Another heartbreak as Tigers lose Asia Cup final in last ball


It was a scenario that had seemed improbable before the start of the game but thanks to a gritty bowling effort by Bangladesh, the match had turned out to be anything but the damp squib that some feared it might be. However, given their stunning performances thus far in the tournament, only a fool would think the final is as good as over and India has lifted the coveted trophy.

Kedar Jadhav (The last man standing): I've been in this situation few months back. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan added 35 runs for the first wicket before the latter and Ambati Rayudu departed in quick succession. Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam comes in to replace middle-order batsman Mominul Haque. "It's up to them whenever they get an opportunity they make it big and make it count but for us - myself as a captain and our coach, we have to make sure that they have the liberty to go out and play their game without feeling any pressure", he said. 3 [for this tournament], 4, 6 are all up for grabs. "We bowled well, but we were never really in the match defending that total". Not many boys had the experience of playing in these conditions.

"Numbers four and six need to get more games as the World Cup comes closer".

In the Super Four match India beat Bangladesh quite comfortably by seven wickets after bowling out their opponents for 173 runs.

Despite the pitch slowing down a little, a target of 223 is unlikely to ask questions, unless of course the Indian batsmen take a cue from their Bangladeshi counterparts.

The third factor in Bangladesh's progress so far is the leadership qualities of Mashrafe Mortaza. Indeed, from 116/0 at the end of 20 overs, to bowl out Bangladesh for 222 in 48.5 - 106 runs in 28.5 overs to dismiss 10 batsmen - is why India ended up on the winning side when the top three contributed just 65 runs. Opener Liton Das scored 121, his maiden ODI ton.

With their settled opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, India were expected to run away with victory, like they did in the previous matches but Bangladesh were not ready to give up without a fight.

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In the 2013 Champions final, England made a decision to field first after the match turned into a 20-over affair with India winning by five runs.

There are challenges of a stand-in captain, Rohit admitted, adding that the main objective is to allow players to play freely without thinking about their places in the team.

Even though the diminutive player missed out on what would have been the seventh century of his one-day worldwide career, his 144-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Mohammed Mithun (60) helped Bangladesh to post a competitive 239 all out.

Once again, India could look to dominate with their spinners in Jadeja, Kuldeep, and Chahal.

And it was once again Bumrah who came back at the death to provide the finishing touch.

In the process, he also joined the likes of Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya, Fawad Alam, Lahiru Thirimanne to score a century in an Asia Cup final.