Dubai: India clinched their seventh Asia Cup trophy after beating Bangladesh by three wickets in the final here on Friday.
After having been set a target of 223, the Men in Blue lost Shikhar Dhawan for 15 runs. However, despite Rohit Sharma fighting hard, he missed out on his 37th ODI fifty as he was dismissed for 48 runs.
It was not an easy road for India from then on, as they went onto lose Dinesh Karthik (37 runs) and MS Dhoni (36 runs) while Kedar Jadhav was retired hurt after scoring 19 runs. However, Jadhav was then replaced by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who put up a 45-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja.
In the end, Kedar Jadhav came back to bat as he scored 23 runs in the last-ball thriller.
India 160-5 after 36.1 overs
WICKET! Mustafizur Rahman strikes as he sees off MS Dhoni for 36 runs.
India 137-4 after 30.4 overs
WICKET! Dinesh Karthik is struck lbw by Mahmudullah for 37 runs.
India 83-3 after 16.4 overs
WICKET! Rubel Hossain strikes as he sees off captain Rohit Sharma for 48 runs.
India 46-2 after 7.3 overs
WICKET! Captain Mortaza strikes as he dismisses Ambati rayudu for two runs, courtesy a catch by Mushfiqur Rahim.
India 35-1 after 4.4 overs
WICKET! Nazmul Hossain strikes as he sees off Shikhar Dhawan for 15 runs courtesy a catch by Soumya Sarkar at mid-off.
Bangladesh were bowled out for 222 runs in their Asia Cup final against India, despite a fighting effort by centurion Liton Das (121 runs).
The Men in Green got off to a flying start with the opening pair of Liton Das and Mehidy Hasan (32 runs) putting up a 120-run partnership.
However, since Mehidy’s dismissal, Bangladesh started losing consecutive wickets, including that of Mushfiqur Rahim who could just score five runs.
Soumya Sarkar too fought hard as he scored 33 runs.
The spinners did the damage for India. While Kuldeep Yadav picked up three wickets, Kedar Jadhav too got a couple of wickets to his name. Yuzvendra Chahal, too got one wicket. Jasprit Bumrah too got one wicket.
Bangladesh 213-8 after 46.4 overs
WICKET! Nazmul Islam is run-out by Manish Pandey for seven runs.
Bangladesh 196-7 after 42.5 overs
WICKET! It's MS Dhoni at it again behind the stumps as he sees off Mashrafe Mortaza for seven runs, once again giving Kuldeep Yadav the wicket.
Bangladesh 188-6 after 41 overs
WICKET! Liton Das is stumped by MS Dhoni as he departs for 121 runs with Kuldeep Yadav celebrating his wicket.
Bangladesh 151-5 after 31.2 overs
WICKET! Kuldeep Yadav gets his first wicket as Mahmudullah departs for four runs.
Bangladesh 139-4 after 28 overs
WICKET! Mohammad Mithun is run-out as Bangladesh lose another wicket.
Bangladesh 137-3 after 26.5 overs
WICKET! Kedar Jadhav strikes as he dismisses Mushfiqur Rahim for just five runs.
Bangladesh 128-2 after 23.5 overs
WICKET! Imrul Kayes departs for two runs as he is struck leg before wicket by Yuzvendra Chahal.
Bangladesh 120-1 after 20.5 overs
WICKET! Mehidy Hasan is dismissed for 32 runs as Kedar Jadhav gives India the crucial breakthrough.
Bangladesh 70-0 after 11.1 overs
FIFTY! It's a maiden ODI fifty for Liton Das as Bangladesh take an early control of the game.
Bangladesh 65-0 after 10 overs
Good start by Bangladesh, with Liton Das (47 runs) and Mehidy Hasan (16) at the crease.
Rohit Sharma is back as captain as India put Bangladesh to bat after winning the toss.
Rohit has confirmed that all those who were rested for the Afghanistan game have returned to the playing XI.
Here is the playing XI for both teams:
Playing XI— AsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) September 28, 2018
Bangladesh: Liton Das(w), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman #INDvBAN #AsiaCup2018
The stage is set for the Asia Cup 2018 final between Rohit Sharma-led India and Mashrafe Mortaza’s Bangladesh here on Friday.
While the Men in Blue are yet to lose a game so far, having won four games and one match being tied, Bangladesh have had a much challenging route to the title clash.
The last meeting between these two teams came as recently as in the Super Four stage, and it was India all the way in the match. After having bundled out Bangladesh for 173, captain Rohit Sharma led from the front as the Men in Blue chased the total with seven wickets left and 13.4 overs to spare.
The likes of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, though, will come back with a refreshed mind, after having been rested for their previous match against Afghanistan, with MS Dhoni captaining India for the 200th time in an ODI.
Meanwhile, the Bangla tigers will miss the services of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, who were both ruled out with injuries.
However, hopes will be pinned on Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored 99 runs in Bangladesh’s 37-run win against Pakistan.
India: Rohit Sharma(Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul.
Bangladesh: Masrafe Bin Mortaza (Captain), Mohammad Mithun, Litton Kumar Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Islam Apu, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Haider Rony.
The match is scheduled to start at 5 P.M. IST.
The live streaming of the India-Bangladesh clash will be available on Hotstar.com or on the Hotstar app.
The live telecast of the match will be available across various Star Sports channels....