Mirpur (Dhaka), Feb.27 (ANI): India have won the toss and elected to bowl against arch-rivals Pakistan in the fourth Asia Cup contest here at Shere Bangla National Stadium on Saturday.
Ajinkya Rahane has replaced injured regular left-hand opener Shikhar Dhawan as the only change in the squad that won the opening match against hosts Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Shahid Afridi will lead Pakistan against India for the first time as T20 captain.
Both nations will take to the field together for the first time since the last World T20 in 2014.
The playing XI of both the sides is as follows:
Johannesburg, Feb.27 : Manchester United under-fire manager Louis van Gaal has described constant speculation about his possible departure from the Old Trafford club as ' absolute scandal' and 'ridiculous.'
The Dutchman also accused his critics of unfairly targeting him for United's struggling season and not criticising players, the Mirror reported.
Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with the managerial role at Old Trafford after United repeated poor performances and after the club's early exit from the Champions League.
Johannesburg, Feb.27 : World number three Roger Federer has revealed that he will miss next month's Indian Wells Masters as he continues to recover from knee surgery.
The Swiss maestro had been expected to be sidelined for a month after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus sustained the day after his semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open last month, Sport24 reported.
Ahmedabad, Feb.27 : Australian ultra-marathoner Pat Farmer, who embarked on a 60-day 'Spirit of India Run' to Kashmir from Kanyakumari last month, marked his halfway point with a visit to the home of one of India's greatest leaders.
On the way to Ahmedabad, the largest city in the state of Gujarat, Farmer and his crew stopped by Sabarmati Ashram - the home where Mahatma Gandhi developed his plans for an independent India.
"Today I had the great privilege, one of the greatest moments of my life, to be able to step inside Mahatma Gandhi's home," Farmer said.
Karachi, Feb.27 : The die-hard Pakistani fan of Virat Kohli, who was arrested last month for hoisting the Indian flag on the rooftop of his house, has been granted bail by a court.
According to the Dawn, the Additional district and Sessions court in Okara admitted bail plea of Umer Daraz, whose initial bail plea was rejected by a local magistrate last week.
The court also ordered Daraz to furnish a surety bond worth Rs 50,000.
Daraz was celebrating Kohli's knock of 90 not out, which set up India's 37-run win in the first of three Twenty20 internationals against Australia in January.
Colombo, Feb. 27 : Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene, who was hired as England's batting consultant for next month's World T20 in India, has described his country's cricket board President Thilanga Sumathipala's criticism as 'disappointing.'
The 38-year-old argued that his ten-day assignment with England is aimed at helping England batsmen improve their techniques in subcontinent conditions and not toward providing any specific tactical information about Sri Lanka.
Vasco: Defending champions and table-toppers Mohun Bagan will be the outright favourites when they take on laggards Salgaocar FC in an I-League match here on Saturday.
Unbeaten so far, Bagan have 18 points after eight matches (5 wins and 3 draws). Salgaocar, on the other hand, are second from bottom with one win, two draws and five losses.
Given the form that Bagan have displayed so far, it would be a tough task for Salgaocar to upstage the Kolkata giants despite playing them on home turf.
Dhaka, Feb. 27 : India will take on arch rival Pakistan in the Asia Cup T20 series at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka today.
Both nations will Pakistan take to the field together for the first time since the last World T20 in 2014 and all eyes are bound to be on the thrilling encounter.
India-Pakistan showdowns usually draw hundreds of millions of television viewers, making it the biggest box office attraction in the sport.
New Delhi, Feb.26 : The Australian Sports Commission and Victoria University have joined forces with India in order to strengthen sporting capabilities between both the countries.
A delegation, led by Professor Hans Westerbeek, Dean of the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University, will explore potential partnerships with government and business in sports administration, training, sport sciences and education.
Australian Sports Commission and Australian Institute of Sport representatives will participate in a sports hackathon with Zone Startups in Mumbai.
Mirpur, Feb. 26 : Sri Lanka T20 skipper Lasith Malinga has hinted that he might call curtains to his illustrious international career at the end of next month's World T20 to be played in India.
Malinga's comments came after helping his side to a thrilling 14-run win over the United Arab Emirates in the second match of the Asia Cup at Shere Bangla National Stadium on Thursday.
The 32-year-old, who made a comeback with Asia Cup, had not played for his side since November last year due to a knee injury.
