Saturday, 29 September 2018 08:02

Bangladesh dismissed for 222 after Liton Das maiden century

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DUBAI, Friday – Bangladesh threw away a golden start to be dismissed for 222 in the Asia Cup final against India played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium here on Friday.

Making a surprise move Bangladesh promoted off-spinner Mehidy Hasan to open the innings with Liton Das and the move proved to be a master stroke as the pair gave their team a dream start by putting together 120 off 125 balls. But once India had made the initial breakthrough by dismissing Mehidy for 32 in the 21st over the rest of the Bangladesh innings fell apart and they were able to manage only a further 102 runs before they were all out.

It was a disappointing end to what promised to be a good total around 300 plus the way Das and Mehidy went about the Indian bowling initially. They provided Bangladesh with their first century opening stand in 27 ODIs.

Das led the Bangladesh charge with a inspiring innings reaching his maiden ODI century off 87 balls with 11 fours and two sixes out of a total of 145.

But the fall of wickets at the other end slowed him down and he was eventually dismissed for 121 scored off 117 balls being sixth out at 188 in the 41st over. He was given a ‘life’ at 52 when Chahal running back from midwicket spilled a top edge.

Following Mehidy’s wicket, India pulled back the game to pick up four wickets within the space of 43 balls for 19 runs as the Bangladesh innings went into decline.

Both Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah the two experienced batters in the side in the absence of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan (both injured) disappointingly holed out in the deep falling to catches by Bumrah and being dismissed for single digit figures.

Soumya Sarkar who dropped down the order tried to get the innings going but after a stand of 31 with Das which was the only other partnership of note in the innings he too found the going tough as the scoring rate dipped dramatically from a healthy six an over to a moderate 4½.

It was the Indian spinners who caused the Bangladesh rout and the Tigers were not helped by the result of three run outs which was a result of India plugging the run rate.

Bangladesh went 10 overs without a boundary that’s how much India took control of the game. The quite period was broken by Sarkar swinging Jadhav across the line for a six over mid wicket but those were only brief moments of the innings where Bangladesh sparkled.

Once the middle order was dismantled by the spinners the opening bowlers returned to put a quick end to the innings

(Daily News)

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