India in Finals: A Look Back at How the Men in Blue Have Fared in their Last Five Title Encounters

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India will go into the Asia Cup closing on Friday brimming with confidence. After an unimpressive begin towards Hong Kong, India bulldozed over Pakistan (twice) and Bangladesh to cement their spot within the closing. Nonetheless, on Wednesday, India have been examined to their limits because the ever-improving Afghanistan aspect managed to drag off a dramatic tie in groups’ final Tremendous 4 encounter.India have been a pressure to be reckoned with in multi-nation tournaments however their efficiency within the finals hasn’t all the time been up to speed. Right here, we have a look at how the Males in Blue have fared out within the final 5 finals they’ve been part of. Apparently, all of the groups that India have met in these video games are from the Asian subcontinent and are/have been a part of 2018 Asia Cup.

Nidahas Twenty20 Tri-Sequence 2018 (India received by four wickets)


This was the match the place Dinesh Karthik broke the hearts of hundreds of Bangladeshi cricket followers.

Bangladesh managed to beat Sri Lanka in each the league video games and booked a closing date with the Rohit Sharma-led aspect. Their batsmen struggled to get going towards Yuzvendra Chahal (three for 18) and Washington Sundar (1 for 20), however a blistering 50-ball 77, studded with seven fours and 4 maximums, from Sabbir Rahman led them to 166 for eight in 20 overs. Mahmudullah (21 in 16) and Mehidy Hasan’s (19 in 7) cameos gave Bangladesh a much-required late surge.

India misplaced Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina early however Rohit took the assault to the bowlers and smashed 56 off 42 deliveries. KL Rahul (24 in 14) and Manish Pandey (28 in 27) too chipped in however could not sustain with the required run-rate. India wanted 35 off the final 18 balls however Mustafizur Rahman bowled a superb 18th over, giving freely only one run, and introduced the equation right down to 34 off 12.

That is when Karthik walked in and clobbered Rubel Hossain for 2 sixes and two fours as India blazed 22 runs within the 19th over. Vijay Shankar, who regarded fully out of rhythm that night time, perished off the penultimate supply with India nonetheless needing 5 runs to win. Nonetheless, Karthik smoked medium-pacer Soumya Sarkar’s half-volley for a flat-batted six over the duvet area to drag off a heist.

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 (Pakistan received by 180 runs)

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Fakhar Zaman’s exceptional 106-ball 114 and Mohammad Amir’s game-changing new-ball spell drove Pakistan – then ranked eighth in ODI rankings – to an enormous 180-run victory over their arch-rivals India on the Oval.

Requested to bat, Zaman, who blasted 12 fours and three sixes throughout his keep within the center, took aside Indian bowlers one after the other. The left-hander could not have chosen a greater match to convey up his maiden ODI century. Nonetheless, issues might have been so much completely different if not for Jasprit Bumrah’s no-ball. Zaman was caught behind when he was on three however replays confirmed that Bumrah had overstepped. Zaman made a lot of the reprieve and made India pay. Other than Zaman, Azhar Ali (59), Babar Azam (46), Mohammad Hafeez (56* in 37) and Imad Wasim (25*), all made helpful contributions as Pakistan completed on 338 for four of their 50 overs.

India nonetheless had the batting assault to chase down the imposing complete however Amir had different concepts. The left-arm pacer blew away India’s majestic top-three, comprising of Rohit Sharma (nought), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Virat Kohli (5), inside 10 overs to place his staff on prime. Hardik Pandya, who smashed 76 off 43 balls, regarded in some temper earlier than he was run out within the 27th over. Hasan Ali (three for 19) and Shadab Khan (2 for 60) shared 5 wickets amongst them nevertheless it was solely after Amir had wrecked havoc in the beginning.

Asia Cup 2016 ( India received by eight wickets)

MS Dhoni win the 2016 Asia Cup trophy in the Shere-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka (Getty Images)

This was the primary time Asia Cup was performed within the Twenty20 format and the ultimate between Bangladesh and India in Dhaka was additional diminished to 15 overs per aspect because of rain. The house staff fought exhausting however nonetheless could not match the supremacy of the MS Dhoni-led aspect.

Bangladesh have been 78 for five by the top of 12 overs, having failed to attain towards Bumrah, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. That is when Mahmudullah jumped in and hit 33 off 13 deliveries, embellished with two fours and as many sixes, to propel Bangladesh to 120 for five. In reply, Rohit fell early however Shikhar Dhawan (60 in 44) and Kohli (41* in 28) added 99 runs for the second wicket to take India to a dominant place. With 19 required off 12 balls, Dhoni battered Al-Amin Hossain for a 6, four and 6 within the second final over to present India their sixth Asia Cup title – which they are going to be defending on September 28.

World Twenty20 2014 (Sri Lanka received by 6 wickets)

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India got here into the ultimate unbeaten and have been termed favourites towards Sri Lanka, however future had different plans. The Islanders managed to outclass India by six wickets and gave a becoming farewell to Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara of their final T20I recreation.

It was not going to be straightforward for Sri Lanka to cease Kohli, who had been in excellent type in that event. The champion batsman as soon as once more checked out his finest and notched up a 58-ball 77, together with 5 fours and 4 sixes. India gave the impression to be coasting alongside in the direction of a goal of 160 however Sachithra Senanayake, Nuwan Kulasekara and captain Lasith Malinga outfoxed the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni with vast yorkers, conceding simply 19 runs within the closing 4 overs.

Chasing a below-par 131, Jayawardene and Sangakkara made key contributions of 24 and 52* respectively. Whereas Jayawardene perished, Sangakkara stayed there until the job was accomplished. Thisara Perera’s 14-ball 23 solely made life simpler for Sangakkara and Sri Lanka. The 2 of Sri Lankan greats could not have requested for a greater farewell from T20I cricket.

West Indies Tri-Nation Sequence 2013 ( India received by 1 wicket)

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“Magnificent! Magnificent Mahendra! He’s unbelievable in so some ways.”

Keep in mind Ian Bishop uttering these phrases on commentary after Dhoni hammered Shaminda Eranga for a six to present India an exhilarating one-wicket victory within the tri-series closing in West Indies?

India got here into this sequence after a profitable 2013 Champions Trophy marketing campaign. Requested to bat, Sri Lanka have been 171 for two at one stage with Sangakkara (71) and Lahiru Thirimanne (46) chugging alongside properly. However the second Thirimanne acquired out to Ishant Sharma, Sri Lankan batting fell like a pack of playing cards. The Angelo Mathews-led aspect misplaced their final eight wickets for under 30 runs. Jadeja scalped 4 wickets, whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant and Ashwin picked up two every.

Nonetheless, the chase did transform that straightforward as Indians would have anticipated. The Males in Blue have been coasting at 139 for four with Rohit batting sedately. Nonetheless, as soon as he departed for 58, India began to lose momentum. Rangana Herath took 4 wickets very quickly and India have been diminished to 182 for 9, with nonetheless 20 to get off 22 deliveries. Dhoni did not go after the skilled duo of Mathews and Malinga and waited for Eranga to come back and bowl the ultimate over.

India needed to get 15 runs off six balls and Dhoni acquired the job completed with a 6, four and 6. It was the identical man who had blasted Kulasekara for a six in Mumbai to assist India win the 50-over World Cup after 28 years, and the identical man as soon as once more got here again to hang-out Sri Lanka in Port of Spain.

First Revealed: September 26, 2018, 6:18 PM IST


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