against Pakistan. While there are some issues that remain with their form and temperament the side would look to overcome those in the finals. The top-order for the side has been in tatters in this tournament, and with injuries to Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan and Bangladesh looks half as dangerous as a batting unit without these two. Liton Das has looked good just once so far. It is however the middle order that the side would rely on with Mushfiqur Rahim being in brilliant form and so are Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah and Imrul Kayes all of whom have played important knocks so far in the tournament. The strength for the side is their bowling but Shakib’s injury is a big blow to the side. Despite this captain Mashrafe Mortaza along with Mustafizur Rahman have the arsenal to trouble the Indian batsmen. Mehidy Hasan has looked great so far in the tournament and if Mahmudullah and Rubel Hossain bowl well we shall have a great game on our hands. India The surprising thing for the Indian side has been their struggle against Hong Kong and Afghanistan against whom they were expected to win easily. The last tied match against a resolute Afghan side can be considered an aberration as they had rested their top players. Overall Rohit Sharma has led the side from the front in absence of Virat Kohli. The side were expected to make it to the finals and apart from their opening game against Hong Kong where doubts were raised about the bowling they have looked in great shape so far in the tournament. The team would draw inspiration from their last game against Bangladesh where they convincingly won it by 7 wickets with more than 13 overs to spare. The only thing that can come in the way of their title win is complacency and Rohit would make sure the side doesn’t take Bangladesh lightly. In the batting department openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have lived up to their reputation having scored three hundreds between them in four games. Dhawan especially has been in murderous form. In the middle order Ambati Rayudu has showed great form and so have Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav. But there are still few question marks about MS Dhoni’s form with the bat and the team management would want him to do well. The bowling attack has been excellent in most games so far and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are picking up wickets in the initial overs giving the team the perfect start. Kedar Jadhav’s performance with the ball along with Ravindra Jadeja has lent an additional dimension to the spin department which already has Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. India has the resources to overcome any challenge posed by Bangladesh. Bangladesh have a good side and there is hunger in the team to win it against all odds but given India’s temperament for big wins and the stronger batting and bowling line-ups they will start as favourites to win this contest.