Struck by hamstring injury, Jadhav seals last-ball victory
Dubai: A severely hamstrung Kedar Jadhav ran the most defining single of his short international career as India beat Bangladesh by three wickets to win their seventh Asia Cup title in a pulsating last-ball finish late on Friday night.
Chasing a modest target of 222, India made rough weather of the chase at 160/5, with Jadhav initially retiring after pulling his right hamstring only to come back when it mattered the most.
He came in the 48th over with India still needing 11 runs. With six runs needed off the last over, Jadhav and Kuldeep Yadav kept their cool against Mahmudullah Riyadh, taking three singles and a double off the first five balls.
The part-time off-spinner drifted the final delivery onto Jadhav’s legs as it brushed his pads for a leg bye to ensure India maintained their supremacy in the continent.
Buvneshwar Kumar (21) and Ravindra Jadeja (23) also played their part after the middle-order led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni once again failed to perform.
India started the chase well with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, but the tournament’s top-scorer Dhawan couldn’t clear the mid-off fielder trying to hoist left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam. Ambati Rayudu failed to get going as India were down to 46/2.
In-form skipper Rohit continued from where he had left off against Pakistan but walked back after a start as India were 83/3.
Dhoni consumed 67 balls for his 36. Jadhav, who hit a straight six off Mahmudullah, then pulled his right hamstring going for a quick single. Dhoni, who was getting into the groove, lost his rhythm and edged one off Rahman behind the stumps.
Once Dhoni was gone, things became troublesome for India at 160/5, even as Jadhav retired hurt.
But he came back to finish the job for his team. Extras
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Indian players celebrate with the trophy on the podium after winning the Asia Cup final against Bangladesh in Dubai late on Friday
Kedar Jadhav limps to complete a run during the final on Friday