India and Bangladesh will lock horns against each other in the finals of the Asia cup on September 28. India undoubtedly enters the game as the favorites but Bangladesh have some match-winners in their side which will make the contest exciting.
And there are a few player battles to watch out as well which most probably define the outcome of the game.
The batsman of the tournament, Rohit is in imperious form with three fifties in three innings and has scored 194 runs without getting dismissed. His authoritative batting against Mohammad Amir indicated that he has overcome the challenge of left-arm pacers which troubled him in the past.
But in Mustafizur Rahman he has one last hurdle left. More than his angle, Rahman is known for his pace variations and accuracy. And this makes this contest exciting. Rohit loves pace on the ball early in the innings so it will be fascinating to see how he faces Rahman.
Mahmudullah has had a quiet tournament so far. He has only one fifty in four innings but, make no mistake, he is Bangladesh’s big match player. He has shown in the past that he ups the ante when it matters the most.
His ability to remain calm and suddenly explode in death overs makes him special and he will be itching do that against India if Bangladesh’s top order provides him the required platform. But he will have to deal with Jasprit Bumrah who turns into a yorker machine in death overs. If the situation permits then watching Mahmudullah versus Bumrah in death overs should be a mouth-watering contest.
By slamming two match-winning knocks in two big games, Mushfiqur has proved that absence of Tamim Iqbal isn’t a massive blow for Bangladesh. His job in the finals will be a familiar one- Survive the middle overs and provide a flourish in death overs.
His agile body movements are key to defeating spin but Kuldeep Yadav, India’s ace spinner is known to ruffle the best of the batsmen with his versatile lengths and variations. He loves setting-up a batsman before delivering his wicket-taking ball. So, keep an eye on the variations he tries against Rahim.