Asia Cup 2018 final: Das century takes Bangladesh to below-par 222

Batsmen running seeking refuge at the same crease didn't help Bangladesh's cause

Batsmen running seeking refuge at the same crease didn't help Bangladesh's cause

Das played 117 balls and slammed 121 runs which included 12 boundaries and two sixes and built a flawless platform for a big score but some poor shot selection from other batsmen cost the Bangladesh camp.

Cricket they say is a game of uncertainties and it was proved on Wednesday when Bangladesh upset the odds to beat Pakistan and qualify for the Asia Cup final against India when the cricket insane fans of India and Pakistan were getting ready to witness a high-voltage final between Asia's two fiercest rivals.

India with this win stayed unbeaten in the 2018 Asia Cup, which includes a tie against Afghanistan.

"We know they're a competitive side", said Dhawan of Bangladesh. "Virat isn't there but me and Rohit are there, we play every game like this is a bilateral series or any big game".

In reply, after Rayudu (57) and KL Rahul's (60) 110-run stand for the opening wicket, Afghanistan crawled back and chipped away. But he attempted one too many - tempted into a pull by Rubel - to depart for 48. The Bangladesh skipper also admits that India are the favourites.

"The plan we made against them in the previous game, we will try and stick to that". India have been content bowling first and chasing the target under lights. Gradually, the pair started opening up but Karthik was done in for 37 by Mahmudullah when he missed a full toss and the ball him in front of middle stump.

As India managed to add 27 runs to reach a total of 160 with incoming batsman Kedar Jadhav and Dhoni on the crease, Mustafizur Rahman put India in deep trouble, sending back the latter on 36 runs.

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However, in a match going down the wire, Jadeja (23) and Bhuvneshwar's (21) rose up to the occasion and their knock came at a time when their team needed the most. We can not take Bangladesh lightly because Pakistan is a bit bigger name or a bigger name.

As was expected, with the departure of Jadhav, Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar got busy with their running between the wickets and concentrated on finding the gaps on the field rather than attempting anything lavish. It came off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.

In the last three years, whenever India and Bangladesh have squared off against each other in coloured clothing, the latter limped under pressure. India win, Kuldeep picks up four runs in the over and then Jadhav on the last ball gets a leg bye!

YS Chahal gave the first breakthrough to India by picking the wicket of Mehidy Hasan Miraz (32). The Tigers, though, bounced back to beat the Afghans in a three-run win before seeing the back of Pakistan on Wednesday.

"My performance isn't good so the team lost". Barring some swing early on, there wasn't much help for the bowlers on a pitch that favoured the batsmen a lot more than it did in the earlier games.

But the ghosts of the past collapses returned to haunt Bangladesh again. The batsmen themselves were to blame for leaving their team in a perilous position, with their injudicious shot selection bringing about their downfall. "No point thinking about technique and stuff at this juncture when we are playing a final", said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza at the pre-final press conference.

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