About the Match
Defeating Sri Lanka by 5 wickets, India made it through to the Finals of the Asia Cup; they will take on United Arab Emirates, who are at the bottom of the table having lost all games so far, on 3rd March at Dhaka. With the other finalist is yet to be decided, the competition is heated up between hosts Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, who are just above Pakistan due to a better run rate. The upcoming match is a dead rubber but UAE will definitely like to bow out of the series with a win; on the other hand, India’s power-packed performances make them clear favourites to win here.
They have been very methodical and their perfect execution in all departments of the game has brought them to the finals of this coveted series; their 5-wicket win against Sri Lanka exhibited the talented resources they have. Kohli steered the team to a fine win as he posted a well-made half-century in the company of Raina, Yuvraj and Dhoni. He is in good form and can excel under pressure and Yuvraj is also back in form as he scored a quick fire 35 off 18 deliveries, which is a good sign.
Earlier, the bowlers caused havoc for Sri Lanka as Pandya, Bumrah and Nehra demolished the top order with quick breakthroughs while Ashwin came back to take two scalps and help restrict the opposition to 138. Against Pakistan too, the bowlers especially Bumrah, who took 3-8, excelled to stifle the opponents getting them all-out by the 18th over for just 83 runs on board. Kohli and Yuvraj Singh wrapped up the chase with more than 4 overs to spare after an initial scare with Rohit Sharma and Rahane getting out for ducks in the very first over.
Overall, they are a formidable force to reckon with and have tremendous experience playing the T20 format of the game, which gives them a clear edge to triumph over UAE too on Thursday.
United Arab Emirates
They have lost all three games till now and the players are definitely low on morale but they must focus on their strengths and try to put up a better performance here. Against Pakistan, the batting line-up crumbled to only 129 on board with a saving grace from players like Shaiman Anwar, who scored 46 off 42, and Mohammad Usman and Amjad Javed who scored 20+ runs each. But the bowlers were unable to defend the lowly total against the opposition with only captain Javed picking up 3 wickets although proving to be the costliest.
Against Bangladesh, the bowlers put up a fierce challenge as they restricted the hosts to 133 runs with a superb attack; however, the batsmen put up a dismal show as they were demolished for 82 all-out. Players like Mohammad Kaleem, Shaiman Anwar and Swapnil Patil fell hard and they couldn’t recover despite Muhammad Usman’s run-a-ball 30 or Mustafa and Shahzad contributing with a 23-run partnership for the 2nd wicket.
They have good bowlers like Mohammad Naveed, Shahzad, Mustafa and Amjad Javed, who leads from the front but the batsmen must pull up their socks if they want to win here.
India is a stronger team in all aspects of the game but they will not take UAE lightly; the contest could have its ups and downs but we feel that the men in blue are poised for a big win here