Everyone expected India to win in a grand fashion retaining the title of Asian King. They won, but just escaped from the humiliating defeat. Bangladesh team was on fire, leaving no stones unturned in giving India a fight for life.
India won the toss and decided to field first. Liton Das and Mehidy Hasan gave Bangladesh a flying start hitting balls to all parts of the ground. Mehidy Hasan lost his wicket at an individual score of 32, but it was Liton Das’s day and he whacked bowlers for fun. He stood throughout the inning, but wickets kept falling on the other hand. Bangladesh managed to score 222 runs, out of which 117 were scored by Liton Das.
The celebrated Indian batting looked composed and scored risk free runs at brisk pace. Shikhar Dhawan although lost his wicket for playing expensive shot, but Rohit stroke play was a treat for the eyes. He spanked 3 monstrous sixes and 3 lightening thunderbolt fours.
Throughout the inning no Indian batsman scored even a fifty, but chipped in the crucial knocks of 30’s and 40’s. A big credit goes to Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni for restoring the lost momentum and taking the team total towards the victory.
Ravinder Jadeja (23) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (21) partnership looked solid and in mood to finish the game within 50 overs, but both lost their wickets at crucial time. Although, the total was still within reach, but Bangladesh kept it tight and stopped the Indians from rotating the strike.
Eventually, in the last over Indians held their nerves and won the nail biting Asia Cup final. It was their 6th Asia Cup title (ODI format). India might have won the Tournament, but Bangladesh deserved an standing ovation and applause.
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Asia Cup 2018 Final – India vs Bangladesh Scorecard
Twitter Reactions on India’s Asia Cup 2018 Victory
Congratulations #teamIndia on winning #AsiaCup for the record 7th time, Proud of you guys! 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
Also appreciate high spirited game efforts by team #Bangladesh. #INDvBAN #AsiaCupFinal2018 pic.twitter.com/X3hiyiekCJ
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) September 29, 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
Congratulations to team India for winning the Asia cup final but must congratulate team Bangladesh also for putting up a great fight ..
Tonight cricket won ..
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 28, 2018
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
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 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
Bhuvi looks good enough at 8 and Jadeja looked composed enough at 7. But India still need to get their head around 4,5,6.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 28, 2018
— VarunDhawan (@Varun_dvn) September 28, 2018
Part of most international tournaments' finals wins among Indians:
17 – Sachin Tendulkar
16 – Mohammad Azharuddin
10 – Ajay Jadeja, Anil Kumble, MS DHONI*#INDvBAN
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) September 28, 2018
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) September 28, 2018
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