India pulled-off a spectacular win from the jaws of defeat to claim their 7th Asia Cup title and their first title since 2010. The middle order failure and the tragic injury to Kedar Jadhav got India in all sort of trouble but a determined 52-run stand between Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the game away from Bangladesh. Kedar Jadhav and Kuldeep Yadav battle the nerves to take India to a 3-wickets victory over Bangladesh, who have to wait for 2 more years to claim their maiden Asia Cup title.
Earlier in the match, Bangladesh got off to a flier courtesy of their new opening combination of Mehidy Hasan(32) and Liton Kumar Das(121). The left-right combo troubled the Indian bowling attack and took the score to 120 runs in 21st over before Mehidy was dismissed by Kedar Jadhav. Bangladesh lost all the momentum from there as they lost wickets in quick succession.
Imrul Kayes(2), Mushfiqur Rahim(5), Mithun(2) and Mahmudullah(4) disappointed in the middle order as Bangladesh lost its way in the mid-innings. Liton continued to take the attack to the opposition and notched his maiden ODI hundred to take the score close to 200 runs. Kuldeep Yadav eventually dismissed him courtesy of a thunderous stumping by MS Dhoni. Bangladeshi lower order didn’t create much impact as they were dismissed for 222 runs in 48.3 overs.
Summary: Bangladesh- 222/10 in 48.3 overs. Liton Das (121), Kuldeep Yadav 3/45
The onus was again on Shikhar Dhawan(15) and Rohit Sharma(48) to take the Indian innings forward but Najmul Islam had some other plans as he dismissed Dhawan, the highest run-getter of the tournament. At 35-1, Ambati Rayudu(2) accompanied Rohit Sharma in the center but the former batsman was dismissed cheaply by skipper Mashrafe Mortaza.
After stitching a 37 run partnership with Dinesh Karthik(37), India captain Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Rubel Hossain that put India in some sort of pressure. MS Dhoni(36) and Karthik then took the innings forward and stitched a 54-run stand before Karthik was dimissed by Mahmudullah.
Mustafiqur later dismissed Dhoni that put India on back foot and in every sort of possibility to lose the match.
Kedar Jadhav(23) was the last hope for India but a hamstring injury in his leg forced him to retire hurt that brought Bhuvneshwar Kumar to the crease who joined Ravindra Jadeja.
The duo continued to battle the nerves and put up a 52-run stand to take the game away from Bangladesh. Ravindra Jadeja was dismissed in the 48th over when India required 11 run of 17 balls. Kedar Jadhav returned to the crease and took the game to the last over where they needed 6 runs.
Last over thriller
49.1: Mahmudullah came to bowl and Kuldeep took a single.
49.2: Kedar Jadhav took a single on second ball to take the equation to 4 off 4 balls.
49.3: Kuldeep slow-swept and took two runs to take the equation to 2 off 3 balls.
49.4: Dot ball
49.5: Kuldeep didn’t connect but ran a single of leg-bye.
49.6: Needing 1 off 1 ball, Mahmudullah kept the ball on leg side which eventually goes -off the leg-guard of Jadhav and he steels a single to win the match for India.
Summary: India , Rohit Sharma (48), Rubel Hossain 2/26
Here’s how twitter reacted to India’s dramatic win in Asia Cup final.
Congratulations India on becoming #AsiaCup Champions. Hats off to Bangladesh for their splendid fight and attitude, for not giving up and playing out of their skins,this despite missing Shakib and Tamim. Special mention to Kedar Jadhav for his grit and commitment #IndvBan
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 28, 2018
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
Did Kedar Jadhav’s hamstring just hit the winning runs?#INDvBAN
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) September 28, 2018
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) September 28, 2018
Congratulations India on winning the Asia Cup. The bowlers were phenomenal throughout the tournament and the main reason that we managed to win. Really special effort from Bangladesh to take the game so deep. Well done #IndvBan
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 28, 2018
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— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 28, 2018
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700th Odi Win For India
7Th Asia Cup Title For India
7Th back to back Win For India for Rohit as Captain
— Sir Yuzvendra Chahal (@SirChahal) September 28, 2018
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