Twitter Reactions: Bangladesh slump to 222 despite Liton Das' stunning century

Twitter Reactions: Bangladesh slump to 222 despite Liton Das’ stunning century

At one stage, Bangladesh were sitting pretty at 120/0.

Kedar Jadhav
Kedar Jadhav. (Photo Source: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

India and Bangladesh locked horns for the second time in the ongoing Asia Cup and this time a lot was at stake. It was a second consecutive final between the two sides after meeting in the T20 form of the tournament in 2016. While India had qualified for the title clash with clinical performances, the Tigers had scraped through. But they were high on confidence after thumping Pakistan in the previous game by 37 runs in Abu Dhabi.

After being invited to bat first, the new opening pair for Bangladesh, Liton Das and Mehidy Hasan, started off briskly. The former was in the mood today as he launched the most unexpected assault on India’s new-ball bowlers. There were some delightful strokes played by him while also being dropped in the 12th over. Suddenly, the fears of the Champions Trophy final loss started to do rounds when the Men in Blue had opted to bowl first after winning the toss.

Das batted superbly though and one has to credit him for taking the attack towards the opposition in the big final. On the other hand, Mehidy Hasan supported him extremely well and the duo had added 120 runs in no time. However, the wicket of Mehidy Hasan opened the floodgates and the unpredictability of Bangladesh’s batting line-up was on display.

Middle-overs collapse

At 120/1, Imrul Kayes walked out to bat and the middle-order which kept them in the hunt throughout the tournament had to continue the good work done by the openers. But apart from Das, every other batsman looked to play big shots unnecessarily and lost their wickets. While Kayes was pinned in front of the stumps by Yuzvendra Chahal, the experienced players like Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah played some poor strokes which proved to be their undoing in the end.

Meanwhile, there was also run-out thanks to Ravindra Jadeja’s superb fielding. Liton Das drove wonderfully through the covers, but the swift fielder stopped the ball which Mohammad Mithun didn’t expect and ran a single presuming that the ball has gone past him. But his partner was left ball-watching and there was a mix-up and Mithun was sent back.

Amidst the collapse, Liton Das kept his cool and slammed his maiden One-Day ton off just 87 balls. His innings was filled with authoritative strokeplay but he didn’t find any support from the other end and was dismissed to 121 due to MS Dhoni’s lightning quick stumping.

From 120/0, Bangladesh eventually slumped to 222 all-out as they never got going after the fall of the first wicket. Soumya Sarkar batted at number seven today and played a hard-fought knock of 33 runs but even has run-out and in no time they were bowled out. It was a splendid fightback from Team India and look the favourites to win the trophy.

Here’s how Twitter reacted during the innings:

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