Dubai, Sep 28: India's lower-middle order showed a tremendous character as they defeated Bangladesh in the last-ball thriller by 3 wickets and finally lifted the Asia Cup 2018 for record seventh time. Chasing a target of 223 India were tested by a spirited Bangladesh bowling attack but eventually managed to win this game on the final ball of the innings.
India were given a run for their money by Bangladesh as the latter had almost blanked the reigning champions in the final of the tournament. Their bowlers kept the Men In Blue under pressure but in the end Kedar Jadhav (23*) and Kuldeep Yadav (5*) had the last laugh.
India got off to a decent start in the run chase but in-form Shikhar Dhawan (15) and Ambati Rayudu (2) were dismissed within 9 overs itself and the pressure shifted on skipper Rohit Sharma (48) and the remaining middle-order batsmen.
Rohit stitched a crucial partnership with Dinesh Karthik (37) but was dismissed while trying to hit a six and complete his half-century. After Rohit's dismissal, Karthik and MS Dhoni (36) revived India and added 54 runs for the fifth wicket but just when things were looking good for them, Mahmudullah trapped Karthik in front.
Dhoni then added some runs on the board with Jadhav, but the latter's hamstring injury eventually resulted in Dhoni losing his concentration into the middle and was dismissed and soon after Jadhav was called back into the dressing room as he wasn't able to rotate the strike. The new pair of Ravindra Jadeja (23) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (21) ensured India reach closer to victory with another crucial 45-run stand but both these batsmen departed as they reached on the verge of a win.
Finally, Jadhav and Kuldeep took 6 runs from the final 6 balls from part-time bowler Mahmudullah's over and ensured their team doesn't end on the losing side.
Earlier, Liton Das slammed his career's maiden ODI century before Bangladesh middle-order made a mess out of their batting to get restricted to 222 in 48.3 overs.
After being invited to bat first Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza played a masterstroke by promoting all-rounder Mehidy Hasan to open the innings with out of form Liton Das. The duo thus stunned all by stitching record opening stand of 120 for the first wicket. Bangladesh looked in cruise control as long as these two batted and frustrated the Indian bowlers for 20 overs.
Liton Das punishing the Indian bowlers at will as he was scoring at his will but the Indian bowlers handled the pressure well and ensured Bangladesh couldn't post a big total. Kedar Jadhav and Kuldeep Yadav bowled exceptionally well in the middle overs and picked up wickets at regular intervals after the opening partnership was broken. Once Jadhav removed Hasan for 32, Indian bowlers got three more wickets in a gap of 19 runs and pushed their opponents on the back foot.
Bangladesh batsmen also played some careless shots and were callous while running between the wickets, which gave their opponents an opportunity to tighten the noose around them. Indian affected three run outs and put the Bangladeshi batsmen under pressure.
Here are the Highlights:
This brings us to the end of this live update coverage. As Sehwag rightly pointed out, Team India need a lot of improvement in their middle-order and hope coach Ravi Shastri does the necessary changes ahead of the ODI series against West Indies. But before that, there is a two-match Test series lined up. See you on October 4.
Virender Sehwag lauds Bangladesh for their spirited show and feels India need a lot of improvement in their game!
So near yet so far from Bangladesh. Congratulations to Team India on winning the #AsiaCup2018 . Hats off to Bangladesh for such a spirited fight despite missing key players. India have a lot of areas to work upon despite winning this & I am hopeful, they will get better. #IndvBan— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 28, 2018
Shikhar Dhawan has been awarded the Man of the Match for scoroing 343 runs in the tournament.
It was a nail-biting finish for the Indians as they kept their nerves and finally went on to win the game. It was a draining game and Kedar Jadhav - who walked into the middle with an injured hamstring - showed his composure and experience. Rohit Sharma will therefore lift the title but credit goes to Mashrafe Mortaza & Co. for showing such a fight in such a low scoring game.
A single on the final delivery of the 50th over and India have defeated Bangladesh by 3 wickets to win the Asia Cup 2018. Kedar Jadhav and Kuldeep Yadav remain unbeaten. Bangladesh have lost this match fighting and their dream to beat India in the final couldn't be fulfilled.
