The last Super 4 game between India and Bangladesh was played at the same cricket stadium on September 15, and while it has already been decided that India and Sri Lanka will play in the Asia Cup 2023 final there on Sunday.
India needed 266 to win in their meaningless "Super 4" match, but they were finally bowled out for 259 in 49.5 overs, giving Bangladesh their first Asia Cup victory over them since 2012 in Mirpur. Sunday's championship game pits India against Sri Lanka.
At the R Premadasa Stadium, Shubman Gill (121 off 133 balls; 8x4, 5x6) briefly eliminated the sluggish, twisting surface from consideration. Bangladesh, who had amassed 265/8 in the Asia Cup Super-4 match following half-centuries from captain Shakib Al Hasan (80 off 85 balls; 6x4, 3x6) and Towhid Hridoy (54 off 81b; 5x4, 2x6), appeared nervous due to the opener's impeccable timing, strokeplay, and shot selection.
Gill takes pride in his deft footwork, which allows him to reach the ball's pitch and loft it without losing his form. On a slow surface and expansive playing space, he had seen his senior colleagues lose their composure and their faculties as they tried shots that were off. He had just sent a dart delivered by Mahedi Hasan from across the wicket well into the midwicket stands while playing a fantastic solo. 57 required in 39 balls was the equation at that time. Mahedi deserves credit for coming over the stumps, bowling the ball slower and broader while forcing Gill to reach for it. However, the opener blasted the ball straight to Hridoy at long-off.
Although Shakib beat him in flight, he had earlier produced a fantastic lofted shot over extra cover for six. After he left, Axar Patel demonstrated how far his batting has gone by scoring a 34-ball 42 to bring the total to 12 required off 9. However, a deceptively slower delivery from Mustafizur Rahman caused him to hole out to Tanzid at long-off.
Bangladesh defeated India for the first time in the Asia Cup since 2012 at Mirpur when India was eventually bowled out for 259 in 49.5 overs. Only five times have teams at the Premadasa in Colombo succeeded in pursuing a score of 265 or higher. They have experienced disappointment 38 times. It was produced by India. However, India captain Rohit Sharma decided to bowl after winning the toss.
The game ended in a dead rubber. Bangladesh had been eliminated, and India had already secured a spot in the tournament's championship match versus Sri Lanka on Sunday at the same location. India, who hasn't pursued under the lights in Colombo, was to be challenged, according to Rohit.
When he was out for a duck and spooned a catch to cover to give Tanzim Hasan, a newcomer, his maiden wicket off only the second ball, he got a sense of how difficult it was. Additionally, Hasan had Tilak Varma of India, who had previously been eliminated from the under-19 World Cup final in Potchefstroom in 2020.
#TeamIndia put up a solid fight as the things went right down to the wire but it was Bangladesh who won the match.— BCCI (@BCCI) September 15, 2023
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India was in difficulty at 17/2. Gill and KL Rahul shared 57 runs for the third wicket, but the addition of spin gave Bangladesh the opportunity to string some dots together. A lack of singles coupled with aggressive fielding inside the 30-yard circle agitated Rahul, who attempted to break away and loft off-spinner Mahedi over mid-wicket but ran into Shamim Hossain.
Both the off-spinners Mahedi and Mehidy Hasan Miraj presented challenges for Ishan Kishan. He played nine dots and made a weak attempt at a reverse sweep to get a release shot, which put him squarely in front.
Before getting castled, Suryakumar Yadav had a 34-ball 26 that had a number of nasty sweeps missed and an uneasy appearance.
Earlier, Litton Das was cleaned up for a duck by Mohammed Shami, who was playing in place of Bumrah. Bangladesh had slipped to 59/4 when Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur both removed Tanzid and Anamaul Haque.
Rahul removed Shakib from Varma on day 28, and he took advantage of the break.