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India vs Bangladesh - Final

Series: Asia Cup 2018
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date & Time: 28 September 2018

India 223/7 (50 Ovs) RR: 4.46 | India won by 3 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Rohit Sharma c Nazmul Islam & b Rubelc Nazmul Islam & b Rubel485533
Shikhar Dhawan c Soumya Sarkar & b Nazmul Islamc Soumya Sarkar & b Nazmul Islam151430
Ambati Rayudu c Rahim & b Mortazac Rahim & b Mortaza2700
Dinesh Karthik lbw Mahmudullahlbw Mahmudullah376111
MS Dhoni c Rahim & b Mustafizurc Rahim & b Mustafizur366730
Kedar Jadhav Not OutNot Out232711
Ravindra Jadeja c Rahim & b Rubelc Rahim & b Rubel233310
Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Rahim & b Mustafizurc Rahim & b Mustafizur213111
Kuldeep Yadav Not OutNot Out5500
Yuzvendra Chahal dnbdnb0000
Jasprit Bumrah dnbdnb0000
Extras 13 (b 1, lb 7, w 5, nb 0)
Total 223 (7 Wkts, 50 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
35-1 (Shikhar Dhawan,4.4), 46-2 (Ambati Rayudu,7.3), 83-3 (Rohit Sharma,16.4), 137-4 (Dinesh Karthik,30.4), 160-5 (MS Dhoni,36.1), 212-6 (Ravindra Jadeja,47.2), 214-7 (Bhuvneshwar Kumar,48.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mehidy Hasan4 0 27 0 6.75
Mustafizur Rahman10 0 38 2 3.80
Nazmul Islam10 0 56 1 5.60
Mashrafe Mortaza10 0 35 1 3.50
Rubel Hossain10 2 26 2 2.60
Mahmudullah6 0 33 1 5.50
Liton Das0 0 0 0 0
Soumya Sarkar0 0 0 0 0
Mohammad Mithun0 0 0 0 0
Mushfiqur Rahim0 0 0 0 0
Imrul Kayes0 0 0 0 0


The fireworks light up the sea of blue that is the Dubai stadium as Rohit Sharma is presented with the Asia Cup, and he hands it to Khaleel Ahmed - the youngest member of the squad who holds it aloft. A moment for the Asian champions who bask in glory - under lights. The crowd has gone berserk here at Dubai and the circumference of the stadium is drenched in blue - with the odd tri-colour to complement it. The Bangladesh fans - spare a thought for them. Their wait for the elusive title win continues but they have not only won hearts, but shown immense composure in pressure situations to get to the final. The final hurdle - that's where things go haywire for the tigers. They've fought gallantly, and should be really proud of their performance. As for India, they've added another feather to their cap. To the Bangladesh fans, I have no words of consolation at this point, and to the Indian fans - party hard! It's been a pleasure bringing you all the action - and this is Rishi Roy, signing off for the last time, as the Asia Cup draws to a close, alongside Sagar Chawla, Akshay Maanay, Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Raju Peethala, and Shashikant Singh *Curtains Down*

Rohit Sharma, India captain: We played some good cricket throughout the tournament and this is the reward of all the hardwork throughout the tournament. I have been part of games like this before and credit to the guys in the middle to handle the pressure and to cross the finishing line was a fantastic effort. You have to give some credit to Bangladesh. They put us under pressure in the first 10 overs. We thought if the ball got older, the spinners would do the work for us. It was important to keep it tight and we have done that well throughout the tournament. If you have a team like that, the captain will always look good. It wouldn't be easy if we didn't have the support of the remaining 10 players, so I am really proud of the boys. I would like to thank the crowd, who have come out in huge numbers to support us throughout the tournament and I'm sure they're going back extremely pleased.

The winning team receives the Asia Cup special watches as well. Loud cheer for Rohit as he comes up to the podium to collect the winning team's cheque and for the interview.

Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh Captain: I hope we won a lot of hearts. We fought till the last ball, but we made a lot of mistakes on the field today - batting and bowling. We bowled really well, particularly if we made 240+ throughout the tournament. We asked the batsmen to make at least 260, but at the end of the day the bowlers did really well. I was asking the bowlers, but I wanted to bowl the quicks first, because I wanted to restrict the runs since they were going after us and trying to play shots at that stage. I wanted to leave the last over for Nazmul or Mahmudullah. I thought if the pacers bowled well from 45th over, then there was a good chance that there would be about 10 runs to defend in the last over.