Wicket! Bhuvneshwar Kumar departs for 21 and he has left his team in the lurch with his dismissal. The Bangladeshi team isn't letting this game slip away from their hands.
Wicket! Ravindra Jadeja has been dismissed for 23 as he's been caught behind by Mushfiqur Rahim. Rubel Hussain has got the breakthrough for his team with this scalp. India are 213/6 in 47.2 overs. 11 needed from 16 now.
After 45 overs, India haven't yet reached 200. They are 197/5, need 26 more from the next 30 balls, the pressure is building on the batsmen into the middle.
After 43 overs, India have reached 187/5. Bangladesh are bowling in a disciplined manner and this game is shifting in their favour.
39 overs have been bowled and India are under deep pressure. They need 54 runs to win from 66 deliveries.
India are finding themselves under deep pressure as Jadhav is struggling to walk, he's been asked to come of the field.
Dont think Jadhav should bat on with a hamstring injury, dont think Dhoni should have played that drive so far away from the body against Mustafizur either. Match suddenly alive again and Bangladesh fancying their chances— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 28, 2018
Big wicket! Kedar Jadhav's injury has done the damage for India as MS Dhoni loses concentration and edges Mustafizur Rahman to be caught behind the stumps for 36. India are in deep trouble now as their set batsman is out and they are five down.
India's middle order is no closer to a solution than it was before the tournament started. Maybe Rayudu at 4 for a while once Kohli returns. But time is running out.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 28, 2018
Kedar is Injured as he has pulled his hamstrings. The physio is out into the middle to help the batsmen get fit. His presence into the middle is vital for India are under pressure in this run chase.
150 comes up for India in the 34th over as they are still 71 runs behind the target.
Bangladesh are building the pressure on India. Rubel Hussain has been introduced immediately by the skipper and bowls a maiden over. India - 139/4 after 32 overs.
This isn't going to be an easy task for the Indians as they still have 84 more runs to chase. Bangladesh are doing well as they have broken the partnership just at the right time and are trying to do further damage.
Wicket! Dinesh Karthik (37) is trapped in front by Mamudullah and India have lost their 4th wicket. Karthik was looking good but failed while trying to flick the ball towards leg side. India are 137/4. This wicket fell at wrong time.
4! A boundary towards leg side by Dinesh Karthik and this brings up 50-run stand between Dhoni and Karthik. India need 89 more runs to win this game.
100 comes up for India in the 24th over. The Bangladeshi bowlers have kept things tight in the last 10 overs, runs aren't coming easily to them.
Since Rubel Hossain's introduction, India scored 33-1 in the next 10 overs. Rubel's disciplined bowling with the odd variation in length led to Rohit Sharma's downfall. 32% of his deliveries would've gone on to hit the stumps. #AsiaCupFinal #INDvBAN #BANvIND #AsiaCupFinal— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) September 28, 2018
Harsha Bhogle praises Captain Mortaza!
Mashrafe is doing an excellent job of making a small total look bigger than it is. Bangladesh have to keep him fit and running till the World Cup. He is the best captain they have had.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 28, 2018
2 runs came from the 20th over and India have reached 90/3. Runs have dried up for the Indians ever since Rohit's departure. The Bangladeshi bowlers have consistently maintained pressure on the batsmen.
This is a very good test for India to show they can win games if the top three don't dominate.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 28, 2018
Big Wicket! Rohit Sharma pulled Rubel Hussai to quickly complete his half-century but finds fielder Nazmul Islam in the deep and his well-constructed innings comes to an end for 48. India 83/3 in 16.4 overs. Bangladesh have got just the breakthrough they were looking for.
After 15 overs, India have reached 79/2. There was a mix-up into the middle but luckily no damage was done. Rohit Sharma - 47* and Dinesh Karthik - 13*.
