Struck by ham­string in­jury, Jadhav seals last-ball vic­tory

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - LTH HE - —PTI

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

To­tal

Fall of wick­ets: Bowl­ing:

—AP

In­dian play­ers cel­e­brate with the tro­phy on the podium af­ter win­ning the Asia Cup fi­nal against Bangladesh in Dubai late on Fri­day

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Kedar Jadhav limps to com­plete a run dur­ing the fi­nal on Fri­day

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