Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Sep 2018 10:44:39




COMEBACK man Ravindra Jadeja once again proved how important he would be in next year’s World Cup with an important 23 runs as India managed to beat a fighting Bangladesh by three wickets to lift the seventh Asia Cup on Friday night. Chasing 223, India achieved the target on the last ball of the innings. Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (21) came in the middle when India needed 56 from 72 balls. And the two added a crucial 45 runs to take India close to the target. The two Got out in space of five deliveries which forced injured Kedar Jadhav (23*) back in the middle after getting retired hurt due to hamstring injury. India needed six runs from the last over and Kuldeep Yadav (5*) and Jadhav scored those runs in six balls to help India lift the title.

India’s chase did not get off the way they wanted. In form opener Shikhar Dhawan (15) failed to continued his purple patch despite getting off to a furious start. He hit three boundaries in his 14-ball 15 runs before mistiming his shot only to hand over an easy catch to Soumya Sarkar off Nazmul Islam. Captain Rohit Sharma (48) started well but missed a well-deserved half century by two runs. The Mumbai batsman was going strong picking up runs easily and hitting boundaries whenever needed. With three fours and as many sixes, Sharma was finding open space but he fell to Rubel Hossain in an attempt to clear the square leg fence.

Sharma and DineshKarthik(37)added37runs for the third wicket. Later, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (36)and Karthik took India’s score past 100 with a 54-run fourth wicket stand before Mahmudullah trapped Karthik in front with a straighter one to put India in a spot of bother.

India hopes rested on Dhoni until a lack in concentration due to unavoidable injury break for Kedar Jadhav, saw the Indian wicket-keeper nicking one back to Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim off Mustafizur Rahman. To compound miseries, Jadhav had to retire hurt with India needing another 56 runs from 72deliveries. Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumarthen joined in the middle and took the score near the target.

Earlier, India’s unorthodox spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav wreaked havoc after opener Liton Das’ fine hundred as Bangladesh were bowled out for a modest 222. An injury-ravaged Bangladesh made a flying start, courtesy Liton’s maiden ODI hundred (121 off117balls),ashe added 120runs with fellow opener Mehidy Hasan Miraz (32).

Just when it looked like Bangladesh would make a match of it, things went downhill as India’s tiny neighbours suffered an all-too-familiar batting collapse, losing 10 wickets for 102 runs. The innings lasted 48.3 overs. Chinaman Kuldeep’s 3 for 45was well complemented by Kedar’s2- 41 in nine overs of unconventional off-breaks, as Bangladesh frittered away the initiative with poor shot selection.