Bangladesh hopeful of Shakib,s fitness for final.



  • The Bangladesh team management is hopeful Shakib Al Hasan will be fit for the Asia Cup final against India On Sunday After the allrounder suffered a blow on his right thigh while batting in the the nets on Friday .the team physio ,Bayejidul Islam khan ,said Shakib had suffered bruising on the hip flexor near the thigh musicle.

Shakib batted in the nets during an optional training session at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Saturday before returning to the dressing room Bayejidul said an injury of this kind normally takes 48 hours to heal and is hopeful this will be the case with Shakib.


"Shakib got this injury during training on Friday "Bayejidul said "We call it a contusion after he was struck on the hip flexor of his thigh muscle,He is quite well now it was optional training today and we had asked him not to train But he still went at it for a while though he didin,t practice much He will recover before tomorrow,s match . Normally it takes 48 hours to recover and we are hoping that it is the case"


Bangladesh have bigger worries ahead of the final , particularly india.s batting line -up.In the league-stage match.Bangladesh managed to put them under pressure in the first seven overs but late-hitting from Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya got India back in the game and they eventually won by 45 runs,


Bangladesh captain mashrafe mortaza said the team would focus on curbing runs in the powerplay and slog overs, when the likes of Rohit and MS Dhoni can do maximum damage.


"There is no doubt that india,s batting order has six world-class batsmen in all formats,"Masharafe said "you can,t get them out thinking of a particular was or area.you need to bowl well throughout, they will charge , but you have to minimize that ,In this format generally the damage happens in the first six overs and towards the end so we have to keep an eye on those two periods,"


Mashrafe said that Mustafizur Rahman, who was ruled out due to a side strain will be sorely missed but was pleased that Taskin Ahmed and Al-Armin Hossain had taken up the responsibility well as was evident against Pakistan.