Token watches being handed out to the runners-up side - Bangladesh. A fantastic journey for them, until the final.

Shikhar Dhawan, Man of the Tournament (342 runs @~70): Yeah I enjoyed this tournament. Fantastic final. Good tournament for me, enjoyed my batting, and hope to continue the same way. I enjoy playing it in a cool and matured manner. I was playing more calmly this time, and I want consistency and elegance at the same time. Rohit and I keep switching the aggressor's role sometimes, and I congratulate him for having a fantastic Asia Cup too.

Liton Das is the Man of the match for his 121(117). A fabulous knock to set the platform for Bangladesh.


Interviews coming up...

Bangladesh, oh Bangladesh. One's got to feel for them. It's 0-9 in knockouts for them now. 9 knockout losses, 0 wins - 5 of the losses, now, coming against India. They've worked extremely hard to get here, held their nerve in some crunch games, and managed to make it to the final. Mahmudullah, even in that final over, was fantastic - except the last ball. Defending six off the final over, even against a crippled Jadhav, was always going to be a challenge. But they've had their heart broken by their neighbors again. This one adds to the tally - T20 WC 2016, Nidahas Final, and now the Asia Cup final. They've managed to make the final of the Asia Cup 3 out of 4 times since 2012 and lost all three - by 2 runs in 2012, 8 wickets in 2016, and 3 wickets tonight. Someone go give them a hug, please.

India's run-chase was in tatters after a few early wickets. Rohit was still going along his merry way, but his dismissal against the run of play exposed the untested Indian middle-order - a middle-order that has given us a tie in the last Super 4 game, and nearly another one in the big final here today. An Indian fan or not, you've got to give it to them for the nail-biting contests. A defining moment, for me, was Bhuvi's six off Rubel. A fantastic hit that released the pressure. Another boundary off Fizz really brought the required rate down and then it was all down to the last over. It's one we are going to watch on a loop for days, perhaps months to come.

Ravi Shastri - It's a different format, but I think everyone knows how well we played in England, the scorecard really doesn't show it. This is a different format and we needed to start afresh. I liked the intensity with which we played, we were a bit flat against Hong Kong in the first match, but pulled up afterwards. The biggest plus was the fielding, game after game, we saved around 30-35 runs in these oppressive conditions. We took wickets consistently and during the middle-overs, the bowlers were outstanding, we bowled well with the new ball in tough conditions and then the spinners came to the party. Rohit was a calming influence and it showed on his captaincy. To keep his intensity going even after the start they had, showed he was really cool in every aspect of captaincy, the bowling changes he made were really good, to concede just around 100 runs in the last 30 overs, I thought it was brilliant.

Bhuvneshwar: Hong Kong was a wake-up call for me. When you come back from injury, it takes at least one game and that was the game for me. Don't want to give room to batsman. On these wickets, drive is an easy shot for batsman. So plan was to bowl back of a length. He's (Bumrah) an amazing bowler. We keep talking on our plans.

Ravindra Jadeja - I was almost out for 15 months and I wasn't feeling good. I want to play white-ball cricket, I just wanted to prove myself and improve on my game. You need to prove yourself when you get the opportunity, you need to show you are good enough. I just wanted to play my natural game, try and hit the ball well and win the game for my country.

Kuldeep: He (Jadhav) just told me to back myself and be careful while running. Wicket was good to bat on today, compared to the last game. More you play here, more you get better. First game I was struggling to get my line right. Have scored a lot of runs in first-class cricket, so qualify me as all-rounder.

Jadhav: I've been in this situation few months back. Knew field will be up in the end and will be easy to take one or two. The way Kuldeep batted gave me confidence too. I'm still a batsman who can bowl. It's at least Grade I or II tear. Let's see tomorrow.

23:54 Local Time, 01:24 IST: India have won, but they've been made to work for it. The fans don't have any fingernails left - a billion of them. Jadhav hasn't been allowed to take off his pads and is rushed into an interview by KP. Kuldeep is out there as well. And how good was he? Cool as a cucumber. Blood, sweat, tears and ecstasy - What a finale. Kedar "Hamstrung" Jadhav has done it again, on one leg, and for India this time. It took a few vital innings in the middle-order, including a stabilizing partnership between Dhoni and Karthik, and a few cameos, to edge them closer - and the lusty blows by Bhuvi at the end seriously eased it out for Jadhav's heroics in the final frame of the finale.

