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Asia Cup 2018: India’s road to the final

29 Septembre 2018

India and Bangladesh will do battle in the finals of the Asia Cup on Friday, September 28 in Dubai. In the bowling department, Bumrah has been exceptional and Bhuvneshvar Kumar was also seen in his true colours after a quiet show in his first game against Hong Kong.

Bangladesh's Liton Das scored his maiden ODI century but it was all in vain.

Following a brief lull, Das struck Jadeja for a 4 to open the 12 over - bowled by Ravindra Jadeja - before being dropped by Chahal two balls later. Despite early trouble with Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu losing their wickets, India's middle order chipped in with some important runs.

Unperturbed by the fall of Hasan's wicket, Das kept on playing his natural game but middle-order batsmen Imrul Kayes (2), Mushfiqur Rahim (5), Mohammad Mithun (2) and Mahmudullah (4) failed drastically.

But while Liton went on to score a brilliant 121, his teammates fell like a pack of cards from the other end.

However, former Indian players applauded India for their record victory, along with mentioning Bangladesh, who showed enormous grit and courage despite having two of their best players to injury.

India was chasing a modest target of 223 at Dubai International Stadium on Friday, after winning the toss and inviting Bangladesh to bat first. Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam comes in to replace middle-order batsman Mominul Haque.

Rohit Sharma (India Captain): We played some good cricket throughout the tournament and this is the reward of all the hard work throughout the tournament.

As a senior player in the side, Mushfiqur has shouldered the team's batting in the absence of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan.

"I am really proud of the team".

"I thought our spinners did very well in containing them and building the pressure to restrict them to 222", Sharma said. "They came out and delivered that".

"It's a different format but as I said, everyone knows how well we played in England". We're ready for it. However, the Men In Blue didn't look in control in their run chase in the final as they lacked fireworks and reached home on the last ball of the match. India made expected five changes in their side from the previous Afghanistan game where they rested their best five players to get prepared for the big finals. "They are coming here as the favourites so we have to be mentally strong and fight till the last ball".

Just three days ago, India were held to a tie by a spirited Afghanistan despite the match being largely inconsequential.

Crediting his teammates for their efforts, Sharma said, "If you have a team like that, the captain will always look good". India were ruling the race with the bowlers pegging the Bangladesh innings back after Mehidy and Das put up 120-run stand in 20.5 overs as they successfully protected their out-of-form top-order batsmen as Das went about his business, unencumbered and unrestrained, infusing doubts and jitters in the Indian camp.

Asia Cup 2018: India’s road to the final