After India and Bangladesh have qualified for the finals of Asia Cup 2016, today’s game and rest of the matches are deemed as dead rubbers. But in the context of upcoming T20 World cup, every contest becomes important because all teams want to achieve maximum victories to boost their confidence. From this point of view, India have so far won all their matches of the tournament and they would be looking towards more wins in upcoming matches.
MS Dhoni had spoken about making a few changes. Pawan Negi, who is in the World T20 squad as well, might be given a debut. Harbhajan Singh and Ajinkya Rahane might be taken out of the tool box and sharpened a bit as well.
For UAE, the brief is simple. Their bowling has raised a lot of eyebrows. Their fielding, too, is fairly decent considering they are a semi-professional team. Batting has been their biggest let down. They looked completely out of place against Sri Lanka, then blocked themselves into a dead end against Pakistan. Perhaps with tomorrow being their last game in the tournament, they might play with a little more freedom and pull off a first victory against a Full Member.
Pitch and conditions: As the Asia Cup heads to its conclusion, the pitches have been slowly easing out. The first six overs with the new ball have been conducive for sideways movement, but if that period is weathered, then the batsmen can dictate terms.
Indian Playing XIs: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 MS Dhoni (capt and wk), 8 Pawan Negi, 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Bhuvneshwar Kumar
UAE Playing XIs: 1 Rohan Mustafa, 2 Muhammad Kaleem, 3 Mohammad Shahzad, 4 Shaiman Anwar, 5 Mohammad Usman, 6 Amjad Javed (capt), 7 Qadeer Ahmed, 8 Swapnil Patil (wk), 9 Mohammad Naveed, 10 Ahmed Raza, 11 Fahad Tariq.
Official highlights will be available shortly.