Asia Cup 2016: What to expect from epic final between Team India and Bangladesh

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Mirpur, Mar 3: A spirited Bangladesh on Wednesday night stunned Pakistan in a low scoring thriller game and booked a berth to clash Team India into the Asia Cup T20 final encounter on Sunday.

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Needing 130 to win, Bangladesh won the match in 19.1 overs to help the hosts overwhelm the target with five balls to spare. Now, the hosts will meet in-form Team India which is undefeated so far in the tournament in the summit clash on Sunday.

Bangladesh players celebrate after winning against Pakistan.

Here's a look at what all factors will play a crucial role and what one can expect from India and Bangladesh clash in the Asia Cup final:

Home conditions would favour Bangladesh:

Bangladesh team under the captaincy of Mashrafe Mortaza will recieve massive support from the electric home crowd. The spirited Bangladeshi side has won 5 ODI series in a row at home and are well aware of the home conditions.

Bangladesh's spirits high after beating Pakistan and Sri Lanka:

The team's performance in the nail biting encounter against Pakistan and a convincing victory against defending champions Sri Lanka has certainly have improved the morale of this young Bangladeshi side.

Bangladesh's spirits would be sky high

Mortaza and Co kept their nerve against traditional rivals Pakistan in the must win game, for the winner would qualify for the finals. Thus, their morale would be sky high as they face India in the finals on Sunday.

Bangladesh would miss Mustafizur:

Bangladesh were dealt a telling blow as their strike bowler Mustafizur Rahman was ruled out of the Asia Cup due to a Grade I side strain sustained during their win against Sri Lanka.

Mustafizur has been this side's backbone in the bowling department, in recent times, thus his absence would definitely be felt against most important game against India.

Mashrafe Mortaza will certainly miss Mustafizur Rahman.

He was in extremely great form against the Indian side, last summer, when the Men In Blue toured the nation for the bilateral ODI series. Even in the Asia Cup the left-handed-pacer has bowled at an economy of 6 and bagged 3 wickets.

Team India would love to continue winning momentum:

An unbeatable Team India would be hoping to maintain their winning momentum in the final game against Bangladesh. Men In Blue defeated the Bangladeshi side in the Asia Cup opener last week by a margin of 45 runs and would hope to dominate the home side and win Asia Cup.

Winning this trophy would be very important for the Indian side as they go for the ICC World T20 after this tournament and MS Dhoni & Co are the top contenders for the World title, especially when it is being held in India.

Team India would hope to settle scores with Bangladesh:

In the previous Asia Cup tournament, Bangladesh had defeated India in the semifinals and not to forget the first ODI series victory last year. Thus Men In Blue would be hoping to settle their scores and take a sweet revenge with the Bangladeshi side and what better way than defeating the home side in the Asia Cup final.

Virat Kohli would love to explode against Bangladesh.

In-form Virat Kohli would love to explode in final:

All eyes would be on Virat Kohli, who is a match-winner and team's most successful batsman in the tournament. Kohli has dominated from the bat against Sri Lanka and Pakistan but he had failed to perform against Bangladesh in the opener. Therefore, flamboyant Indian batsman would be hoping to improve his figures against the Bangladeshi bowling line-up.

 

T20 is an unpredictable format:

Despite its dominating form and undefeated streak, Team India would not be taking the Bangladeshi side lightly, given the beauty of the T20 format. Bangladesh is a dangerous side in the shorter format of the game and its performance against Pakistan and Sri Lanka only cements the fact. Thus, one can expect a good contest between India and Bangladesh, which is hoping to win its maiden Asia Cup title.

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