After a stunning 37-run victory over Pakistan in a do-or-die super four clash, Bangladesh are all set to take on the tournament favourites India on Friday, September 28 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. They are playing Asia Cup final against India for the second consecutive time. Previously, they faced India in the last edition of the tournament, which was played in the T20 format in 2016.
Since the beginning of the tournament, Bangla Tigers are facing the misery of injuries. In the opening match, they lost their key batsman Tamim Iqbal due to a wrist fracture. And, before the virtual semifinal against Pakistan, all-rounder Shakib Shakib Al Hasan complained about the pain in his injured finger and as a result, he was also ruled out of the tournament before the big final against India.
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Without some of its key players missing due to injury and other issues – Bangladesh are more than capable enough of giving India a tough fight in the final of the Asia Cup 2018. Let’s take a look at few of those players from whom the men in blue should be wary off –
1. Mushfiqur Rahim: Mustafizur had been a saviour for Bangladesh in this tournament, he single-handedly led the team to the victory in two out of three wins for Bangla Tigers in this tournament. He played a match-winning knock of 144 runs against Sri Lanka in the opening match and 99 against Pakistan in the Virtual semi-final. And, he is the second highest run scorer of the tournament. So, he can be the game changer against India in the final of Asia Cup.
2. Mustafizur Rahman: Arguably, the best pacer Bangladesh have ever produced. The ‘Fizz’ had taken eight wickets in the four matches so far and is the second highest wicket-taker of the tournament. In the crucial match against Pakistan, he grabbed four crucial scalps to turn the match in Bangladesh’s favour, while defending a modest target.
3. Mohammad Mithun: This wicketkeeper-batsman had played two crucial innings in this tournament, one against Sri Lanka and the other against Pakistan in the virtual semi-final. In both the matches, he stood with Mushfiqur Rahim and made the middle-order of the batting line-up strong for Bangladesh. He can be a concern in the middle-order for the Indian bowlers.
4. Mehidy Hasan: This 20-years-old young all-rounder has been the most economical bowler in the tournament so far. He had played 5 matches and had bowled 44 overs and conceded only 144 runs with an economy of just 3.27. Though he had not done anything big in Batting, he can fill the gap of missing Shakib Al Hasan in the final.
Here are the squads of both teams:
India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Siddarth Kaul, KL Rahul, Deepak Chahar.
Bangladesh: Masrafe Bin Mortaza (C), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun, Litton Kumar Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Islam Apu, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Haider Rony.