India out of Asia Cup after Bangladesh beats SL

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Mirpur: A mid-innings downpour spiced up a slow pitch and made it
an even contest as Bangladesh chased a reduced target of 212 off 40 overs.
Rain cut the match short by an hour and 45 minutes.

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 was called upon once
again to build on the platform set by the opener.





An inspired performance in the field have put Bangladesh in a good
position to extend Sri Lanka's miserable run in the tournament and halt
India's chances of making the final.





Chamara Kapugedera (62), Lahiru Thirimanne (48) and Upul Tharanga (48)
were the main scorers for Sri Lanka, while paceman Nazmul Hossain bagged
three wickets for Bangladesh in the crucial ODI.





However, millions of Indian cricket fans will be praying for a Sri Lankan
victory as it will determine India’s fate in the Asia Cup cricket
tournament.

On 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.

But
Sunday's win alone is not enough for the defending champions to seal their
place for Thursday’s summit clash as India’s fate now entirely depends
on how Sri Lanka performs.

India, whose Asia Cup campaign was
thrown into disarray after their upset five-wicket loss to minnows
Bangladesh, will now have to wait for the result of this particular tie.

If
Sri Lanka win, India will go into the final but a defeat for the islanders
will ensure that Bangladesh take on Pakistan in the title clash on
Thursday.

As per the rules of the tournament, if two teams are
tied on points, head-to-head record will be considered, so Bangladesh will
go into the final as they had beaten India in their league match.

Going
by the form of both the teams, Bangladesh would back themselves to
register another upset win in the tournament.

After giving
Pakistan a scare in the tournament-opener, Bangladesh sprung a surprise by
chasing down India’s challenging 289-run target with five wickets in
hand and four balls to spare.

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.




Also read: Lanka-B'desh match to determine India's fate




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