India will play Bangladesh in the final of the Asia Cup T20 on Sunday, in a bid to successfully finish their final preparatory tournament ahead of the World T20 at home.
A win will give them their 10th victory out of their last 11 T20 internationals, as well as their third successive T20 series win.
Here’s HT’s key players from both sides for the Asia Cup final:
The number three batsman has been India’s main-stay in the batting order through the Asia Cup. His fine knocks of 49 against Pakistan and 56* against Sri Lanka paved the way for India’s entry into the final. More of the same will be expected from him in the final.
The opening batsman’s knock of 83 against Bangladesh in the opening tie, set the ball rolling for India in the Asia Cup. Facing the same opponents again, his side will be hoping for another impressive showing from the 28-year-old.
India’s pace spearhead has ensured that the opposition batsmen have been kept in check whenever India has taken the field. Leading a relatively young pacers in Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, the onus will be on Nehra to lead by example in the high-stakes clash.
Known for his flamboyant style of batting, the opener will be a threat to India’s bowlers. After missing the initial part of the tournament, Iqbal was back into the side for the game against Pakistan. His form in the Pakistan Super League was impressive and he will look to bring that form into play on the big occasion.
Bangladesh’s lead pace bowler has been a surprise package in this Asia Cup. After the injury ruled out ace pacer Mustafizur Rahman from the tournament, Al-Amin did not let his absence felt. He is currently leading the wicket-taking charts of the main draw with 10 wickets in four games. In the final, he will be hoping to add a few more to his tally.