External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had reasons to smile upon returning to New Delhi on Monday after a two-day trip to the Maldives.
Maymol Rocky's side heads into the encounter on the back of victories against Maldives and Sri Lanka in the group stages.
Swaraj, accompanied by senior officials including foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, was received at Velana International Airport by her Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid.
Relations between India and the Maldives deteriorated after the then President Abdulla Yameen imposed emergency on February 5 last year.
Announcing the visit, the Ministry of External Affairs said it is aimed at further strengthening the 'close and friendly' relations between the two countries.
India have been drawn alongside Maldives and Sri Lanka in Group B in the six-team competition while hosts Nepal have been placed in Group A with Bangladesh and Bhutan.
Sunday’s fourth India-Australia ODI is likely to be the last international match in this format at the existing PCA Stadium.
Apart from air connectivity, we have several smaller seaports in Kerala operating vessels to the Maldives and Sri Lanka.
A Maldives national was held at the Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery with 3. 120 kg of hashish on Tuesday.
After addressing the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting here, Swaraj held talks with Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid and her Bangladeshi counterpart AK Abdul Momen.