Asia Cup 2018 Final, India vs Bangladesh: The super four stage in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 has been done and dusted, it’s time for the closure now as we head to the final of the continental tournament. Rohit Sharma-led Team India will look to reassert their continental supremacy while an injury-hit Bangladesh will hope to shrug off stage fright when the two sides square off in the grand finale of the Asia Cup on Friday.
On paper, the defending champs India will remain overwhelming favourites to win the tournament for a record seventh time while Bangladesh will be hoping to be third-time lucky in a summit clash. On the other side, gutsy Bangladesh played the party-poopers on Wednesday as they wrecked the prospects of an India-Pakistan summit clash with a memorable performance despite losing key players to injury.
Before the big final between India and Bangladesh, we will have a look at top run-scorers and top wicket-takers in the fourteenth edition of the Asia Cup is currently underway in the United Arabia Emirates (UAE).
Surprisingly unlike the recent trend in the recent past, the 50-over format competition has not witnessed big-scores. The reason behind that is majorly the nature of pitches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi which have not been that batting friendly as expected. As a result of that, we have only two batsmen who have managed to cross the hundred-run mark in the ongoing competition.
Bangladesh premier batsman Mushfiqur Rahim did it in the Asia Cup opener against Sri Lanka, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan registered two centuries against his name – against Hong Kong and arch-rivals Pakistan. India captain Rohit Sharma has also scored a ton in this edition of Asia Cup against Pakistan.
Dhawan has been in majestic form during the ongoing Asia Cup and played a huge role in taking India to the finals. He has scored 327 runs at an average of 81.75. His runs have come at a strike rate of 101.86. He has scored two superb centuries against Hong Kong and Pakistan. His highest score of 127 came in a match against Hong Kong.
Top Run-Scorers Of Asia Cup 2018 :
|S Dhawan (IND)||4||327||127||81.75||2||0|
|Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN)||4||297||144||74.25||1||1|
|Rohit Sharma (IND)||4||269||124||134.5||1||2|
|Mohammad Shahzad (AFG)||5||268||97*||53.60||1||0|
|Hashmatullah Shahidi (AFG)||5||263||144||65.75||0||3|
In the bowling charts, Afghanistan’s spin wizard -Rashid Khan is leading the table as the most-productive bowler in the tournament with 10 wickets to his name in five matches. He is ahead of Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman, who has scalped 8 victims in four matches. A total of 5 bowlers are joint third in the list with 7 wickets each – Jasprit Bumrah, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Shakib Al Hasan.
Sri Lanka’s biggest match-winner Lasith Malinga holds the summit position in the overall list of wicket-takers in Asia Cup with 33 wickets, while his countrymate Muttiah Muralitharan (30) and Ajantha Mendis complete the podium places (26).