Asia Cup 2018: Former cricketers, media praise Bangladesh for spirited performance after narrow defeat against India in final

Bangladesh lost the Asia Cup 2018 final after India successfully chased down the target 223-run target on the final ball of the match, but were praised by media for their performances

Agence France-Presse, Sep 29, 2018 16:35:40 IST

Dhaka: Bangladesh's media on Saturday lauded the national cricket team's spirited showing in the Asia Cup final after they went down to favourites India in a last-ball thriller in Dubai.

Liton Das slammed his maiden one-day international century in Bangladesh's modest 222 but it was the bowlers who made India sweat in their nervy chase of the 50-over contest.

Asia Cup 2018: Former cricketers, media praise Bangladesh for spirited performance after narrow defeat against India in final

Mustafizur Rahman took two wickets as Bangladesh bowlers took the game till the final ball of the match. Twitter @ICC

A 45-run sixth wicket stand between Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and a gritty 23-run unbeaten knock by Kedar Jadhav, who was limping due a hamstring injury, finally gave India a three-wicket win.

India, led by Rohit Sharma, could not rest until a leg-bye off the final ball of the innings completed their chase for their seventh Asia Cup title.

A Daily Star headline read: "Tigers falling agonisingly short."

"Despite the batting implosion after their brightest start of the tournament, it was a bowling effort that Bangladesh can be proud of as they seemed out of the game on numerous occasions but clawed their way back each time," the country's biggest-selling English newspaper wrote.

Another English-language daily New Age headlined its report "Brave Bangladesh fall just short", with an accompanying picture of Mahmudullah lying on the pitch after he failed to accomplish a run out of Bhuvneshwar.

The newspaper hailed Bangladesh's batting hero and man-of-the match Das as "next big thing in Bangladesh" in a separate article, saying that with each stroke en route to his 121 off 117 balls, the 23-year-old batsman "showed his class".

Das set up the foundation for a competitive score but a mid-innings collapse saw Bangladesh slip from 120-0 to 151-5 before being dismissed in 48.3 overs.

Meanwhile India, who went into the tournament without regular skipper Virat Kohli, relished their title win that comes after a 1-4 Test loss in England. But former Indian cricketers praised Bangladesh for their fighting instincts that made the Asia Cup final an entertaining affair.

"Congratulations India on becoming #AsiaCup Champions," former Test batsman VVS Laxman wrote on Twitter.

Cricketer-turned-commentator Mohammad Kaif also hailed Bangladesh's special effort in a tough final. 

Bangladesh will face Zimbabwe for three one-day internationals and two Tests at home in October and November.

India host West Indies for three Twenty20 matches, five ODIs and two Tests starting 4 October.

Updated Date: Sep 29, 2018 16:35:40 IST

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4784 252