Which side will take team to victory on the summit clash of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17? © PTI
Which side will take team to victory on the summit clash of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17? © PTI

A confident Tamil Nadu are all set to lock horns with young Bengal side for the penultimate clash of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 on Monday in New Delhi. Both the sides have proved their mettle earlier in the 2008-09 as well as 2010-11 editions with Tamil Nadu emerging victorious. However, on paper, Tamil Nadu have the slight edge in comparison to their opponents from Bengal. Dinesh Karthik had a dream run in the tournament with the bat while Aswin Crist had similar success with the ball. As for Bengal, Abhimanyu Easwaran along with Sudip Chatterjee have bolstered the batting line-up. The bowling has been taken care of by Pragyan Ojha and inclusion of Mohammed Shami adds further strength to Bengal. Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 Final, Bengal vs Tamil Nadu: Likely XI for both teams

Amidst this crucial clash, let us have a look at the possible key clashes that one could witness:

Abhimanyu Easwaran vs Dinesh Karthik: Karthik who leads with 495 runs in this tournament is already a match-winner. However, he will face a stiff competition against Easwaran who is also in contention as leading run-scorer with 471 runs. Who will shine at the end of the tournament?

Manoj Tiwary vs Vijay Shankar: Tiwary has a penchant to score big on crucial occasions and what better opportunity than helping his side avenge the earlier defeat? On the other hand, Shankar is already being groomed as an all-rounder apart from his responsibility to lead the side. Shankar and his colleague Washington Sundar guided Tamil Nadu home in the semi-final with an unbroken 37-run fifth-wicket stand.

Aswin Crist vs Mohammed Shami: If there is any bowler who Shankar can rely on is Crist. Following his success from Ranji Trophy 2016-17, where he claimed 35 wickets, Crist continued his form in limited-overs cricket and is currently leading the tournament as the highest wicket-taker. However, Bengal have found their lost weapon in the form of Shami who is back to the camp for the final clash, although he played just one league match following his injury. Which pacer manages to end with best figures will be an interesting sight to watch out for. Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17: Shami set to play final against TN

Pragyan Ojha vs Rahil Shah: Ojha had a topsy-turvy innings so far and will be expected to better his game in this summit clash. Meanwhile, Shah has complimented the bowling unit well and has helped it strike balance. He had claimed 2 for 36 in the semi-final. Which spinner manages to leave the opponents spell-bound will be worth watching!