Wicket! Captain Mashrafe Mortaza gets a scalp in his first over itself as he bowls a beautiful delivery and Ambati Rayudu departs for 2. It was a perfect outswinger and the batsman erred in reading it and edged to be caught behind the stumps. India - 46/2.
SIX! Rohit Sharma pulls Mustafizur for another maximum and the ball sails beyond the boundary rope. Even Jonty Rhodes was impressed with the shot played by Rohit.
Wicket! Nazmul Islam gets the breakthrough and Shikhar Dhawan (15) mistimes the leg-spinner to be caught by Soumya Sarkar. India - 35/1 after 4.4 overs. Not the start India would have hoped for, poor shot selection. The celebration from the bowler was quite animated.
Tidy over from Mustafizur Rahman as he conceded just 2 from it. India have scored 12/0.
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are out in the middle to begin run chase of 223 and get 10 runs from the first over bowled by Mehidy Hasan.
Mehidy Hasan now fifth player in #AsiaCup tournament to open the batting and bowling in the same match after— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 28, 2018
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Bowled! Yorker from Bumrah and Bangladesh's innings has been restricted to 222 in 48.3 overs. What an impressive comeback this has been for India despite 120-run opening stand between Liton Das and Mehidy Hasan. Indian bowlers looked out of sorts in the first 20 overs but they stuck to their plans and mounted pressure on the opposition batsman. Floodgates were opened as soon as Kedar Jadhav drew the first blood for India and the Indian bowlers never looked back. India now require 223 to win this game and lift the trophy.
Run Out! Soumya Sarkar's innings of 33 comes to an end as he's been run out. Bangladesh have lost their 9th wicket and third in run out.
Wicket! Manish Pandey (substitute) runs Nazmul Islam out for 7 and Bangladesh have lost their 8th wicket in the process. Bangladesh are 213/8 in 46.3 overs.
45 overs have been bowled as Bangladesh have scored 202/7.
Wicket! Easy pickings! MS Dhoni had all the time in the world and ended Mortaza's cameo for 7 and Kuldeep Yadav gets the third wicket. Bangladesh - 196/7 in 42.5 overs.
OUT! Glove-work from @msdhoni brings an end to a special knock of Liton Das for 121. The TV umpire had a tough time judging this one but eventually ruled out that the batsman's shoe was on the line. Kuldeep Yadav gets another wicket. Bangladesh - 188/6.
Liton Das' batting strategy today!
Liton Das has thrown his hands at everything wide of his off stump. To straighter balls, he has generally preferred to work the ball round and rotate the strike. #AsiaCupFinal #IndvBan pic.twitter.com/pwVESZ2zyl— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) September 28, 2018
Wicket! Mahmudullah (4) pulls Kuldeep and Bumrah takes another well-judged catch near the boundary ropes. The pressure of runs not coming easily forced the batsman to play an ambitious stroke and paid the price. Bangladesh - 150/5
Jadeja's superlative fielding earns him some praise.
Even by his own exceptional fielding standards, this was a moment of stunning brilliance by @imjadeja to run Mithun out. Bangladesh’s fear now is whether they’ll be able to bat out 50 overs. Match has gone topsy turvy— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 28, 2018
Century! Maiden ODI Ton for Liton Das off 87 balls. This has been a top innings from the batsman who was struggling all through the tournament. He has comeback strongly and silenced his critics. Now he needs to convert it into an even bigger score as his team is looking to recover from 4 quick jolts.
Run Out! A sensational piece of fielding from Ravindra Jadeja and an even better throw towards the non-striker's end as Yuzvendra Chahal dislodged the bails to end Mithun's innings. Bangladesh - 139/4 in 28 overs.
Kedar has been effective!
Jadhav turning out to be gamechanger. Mushfiq’s wicket India wanted dearly, and suddenly it’s not looking good at all for Bangladesh— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 28, 2018
Wicket! Bangladesh's man-in-form Mushfiqur Rahim departs for 5 as he becomes a victim of Kedar Jadhav. The batsman tried to pull the bowler but couldn't get the distance and finds Bumrah at deep midwicket. Bangladesh - 137/3.
