Asia Cup final: Bangladesh and Liton Das enter record books

Wicketkeeper-batsman Liton registers highest individual score for Bangladesh in a final, overtaking Sabbir Rahman’s 77 in the Nidahas Trophy.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni reacts as Bangladesh's Liton Das plays a shot during the Asia Cup final against India in Dubai on Friday.   -  AP

Even before the completion of the Asia Cup final against India in Dubai on Friday, Bangladesh created new records.

Batting first, the 120-run opening stand between Liton Das and Mehidy Hasan was Bangladesh’s second-highest against India in one-dayers. It was also the second instance of a 100+ partnership in an Asia Cup final in 21 years. In 1997, Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Attapattu of Sri Lanka stitched 137 runs for the first wicket against India in Colombo.

Bangladesh’s opening stand in Asia Cup 2018

First five games: 1, 15, 15, 16, 5 (52)

Final: 120

 

Liton’s 33-ball maiden fifty is the second fastest by any batsman against India in a 50-over final. He missed Andrew Symonds’ record by a ball. The Australian all-rounder had smashed a 32-ball 50 in the VB series final in 2003-04.

While wickets kept tumbling at the other end, Liton held his nerve and registered his maiden ODI ton.

Tons in Asia Cup final

100 M Atapattu (Sri Lanka) v Pakistan, Dhaka, 2000

125 Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) v India, Karachi, 2008

114* Fawad Alam (Pakistan) v Sri Lanka, Mirpur, 2014

101 L Thirimanne (Sri Lanka) v Pakistan, Mirpur, 2014

121  L Das (Bangladesh) v India, Dubai, 2018

 

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