India will face off Bangladesh in the final game of the Asia Cup 2016 at Mirpur on Sunday in an epic encounter. This is certainly going to be one of the most thrilling encounters as the intensity is reaching new high with every moment passing by.

As the pitches so far in the tournament have been unpredictable, so the nature of the pitch for the final game will be interesting to watch. The bowling department has been one of the major reasons behind every team’s success. So a lot will depend on how this department fare.

Both the teams have enough ammunition in their cannon to win this game. India have a well balanced side with the likes of Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin , Ravindra Jadeja and Yuvraj Singh. There is a good balance between spin and pace and to add to their good fortunes most of them are in good form. The pace battery has been phenomenal so as the spin department in the tournament. Nehra and Bumrah will be the key once again for India but if the pitch assists the spinners then there won’t be any stopping to Ashwin’s and Jadeja’s abilities. They have enough variation in their bowling which may come very handy for the skipper MS Dhoni.

For Bangladesh, they have a well polished side with the likes of Al Amin Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed, Sunny Arafat, Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Mahmudullah. They too have a good balance between pace and spin. The experience of Mortaza and Hasan will play a crucial role in the high pressure game but they need to soak it in order to evolve as winners. Their key bowler Mustafizur Rahman has been ruled out due to an inh=jury which will certainly affect them in the most important game. Al Amin has made a strong comeback into the side as he’s been among the wickets and intimidating with the new ball. Taskin and Mortaza have to step up as they have the capability and it’s the perfect opportunity to make the opportunities count.

The infographics below provides detailed information and stats of bowlers who will probably make it to the playing XI for the final. It shows how a bowler has fared throughout his career and in Asia Cup 2016.

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(Suraj Choudhari, an avid cricket follower who plays the sport at club level, is a staffer with Criclife)