Bangladesh U-19 batsman Mahmudul Hasan (L) celebrates fifty while India U19 opener Arjun Azad(R) plays a shot against Pakistan on September 07 at Tyronne Fernando Stadium, Moratuwa. -ACC
After losing to India in last edition of the tournament's semifinal and recently in England in the Tri-nation tournament final, young Tigers are eying to break title-drought as they face mighty India in the grand finale of ACC U-19 Asia Cup at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo today.
It will be a tougher job by any means as Bangladesh have been in perpetual losing streak against India. Bangladesh lost to India in last edition of the tournament's semifinal and more recently in England in the Tri-nation tournament final.
They have failed to beat them in any knockout games of the big tournament in youth cups. Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali said that they are eyeing to break the losing streak against India as they prepare well to take on the Asian giants in the final of the youth Asia Cup.
"We are mentally in a right frame of mind ahead of the clash. We are hopeful of playing well. We played well in the group stage and we will play the final with relaxed mind," Akbar Ali said.
Bangladesh won three matches in a row in the group stage to make it to the semifinal against Afghanistan which was washed out without a ball being balled. By virtue of being the group champions of their Group B, Bangladesh moved to the final.
India's semifinal against Sri Lanka was also washed out by rain and as per rules of the tournament, they also moved to the final being champions of Group A. Akbar Ali said the team just needs to regroup well on the particular day to beat India.
He is also confident of his pacers and batsmen. The weather in Colombo does not look good as some rainfall is predicated which may hamper the match.
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