The wait is finally over, Asia Cup final is going to start in few hours between India and Bangladesh. The final looks like a fight between two fearsome lions fighting for pride and supremacy.
Team India played like champions and remains unbeaten in the tournament, whereas Bangladesh went through many up and downs and finally arrived at the winning lap by two consecutive wins under their belt.
Both the teams have the momentum with them and are ready to go neck to neck at each other. India is the hot favorite, but Bangladesh has the history of having a kill in the finals.
India has won Asia Cup 6 times till date, which 5 ODI trophies and 1 T20. Bangladesh narrowly missed the Asia Cup trophy by a whisker in 2012 but has removed the tag of minnows in the last 8 years becoming one of the strongest contenders for the cup.
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Team India is the favorite any day any time and any condition. Players like Rohit sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Jaspreet Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have got the required rest and will play with full strength in the finals.
Bangladesh has already lost the key all-rounder Sakib Al Hasan during the super four stages due to prolong finger injury. He is rested for the next six weeks. Although, other instrumental players like Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza have peaked at the crucial time.
Both the teams have played each other 34 times in One Day cricket, India has won 28 of them and lost only 4 games. India will most likely win the tournament and whitewash the past defeats of England series.
Probable Team XI
India– Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayadu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Jasprit Bumrah
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Bangladesh- Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mominul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, and Rubel Hossain
Key Players for Both Teams
Shikhar Dhawan– After the England series failure, Shikhar Dhawan looks like a man on a mission and is leaving no stone unturned to make it big this final. He has already scored 327 runs in the tournament with the help of 2 centuries. If the Delhi dynamo gets the lose deliveries at the start of the innings, there is no stopping him.
Mushfiqur Rahim– He is the best bet of Bangladesh, if they have to win the tournament. He missed the century by a run in the last match and is looking focused to win his team the prestigious Asia Cup trophy. He will come hard with all guns blazing and score runs at a brisk pace.
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