Mar 7, 2016 00:26(IST) That's it from us for the Asia Cup coverage! It's been a long day, but when the match got underway, we got a game to remember.
Up next, the ICC World T20. Stay tuned for a lot of cool stuff that we have planned for you guys, even if we say so ourselves. Until then, take care! 00:25(IST)
MS Dhoni. post-match:
Credit to the top-order. Biggest gain is the team combination. We are on track for WorldT20. Jasprit, the beauty is he can bowl yorkers. If you have the yorker, you can mix it up. Fantastic with new and old ball.
Hardik Pandya is a complete package. 00:13(IST) 00:11(IST) 00:11(IST)
Sabbir Rehman is man of the series 00:11(IST)
Sabbir Rehman is man of the series 00:06(IST)
Shikhar Dhawan is named the Man of the Match. 23:48(IST)
Shastri's message to India before the final -"Remember celebrations Bangladesh did when they beat us. just go out there & get the job done" 23:46(IST) 23:46(IST)
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Click the above link to watch cricket Expert Ayaz Memon analyse the Asia Cup T20 Final. 23:43(IST)
What a clinical performance from India. Almost all the victories were comprehensive in this tournament. The bowlers, especially the spinners, did well to spin a web around the Bangladesh in the middle overs and sucked the momentum out of the innings with regular wickets. it was Mahmudullah's late surge that helped Bangladesh post a respectable total. Chasing the target, Rohit departed early but then Dhawan and Kohli got together and steadied India with a crucial partnership of 94 from 11.1 overs. Dhoni then did the most Dhoni thing, promoted himself in the final of the tournament and then took away the game from the hosts in no time.
23:40(IST) 23:40(IST) 23:39(IST) 23:39(IST) That's it! India win by 8 wickets. They win the Asia Cup for the 6th time!
Dhoni has come out and just taken away the game from Bangladesh. He just plunders the first ball over deep mid-wicket for a humongous six and then cracks one over extra cover and then clobbers one over mid-wicket again to hit the winning runs. Kohli remains not out on 41 off 28. Dhoni unbeaten on 20 off 6. Bangladesh had their moments but India were too strong for them.
Al-Amin to bowl the penultimate over.
23:33(IST) After 13 overs, India 102/2 (Kohli 38, Dhoni 3)
A very good over from Taskin. 5 runs and a wicket off it. 19 needed off 12.
23:31(IST) OUT! Brilliant catch from Sarkar. S Dhawan c Soumya Sarkar b Taskin Ahmed 60 (44b 9x4 1x6)
The pressure was building. After just two runs off first three balls, Taskin bowls it full, Dhawan slices it to backward point where Sarkar dives full length to his right an pouches a brilliant catch. Bangladesh need one more wicket quickly now.
Surprise, surprise....Ms Dhoni strides out to the middle.
Taskin into the attack now.
23:26(IST) 23:25(IST) After 12 overs, India 97/1 (Dhawan 59, Kohli 37)
A brilliant over for India. Kohli in cruise control and he hammers a couple of fours over mid-wicket. Dhawan then paddles one wide of short fine leg for another four. A single more makes it 15 runs off the over. 24 needed off 18 now. India in control. Bangladesh need a wicket desperately now.
Nasir Hossain continues...
23:19(IST) After 11 overs, India 82/1 (Dhawan 53, Kohli 28) FIFTY for Dhawan!
He brings it up in style with a couple of fours. A slog sweep to deep square leg and then a reverse sweep wide of short third man. 8 fours and a six in his innings so far. 11 runs off the Shakib over. 39 needed off 24 now.
23:16(IST) After 9 overs, India 71/1 (Dhawan 43, Kohli 27)
A very good over from Nasir. He's bowling them flat and quick. The batsmen found it difficult to get going. There is a huge appeal for an LBW as Kohli misses his reverse lap but the umpire says no. Just 3 runs off it. 50 needed off 30.
