Liton Das’ maiden ODI hundred ended in a controversial manner as he was stumped for a well-made 121 in the ongoing Asia Cup final against India.
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Throughout the tournament, Bangladesh struggled to get good starts in the absence of their star opener Tamim Iqbal. And they sprung a huge surprise with a new opening combination in the all important final. Liton along with Mehidy Hasan walked out to open when India invited Bangladesh to bat first.
But the move paid off as the duo gave Bangladesh a solid start by adding 120 runs for the first wicket. While Liton was firing on all cylinders, Hasan was playing the role of second fiddle to perfection. Das was hitting the ball all around the park and Hasan was making sure to hold his end firmly.
The 120-run stand was Bangladesh’s first century-stand for the opening wicket since 2016. But the game soon turned on its head when Rohit Sharma introduced Kedar Jadhav in the attack. In his very first-over, the part-timer broke the big stand by dismissing Hasan. It triggered a collapse as Bangladesh soon found themselves three down for 137. And 2 runs later, they lost another huge wicket in the form of Mohammad Mithun courtesy of a stunning fielding effort from Ravindra Jadeja. Kuldeep Yadav then dismissed Mahmudullah to reduce Bangladesh to 151 for 5.
But Liton was going strong from the other as he and Soumya Sarkar stopped the rot for a while. However, just when it looked the duo would help Bangladesh finish the innings strongly, disaster struck as Kuldeep dismissed Liton to reduce the Tigers to 188 for 6.
The right-handed batsman was beaten by a googly before MS Dhoni took the bails off in a flash. The Indian fielders went up in unison and the third umpire was called to make the final call. Replays showed that it was a tight call. Rod Tucker had multiple looks at the stumping before giving his decision in the batsman’s favour after watching the replays for a good three-odd minutes.
Prior to that, Liton scored 121 to give his team a good chance of upsetting India.
Here is a clip showing the stumping: