Yet again Indians have emerged victorious in the Asia Cup match. Truly speaking Bangladesh put on a good fight, though they couldn’t stop fired up Raina and all elegant Gambhir, but they had a better batting display. Alok Kapli’s well crafted century backed by a patient knock by Tamim Iqbal gave Bangladesh bowlers something to defend. It would be obviously difficult to defend and especially with players like Gambhir, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni all charged up and having a great run of form. But Bangla boys began on a good note getting Uthappa and Rohit Sharma early. But things started to change and got worse as Raina and Gambhir got together. They went after bangle Bowlers smashing them all around the green park. Raina is having a great time at Asia Cup and has 2 centuries and 1 fifty to his credit out of the 3 matche he had played. ust when Gambhir looked all set to get to his first hundred of the tournament, he was caught by Mortaza of Farhad Reza’s bowling. By then much of the damage had been inflicted and Yuvraj came out in the middle to perform the last rites. Indians chased down Bangladesh’s 283 in well under 44 overs with the loss of just 3 wickets. Raina remained not out scoring 116 off just 107 balls with 3 sixes.
With Indian batsmen, especially the Top Order, firing against all bowlers, it seems to me that India will be heading towards clinching the Asia Cup. And this is what Men In Blue are looking forward to especially after the debacle in the recently concluded Kitply Cup.
Above: Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir
Right: Alok Kapli in action