Chasing a modest 223-run target, India lost wickets at regular intervals to make the contest unpredictable, thanks to a disciplined Bangladesh bowling attack. But Bangladesh had other plans as they deservingly beat Pakistan to go through to their third Asia cup finals.
India have come close to losing just once in the tournament - the first game against Hong Kong where the Associate team were 174 for no loss after 34 overs in the second innings. India defeated them both to qualify for super 4 round. Now, in the final, Bangladesh has an opportunity to create history as they have never won the Asia Cup tournament. With Jadhav unable to run the quick singles, Dhoni tried to get a move on but he ended up slashing a Mustafizur delivery to the 'keeper to depart for a 67-ball 36. Soon after, Jadhav had to retire hurt.
Jadeja and part-time batsman Bhuvaneshwar's sensible knock then not only gave India a hope but also inched their side on the doors of victory. "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".More news: I've gone up a level under Maurizio Sarri, says Eden Hazard
Denying the opponents any further onslaught, Jadhav (23) and Kedar (5) guided India home in a match which went to the final ball. Their top order is not performing much but for the big finals, they will include left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam Apu in place of Mominul Haque.
Bangladesh batsman Liton Das celebrates after scoring a century. In the absence of dashing opener Tamim Iqbal, the Men in Green banked on the opening duo of Das and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (32) and the two delivered by putting up 120 runs inside 21 overs.
Earlier, the decision to promote Mehidy Hasan to open with Liton turned out to be a wise move for Bangladesh after they were asked to bat. The two played sensibly and often thrashed Indian bowlers all around the park.
Unperturbed by the fall of Hasan's wicket, Das kept on playing his natural game but middle-order batsmen Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, and Mahmudullah failed drastically.More news: Apple's macOS Mojave update is now live and ready for download
All of them gifted away their wickets, thanks to careless shot selection.
Das, in particular, seemed in fine nick, smacking Kumar for back-to-back boundaries in the 4th over, which forced Indian captain Rohit Sharma to introduced spin earlier than he'd have liked. Mashrafe Mortaza fell prey Kuldeep after playing nine balls.
Dhawan was dismissed for 15 and Sharma for a punishing 55-ball 48, studded with three sixes and as many boundaries. In the very next ball, Jasprit Bumrah clean bowled Rubel Hossain to wrap up the innings in style.
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Liton Das scored a maiden one-day worldwide hundred as Bangladesh were bowled out for 222 in 48.3 overs before India survived a middle order slump to chase down the target for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs at Dubai stadium.