23:12(IST) 23:12(IST) 23:11(IST) After 8 overs, India 68/1 (Dhawan 41, Kohli 26)
Dhawan is playing a gem here. After two singles from first two balls, Dhawan moves across and swipes it over deep backward square leg for a six. Mortaza ends the over well conceding just one off the last three balls. 9 runs off the over.
23:07(IST) After 8 overs, India 59/1 (Dhawan 33, Kohli 25)
A decent over from Nasir. Just four runs off it. There was an LBW appeal turned down against Dhawan but it was drifting down leg. 4 runs off the over.
Nasir Hossain into the attack now.
23:03(IST) After 7 overs, India 55/1 (Dhawan 31, Kohli 23)
The 50 comes up for India and the fifty stand too. It's all too easy for these two. Kohli hits a delightful four in the over as he flicks one behind square leg for a four. 7 runs off the over.
Mashrafe Mortaza brings himself on.
A very good powerplay for India. Bangladesh lost it in the last couple of overs.
22:59(IST) After 6 overs, India 48/1 (Dhawan 30, Kohli 17)
Another good over for India. Poor bowling from Shakib. A couple of short balls are put away to the fence one each by Dhawan and Kohli respectively. In between, Dhawan cut one very late wide of short third man for a boundary. 15 runs off the over. 29 runs off the last two over. Bangladesh need a wicket now.
Shakib into the attack now.
22:56(IST) 22:55(IST) After 5 overs, India 33/1 (Dhawan 20, Kohli 12)
This is the over that releases the pressure on India. Dhawan gets a couple of outside edges for streaky fours. In between, Kohli thumped one over mid off for a boundary. 14 runs off the over. Hider was a tad unlucky in that over as two fours were off outside edges.
Abu Hider into the attack now.
22:48(IST) After 4 overs, India 19/1 (Dhawan 11, Kohli 7)
The pressure was building but then a lapse in concentration from Taskin releases some of it. Dhawan swipes across the line and it goes through Taskin at short fine leg for a four. Dhawan then goes for a pull but doesn't connect it well it goes on the bounce to the deep mid-wicket for a single. Just 7 runs off the over.
22:44(IST) After 3 overs, India 12/1 (Dhawan 5, Kohli 6)
A good disciplined over from Taskin. Good lines and decent pace. Just four runs off it.
22:39(IST) 22:39(IST) After 2 overs, India 8/1 (Dhawan 4, Kohli 3)
A very good first over from Al-Amin. Just three runs and the wicket of Rohit in that over.
22:36(IST) OUT! Just the start Bangladesh wanted! RG Sharma c Soumya Sarkar b Al-Amin Hossain 1 (5b 0x4 0x6)
Nicely set up by Al-Amin, he brought the last delivery back into Rohit and an LBW appeal was turned down, height was the factor. This time he bowls a good length delivery outside off, it holds its line. Rohit stays in his crease and looks to cut without any feet movement and gets an outside edge to the first slip fielder.
Virat Kohli is the new batsman.
Al-Amin Hossain will bowl from the other end.
22:32(IST) 22:31(IST) After 1 over, India 5/0 (Rohit 1, Dhawan 4)
After four good balls, which yielded just a single, Dhawan guides a good length ball through backward point for a four to get off the mark. Brilliant placement. Taskin hits back with a couple of good balls. He ramped up decent pace in that over.
Right! Back for the chase. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are the openers. Taskin Ahmed will start off proceedings.
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22:21(IST) Click the above link to watch cricket expert Ayaz Memon analyse Bangladesh's innings.
Bangladesh started off in a brisk manner but then lost the way in the middle. Amidst regular wickets, Sabbir kept his calm, and kept the scoreoard moving, though, he too struggled to connect off the middle. However, it was Mahmudullah brought the crowd to life with a brilliant 13-ball 33 cameo. Bumrah bowled a brilliant last over to concedee just 7 runs. Bangladesh might not have got enough on the board and they need to come out all guns blazing now....
