So, how seriously do we take the March 6th clash when India and Bangladesh face each other in the finals?

With India's T20 squad as balanced as ever, being apprehensive about victory seems absurd. But the history of cricket is littered with the remains of empires that believed they were eternal.

Precision of Bangladeshi bowlers' combined with skipper Mortaza's instincts can be a cause of concern for Team India. What can prove to be their undoing, though, is star bowler Mustifizur Rehman's absence due to injury. Rehman is Bangladesh's India specialist, who helped the hosts register 2-1 win against Men In Blue, last year.

Opener Soumya Sarkar's new found confidence has added to the heap of worries for India. His 48-run innings against Pakistan in semifinals was a confluence of class and precision. Helping openers in the winning cause has been ever dependable, match-finisher Mahmudullah. Apart form this, Mortaza and Shakib's experience has always been cherished by 'The Tigers'.

India, on the other side, is basking in the glory of an undefeated run in the tournament, and T20 format. Having won 9 out of ten T20s played in 2016, there is no wall high enough to stop Team India from going to other side and clinching the much deserved title.

Playing with three proper seamers, two spinners and if needed part-timers gives India the confidence of facing  unexpected challenges. The ones which Bangladesh enjoys throwing.

Rohit Sharma has recovered from toe injury, Kohli is in fantastic form, Yuvraj and Harbhajan are proving why they are called 'veterans' and Negi is performing well for a newcomer. It takes some effort to not consider winning an obvious result for India.

But for now, we will remind ourselves of how Bangladesh thumped strongest Asian sides and just hope to outclass them this Sunday.

By: Ira Shukla

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