Team India suffered their first loss of the Asia Cup 2023 in a thrilling encounter against Bangladesh during the final Super Four stage clash on Friday, September 15. While attempting to chase down a target of 266 runs, India narrowly fell short, losing the game by a mere six runs.
India’s subpar batting performances during the run chase played a significant role in their defeat. However, there was one standout performance during the second innings, which almost led India to a remarkable victory. Star opener Shubman Gill’s exceptional knock of 121 runs off 133 deliveries kept India in contention and brought them within touching distance of a win.
Despite India ultimately losing the game, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma didn’t hesitate to shower praise on Gill’s valiant innings. Rohit commended Gill for his ability to back his game and effectively pace his innings.
Rohit Sharma remarked, “It was brilliant. He backs his game, he knows how exactly he wants to play and pace the game. Very clear in his mind and knows what he wants to do for the team. Just look at his form for the year and the past. It has been just brilliant. Solid against the new ball, works extremely hard, and there are no optional practices as well.”
It’s important to note that the loss against Bangladesh had no significant consequences for India, as they had already secured a spot in the Asia Cup 2023 final. India had previously defeated Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Super Four stage, earning them a spot in the championship match.
The Asia Cup 2023 final will take place at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on Sunday, September 17, with India facing Sri Lanka. India will aim for a similar outcome as in their previous encounters to secure the championship.