Shubman Gill displayed his class once again and smashed his 5th ODI century in the Super 4 Asia Cup encounter between India and Bangladesh in Colombo. Shubman fought a lone battle for India in the 266-run chase on a tricky batting surface. The opening batter took his time, survived the tough phase and went on to hit his century off 117 balls.
The stylish opener reached the mark with a double in the 39th over. The 23-year-old continued his sublime form in 2023 and completed 1000 runs in ODIs this year.
India started the chase on a shaky note with early wickets of Rohit Sharma (0) and Tilak Varma (5). However, Shubman held his ground strong despite not getting much support from the other end.
The 23-year-old batted cautiously in the initial phase of the innings but picked the pace and accelerated his innings after completing his half-century.
He shared a 57-run partnership alongside KL Rahul (19) for the third wicket and a 45-run stand with Suryakumar Yadav (26) but his batting partners failed to give him able support and he had to fight a lone battle in the middle overs.
He smashed 8 fours and 5 sixes in his 121-run knock as he looked to find boundaries at regular intervals to keep the scoreboard moving. He was dismissed by Mahedi Hasan in the 44th over of the innings.
It was his 6th international century this year as he has been in incredible form with the bat and has become an integral part of India’s all-format set-up.
Meanwhile, he also became the first batter to complete 1000 runs in ODIs this year which is a great sign for India ahead of the upcoming ODI World Cup.
Earlier, Shakib Al Hasan and Towhid Hridoy exploited the reduced firepower in India’s bowling attack to score half-centuries and guide Bangladesh to a healthy 265 for 8 in their Asia Cup Super Four match on Friday.
Shakib played an innings that suited a captain, scoring 80 off 85 balls and Hridoy supported him with a stubborn 81-ball 54, after India put them to bat.
Shakib, who added 101 runs for the fifth wicket with Hridoy, made a confidence-boosting fifty for himself after struggling to make an impact recently.