The Big Picture
India and Bangladesh will square off in the first match of the Super-Four stage in the Asia Cup on Friday. This will be the first ODI meeting between both sides since the 2015 3-match series in Bangladesh.
Over the years, Bangladesh and India have been involved in riveting tussles especially in the Asia Cup.
Here’s a walk down memory lane:-
#1 Asia Cup T20, Final, 2016
Kohli and Dhoni finish it off in style
The 2016 Asia Cup was played out in a T20 format for the very first time with an eye to the impending ICC World T20 later that year.
Hosts Bangladesh made it to the finals for the second time in the history of Asia Cup to take on India for the ultimate glory.
In a rain-affected encounter, Bangladesh batted first and on the back of a brisk cameo by Mahmudullah (33 off 13 balls) posted 5-120 in 15 overs. Defending 121, Al-Amin nipped out Rohit Sharma cheaply before Shikhar Dhawan (60) and Virat Kohli (41 not out) stitched a 98-run stand before MS Dhoni stroked a 6-ball-20 with two Brobdingnagian sixes in the penultimate over to seal the sixth Asia Cup title.
#2 Asia Cup, Group Stage Match, 2014
The chase master does it again
Riding on a brilliant 113-ball-117 by skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and a gritty 77 at the top by Anamul Haque, Bangladesh posted a very competitive 7-279 after 50 overs despite Mohammed Shami’s 4-50 and when they’d nipped out Rohit Sharma (21) and Shikhar Dhawan (28) relatively cheaply, the horrors of 2012 began to resurface for the Indians.
And that is when the chase master stood up. Virat Kohli compiled a 122-ball-136, an innings that included 16 fours and 2 sixes and along with Ajinkya Rahane (73) stitched a masterly 213-run stand for the third wicket to help India ease past the target in 49 overs.
#3 Asia Cup, Group Stage Match, 2012
Tendulkar’s milestone and the ultimate upset
It is a game mainly remembered by the Indian fans for Sachin Tendulkar’s historic 100th international ton but it was also a match that saw Bangladesh canter to their first-ever win over India in the Asia Cup.
In reply to India’s 5-289- an innings highlighted by Sachin Tendulkar’s record 100th ODI ton, Bangladesh emerged the ultimate party spoilers as they chased down the target with ridiculous ease in the last over.
Nearly all batsmen barring Nizamuddin got runs. Tamim Iqbal spearheaded the chase with a pristine 70 before Jahrul Islam (53), Nasir Hossain (54) and Shakib Al Hasan (49) chipped in with handy contributions in the middle-order. But it was Mushfiqur Rahim’s whirlwind 25-ball-46 that took the wind out of the Indian attack as Bangladesh completed the chase in 49.2 overs.
The loss had a substantial bearing on India as the defending champions were knocked out of the tournament despite beating Sri Lanka and Pakistan on account of their defeat to Bangladesh.