Shakib Al Hasan, the captain, and Tanzim Hasan Sakib, a newcomer, both played significant roles in ensuring that they defeated India.

Bangladesh 265 for 8 (Shakib 80, Hridoy 54, Thakur 3-65) beat India 259 all out (Gill 121, Axar 42, Mustafizur 3-50) by six runs

Another thrilling game was created by the much-maligned Asia Cup. In a nail-biting conclusion, Bangladesh managed to defeat India by one run, holding on to 265 despite a magnificent Shubman Gill century.

Although they may have already been eliminated from the Asia Cup, Bangladesh showed the depth of skill in the nation as a new-look team with five changes managed to defeat the eventual winners and World Cup favourites, India. The turnaround was created by Shakib Al Hasan’s repair work with the bat and then fast bowler Tanzim Hasan Sakib’s spectacular debut with the ball despite Colombo providing a track that favoured their spinners.

India also made five adjustments, giving opportunities to people who hadn’t competed in the competition. Axar Patel improved with the bat, Gill overcame a six-month century drought in international cricket, and Mohammed Shami shown that he was ready for the World Cup. However, without Kuldeep Yadav, India’s bowling struggled against left-handed hitters.

Shakib and Nasum Ahmed combined for 124 runs off 130 deliveries after Bangladesh had at one point been reduced to 59 for 4. The Bangladesh offspinners went for 57 off 57 against India’s right-handed hitters and dismissed two of their finest, including Gill in the final overs, while the two India left-arm spinners let up 70 runs off 60 balls to the Bangladesh left-handed batters.

Bangladesh’s score of 59 for 4 could have been worse, but India missed four catching opportunities. When they were new to the wicket, Shakib and Towhid Hridoy were two of those. They had been closely controlled up until that point by Shami, Shardul Thakur, and Prasidh Krishna.

India would be furious that the spinners allowed Bangladesh to reenter the match while the ball was clinging to the ground. Shakib, who had first presented an unusual opportunity as he attempted to retaliate, expertly transitioned through his gears with a slow recovery, easy singles, and then three sixes off left-arm spinners.

With a half-century that wasn’t as quick as Shakib’s but was skillful in its targeting of the bowlers, Hridoy continued his stellar tournament, smacking two sixes off rookie Tilak Varma.

Ravindra Jadeja then claimed his 200th ODI wicket, but Bangladesh again rallied from 161 for 6 in the 35th over to not only play out the entire over but also manage 93 in the final 12 balls. Thakur returned to remove Shakib with a played-on dismissal.

The victory’s most energising element may have been Bangladesh’s release of another strong fast bowler despite the absence of their whole pace attack. As the surface started to misbehave more under the lights, Tanzim made life difficult for India’s top order with a whippy Mashrafe Mortaza-like motion. He was able to take advantage of the surface’s seam movement and irregular bounce, dismissing Tilak as he raised his arms and removing Rohit Sharma for a duck.

Shakib trusted his spinners to hold the batsmen down for a sufficient amount of time to induce errors rather than over-attacking. When he introduced Mahedi Hasan, India had two strong right-handed hitters at the crease, and he also trusted his offspin. KL Rahul, who was 19 off 38, decided to take a chance after Mahedi only let up three runs off of his two overs. However, Rahul only managed to find midwicket because he was too close to the pitch of the ball.

Ishan Kishan attempted to reverse his way out of danger but never seemed at ease, and Mehidy Hasan eventually caught him in the leg-lock for five off of fifteen. Suryakumar Yadav struck what appears to be a respectable 26 off 34, but it was clear that he lacked safe choices to keep turning the strike over against spin. Only two singles were made down the line, and he mostly used the dangerous sweep stroke. Up until Shakib whacked back his off stump, he kept eluding capture.

Alternatively, Gill batted like a pro. It demonstrated how difficult the surface was and how excellent the bowling was that even he occasionally had to keep patting offspinners’ backs. Even so, he was able to knock five sixes while skipping down the pitch and punish length errors by diving deep in the crease. The hardest of his five chase centuries in his early career was also his first one.

Gill, meanwhile, was unable to fully rely on the other end. In his brief innings, Ravindra Jadeja was easily working singles, but when Mustafizur Rahman, the returning wizard, delivered two dots at him in the 38th over, Jadeja heaved uncharacteristically and was dismissed.

Gill and Axar formed a counterattacking combination, adding 39 in six overs, but Gill was destroyed by a brilliant bowling effort by Mahedi, who now needed 96 off 74. First of all, it takes courage to bowl offspin to Gill, a right-handed batter, in the last overs. Additionally, Mahedi recovered from a huge six by slowing the ball down and taking it beyond Gill’s reach, resulting in a misplay to long-off. Of the 209 runs that were scored while Gill was at the wicket, he scored 121.

Axar kept India in the game despite being pummelling and bruised; his wrists and thigh were in agony. With two overs remaining, he managed to strike consecutive boundaries off Mahedi’s offspin at 27 off 14, potentially giving India the upper hand. However, Mustafizur had other plans.

Irony reached its height when Thakur froze in shock after hitting a harmless low full toss straight to a fielder, but Axar was effectively put out by a slower offcutter. Tanzim then finished strong as the final couple was asked to score 12 points off the final over.

After the numerous heartbreaks Bangladesh has experienced in nail-biting matches against India, a victory in a close match against them is always appreciated, even though it may have been a dead rubber. When Mehidy the batter managed a one-wicket victory in an ODI, the pattern only started to turn around towards the close of last year.

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