The Asia Cup 2016 Qualifiers are concluded and UAE would be the fifth team to feature in the Asia Cup 2016. The other four teams to be a part of the Asia Cup would be Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. And the much awaited tournament kicks off with India vs Bangladesh T20 match. While we preview this match, here is an information for those who want to watch the match live online - HotStar will bring India vs Bangladesh T20 match live streaming and score on HotStar live match mobile app. TV viewers can enjoy live match telecast on Star Sports HD network and DD National (Doordarshan) in India.
India have started the tournament as clear favourites. Two reasons for that - good form and T20 format. Indian team has already defeated the Australians in Australia in the T20 series. They also managed a 2-1 win over the T20 champions Sri Lanka. That brings India to the top of ICC T20 rankings. They are doing a good job recently with their form in the T20 format.
Bangladesh being the hosts would enjoy the home conditions. They are a different team altogether. This is no longer the team that was considered minnows by the stronger teams. Recently they defeated the likes of Pakistan, India and South Africa in ODI cricket at home. Their confidence is sky high at home. They have a new self belief in them that they can beat any team on any given day. And T20 is such a format which supports this belief.
India has a perfect T20 schedule before entering into the T20 World Cup. Three matches in Australia, three matches against Sri Lanka back home and now the Asia Cup again in the T20 format. This is exactly what the doctor has ordered! One can't get better preparation for the big one thta begins in March.
Momentum is now the key for India. They need to carry forward the winning momentum. If Dhoni's men can win the prestigious Asia Cup 2016 trophy, nothing better than that. Shikhar and Rohit at the top followed by Virat at number three can break any bowling line up in the world. The middle order is strong with the likes of Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane and the man himself Dhoni.
The only concern for India at this moment would be Dhoni's fitness. He has suffered a muscle spasm while he was training. The board has called in Parthiv Patel as a back up.
India's bowling looks great with Nehra, Bumrah and Pandya at the top. The spinners are good enough to contain the batsmen. R Ashwin, Jadeja, Negi, Yuvraj and Raina can do a great job once the quickies are done with their role.
One can't write off the Bangladeshi team in Bangladesh. Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah are prime attractions in their batting line up. Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur, Al-Amin and Taskin Ahmed have already proved their worth in the past.
Let's see which team kicks off the Asia Cup 2016 campaign with a win. Enjoy Asia Cup and T20 world cup 2016 live streaming on HotStar and Star Sports.