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Micromax Asia Cup T20 Final
Tigers face India today
Sports Reporter
Published :Sunday, 6 March, 2016,  Time : 12:28 PM  View Count : 30
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.

Back in 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.

Regarding 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 different manner."

In T20 ranking, India are the number one while Bangladesh are number ten and Mashrafe takes it as reality.

He 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."
Shastri, 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.

He 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."

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