Shakib, lower order lift Bangladesh to healthy 265

Bangladesh defeated India in the Asia Cup 2023 Super Fours with a total of 265/8 thanks to opposing half-centuries from Shakib Al Hasan and Towhid Hridoy as well as a valiant effort from the lower order.


Bangladesh was handed the opportunity to open the innings, but after making some poor shot selections, they quickly fell to 28/3. Following Shardul Thakur’s selection of two of them, Mohammed Shami slithered back in, touched Litton Das’ pads, and then delivered a respectable-length delivery that crashed into the off-stump to give India their first victory. Thakur’s short ball, which he tried to pull but managed to drag a bottom edge onto the stumps instead, ended up defeating Tanzid Hasan. After an 11-ball period in which he never felt comfortable, Anamul Haque ultimately lost his life when he top-edged a short ball to the keeper.


Despite their plight, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Shakib put on a spirited comeback, but they were stopped when Mehidy nudged one outside off-stump to give Rohit Sharma a low catch. When Bangladesh was 59/4 after 14 overs, they were in danger of losing, but Hridoy and his captain collaborated to inspire the group with a 101-run partnership.


On day 28, Shakib took the initiative and profited when KL Rahul delivered a difficult edge behind the stumps, scoring his 55th ODI fifty in the recovery he stakes, forcing Tilak Varma to alter his attacking strategy. Hridoy showed terrific footwork as he tonked two off Tilak Varma. At the other end, Shakib handled Axar Patel similarly, and his fifty-first run came off the first ball he drove over midwicket effort. After a cautious beginning, Hridoy quickened the pace and increased t


However, Thakur hit off his first ball after a few beers, stopping the partnership’s ascent to a century. Shakib departed the crease obviously dissatisfied with himself after drawing an inside edge onto his leg-stump on 80. On Ravindra Jadeja’s first pitch after the break, Shamim Hossain was caught LBW, giving India an early second wicket and giving him his 200nd ODI wicket.


With a cut to backward point, Hridoy scored fifty runs in 77 balls, bolstering the opposition at one end. At 54 years old, he smashed a short delivery from Shami straight to deep midwicket, but the joy was short-lived as he passed away. With his run-a-ball 44, Nasum took the initiative and kept adding the sporadic boundary and over, providing Bangladesh some much-needed momentum in the last few overs.


Despite the fact that this game wasn’t very essential, Bangladesh played admirably. Mahedi Hasan’s brilliant running between the wickets (29* from 23), which kept India’s bowlers on their toes, and debutant Tanzim Hasan Sakib’s cameo of 14 in just 8 balls allowed Bangladesh to score 93 runs in the final 12 overs.


Brief scores:

Bangladesh 265/8 in 50 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 80, Towhid Hridoy 54; Shardul Thakur 2-65, Mohammed Shami 2-32) vs India


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