The excitement will cross all the limits when the Tigers face India in the final of the Asia Cup today with a great hope to clinch the title at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium today at 7:30 pm.
2012, Bangladesh lost the same tournament to Pakistan by two runs and
this time they took the revenge by beating Pakistan by five wickets to
reach the final. Undoubtedly, the Tigers will be firm to convert the
tears of 2012 into joy this time.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe is
taking the match as like any other match and said he want to continue
the success of the last three matches.
He said, "It is just another
match. Of course it is the final and the flavour will be different. But
we are taking this match like other matches. We want to deliver our
best, want to play as we played in the last three matches.
the match India team director Ravi Shastri thinks similar to Mashrafe
as he said, "We are experienced players. You just treat it as another
game. Why treat it as the final. You approach it like you've approached
every game in this tournament. For us every game is a knockout, we've
approached it in that fashion. And we'll approach tomorrow's game in no
In T20 ranking, India are the number one while Bangladesh are number ten and Mashrafe takes it as reality.
said, "There is no excitement about that, it is reality. We will try to
give our hundred percent. I also hope for some good luck."
on the other hand, hoped that they can play cricket like number one
today saying, "We are the No 1 team in T20 cricket. It has been a
gradual process but an enjoyable one. Let's hope we can show that kind
of cricket in the final tomorrow (Sunday)."
India have the strongest
batting line-up in the tournament and Mashrafe said they have to bowl
better the whole 20 overs to restrict Indian batters.
He said, "There
is doubt about the Indian batting order. Their top six batters are
world class especially in T20 and ODI. We have to bowl extremely well.
Of course they will charge but we have to try to contain it."
Apparently India are favorite, Mashrafe also acknowledges it, but at the same time he keeps faith on his team.
said, "We have a bunch of young cricketers. They are not only potential
but also they can use their potentialities. It is so important. In the
last two matches we won as a team and I want to continue that rhythm."