Credit to an outstanding effort by the ground staff, the authorities managed to pull off a 15 over game on an outfield that seemed absolutely unplayable, an hour prior to the start of the all-important final between India and the host nation Bangladesh.
Claiming undefeated status, the Indians came out roaring as they completed yet another comprehensive 8 wicket win to secure their 6th Asia Cup title at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
After being put on to bat first, the hosts were well under control of their innings, regardless of losing the first two wickets cheaply. Sabbir, together with the experienced Shakib Al Hasan backed he rest of the batsman to take Bangladesh to a competitive total of 120 in the given 20 overs.Reaching 120 would certainly have been impossible
Reaching 120 would certainly have been impossible if not for Mahmadullah’s late 33 run cameo of just 13 deliveries. Apart from Bumrah and Ashwin, the Indian bowlers were not a threat by any means in the shorter format of the game. However, they’ve been credited for maintaining a good line and length throughout the series.
Bumrah’s late yorkers assisted him in emerging as the pick of the bowlers with figures of 1 for 13 in his 3 over spell.
In reply, the Indians lost Rohit Sharma early in the innings as his poor form continued from the last few games. However, Dhawan eased his way to 60 of just 44 deliveries before he was dismissed by Taskin Ahamed.
As it has been throughout the tournament, getting Kohli out was an impossible task. With MS Dhoni’s support, he made 41 of just 28 deliveries to take India to an eight-wicket win in the final of the Asia Cup 2016.
Elaborating on their victory during the post-match presentation, Dhawan said, “It’s very special, the best thing is that we won, we have worked really hard, feels good to perform at the right time. We were quite comfortable during the chase, we never felt pressure.”
Meanwhile, the Man of the Series award went to Sabbir Rahman for his outstanding efforts with the bat.
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