India retained the Asia Cup title by beating Bangladesh by three wickets in a last-ball finish at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday. Liton Das scored a maiden one-day international hundred as Bangladesh were bowled out for 222 in 48.3 overs before India survived a middle order slump to chase down the target for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs at Dubai stadium. Skipper Rohit Sharma top-scored with 48 while Dinesh Karthik made 37 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 36. Among the bowlers, Kuldeep Yadav took three wickets while Kedar Jadhav took two.
With their settled opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, India were expected to run away with victory, like they did in the previous matches, but Bangladesh were not ready to give up without a fight.
Ravindra Jadeja (23) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (21) brought the target within India’s reach through a 45-run stand for the sixth wicket but Bangladesh removed them both with eight runs still needed.
India then required six off the last over and one off the final delivery, which came as a leg-bye. Kedar Jadhav finished with 23 not out.
While everyone praised Rohit for his inspired show on the field, the opening batsman said that it was all about learning the art of staying calm in pressure situations from former skipper MS Dhoni.
Rohit also credited Bangladesh for putting up a fight. “You have to give some credit to Bangladesh. They put us under pressure in the first 10 overs,” he said.