India made heavy weather of a modest target before prevailing in a nerve-shredding final against Bangladesh by three wickets to defend their Asia Cup title on Friday.
Chasing 223 for win, India’s fancied top order let the team down but a hamstrung Kedar Jadhav’s all-round brilliance helped them win their seventh continental title off the final delivery of the contest.
Earlier Liton Das registered his maiden one-day century but Bangladesh squandered a flying start to be bowled out for 222 in the 49th over.
“We played some good cricket throughout the tournament and this is the reward for the hard work,” India captain Rohit Sharma said.
“Credit to the guys, who handled the pressure well and it was a great effort to get over the line. Credit to Bangladesh also, they batted brilliantly.”
Sharma was confident of his team’s ability to chase under the lights and elected to field but an early breakthrough eluded his team.
Liton scored freely and Mehidy Hasan Miraz celebrated his surprise promotion in a 120-run opening-wicket stand that laid the foundation for a big total at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
A desperate Sharma pressed Jadhav into service and the part-timer’s low-slung spinners once again came in handy.
Jadhav dismissed Miraz for 32 and sowed a seed of panic in the batting order as Bangladesh slumped to 151-5 in the 33rd over.
Liton needed 87 balls to bring up his century but was dismissed for 121, stumped off Kuldeep Yadav.
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