22:17(IST) Bangladesh post 120/5 (Mahmudullah 33, Sabbir 32)
A good last over from Bumrah. A yorker, a bouncer and a high full toss, good mix-up from Bumrah. He conceded just 7 runs on the over.
Bumrah will bowl the final over.
22:10(IST) 22:10(IST) 22:09(IST) After 13 overs, Bangladesh 113/5 (Sabbir 30, Mahmudullah 28)
Mahmudullah brings the crowd to life. They are dancing in the isles. he lofts a full toss over extra cover for four then hammers one over deep mid-wicket for a six. He then thumps one straight down the ground for a couple before plundering one over long on for the second six of the over. Pandya then shows signs of pressure as he bowls a leg side wide. He however does well to give away just 2 singles off the last two balls. 21 runs off the over.
22:03(IST) 22:03(IST) After 13 overs, Bangladesh 92/5 (Sabbir 29, Mahmudullah 9)
Finally some momentum injected in this Bangladesh innings. A boundary after four overs and there were two of them. Sabbir moves across first ball and scoops it over short fine leg for a four. After a single and a couple of twos, Mahmudullah smashes one straight back down the ground for the second four of the over. A single off the last ball made it 14 runs of the over. They need two more overs like these.
21:58(IST) 21:58(IST) After 12 overs, Bangladesh 78/5 (Sabbir 24, Mahmudullah 0)
Mushfiqur and Mortaza back in hut off cosecutive balls.
Mushfiqur swipes it to deep square leg, they set off for a single and got for a risky second, Kohli responds with a good throw from the deep and Dhoni whips the bails off as Mushfiqur dives to complete the second. However, replays show, his bat went in air after impact with ground on the dive.
Mortaza then went for a slog sweep but didn't time it well and helped it straight into the hands of Kohli at deep mid-wicket.
7 runs and a wicket off the over.
Mahmudullah and Sabbir are the two batsmen at the crease now.
21:52(IST) 21:50(IST) After 11 overs, Bangladesh 71/3 (Sabbir 18, Mushfiqur 3)
Jadeja missed his third direct hit of the match and as Kaif pointed out in the earlier tweet, he needs to hit the bull's eye more often. Sabbir gets a lifeline as he was long way away after setting off for a suicidal single. A very good over from Pandya, the pace variations made it difficult to connect off middle. Just 3 runs off the over.
Ashwin's figures - 3-0-14-1. 21:46(IST) After 10 overs, Bangladesh 68/3 (Sabbir 16, Mushfiqur 2)
A brilliant over from Ashwin. He changed his lengths really well which forced the batsmen to play a cautious shot. Just four singles and a wicket off it.
21:45(IST) 21:44(IST) OUT! Ashwin back and Ashwin strikes! Shakib departs. Shakib Al Hasan c Bumrah b Ashwin 21 (16b 3x4 0x6)
Loopy delivery on middle and leg, Shakib gets down for a slog sweep but gets a top edge high in the air, Bumrah at short fine leg accepts a simple catch.
Mushfiqur Rahim is the new batsman.
21:42(IST) After 9 overs, Bangladesh 64/2 (Sabbir 14, Shakib 21)
An eventful over from Jadeja. There is a huge LBW appeal turned down against Sabbir off the the first ball but replays show there was a big inside edge. Shakib then mistimes one jsut over the extra cover fielder for a couple and then his slog sweep falls short of the deep mid-wicket fielder. Sabbir then misses his cut off the last ball. Just 6 runs off the over. Bangladesh need more than this....much more than this.
21:38(IST) After 8 overs, Bangladesh 58/2 (Sabbir 12, Shakib 17)
After three singles, Pandya drops one short, Shakib pulls it powerfully and it goes one bounce into the fence, tantalisingly close to a six. Shakib then charges down the track and looks to pull again but misses. But off the next ball, he laps it over short fine leg for the second boundary of the over. The 50 comes up. 11 runs off the over. Bangladesh need to up the ante from here on. Just 7 more overs remaining.