Mahmudullah to Kedar Jadhav, leg byes, 1 run, fired in flat towards leg-stump, Kedar Jadhav misses the flick, but it goes off his pads towards the fine leg boundary and they steal a leg-bye to win the Asia Cup for the 7th time! Kedhar Jadhav carries India to glory with a bad hamstring! Oh imagine the headlines! Fireworks all over the stadium...

India win the Asia Cup for the 7th time! Confirming if it's a leg-bye.

Super over in case of a tie, FYI. 1 off 1.

Mahmudullah to Kuldeep Yadav, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Kuldeep Yadav sweeps, inside edge onto pad and towards third man, the keeper collects it to throw - misses. Scores level; fingernails running out

2 off 2. Nerves. Long-on comes in.

Mahmudullah to Kuldeep Yadav, no run, very full on off, dug out towards cover, dot ball

2 off 3. Sound familiar?

Mahmudullah to Kuldeep Yadav, 2 runs, he's gone for the money! That's tossed up outside off, takes the risk of going against the turn, and he slog-sweeps it towards the deep mid-wicket boundary but square leg comes across to cut it off and keep it to two...
Mahmudullah to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, full one on off, tossed up, and clipped away behind square leg for a single

This is it. Jadhav, all 5 feet of him, under tremendous pressure. And pain. Can he finish it off with a six? Here we go!

Mahmudullah to Kuldeep Yadav, 1 run, tossed up outside off, punched away towards wide long-off for a single

It's Soumya Sarkar for the final over! DK is back in the hut! This is a repeat of Nidahas Trophy 2018. 6 to win off 6. Sagar Chawla says it's redemption time for him. And they've had a change of mind. Wow, anticlimax! Mahmudullah it is, to bowl the final over...

Mustafizur to Kedar Jadhav, 2 runs, another good over, and another poor end to it by Fizz. Short and wide outside off, carved away to deep backward point and the fielder cuts it off to keep it to two. Mushy is miffed.
Mustafizur to Kedar Jadhav, no run, short of length delivery at the chest, Kedar Jadhav dabs it whilst riding the bounce towards point
Mustafizur to Kedar Jadhav, no run, the off-cutter, back of a length delivery cutting away outside off, Kedar Jadhav opens the face and steers it behind point. Another dot!
Mustafizur to Kedar Jadhav, no run, good length delivery angling outside off, tapped on the weight with a forward press towards cover point. Another dot ball

One shot from Jadhav will do it for India. His wicket will send Bangladesh into a frenzy.

Mustafizur to Kuldeep Yadav, 1 run, the off-cutter on a length outside off, Kuldeep Yadav tries to lean into a drive towards cover, gets a thick inside edge towards square leg and they scamper through for a single

This is interesting stuff. Jadhav the last recognized batsman. Kuldeep on strike. What can he pull off?

Kuldeep Yadav, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Mustafizur to Bhuvneshwar, out Caught by Rahim! He's chased after a wide one in search of the boundary and nicked off! Seams away from a back of a length, Bhuvneshwar sees the width and pounces without any feet; without any stability that comes from the back foot going across towards the off-side, and gets a thick edge to the right of Mushy who takes a fantastic diving catch to dismiss him. Bhuvneshwar c Rahim b Mustafizur 21(31) [4s-1 6s-1]

Mustafizur to Bhuvneshwar, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Fizz back for the 49th.

Rubel to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run, short of length delivery once again in line with off, extremely accurate, Bhuvneshwar hops and checks a punch straight down the ground for a single to retain the strike
Rubel to Bhuvneshwar, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Bhuvneshwar hops onto the back foot and taps it with a vertical angled bat towards backward point
Rubel to Bhuvneshwar, no run, slower one on a back of a length just outside off, holds up in the wicket, and Bhuvneshwar has to delay the tuck towards midwicket
Rubel to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Kedar Jadhav is on the back foot and maneuvres a VVS special tuck to backward square leg and limps across for a single


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