Asia Cup, 2023 |Super Four - Match 6 |9/15/2023 R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Right then, that's all from this game, and this brings an end to the Super Four stage of the 2023 Asia Cup. After nearly three weeks of riveting action, we are down to the final between India and Sri Lanka. A mouthwatering contest awaits us on September 17, with the first ball to be bowled at 3.00 pm IST (9.30 am GMT). As always, you can join us in advance for the build-up. Until then, take care and goodbye!
Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of Bangladesh is the Player of the Match for his all-round performance. He says that they wanted to give the youngsters a chance and planned that spin would be useful on this pitch. He adds that he wanted to regain his batting form after a poor Asia Cup and says that as the ball gets older it is easier to hit. He adds that the off spinner was very useful and appreciates Tanzim Hasan Sakib who bowled brilliantly and got important wickets. On the World Cup preparation, he says that the team looks good and is confident that they will be a side to fear.
Time for the presentations...
India's skipper Rohit Sharma says that the changes were because he wanted to give some game time to the youngsters. He says that Axar's batting was brilliant and was brilliant out there even after being hit. He credits the opposition bowlers for bowling good lengths and even Gill's hundred for keeping them in the game. Credits Gill for his game sense and confidence and says that he has clarity for what he has to do out in the middle and that he is there at each practice.
Tanzim Hasan Sakib is up for a chat. He says that the wicket of Rohit Sharma is his debut wicket and it felt like a dream. Adds that he focuses on the line and length He says he prepares for longer spells. He mentions that the last ball the yorker was planned and he backed himself. He also says that he is going home after winning against India and on a positive note.
Earlier in the game, after Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl first, Bangladesh were rocked early as they lost both openers inside the first four overs. They were pegged back even more by the Indian seamers and found themselves struggling at 59-4. Shakib Al Hasan and Towhid Hridoy then got together and forged a solid recovery with a 101-run stand. Shakib's 80 and Towhid's 54 allowed Bangladesh to get their innings on track. Towards the end, contributions from Nasum Ahmed and Mahedi Hasan helped Bangladesh post a competitive total on the board. For India, Shardul Thakur was the pick of the bowlers, with figures of 3 for 65 from his ten overs.
To be fair to India, they made five changes in their quest to test the bench strength, but they were outplayed by a spirited Bangladesh side. In their pursuit of 266 on a tricky surface, India were off to a shaky start as they lost their in-form skipper Rohit Sharma on the second legal ball of the chase. The move to send debutant Tilak Varma at 3 did not work out, as an error in judgement led to his downfall. Shubman Gill and KL Rahul showed good application against the moving new ball and calmed the nerves in the dressing room. Just when it looked like the two batters had got their eye in, Rahul perished which put India in more trouble. Despite the fall of wickets at the other end, Shubman Gill stood strong and kept the scoreboard ticking from one end. After reaching yet another sublime hundred, he began to up the ante but lost his wicket in the process and took India's hopes with him. The hopes were reignited when Axar Patel was batting but his departure in the penultimate over, sealed his side's fate.
Bangladesh halt India's juggernaut with a stunning victory! Shakib Al Hasan's men punch above their weight to bow out of the Asia Cup on a high. They get the better of India in Men's Asia Cup cricket for the first time since 2012. Having finished strongly with the bat, Bangladesh were expected to take the momentum into their bowling effort, and they certainly did. Playing in his maiden ODI game, Tanzim Hasan Sakib accounted for Rohit Sharma in his first over before breaching the defence of Tilak Varma in the following over. What did not help Bangladesh's cause was that the experienced Mustafizur Rahman lacked rhythm and could not support the debutant from the other end. In the middle phase, it was a trial by spin by Bangladesh, with the spin quartet bowling with excellent control and being rewarded with wickets at regular intervals. At the death, Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Mustafizur Rahman held their nerves to seal a memorable victory.
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Mohammad Shami, OUT! RUN OUT! That is the game. Tanzim Hasan Sakib bowls a yorker on leg. Mohammad Shami digs it out towards square leg and the batters run hard looking for a couple of runs. Tanzid Hasan comes in from the deep and throws the ball towards the keeper. Litton Das takes off the bails and Mohammad Shami is a mile out of the crease. Bangladesh won the last league game of the tournament. What an exciting match this has been.
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Mohammad Shami, FOUR! What a shot! Tanzim Hasan Sakib with another slow ball outside off. Mohammad Shami pulls it away in the gap at deep mid-wicket for four runs. A glimmer of hope for the Indians.
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Mohammad Shami, Another slow ball on length. Mohammad Shami swings and misses as the ball bounces just over the stumps. A close call for Shami.
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Mohammad Shami, A slower ball fuller and outside off. Mohammad Shami swings and misses.
Halt! Mohammad Shami has taken a blow on his helmet and will undergo the mandatory concussion assessment now. The physio is out there, checking on the Indian pacer. All good to go now.
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Mohammad Shami, Tanzim Hasan Sakib bowls a slow bouncer on the helmet. Mohammad Shami misses the pull and the ball hits the helmet before rolling away.
END OF OVER 49 | 5 Runs & 1 Wkt | IND 254/9
Tanzim Hasan Sakib (7-0-27-2) will bowl the last over. Can he defend 11 runs?
Mustafizur Rahman to Prasidh Krishna, Fuller and outside off. Prasidh Krishna swings and misses. A good over from Mustafizur Rahman comes to an end and he gets two important wickets from it. What a spell.
Mustafizur Rahman to Prasidh Krishna, On the hard length and over off. Prasidh Krishna misses the connection and the ball sails just over the stumps.
Prasidh Krishna is the last man in.
Mustafizur Rahman to Axar Patel, OUT! CAUGHT! Mustafizur Rahman makes a good comeback! He bowls this slower and fuller outside off. Axar Patel has mistimed his shot and it only goes as far as the 30-yard circle. Tanzid Hasan ran in from long off to take a safe catch to dismiss Axar Patel. India are 9 wickets down.
Mustafizur Rahman to Axar Patel, FOUR! Well struck and well placed! Mustafizur Rahman with another full toss outside off. Axar Patel drives it in the gap wide of long off. The fielder fails to stop it as the ball races away for a four.
Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Shami, Very full on middle. Mohammad Shami drives it to long off for a single to get off the mark.
Mohammad Shami is the new man in.
Mustafizur Rahman to Shardul Thakur, OUT! CAUGHT! A yorker right on the toes from Mustafizur Rahman. Shardul Thakur flicks it off towards the fielder at square leg. Mehidy Hasan there takes a low catch to dismiss Shardul Thakur. Is that the game?