Atharva Ankolekar took 5/28 as India managed to defend 106 and win the Asia Cup Under-19 competition by five runs. (Image credit: Twitter)
India's cricket team have hurt Bangladesh cricket in several instances in major tournaments. Be it in Twenty20 tournaments, Asia Cup, World Cupr or major tri-series tournaments, Bangladesh have been at the receiving end of major heartbreak. In the Under-19 final, India chose to bat and they started off disastrously when they lost two wickets. Dhruv Jurel and Karan Lal made some key contributions with 33 and 37 but India managed just 106 in 32.4 overs. However, Atharva Ankolekar took 5/28 and India struck at regular intervals as they managed to bowl Bangladesh out for 101 to win the title by five runs.
This was not the first time that India had inflicted pain on the big stage against Bangladesh. Here are the three major instances when Bangladesh were on the receiving end of heartbreak from India.
1) The trauma of Bangalore - 2016 World T20
This was a must-win game for India in their quest to the semi-final. India notched up 146/7 with a useful 30 from Suresh Raina. In response, Tamim Iqbal boosted Bangladesh. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja struck with two wickets each but Bangladesh made progress. In the final over bowled by Hardik Pandya, Mushfiqur Rahim hit two boundaries and Bangladesh needed two off three balls. However, Pandya removed both Rahim and Mahmudullah and it needed a sprint from MS Dhoni to effect a run-out as Bangladesh lost by one run. It was an epic choke.
2) The Colombo nightmare - 2018 Nidahas Trophy
Bangladesh had never beaten India in Twenty20 Internationals. In the final of the Nidahas Trophy tri-series which also involved Sri Lanka, these two teams squared off. Sabbir Rahman blasted 77 off 50 balls which included seven fours and four sixes as they reached 166/8. In response, Rohit Sharma smashed 56 off 42 balls but Bangladesh fought back in style. With 34 needed off 12 balls, India were in trouble. However, Dinesh Karthik blasted 22 runs in Rubel Hossain's over but in the final over bowled by Soumya Sarkar, India needed five off one ball. Karthik hammered a full and wide delivery outside off flat over deep extra cover for a six and India had broken Bangladesh's hearts.
3) The costly no-ball - 2015 World Cup
Bangladesh were piling pressure on India in the quarterfinal at Melbourne but Rohit Sharma once again stood in their path towards a big score. In the 40th over of India's innings, Rohit muscled a full toss to deep midwicket off Rubel Hossain and the catch was taken. However, the umpire signalled a no-ball and Rohit went on to score a brilliant century as India posted 302/6. Bangladesh were clearly distracted by the incident and Umesh Yadav took 4/31 to be knocked out of the World Cup. There was massive outrage from the Bangladesh fans over the no-ball but this did not affect the result.