Hardik Pandya into the attack now...
21:33(IST) After 7 overs, Bangladesh 47/2 (Sabbir 10, Shakib 8)
A good over for Bangladesh. After a couple of singles, Shakib pulled a short delivery through mid-wicket for a four, Sabbir then played a clever reverse lap wide of the short third man fielder, very fine, for another four. A single off the last ball made it 12 runs off the over.
Ravindra Jadeja into the attack now.
21:31(IST) After 6 overs, Bangladesh 35/2 (Sabbir 4, Shakib 2)
A decent over from Ashwin. The batsmen tried to go hard at the ball but couldn't connect them off the middle. Bangladesh need a big partnership here. Just 5 runs off the over.
21:27(IST) After 5 overs, Bangladesh 30/2 (Sabbir 2, Shakib 0)
Another brilliant over from Bumrah. Tamim survived a run out chance off the first ball, he cut one to point and set off for a risky single, Jadeja missed his shy as Tamim dived in. Bumrah then trapped Tamin LBW. Shakib struggled in the two deliveries he faced, one hitting on the pads and one play and a miss off a cut. 3 runs and a wicket off the over.
21:25(IST) OUT! Tamim's luck doesn't last long! Tamim Iqbal lbw b Bumrah 13 (17b 2x4 0x6)
Tamim had survived a run out chance off the first ball. However, this time, his luck doesn't last long. Good length delivery outside off, angling in. Tamim stays in his crease and goes for a swipe across the line but misses and is trapped right in front. He was struggling a bit in the middle. Bangladesh jolted in the last two overs.
Shakib Al Hasan is the new batsman.
21:21(IST) 21:21(IST) After 4 overs, Bangladesh 27/1 (Tamim 12, Sabbir 0)
Bangladesh upping the ante now. Nehra beat Tamim's outside edge with a lovely outswinger but then Tamim launched him over mid off for a four and then Sarkar got into the ct as he absolutely smashed one straight back, nearly kissing Tamim's jersey as he ducked, for a four and then pulled one over backward square leg for consecutive fours. Sarkar then goes for one shot too many and disappears into pavilion. 13 runs and a wicket in the over.
21:20(IST) OUT! Nehra has the last laugh! Sarkar back in the hut! Soumya Sarkar c Pandya b Nehra 14 (9b 3x4 0x6)
Nehra was hit for three fours earlier in the over, Tamim hit one and then Sarkar hit consecutive fours, he went for one too many, looking to go downtown but ended up miscuing it straight to mid off.
Sabbir Rahman is the new batsman.
21:13(IST) After 3 overs, Bangladesh 14/0 (Tamim 7, Sarkar 6)
A very good over from Bumrah. He came from round the wicket and took the ball away from the batsmen. Sarkar had a couple of wild swings but missed. He finally connected one, but not off the middle and they ran through for a risky second after Ashwin had made a half stop at mid on. A direct hit would have had Tamim back to pavilion on the second run. Sarkar again missed one as he looked to cut off the final ball of the over. Just 3 runs off the over.
Jasprit Bumrah into the attack now.
21:09(IST) After 2 overs, Bangladesh 11/0 (Tamim 6, Sarkar 4)
Good comeback from Nehra in that over. Tamim charged down the track first ball and flicked one through square leg for a boundary. Nehra then bowled a short of a good length ball which nipped away to beat Tamim's outside edge. Tamim then again charged down the wicket but Nehra cleverly bowled it short which was out of Tamim's reach. Another short ball nearly had Tamim as his miscued pull fell short of the mid on fielder. 6 runs off the over.
Nehra will bowl from the other end.
