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Asian Games 2023: IND vs BAN Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: India vs Bangladesh, Asian Games 2023 semi-final (IND vs BAN)

Date: October 6, Friday, 6.30 AM IST

Venue: Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket Field, Hangzhou, China.

India and Bangladesh will contest the first semi-final of men’s cricket at the Asian Games 2023. The match will be played at the Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket Field on October 6 at 6.30 AM IST. The Indian women’s cricket team won a gold medal at the event last week, and now the men’s team, which is participating in the Asian Games for the first time, will look to do the same.

Led by Ruturaj Gaikwad, the Indian men’s cricket team, defeated Nepal by 23 runs in their quarter-final match. The match belonged to opening batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal, who slammed a century to take India to a total of 202 runs in 20 overs. The likes of Gaikwad (25), Shivam Dube (25) and Rinku Singh (37) also played important cameos. In reply, Nepal fell short of the target by 23 runs. Lucknow Super Giant teammates Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi picked up three wickets each, while Arshdeep Singh chipped in with two.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, have participated in the previous editions of the tournament. They have already won five medals in cricket at the Asian Games – the men’s side won gold and bronze in the 2010 and 2014 editions, respectively, while the women’s team won consecutive silver medals, followed by a bronze this year.

In the quarter-final, they beat Malaysia in a match that went down to the wire. A half century by Saif Hassan recused Bangladesh after they were 3 for 3 in 1.5 overs, and took them to a total of 116 in 20 overs. Malaysia almost got to the target, before falling short by just two runs.

Ahead of the first cricket semi-final at the Asian Games 2023, here’s everything you need to know to maximise your chances of winning cash prizes on MPL fantasy.

Weather update and pitch report for IND vs BAN, Asian Games 2023 

The pitch at the venue is expected to be batting friendly. The bowlers will have to put in extra effort to be able to pick wickets here.

There is no rain forecast on match day. The weather, with a maximum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius, will be pleasant.

India team news and predicted XI

Team news: India do not have any injury concerns and are unlikely to make any changes to the playing XI which they fielded in the quarter-final against Nepal.

Squad: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Tilak Varma, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shivam Dube, Rinku Singh, Washington Sundar, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Tripathi, Mukesh Kumar, Prabhsimran Singh, Shahbaz Ahmed, Akash Deep

Predicted XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rinku Singh, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh

Bangladesh team news and predicted XI

Team news: Bangladesh also do not have any injury concerns and are unlikely to make any changes to the line-up which was up against Malaysia in the quarter-final.

Squad: Parvez Hossain Emon, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Zakir Hasan, Saif Hassan (c), Afif Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Jaker Ali (wk), Rishad Hossain, Sumon Khan, Rakibul Hasan, Ripon Mondol, Mosaddek Hossain, Yasir Ali, Tanvir Islam, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.

Predicted XI: Jaker Ali (wk), Parvez Hossain Emon, Zakir Hasan, Saif Hassan (c), Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Afif Hossain, Rishad Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Sumon Khan, Rakibul Hasan, Ripon Mondol

Head-to-head record

In the 20-over format, the two sides have played against each other in a total of 12 matches, of which 11 were won by India. The last time these two teams met was at the T20 World Cup 2022.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for IND vs BAN, Asian Games 2023

Yashasvi Jaiswal – batsman, India

Opening batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal slammed a 49-ball century in the quarter-final against Nepal. The 21-year-old is now India’s youngest ever centurion in the format. He also India’s first ever centurion at the multi-sport event. Earlier this year, he scored a century on his Test debut as well. The young batsman has been in great form this year, which includes his run-fest in IPL 2023, and is a good choice for your MPL team’s captaincy.

Avesh Khan – bowler, India

Avesh Khan is another player you must pick in your fantasy team. He took three wickets against Nepal, before which he was impressive in IPL 2023. The pacer has played 16 T20 internationals for India, from which he has 16 wickets. He has also played five ODIs for India.

Rinku Singh – batsman, India

Rinku Singh loves finishing games, and will be looking for an opportunity to do so in the semi-final. After lighting up the stage in IPL 2023, the explosive batsman made his international debut in a T20 series against Ireland. Against Nepal in the quarter-final, he scored an unbeaten 37 off just 15 balls, laced with two boundaries and four maximums.

Saif Hassan – batsman, Bangladesh

When Bangladesh lost three wickets in 1.5 overs in the quarter-final, skipper Saif Hassan took matters into his own hands. He steadied the ship by scoring an unbeaten 50, which took Bangladesh to a total of 116.

Ripon Mondal – bowler, Bangladesh

Playing his first-ever T20I match, 20-year-old Ripon Mondal impressed by taking three wickets. Although inexperienced, he is still a good pick for your fantasy team going by his performance in the quarter-final against Malaysia.

MPL fantasy XI – IND vs BAN, Asian Games 2023

IND vs BAN – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The India vs Bangladesh match will be televised on the Sony Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Sony Liv app as well as the Jiocinema app. The match will begin at 6.30 AM IST on October 6.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.




Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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