Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup 2016, Final, Mirpur March 6, 2016

Dhawan, Kohli bring India sixth Asia Cup title


India 122 for 2 (Dhawan 60, Kohli 41*) beat Bangladesh 120 for 5 (Mahmudullah 33*, Bumrah 1-13) by eight wickets
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A thunderstorm and a Mahmudullah squall came in India's way, but a calm chase from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli helped India make light work of their chase of 121 that brought them their sixth Asia Cup title.

Dhawan and Kohli added 94 for the second wicket before MS Dhoni, who walked in to bat with India needing 22 off 14 balls, quite fittingly, polished off the chase with an unbeaten six-ball 20 as India won with seven balls to spare. Kohli's credentials in run chases received another fillip as he finished unbeaten on 41.

That the match took place was a miracle, given the amount of rain that lashed Dhaka 90 minutes before start of play. It was a typical spring-time thunderstorm that created puddles across the outfield, but the ground was readied in just over an hour after the rain stopped.

Halfway through the protracted game, India were left with scoring at eight runs per over. They were dented in the second over as Rohit Sharma was snaffled by Soumya Sarkar at slip off Al-Amin Hossain as Bangladesh kept things tight upfront.

Dhawan and Kohli took stock of the situation till the fourth over, before wading into newcomer Abu Hider for three fours to kickstart the chase. Shakib gave away 15 runs in the next over, as the pair effortlessly switched gears. Dhawan helped himself to a half-century, even as the Bangladesh bowlers at times tried to do too much, and paid the price. Only Taskin Ahmed stood out with figures of 1 for 14 off three overs.

That Bangladesh got into a position from where they could entertain hopes of a win was largely due to Mahmudullah's late blitz, an unbeaten 13-ball 33 that took the hosts to 120 after a sluggish start. He started with a straight drill off Ashish Nehra before going inside out against Hardik Pandya to start 14th over that was taken for 21. Jasprit Bumrah's superb last over, off which he conceded just seven, helped India pull it back. Yet, the star of the first half was R Ashwin, who gave away very little in a 15-over bash that was tailor-made for batsmen to tee off.

Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar took a bit of time to suss the situation, but took three more fours off Nehra in the fourth over. But Nehra struck to dismiss Sarkar off the last ball to ensure he has taken a wicket in the Powerplay for the eighth game in a row.

Tamim followed three balls later, trapped plumb in front by Jasprit Bumrah. Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman added 34 runs for the third wicket to briefly lift them, before Shakib top-edged a sweep to short fine leg. He struck three fours in his 16-ball 21.

Mushfiqur Rahim was run-out, while Mortaza, who promoted himself to No. 6 holed out to Kohli at deep square leg off the first ball. At 75 for 5, Bangladesh had lost their way and were in danger of finishing with a sub-par total. But Sabbir broke a 24-ball boundary duck with a nicely timed lap sweep to get them up and running along with Mahmudullah to give the hosts a chance. But on the night, it came as a scant consolation against Dhawan and Kohli, who piloted India home in style.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Balram on March 9, 2016, 22:49 GMT

    bangladesh was simply taken lightly, treated lightly but beaten heavily. They have a long way to go still.

  • RHM on March 9, 2016, 6:10 GMT

    Hope, At present performance BD is better than Srilanka Team!!!

  • Alex on March 8, 2016, 19:29 GMT

    BD have not achieved any success (winning tournaments) since they have been granted full member status (16yrs ago), by that time SL had already won a couple of Asia cups and a World cup by then. Getting to one final in a very short quasi-tournament in their own country and being trashed in the final is not much to shout about. I mean most people don't even agree that BD should be a full member yet, this is evident by most countries (e.g. SA, AUS, WI) not inviting them for tours. Full member status should have been given instead to Ireland.

  • Sreejith on March 8, 2016, 8:38 GMT

    excuse at its best.... mahmadulla shud hav send earlier in innings (neglecting the chance of being a duck or low score). he wud hav added further 75 runs atleast for sure.

  • doctor on March 8, 2016, 8:27 GMT

    just becos bangladesh lost in a rain-curtailed final match doesnt mean dat india r far better.yes ours is an inexperienced team but its packd with pentup raw talent.its bd inexperience and weather that india shud be thankful of.on a given day anything can happen in t20s.having said dat gotta confess dat india got one of the strongest t20 batting team.but we aint too far away.its a matter of 1 year within which bd will have got raw talent like mehedi,shanto and plenty other match winners.then the best teams will eat humble pie.

  • nathaniel on March 8, 2016, 7:32 GMT

    indian fans rohit is your best batsman okay , I cant believe some ind fans critisize him ! That alamin delivary had good swing and cant really blame him much . This is your best chance to win t20 wc and hence you should support all your good players. I am Bd fan , my girlfriend is indian and I am supporting both india and Bd .

  • Ravi on March 8, 2016, 7:08 GMT

    Bangladesh cricketing team has improved significantly during the past few years. The same cannot be said of the BD fans. Passion for a sport and support for one's chosen team are one thing but showing respect for the opponent is another aspect. The photoshopped images created by the fans, which went viral recently, display the BD fans lack of proper understanding of the sport. Good cricket is to be enjoyed and applauded irrespective of who is playing. Lovers of this beautiful game of cricket appreciate the control of an Aamir, the great timing of a ABD, the power of a Dhoni, the grace of a Sangakara, the consistency of a Smith, the great hand-eye co-ordination of a McCullum, the force of a Gayle - I could go on and on. For heavens sake, this is only a sport and not war! Time the BD fans woke up to hard reality that though their team has improved of late - there is still lot of work to be done. And the fans themselves need to grow up and stop behaving in a boorish manner.

  • rony on March 8, 2016, 5:15 GMT

    I am a bangladeshi and am embarassed by the conduct of BD fans. BD is one of the weakest side in world cricket. They are in league with Zim, Afg, Kenya, Ireland etc. They havent played much test cricket and rarely stepped out of the country. No one invites us for a tour. And that is fair considering the strength of our team and its performance. Our winning percentage may be less than 5%. Inspite of all this BD fans live in illusion and act so arrogantly. All the big talks for nothing. It was embarrassing to see Mortaza not congratulating opponent in the finals during presentation. I think we have been playing cricket for 35+ years now but are not improving at all. I think this humiliation of 35 years has made us schizophrenic.

  • sam on March 8, 2016, 5:10 GMT

    @BHAARATVARSH - We-Ind-were thumped by SA in the T20 series here in India.. can't see anything different happening in in this coming t20 WC ... in India .

  • Manesh on March 8, 2016, 4:40 GMT

    Congrats to BD fans for creating new lows of cricket fighting. There were fearsome battles between IND-PAK and I cannot see any poster like that in those fans. Guess what you will get it in return when you play India if you qualify for WT20.

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