India notched up a comfortable eight wickets victory against Bangladesh at Sher-e-Bangla National stadium in front of a hostile Bangladesh crowd in the 14th Asia Cup final. Indian captain MS Dhoni winning the toss, elected to field first. Bangladesh scored 120 runs in a rain-marred 15 overs-a-side match. India chasing down the total won the match with seven balls remaining.
Ashish Nehra: The seamer bowled the first over really well, but he was expensive in the last two overs. He conceded 33 runs in three overs. He gave India the first breakthrough by picking up Soumya Sarkar.
Ravichandran Ashwin: Ashwin was brought into the attack in the very first over of the match. He conceded only 14 runs in three overs and kept Bangladesh batsmen in check. Ashwin took the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan (21).
Jasprit Bumrah: This young pacer produced an outstanding spell. He was the most economical bowler in the match. He conceded only 13 runs in three overs and took the wicket of opener Tamim Iqbal.
Ravindra Jadeja: The left-arm spinner could not help India much as he conceded 25 runs in three overs at an economy rate of 8.33. However, he took the wicket of Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza.
Hardik Pandya: The medium pacer was targeted by Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah in the 19th over as he conceded 21 runs. Overall he conceded 35 runs, the most among the Indian bowlers. But, his fielding helped India to block a couple of singles and he took a catch at mid-on of Soumya Sarkar.
Rohit Sharma: The Indian opener could not contribute much as India had to see his back in the first ball of the fourth over. He scored only one run.
Shikhar Dhawan: He was the protagonist of India’s sixth Asia Cup title. Dhawan started tentatively, but after hitting two back to back four of Abu Haider, he got the momentum. Dhawan scored 60 off 44 balls and built a 94 run partnership with Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli: India’s star batsman Kohli played the role of anchor. Kohli played a sensible 41 off 28 balls knock and was unbeaten till the end of India’s victory.
MS Dhoni: The Indian captain came at a time when India needed to launch big shots to squeeze the gap between balls remaining and runs required to win. In the 13 over of the match, after Dhawan’s departure Dhoni came and hit one four and two sixes to seal the match. Dhoni scored 20 runs off 6 balls. He also hit a six off the fifth ball off 14th over to clinch the Asia Cup final.
Suresh Raina: The southpaw batsman did not have to bat as India won the match by a convincing margin of eight wickets. He helped India with his fielding saving a couple of runs.
Yuvraj Singh: The veteran Indian batsman was demoted as Dhoni promoted himself to bat at No.4.
NA – It is difficult to quantitatively judge these players. NA stands for Not Applicable.
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