Washington Sundar celebrates with Dinesh Karthik after he dismissed Tamim Iqbal © AFP
Washington Sundar celebrates with Dinesh Karthik after he dismissed Tamim Iqbal © AFP

India gear up to take on Bangladesh  in the summit clash of the Nidahas Trophy 2018. India, have a 2-0 psychological advantage over their opponents, having beaten them twice in the round ribbon stages. Bangladesh, on the other hand will be oozing with confidence and emotions after their dramatic last over win against Sri Lanka on Friday. All eyes will be on Rohit Sharma and Shakib Al Hasan, who have displayed contrasting captaincy skills on and off the field. Ahead of the final, let us have a look at the key battles.

Washington Sundar vs Tamim Iqbal:  Sundar has been India’s best talent on display in ongoing series. His fearless approach in the powerplay, and ability to scalp timely wickets is a boon. He will once again be up against Tamim Iqbal, whose wicket he claimed in 5th T20I. However, Tamim’s bat did all the talking against Sri Lanka, and now will want to make emends.

Suresh Raina vs Shakib Al Hasan: In clash of the all rounder’s, Suresh Raina will take on Shakib Al Hasan. Raina’s batting in the tournament has somewhat been hot and cold. His skill with the ball too has come in handy for India, padding up their already strong bowling attack.  Shakib’s introduction infused Bangladesh’s spirit against Sri Lanka. His bowling as usual was impeccable, and quickness in maneuvering his fielders was commendable.

Shakib will need to produce runs if Bangladesh has to dethrone India from the Nidahas Trophy 2018.

Jaydev Unadkat vs Mahmudullah: Drafted in the Indian set up as a death overs specialist, Jaydev Unadkat will have his task cut out in the final. He will be squaring off against Mahmudullah, who has been in top notch form. Mahmudullah’s composure will test Unadkat’s skill set with the ball. This battle could prove instrumental in deciding the final outcome of the match.

Dinesh Karthik vs Mushfiqur Rahim: Both Dinesh Karthik and Mushfiqur Rahim have been given important task by their respective teams to accelerate scoring rate in the end. While Karthik’s batting proficiency has been under utilized, Rahim has proven his mantle with the bat again and again. Wicket-keeping wise both have excelled in the art, rarely making a mistake.

Bangladesh players vs temperament : Coming off a volatile environment, Bangladesh players will need to keep their aggression in check. Already tasted couple of defeats against India, Shakib and co. would be eager to go one-up on India. India have been in finals and know the art of winning trophies. Bangladesh on the flip side, have been poor when it comes to crunch situations.