India beat Bangladesh in Asia Cup final

India beat Bangladesh in Asia Cup final

The same pair were at the crease when India completed the chase, one that was hampered by the fall of regular wickets. Rohit Sharma is rarely animated on the field and Mahendra Singh Dhoni doesn't break a sweat even when he sits in a sauna. With 6 runs needed from the last over, Kedar Jadhav (23 off 27 balls) and Kuldeep Yadav (5 off 5 balls) kept their cool to guide the Indian cricket team to their seventh Asia Cup trophy. Spinners kicked in with Kedar Jadhav smart off spin fetching him 3 for 23 as Pakistan's batting unit failed and struggled to 162.

For the first 20 overs of the Asia Cup final, Bangladesh looked like finally coming into its element on the big occasion versus India. Jadeja had already gone for 29 off his first five overs as Bangladesh opener Liton Das was going hammer and tongs and India had dropped two catches.

Earlier Bangladesh lost all their wickets for 102 runs in a major middle-order collapse after a brisk opening stand of 120. Bangladesh got off to a flier, thanks to Liton Das and Mehedy Hasan.

The only meaningful contribution, down the order, came from Soumya Sarkar - who scored 33 runs with the help of a single boundary and a six. However, he couldn't make an impact against Pakistan and fell prey to Junaid Khan for a five-ball duck.

India will be keen to bring players like Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal back in the side for the final and will be sporting a full-strength squad for the final.

While the Indian pace pair's opening spells had nearly always troubled opposing pairs in the tournament, Hasan and Das had few such problems.

Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma made 48, Dinesh Karthik 37 and MS Dhoni 36. "Bangladesh is playing better cricket, there's a difference between a team on paper and who is doing good on the field, that's how I see". Instead, it will be the other Men in Green - who deservedly booked a place in the summit clash by ousting Pakistan in a virtual semifinal - who will hope to beat their big-match jinx against India come Friday.

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Hasan drove Kuldeep Yadav for a four in the 15th, at the end of which the scoreboard read 86-0.

Bangladesh entered the tournament as one of the improved sub-continental outfits in the recent past. Mehidy Hasan departs for 59-ball 32.

This is the second time that these two teams are meeting in Asia Cup 2018.

Imrul Kayes (2) was adjudged leg-before off Chahal and the in-form Mushfiqur Rahim (2) pulled a rank half-tracker from Kedar straight into the deep mid-wicket's hands.

"Obviously when you aren't performing and the team is losing then there is more pressure".

Former India captain MS Dhoni became the center of attraction on social media after he stumped centurion Liton Das for 121.

Bangladesh batsman Liton Das celebrates after scoring a century. The openers start slowly but steadily, build a foundation and on this big ground in Dubai the rest work towards a reasonable but not necessarily mammoth total. Fatigue could be yet another factor as it is not easy for any side to bat after having fielded for 50 overs in the hot and humid conditions of Abu Dhabi. But Rayudu and Karthik have also performed in the limited opportunities they got. The replays showed that there were enough doubt and the umpire could have given the decision in the batsman's favour.

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