India’s hopes of reaching the Asia Cup were dashed by an inspiring
performance by Bangladesh on Tuesday at the Shere Bangla National stadium
Chasing a modest score of 212 in 40 overs against Sri
Lanka, the hosts looked a little shaky during the middle of the innings,
but their middle-order batsmen comfortably led them home in a rain-hit
Bangladesh's hopes of making the final hinged on two of
their most experienced top-order batsmen, Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan,
who consolidated after a spurt of wickets. Tamim departed for 59, and
Shakib went back after scoring a quick 56.
Kapugedera (62), Lahiru Thirimanne (48) and Upul Tharanga (48) were the
main scorers for Sri Lanka in their 232, while paceman Nazmul Hossain
bagged three wickets for Bangladesh in the crucial ODI.
Sunday, the Indians recorded their highest run-chase ever to pull off an
extra-ordinary victory over arch rivals Pakistan yesterday, riding on
Virat Kohli blistering 183 off 148 balls to keep themselves in the hunt
for a place in the final.
India’s Asia Cup campaign was thrown
into disarray after their upset five-wicket loss to minnows Bangladesh.
Bangladesh sprung a surprise by chasing down India’s challenging 289-run
target with five wickets in hand and four balls to spare.
Going by the form of both the teams, Bangladesh would back themselves to
win the tournament against Pakistan on March 22. Nicknamed ‘Tigers’,
the Bangladesh cricket team has so far showed in the continental event
that they are quite a handful in front of adoring home fans.
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