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  • 1:16 AM IST

    Last over. India need 6 off 6 balls. Jadhav and Kuldeep in the middle.

  • 12:59 AM IST

    The most economical bowler of the night, Rubel Hossain, has been launched for six by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. India need 18 off 22.

  • 12:37 AM IST

    Alright then. Fasten you seatbelts, people. This has all the makings of a last over finish, let alone a last ball thriller. Kedar Jadhav has walked off the field retired hurt and the onus is now on Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to see the side through. The two have put on 19 off 24, and the equation has come down to 37 off 48.

  • 12:10 AM IST

    WICKET! Oh my, Bangladesh have removed the big wicket of MS Dhoni, edges Mustafizur to the keeper. Is that the match for Bangladesh? Kedar Jadhav is injured and Ravindra Jadeja, the last recognised batsman, is walking out. This is tense. Bangladesh are on top. India need 61 off 78, with just 4 wickets left.

  • 11:43 PM IST

    OUT! Karthik goes, out LBW. He reviews but to no avail. Bangladesh break the partnership that was beginning to look threatening. India 139/4, need 84 off 108 balls. Kedar Jadhav is the new man in. Bangladesh have got the opening. Can they capitalize? They follow it with a maiden. Pressure… Pressure… Pressure!

  • 11:26 PM IST

    FIfty partnership up between Dhoni and Karthik. The two batsmen just seem to getting into his elements. The runs are beginning to come and the pressure not as severe as it was about five overs ago. This is a much needed stand for them. 29 overs gone, India need 89.

  • 11:07 PM IST

    FOUR! Dhoni breaks the shackles to bring up India’s 100 in the 24th over. His strike rate improves, but just by that much. India need 118 more and Dhoni and Karthik will have to bat out of their skins because Bangladesh are making India work hard for every run.

  • 11:03 PM IST

    Bangladesh showing what it takes to defend a small total. Constantly pitching the ball on off stumps and stifling India’s scoring rate. The last two overs fetched two runs as Karthik and Dhoni continue to see off this quality spell of bowling. Dhoni batting at a strike rate of 27. He is 6 off 22.

  • 10:39 PM IST

    There’s another wicket! Bangladesh are very much in this game. They rattle India’s chase with the big wicket of Rohit Sharma, who pull the ball to find the fielder in the deep. Woah. Alright then. India 83/3, need 139 more runs. Dhoni is the new batsman but remember he hasn’t had the greatest of scores. Can he and Karthik get India past 250 without another wicket?

  • 10:23 PM IST

    15 overs gone and India have managed to keep the scoreboard ticking. 79 for the loss of two wickets. Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik just had a reprieve, surviving a close run out opportunity after lack of communication resulted in a bad mix-up. Thankfully for India, the throw was at the wrong end.

rohit sharma and mashrafe mortaza

Overwhelming favourites India will look to defend their title when they face an injury-hit Bangladesh side, renewed with confidence and vigour, in the final of the 2018 Asia Cup at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium Stadium on Friday.

In their last Super Four match, a virtual semi-final, Bangladesh displayed tremendous courage to knock Pakistan out of the continental showpiece during a clinical 37-run win on Wednesday despite the absence of key players, Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan – out due to injuries.

India, on the other hand, fielding a second-string side led by MS Dhoni, were gobsmacked after they were held to a thrilling tie by Afghanistan. Despite the makeshift opening pair of KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu laying a good platform for the chase, India’s middle-order failed to finish the task. After resting five of their regulars for the Afghanistan tie, the order will be restored for India against Bangladesh in what is a repeat of the 2016 summit clash, albeit being a T20 affair. Click here to read more

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