Ranchi, Feb. 26 : Ekta Bisht grabbed a three-wicket haul to help the Indian women's cricket team crush Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the final T20 to clinch the three-match series 3-0 here at JSCA International Stadium Complex on Friday.
Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka had a stuttering start as opener Oshadi Ranasinghe was dismissed for a duck before opener Chamari Atapattu contributed significant 22 in her side's innings.
The tourists struggled to face India's attack and were restricted to mere 89-run target within their allotted 20 overs.
London, Feb. 26 : Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has lavished praise on Marcus Rashford after he made a sensational debut during his side's win against Midtjylland in the Europa League, describing the performance as `unbelievable`.
Marcus Rashford scored twice to help Manchester United thrash Midtjylland 5-1 to progress through to the last-16 of the tournament at Old Trafford.
The 18-year-old stepped up from the bench after forward Anthony Martial was forced to withdraw due to hamstring injury he sustained during the warm-up.
Mirpur: World cricket's most intriguing rivalry will once again be renewed when India take on an unpredictable Pakistan with rehabilitated pacer Mohammed Amir being the focus of attention in a round-robin league encounter of the Asia Cup T20 tournament here on Saturday. The match will also serve as a pre-cursor to the two teams' opening round battle in the ICC World Twenty20, next month. The Indo-Pak cricket contests over the years have carried a legacy, not to forget the political undercurrents involved whenever the two bitter neighbours square off on the 22 yards.
Johannesburg, Feb. 26 : Two-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka has admitted that he and Australian player Nick Kyrgios are far from being friends as the duo prepare for the semi-final clash at the Dubai Open on Friday.
Wawrinka's comments came in the wake of the Kyrgios' insulting remark on the French's girlfriend during their Montreal Masters match last year in August. He was also handed a suspended ban and a fine by the ATP tour for his remark.
London, Feb. 26 : Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has showered praise on his side after they progressed to the last-16 of the Europa League by beating Augsburg, saying that the victory was 'well-deserved'.
Midfielder James Milner scored a penalty in the fifth minute as Liverpool claimed a 1-0 win over Augsburg in the second leg of the last-32 tie.
Describing his side as the 'better' team, Klopp said that Liverpool played a really good game and created chances to claim a deserving victory.
New Delhi: Lasith Malinga on Thursday dropped a bombshell with regards to his retirement after leading his side to a win against UAE in the Asia Cup 2016.
The Lankan skipper's reply to a question on is retirement after the World Twenty20 was "might be".
The premier pacer also conceded that he was yet to fully recover from his current injury and the fact that complete recuperation might take close to two years.
Doha, Feb. 26 : Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis's incredible 41-match winning streak came to a sudden halt as they suffered a shocking defeat in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Total Open here on Friday.
The Indo-Swiss pair were beaten at the hands of Russian pair of Elena Vesnina and Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 4-6, 5-10 in the quarter-final clash that lasted for one hour and 17 minutes.
Reflecting on her defeat, Mirza wrote on Twitter, "So that's how the cookie crumbled ... just kiddin. Hehe.. We'll be back stronger than before #SanTina."
London, Feb. 26 : Tottenham displayed a rampant performance as they swept aside Fiorentina 3-0 in the second league of the last-32 tie to advance in the Europa League at White Hart Lane.
The host found their opener when midfielder Ryan Mason thumped a goal in the 25th minute of the match, goal. com reported.
Erik Lamela added a second goal to his side's account in the 63rd minute before Fiorentina's defender Gonzalo Rodriguez struck a goal in his own net nine minutes from full-time to pile further misery on his side.
London, Feb. 26 : Marcus Rashford made a sensational debut as he scored twice to help Manchester United thrash Midtjylland
5-1 to progress through to the last-16 of the Europa League at Old Trafford.
Midfielder Pione Sisto smashed a goal in the 27th minute to put Midtjylland ahead before defender Nikolay Bodurov netted a goal in his own net to provide Louis Van Gaal's side with an equalizer just five minutes later, the Guardian reported.
Debutant Rashford then scored two consecutive goals for United in the 64th and 75th minute to make it 3-1 against the visitors.
New Delhi: Vijay Mallya on Wednesday stepped down as United Spirits' chairman.
According to the agreement, Diageo will not just pay him a whooping Rs 515 crore but also absolve him of all liabilities over alleged financial lapses at the company founded by his family.
"Having recently turned 60, I have decided to spend more time in England, closer to my children," said Mallya
With him resigning from boards of all USL group firms, Mallya is no longer in a position to control IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore.
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