The sell out crowd at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium experienced a last-ball finish as on Friday, India beat Bangladesh by two wickets in the Asia Cup 2018 final to win the championship for the seventh time. Rohit Sharma’s boys made heavy weather of a 223-run target as Bangladesh fought for every run. But in the end, the experience and temperament shown by some of the Indian batsmen saw the team through.
Earlier, batting first Bangladesh opener Liton Das held the innings together during his 117-ball 121, which featured a dozen boundaries and two sixes. He shared a 120-run opening stand with makeshift opener Mehidy Hasan but Bangladesh were still bowled out for just 222 in 48.3 overs.
During the run-chase, India kept losing wickets, which kept Bangladesh interested. At a crucial juncture of the game, Jadhav had to go out of the ground retired hurt due to a hamstring injury. India still needed 56 off 72.
However, Ravindra Jadeja (23) and Bhuvenshwar Kumar (21) brought the target within India’s reach through a 45-run stand for the sixth wicket but Bangladesh removed them both with eight runs still needed.
Jadhav had to come back out there to rescue his team along with it No.10 batsman Kuldeep. India required six off the last over and one off the final delivery, which was bowled by the part-time off-spinner Mahmudullah. The run came in the form of a leg-bye.
This was Bangladesh’s third unsuccessful attempt to win the Asia Cup.
Overall, following most of the one-sided encounters in this Asia Cup, this was a match worthy of a final.