Flashback 2018 Asia Cup: Bangladesh vs India
The Asia Cup will be back to its 50-over format when the 16th edition of the regional cricket extravaganza kicks off in Pakistan and Sri Lanka from August 30. As Bangladesh gear up for the six-team tournament under the leadership of all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, The Daily Star Sport looks back to the Tigers' performances in 2018 Asia Cup in UAE, played in their preferred 50-over format.
Tigers' batting woes continue
Bangladesh got off to a flying start in the tournament with a thumping 137-run victory against Sri Lanka but suffered back-to-back defeats in the tournament.
The Tigers had a pathetic batting display as they succumbed to a crushing 136-run loss against Afghanistan in their final group-stage encounter before making a meek surrender to India.
The then Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, however, had lashed out at the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) for their scheduling of the Super Four leg of matches that saw Bangladesh playing back-to-back games.
"It is very disappointing," said Mashrafe.
Bangladesh and Afghanistan were the most disadvantaged teams as they had to play on successive days in heat that exceeded 40 degrees Celsius during the day.
Rohit Sharma's unbeaten 83 off 104 balls -- his second successive fifty -- ensured his side handed Bangladesh their second defeat in two days.
India chased down Bangladesh's 173 with relative ease to win the first Super Four match.
The defending champions reached the target in 36.2 overs. It was yet another all-round display by the defending champions. On winning the toss, India opted to bowl first and restricted Bangladesh to under 200 and then chased down the target with 82 balls to spare.
Against a disciplined Indian bowling attack, Bangladesh could manage only 173 in 49.1 overs.
Ravindra Jadeja came in for injured Hardik Pandya and took four wickets (4/29). The left-arm spinner was supported by pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/32) and Jasprit Bumrah (3/37).
India dominated from the outset, with Bhuvneshwar removing Liton Das (7) in the fifth over. From 15 for one, Bangladesh soon found themselves tottering at 101/7.
But a 66-run eighth-wicket stand between Mortaza (26) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (42) helped Bangladesh move past the 150-run mark.