India will have a chance to lay the marker as the potential team to beat in upcoming WorldT20 held in India if they brush aside a rejuvenated Bangladesh side in the finals of the Asia Cup 2016.
India will among the top 3 contenders to lift WorldT20 trophy in India starting from March.The hosts have performed consistently well and the support of their fans will raise their hopes of winning high profile tournament like Asia Cup.
The contest is a close one as there is very little to choose from the sides for this game.India did comprehensively beat Bangladesh in the opening match of the Asia Cup.
Bangladesh will take some heart for a fact that they have defeated India in a bilateral one day series held in their own backyard last year and could possible come up trumps on the big day over their rivals India.
Bangladesh have shown clarity in exhibiting their strengths and there is growing confidence in the team in terms of approach applied in T20 in all the games played in the Asia Cup.
India have been pitch perfect to say the least as they strolled down the pitch once again to lift the trophy for six time since the inception of the tournament.
MS Dhoni triumph in the finals will provide a new lease of life to his captaincy after increasing pressure from media and former players that he no longer should captain India going forward.
Rohit Sharma is batting like a dream while Shikhar Dhawan is also getting back to his normal groove.Virat Kohli is a magician player who is a cut above the rest these days while Yuvraj Singh is beginning to find his feet after games played so far in the event.
All the players have provided notable contributions and India has played and won on a collective basis rather than sparkling individual performances.
The story with ball is quite pleasing as well as pacers Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah have provided the right attitude and skills to execute tidy opening spells.Hardik Pandya has also provided ideal balance to the side as all-rounder who was picked as the role of third seamer.
The spin duo of Ravi Ashwin and Ravendra Jadeja have been there usual self turning up and taking wickets without being too expensive.
Bangladesh top order players like Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman shown decent run of form in the event while Mahmudullah provided stealth to the middle order to finish off games in tight situations.Though Shakib-ul-Hasan and Mushfiqur Raheem had a quiet tournament this year with the bat.
Bowling has been on the spot as fast bowler Al-Amin hossain and Taskin Ahmed have produced consistency in their opening spells backed by Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib-ul-Hasan.
It could certainly turn out to be fascinating if hosts play this year’s BPL bowling sensation Abu Hider in place of Arafat Sunny and Mohammad Mithun dropped as well for Nasir Hossain.
Players to Watch out for
Shakib-ul-Hasan could certainly be the individual to catapult Bangladesh to win their elusive mega trophy.Though he has injury issues,hosts will be hoping that he is must starter in the game.If he discovers his mojo in batting then it could go in favor of the hosts in no time.
Ashish Nehra will crucial for India to provide Bangladesh aggressive stroke players at the top and has managed to give India key wickets in the opening Power play.His ability to move the ball late has provided more solidity to the lineup and could be the man to set the game up for India.
Abu Hider might be a possible starter in the game ahead of Arafat Sunny as Nasir Hossain might replace Mithun for the big Final.
Bangladesh (starting line-up): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Nasir Hossain/Mohammad Mithun, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 9 Al-Amin Hossain, 10 Arafat Sunny/Abu Hider, 11 Taskin Ahmed
India is all set to play the best team as there are no injury concerns going into such a big game as experienced players like Ashwin and Nehra will play the game.
India (starting line-up): 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Ashish Nehra, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Pitch and conditions
There is fair amount of grass covering on the pitch on the eve of the big game but it might be completely removed to get high scoring game.Weather will be perfect for cricket as there is no chance of rain in the air for the finals of the Asia Cup