21:04(IST) After 1 over, Bangladesh 5/0 (Tamim 1, Sarkar 4)
A decent start from Ashwin. There was an appeal for an LBW straightaway off the first ball against Tamim, it was a straighter one but it hit him outside off. Ashwin concentrated on bowling the Carromm ball in that over. Tamim got off the mark with a single to mid-wicket. Sarkar, however, ended the over in a positive manner as he crunched an overpitched delivery through covers for a four. 5 runs off the first over.
Right! Openers Sarkar & Tamim stride out to the middle. It's Ashwin who will start off proceedings.
INDIA XI: Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj, Pandya, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bumrah, Nehra. 20:52(IST)
Bangladesh XI: T Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, S Rahman, M Rahim, S Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, N Hossain, M Mortaza, Abu Hider, A Hossain, T Ahmed. 20:51(IST)
Bangladesh bring in Nasir Hossain and left-arm pacer Abu Hider in place of Mohammad Mithun and Arafat Sunny. So they are going in with four fast bowlers.
TOSS - Dhoni opts to bowl. All the first team members are back that played against Sri Lanka which means Bhuvneshwar, Harbhajan and Negi are replaced by and Jadeja, Nehra and Ashwin. 20:41(IST) 20:40(IST)
The passion of Bangladesh!
The captains are walking out for toss.....
PITCH - It's a nice and hard surface with a little bit of grass covering. It's a very good batting track but considering the conditions the captain winning the toss might look to bowl first. 20:33(IST)
REVISED PLAYING CONDITIONS: So this will be a 15-over match. 5 bowlers can bowl a maximum of 3 overs. It's a 9 PM IST Start. 20:21(IST) 20:12(IST) 20:06(IST)
UPDATE: Well, the umpire were out in the middle. The looked a bit optimistic and there will be an inspection at 8.45 PM local time. 19:58(IST) 19:44(IST)
Seems like the groundstaff has done a stupendous job. Preview: Unbeaten in the tournament with four consecutive wins, India will be wary of slipping up at the last hurdle when they meet hosts Bangladesh in the final of the Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Sunday.
The Indians have seemed virtually unstoppable in this tournament. The batsmen have done well on the green wicket while the bowlers, especially the pacers, have exploited the favourable conditions well.
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With the youngsters proving their mettle and a few veterans making successful comebacks, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men will take away several positives from this tournament ahead of the World Twenty20 at home.
Among the bowlers, veteran pacer Ashish Nehra has been in superb form. The 36-year-old has taken five wickets in three matches, but the statistics does not do full justice to his performance. Fellow opening pacer Jasprit Bumrah has also chipped in with effective performances.
Young all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been the most successful among the Indian bowlers with seven wickets in four matches.
The excellent performance by the bowlers has been backed up by the batsmen with Virat Kohli leading the pack. Opener Rohit Sharma has also been in good knick while
Yuvraj Singh, 34, celebrated his comeback with a crucial knock against arch-rivals Pakistan and bettered it with a crucial inning against Sri Lanka. The only point of concern is continuing poor form of opener Shikhar Dhawan. Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were allowed to come off the bench in the last group match against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and performed admirably. But they are unlikely to retain their spots, with Nehra, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja expected to return for the final.
Placed at the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings, India are overwhelming favourites on paper against the 10th ranked hosts. The group stage match between the two teams saw India complete 45-run victory. But the final will be a different matter.
Bangladesh have developed a habbit of punching above their weight and are expected to put up a spirited fight in front of a capacity home crowd. Apart from the sole loss against India, they have won all their group matches, defeating highly rated opponents Sri Lanka and Pakistan and minnows UAE.
Pacers Taskin Ahmed and Al-Amin Hossain have been excellent with the new ball while Sabbir Rahman and Mahmudullah have put in vital contributions with the bat. Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, and Shakib Al Hasan have performed well on occasion, but have been somewhat inconsistent. The hosts will take inspiration from their 2-1 One-Day International (ODI) series victory over India last year.
With the World T20 starting next week, emerging as kings in their own continent will give the title winners a major boost before they set out to take on the world.