Fans can watch the India vs. UAE cricket match live online and see whether the Men in Blue can keep their momentum as they prepare for the final of the 2016 Asia Cup.
The teams meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. local time time (1:30 p.m. GMT/8:30 a.m. ET) from Dhaka.
India stormed into the 2016 Asia Cup final thanks to a strong bowling performance against Sri Lanka, holding them to 138 for 9. Virat Kohli hit his third fifty in the last three T20 matches, a 47-ball 56 not out.
But as ESPNcricinfo noted, it was a total team effort that has India cruising to the final against Bangladesh.
“It had been Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah who earned India the initial impetus, however, taking out a batsman apiece during their miserly new-ball spells. Sri Lanka coughed and spluttered right through their innings, losing wickets just as a significant partnership seemed to be forming. Chamara Kapugedera top-scored with 30 from 32, before late blows from Thisara Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara propelled the team to what was a half-decent score, given the conditions. Dew would make defending it substantially harder, however.”
Those who watch the India vs. UAE cricket match live online will now see what strategy the India team takes in what is essentially a warm-up for the final against Bangladesh.
On Wednesday, the Bangladesh squad held nerve to score a chase of 130 against Pakistan, denying a strong Pakistan the chance to earn redemption for its earlier loss to India in the 2016 Asia Cup.
Now, it will be Bangladesh getting a second crack at India, thanks in part to Pakistan’s susceptibility to losing early wickets.
“Pakistan’s innings followed the same pattern of their previous games, losing three early wickets,” ESPNcricinfo reported. “Khurram Manzoor sent to open the batting, played out the first over and then got out for one off the first ball of the second, an Al-Amin delivery that jumped on him outside off-stump. It was the third time in the four Asia Cup matches that Al-Amin had taken a wicket in his first spell.”
As India so often does, the team has turned up its performance at just the right time. After some uneven performances in an extended trip to Australia, the team has turned in stellar play in the T20 tournament, with strong outings in wins over Bangladesh, Pakistan, and now Sri Lanka. India is expected to roll over UAE as well, though the team may take it easier on Thursday knowing that the finals await.
For India, the 2016 Asia Cup final will be a chance to make up for its near-misses in recent major tournaments, including a loss in the 2015 World Cup semifinal and what was a disappointing finish in the 2014 Asia Cup an a loss in the final of the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.
MS Dhoni*†, R Ashwin, JJ Bumrah, S Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, RA Jadeja, V Kohli, B Kumar, P Negi, A Nehra, HH Pandya, PA Patel†, AM Rahane, SK Raina, RG Sharma, Yuvraj Singh
United Arab Emirates Squad
Amjad Javed*, Ahmed Raza, Fahad Tariq, Farhan Ahmed, Mohammad Naveed, Mohammad Shahzad, Muhammad Kaleem, Muhammad Usman, SP Patil†, Qadeer Ahmed, Rohan Mustafa, Saqlain Haider, Shaiman Anwar, Usman Mushtaq, Zaheer Maqsood
Fans who want to watch the India vs. UAE cricket match live online can click here for streaming video through Star Sports.
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