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Bangladesh Stuns India in Thrilling Asia Cup Encounter as Shubman Gill’s Century Goes in Vain

New Delhi | September 16, 2023: The cricketing world witnessed a sensational showdown today as Bangladesh pipped India by a mere 6 runs in a thrilling final Super Four game of the 2023 Asia Cup. Shubman Gill’s stunning century, along with a valiant knock from Axar Patel, kept India’s hopes alive, but the target of 266 proved elusive. This unexpected upset marked the end of Bangladesh’s Asia Cup journey, while India advances to the final showdown against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

The game started with India making five changes to their side and inviting Bangladesh to bat first. India’s Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur wreaked havoc with the new ball, sending three Bangladeshi batsmen back to the pavilion in the powerplay. Skipper Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz tried to revive the innings, but Axar Patel’s crucial wicket put them in a tough spot at 59 for 4.

However, Shakib and Towhid Hridoy’s brilliant partnership pulled Bangladesh out of the woods. They constructed a remarkable 101-run partnership, showcasing a blend of caution and aggression. Shakib reached his fifty, and both batsmen resisted India’s spin attack effectively. The partnership finally broke when Shakib fell for 80, but the damage was done.

As Bangladesh’s lower order chipped in with valuable contributions, they managed to set a competitive target of 266 runs. Nasum Ahmed and Mahedi Hasan’s late efforts pushed Bangladesh’s total to 265 for 8.

India’s chase got off to a nightmarish start, losing two wickets in the first three overs. Shubman Gill and KL Rahul tried to stabilize the innings with a 57-run partnership. But, facing Bangladesh’s spinners on a challenging pitch, boundaries were hard to come by. Rahul’s dismissal further hampered India’s progress.

Shubman Gill, who displayed exceptional form, kept India’s hopes alive with a century but lacked support from his teammates. Irresponsible shot selections cost India wickets at crucial moments. Despite a valiant effort from Axar Patel, who scored 42 off 34 balls, India fell just short of the target. Mustafizur Rahman’s late wickets sealed the victory for Bangladesh as India was bowled out for 259, just 6 runs short of the target.

The thrilling encounter left fans on the edge of their seats, and Bangladesh emerged as the unexpected heroes of the day. As India gears up to face Sri Lanka in the final, cricket enthusiasts can only anticipate more action-packed moments in the 2023 Asia Cup.

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