What has worked for the spinners!
The two wickets to have fallen - Mehedi Hasan (73.4kph) & Imrul Kayes (75kph) have been to balls that have been delivered a lot slower than the average speed of 84kph by the Indian spinners today. #AsiaCupFinal #AsiaCup2018 #BANvIND #INDvBAN— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) September 28, 2018
Wicket! Imrul Kayes has been trapped in front by Chahal for 2. The ball was pitched outside off-stumps and crashed into the pads of the batsman and umpire raised his finger. The batsman went upstairs and it turned out to be umpire's call. Bangladesh - 128/2 in 23.5 overs. But their Man Friday - Liton Das is still present into the middle.
Wicket! Finally, something for the Indian team to cheer as partnership breaker Kedar Jadhav gets Mehidy Hasan for 32. Bangladesh lose their first wicket for 120 in 20.5 overs. Hasan has played his part well after being promoted to open the innings. Bangladesh are on top as the openers have given them a solid start.
After 20 overs, Bangladesh are 116/0. Liton Das - 85* has now scored highest runs for Bangladesh in the final.
100 comes up for Bangladesh in the 18th over itself! They are going extremely well in the game. Liton is doing what Fakhar Zaman did to them in Champions Trophy Final. The Indians have also given him a reprieve and he's making them pay for it.
After 17 overs, Bangladesh have reached 97/0. Mehidy Hasan - 26* and Liton Das - 69* are batting superbly and both of them have faced 51 deliveries so far.
Whilst Liton Das is charging along at the other end, Mehedy Hasan is struggling. He's attacking almost as much as Das (37% compared to 44%) but his scoring is significantly slower (3.05rpo compared to 8.11rpo). #AsiaCupFinal #INDvBAN— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) September 28, 2018
After 15 overs, Bangladesh are 86/0. This has been some start from the pumped up batting side and captaincy from Indian captain Rohit Sharma hasn't been that well.
Dropped! Yuzvendra Chahal puts down a sitter as Liton Das mistimed Ravindra Jadeja but the fielder tried running backwards and failed to judge it completely. The dangerman gets a reprieve on 52.
FIFTY! Liton Das has notched up a quick-fire half-century off 33 balls. He has smashed 6 fours and 2 sixes in this innings. What an innings this has been from the opener?
Round 1 goes to Bangla Tigers !! Openers have given them a confident start 65/0 after 10 overs. They have weathered the new ball and put pressure on the opposition captain to make quick bowling changes.
Round 1 to Bangladesh. The openers have not only weathered the new ball, but scored heavily, with 58 in 8 overs.— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 28, 2018
Liton Das is on 🔥! He aggregated 16 runs from the second over bowled by Chahal and gave Bangladesh a scintillating start. Superb batting from the new opening pair.
Liton Das is looking in good form today he charges down the track and pulls Bumrah for a boundary, and takes a single on the next delivery to retain the strike. Bangladesh - 42/0 after 7 overs.
Rohit has introduced Chahal in the 6th over itself. There's certainly some pressure on the Indian captain as the pacers didn't get the early breakthrough.
5 overs have been bowled and Bangladesh have posted 33 runs on the board. This is just the kind of start they would have wanted in the finals. Indian pacers Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah haven't looked lethal so far and the openers are reaping the benefits.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have bowled 2 overs each and they haven't been able to pick up any wickets. Bangladesh, on the other hand, have done well so far as they have scored 25 in 4 overs and haven't lost any wickets.
Liton Das has opened the innings with Mehidy Hasan in the finals against India. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza has taken a bold move by promoting the youngster as an opener to give some strength to the middle order. Will this move pay off? Let's wait and watch.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Liton Das(w), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
Rohit Sharma has won the toss and opted to field. So Bangladesh are going to bat first in the final.
Harsha Bhogle lauds Bangladesh's journey in the tournament.
Bangladesh have done well to come so far in the tournament with their injury issues but they will be the first to admit that India start clear favourites.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 28, 2018
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the summit clash of Asia Cup 2018 between India and Bangladesh.