Bangladesh claimed a thrilling six-run victory over India in the Asia Cup 2023 Super Fours, with Shubman Gill’s century and Axar Patel’s late heroics not enough to secure India’s win.
In a nail-biting encounter that kept cricket fans on the edge of their seats, Bangladesh managed to secure a thrilling six-run victory against India in the final Super Fours match of the Asia Cup 2023. Despite Shubman Gill’s valiant fifth ODI century and a counter-attacking 42 by Axar Patel, India fell just short of the target set by Bangladesh.
India, already having secured a spot in the final, chose to rest five key players and found themselves chasing a competitive total of 266 after Bangladesh’s tail-enders orchestrated a brilliant recovery in their batting innings.
The match got off to an electrifying start as debutant Tanzin Hasan Shakib picked up two quick wickets in his opening spell, including the crucial scalp of Rohit Sharma, who fell to the second ball of the chase. Shakib finished with impressive figures of 2 for 15 in his extended six-over spell.
Shubman Gill took charge of the innings and, in partnership with KL Rahul, steadied the ship with a 54-run third-wicket stand. Gill reached his century in style, dancing down the track to hit a six. However, Bangladesh kept striking at regular intervals, breaking crucial partnerships. Suryakumar Yadav also contributed with an aggressive 26, but his dismissal added to India’s woes.
Despite Gill’s heroic efforts and an entertaining innings by Axar Patel, who scored 42 off 34 balls, Bangladesh managed to keep the pressure on. Gill, on 121, tried to accelerate further but was caught at long-off in an attempt to clear the boundary. Mustafizur Rahman’s late strikes in the 49th over sealed the win for Bangladesh.
In the first innings, Bangladesh had been in trouble early, losing three wickets for just 28 runs. However, contrasting fifties from Shakib Al Hasan (80 off 85) and Towhid Hridoy (54 off 81) resurrected their innings. Shakib, in particular, was instrumental in their recovery, notching up his 55th ODI fifty. Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, Bangladesh managed to post a competitive total of 265/8.
Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Shami were the pick of the Indian bowlers, with two wickets each. Nasum Ahmed’s run-a-ball 44 in the death overs provided Bangladesh with crucial momentum.
With this thrilling victory, Bangladesh secured their third win in four ODIs against India in the Asia Cup 2023, setting the stage for an exciting final showdown.
Bangladesh: 265/8 in 50 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 80, Towhid Hridoy 54; Shardul Thakur 2-65, Mohammed Shami 2-32)
India: 259 all out in 49.5 overs (Shubman Gill 121, Axar Patel 42; Mustafizur Rahman 3-50, Tanzin Hasan Shakib 2-32)
Bangladesh wins by 6 runs.