Batting first, Bangladesh scored 265 runs for eight wickets in 50 overs. In reply, the Indian team was all out after scoring 259 runs and lost the pre-final match by six runs. The best thing for the Indian team in this match was Shubman Gill coming into rhythm. He scored a century after six months and his batting was as mesmerizing as always.
During the match, the commentators also kept saying that this pitch is not easy and the bowlers seem to be getting help in the second innings. Bangladesh bowlers took full advantage of this and bowled good balls. KL Rahul and Shubman Gill, who had scored centuries in the last match, were initially struggling to score one run each.
However, once Gill settled down, he started hitting the weaker balls and scored a century (for the first time while chasing in ODIs). Gill scored 121 runs in 133 balls but he was troubled by the question as to why he did not stay at the wicket till the end in this match. After the match, Shubman Gill expressed his disappointment and said, I should have finished the match for the team.
This is Shubman Gill's fifth century in ODI cricket. This is Gill's fourth century this year. Gill scored his first century in ODI against Zimbabwe in August last year. This year, between January 15 and January 24, he scored two centuries (including a double century) against New Zealand and one century (101 not out) while playing with Sri Lanka. Therefore, this is also his best individual score against Sri Lanka.
Shubman Gill also became the Indian cricketer to score 1000 runs in this calendar year during his century. Gill is the 75th batsman in the world and 13th from India to do so.
Now Gill joins Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli (07 times) in scoring more than a thousand runs in a calendar year; Sourav Ganguly (06); Rohit Sharma (04 times); Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rahul Dravid (03 times); Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja and Virender Sehwag (02 times); Has joined the club of cricketers like Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan (once).
Noted commentator Harsh Bhogle tweeted, "Shubman Gill's innings shows why he is such a powerful batsman but it also shows that he is still a work in progress. What a player he will be when he starts finishing matches."
Former cricketer and commentator Mohammad Kaif wrote on. Former cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra wrote, "A classy innings from Shubman Gill... one of his best innings in the situation India were in. Posted from the handle of Mumbai Indians, "Gil hai, ki bina century manta nahi."
In this last league match of Asia Cup, Rohit Sharma tried to measure his bench strength and also decided to bowl first. At the time of the toss, he also said about the decision of not batting first that till now the Indian team has not batted under floodlights during this tournament, hence they have taken the bowling first.
After the match, Rohit said, "We wanted to give a chance to those new players in the team who can play in the World Cup."
But the Indian team lost the match and captain Rohit himself could not even open his account. However, he has proved his form by playing unbeaten innings of 74, 56 and 53 runs in the last three matches. Five batsmen including Rohit could not even cross double figures. So most of the players who were included in the team to test their bench strength did not leave any mark. First of all let's talk about Suryakumar Yadav.
Suryakumar Yadav plays at a strike rate of 172 in T20 matches and 143 in IPL. His average in International T20 is also more than 46. But his performance in ODIs with an average of 24 has been mediocre and this is surprising the cricket greats. Suryakumar Yadav had scored 83 and 61 in the T20 against West Indies last month but could only score 19, 24 and 35 in the three ODIs with the same team.
When he was tested against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, he was seen struggling to score barely 26 runs. As a batsman, he has many shots but in this match he was only trying to play sweep shots on the spinners. After all, what is the reason that Suryakumar is not able to maintain harmony between these two formats of cricket? Experts say that it is a matter of mindset and they will have to discover it themselves.
A few days ago, former South African captain AB de Villiers had said that Suryakumar Yadav plays very much like him but he is taking a long time to adjust between T20 and ODI. His name is included in the team for the World Cup starting next month, so he has a chance but he will have to change his gear as soon as possible.
Along with Suryakumar, Tilak Verma was also given a chance. This was the debut match of Tilak, who is going to turn 21 in November. Left-handed batsman Tilak Verma, who was included in the team after scoring 39, 51, 49 not out in three consecutive T20 innings against West Indies, could score only five runs.
So even Surya Kumar Yadav, who was on the first position in the ICC rankings of T20 cricket for a long time, could score only 26 runs in 34 balls. Questions are also being asked on social media regarding the inclusion of Surya Kumar Yadav in the team.
It is being asked that they are continuously failing but they are getting opportunities. After all, for how long will they continue to get the chance? Whereas Sanju Samson, who has been in and out of the team at an average of 56 in 13 matches, is not given a chance to play.
One user also made a gesture. He wrote that four players of Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma, Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Tilak Verma are playing together in this match.
Finally, let's talk about Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Shami. Shardul was once again included in the team after the match against Pakistan. Shardul started bowling for the team along with Shami and took three important wickets. On the other hand, Shami also took two wickets. Giving an initial blow to Bangladesh, Shami told that despite sitting on the bench, his ball remains sharp.