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The 2014 edition of the Asia Cup arrives at an interesting time for many of the sides set to take part. Here's an overview of each of the teams and how they shape up ahead of the fascinating series.
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Key Player: Virat Kohli
Strength: Top-order batting
Weakness: Death bowling
India arrive at this tournament in torrid form after successive drubbings by South Africa and New Zealand. With MS Dhoni ruled out of the tournament with injury, Virat Kohli will assume the captaincy duties, creating another point of uncertainty for India.
However, a return to the subcontinent is just what India need. Given the team's strength at the top of the order in Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Kohli, the previously dominant ODI outfit will still be tough to beat.
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Key Player: Mohammed Hafeez
Strength: Bowling depth
Weakness: Enigmatic batting line-up
Pakistan are certainly the most unpredictable team in the competition given the side's propensity to switch from stellar to mediocre within 24 hours.
Yet, Pakistan enter the tournament with two successive ODI series victories over South Africa and Sri Lanka, meaning they've been victorious in four of their last five series.
How the team fares in this Asia Cup will likely depend on how successful Misbah-ul-Haq and the in-form Mohammad Hafeez are with the bat as well as how the bowlers deal with Pakistan's new rotation policy.
While India will be seen as the big scalp, Pakistan will enter the competition in the best form of all the competing sides.
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Key Player: Kumar Sangakkara
Strength: Batting experience
Weakness: Bowling depth
Sri Lanka will head into this tournament as third favourites given the team's mixed recent results in the 50-over game.
While Angelo Mathews' side was impressive in defeating South Africa on home soil last July, they've won only one of their past three series, which was a 3-0 defeat of Bangladesh.
However, Mahela Jayawardene's return to the squad for the Asia Cup is a boost, which provides plenty of experience in the team's batting stocks.
Whether Sri Lanka's bowlers are able to contain opposing batsmen might decide the team's fortunes.
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Key Player: Mushfiqur Rahim
Strength: Spinning options
Weakness: Middle-order batting
Bangladesh's recent problems will see them enter the Asia Cup as outsiders, with injury concerns for Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe Mortaza compounding their pre-series troubles.
After suffering a 3-0 drubbing by Sri Lanka in their latest series, Bangladesh will also be without Shakib Al Hasan for the first two matches due to disciplinary reasons, further hurting the side's strength.
With the team's batting woes appearing significant, it's difficult to see Mushfiqur's team pushing the big three in this tournament.
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Key Player: Nawroz Mangal
Strength: Top-order batting
The 2014 Asia Cup will be a learning experience for Afghanistan, with the team likely to use it as preparation for two major tournaments over the coming 12 months.
Their recent form suggests they are one of the better sides among international cricket's minor nations, with four consecutive victories over Scotland and Kenya, which produced a pair of centuries at the top of the order.
But coming up against established nations will prove too much for Afghanistan at this stage—the team is unlikely to claim a victory in such a strong tournament field.