About the Match
Bangladesh crushed Pakistan to register a 5-wicket victory and earn a place in the finals of the Asia Cup against India, to be played at Dhaka on 6th March. The hosts have been convincing in all their games and are ready to take on table-toppers India in the last hurdle to the cup. The men in blue made it to the finals with three consecutive victories and their dominance over UAE in the last match, gave them their biggest T20 win ever. Both teams are excited to battle it out on Sunday and the team that can bring out an all-round performance will be better placed to emerge victorious.
They held their nerves together against Pakistan and excelled in all departments of the game to win the match by 5 wickets; the bowlers were stupendous as they restricted Pakistan to 129 runs thanks to Al-Amin Hossain, who took 3-25 and Arafat Sunny who claimed two wickets. Mashrafe Mortaza and Taskin Ahmed took a wicket each and they combined well to stifle the run-flow of the opposition; the batsmen had an easy chase with 48 runs being scored by Soumya Sarkar while Mahmudullah scored a quick fire 22 from just 15 balls to steer the team towards a comfortable win.
However, when they faced India in the opening game, the batting line-up had crumbled under pressure chasing 167 and they fell short by 45 runs; except Sabbir Rahman, who scored a respectable 44 off 32, the others fell like a pack of cards. Earlier, the bowlers gave away too many runs and despite Al-Amin Hossain’s 3-37, Bangladesh couldn’t keep the Indians in check.
They have an in-form bowling squad and many all-rounders who can prove to be match winners; their batting definitely has to be more consistent and players like Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib-Al-Hasan, Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman must come out all guns blazing here.
The team has a high morale with four straight victories here and they have proven to be a formidable force to reckon with; against UAE in the last match, they brought out all the ammunition they have to demolish the opponents for 81 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar came back in form as he took 2-8 proving to be the most economical while Harbhajan Singh also showed his expertise with the ball as he took a wicket and gave away only 11 runs in his 4-over spell. Pawan Negi made his T20 debut with one dismissal while Pandya and Bumrah were consistent with the wickets. Rohit Sharma and Dhawan finally got some runs to their credit and with help from Yuvraj, India wrapped the proceedings by the 11th over.
They have a terrific mix of bowlers with pace attack from Bumrah, Nehra and Pandya; with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harbhajan, Pawan Negi and other part-timers like Yuvraj Singh, the Indians can surely pull out some tricks from their sleeves to outwit Bangladesh on Sunday.
India has convincingly defeated teams like Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the hosts too; they are a tough unit to crack and will surely come out with all firepower to lift the trophy.
Indians marched their way to the final and Bangladesh we fluent as well barring their game against India. The hosts have improved with every passing game and would have to be at their best to pose a threat against men in blue. Bangladesh has truly fought hard to get here but the Indians will be too stiff a challenge to overcome; we feel that India are clear favourites to win on Sunday