Cricket they say is a game of uncertainties and it was proved on Wednesday when Bangladesh upset the odds to beat Pakistan and qualify for the Asia Cup final against India when the cricket insane fans of India and Pakistan were getting ready to witness a high-voltage final between Asia's two fiercest rivals. Some of the players like Shakib, Mushfiq, Mustafiz and Tamim have contributed greatly in these victories. The Bangladesh captain shimmied down the wicket but failed to make the connection.
India's spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav wreaked havoc after opener Liton Das's fine hundred as Bangladesh were bowled out for a modest 222 on Friday. Furthermore, the new ball bowlers have also picked wickets which have been a plus point in the otherwise slow pitches of Dubai.
Now, having done the hard work to get there Bangladesh will feel confident that they are only one step away from lifting the Asia Cup for the first time in their history. We have been struggling in the batting group in the top-order. Along with Mahmudullah, if he could cause more confusion in that Indian middle order, Bangladesh's chances might just be more than decent.
Bangladesh also had been handicapped by injuries to some of their key players.
"If we can put up a good score then we can put some pressure on them", he said.
For the second consecutive Asia Cup, India, and Bangladesh will square off in the pinnacle clash at the Dubai International Stadium on September 28 (Friday). And this was our target before the Asia Cup, that we at least make the final.
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"Every tournament has been a distinct journey whether 2012 final against Pakistan or 2016 against India". They're a competitive side. So in all recent major finals involving India, batting first has worked on all but one occasion.
"If we can play our best cricket, then beating India is not impossible - we've done it before". Hats off to them, the way they played and won against Pakistan.
Earlier, opener Shikhar Dhawan had to walk back to the pavilion when he tried to drive a ball by Nazmul Islam over mid off, but ended up handing it straight to Soumya Sarkar. The following year, in the Asia Cup T20 final, India cruised to a eight-wicket win in Mirpur.
In captain Kohli's absence, Sharma and his deputy Shikhar Dhawan have clobbered the opposition so much that India's middle-order has hardly got any time at the crease throughout the tournament.
The Rohit Sharma-led Indian team have had a lustrous tournament. Bangladesh beat Pakistan by 37 runs on Wednesday. "I would have bought the ticket even on premium to watch the match", said Adil, a dejected Pakistani fan.
Pakistan play Australia in two Tests, starting in Dubai from October 5.