India beat Bangladesh convincingly by eight wickets in the final of the Asia Cup Twenty20 2016, chasing the 121-run target set by the Mashrafe Mortaza-led side with seven balls to spare.
It was left to flamboyant captain MS Dhoni, who promoted himself ahead of the likes of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh following the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan, finishing things off with a couple of massive sixes and a four to remain unbeaten on 20 off six deliveries.
India, who were firm favourites ahead of the tournament, remained unbeaten throughout the tournament and clinched the Asia Cup for the sixth time, making them the most successful side in the tournament's history.
Delhi lads Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli led the charge with a 94-run partnership as India overhauled the 121-run target in 13.5 overs.
Dhawan, who has been a flop throughout the tournament, finally found his touch when it mattered most, with 60 runs scored off 44 balls with nine boundaries and a six. Kohli remained unbeaten on 41 runs off 28 balls with five boundaries.
Al-Amin Hossain gave Bangladesh some early hope by dismissing Rohit Sharma early. But that was one of the few moments of joy that the Bangladesh players and the capacity home crowd could find as India emerged as the champions of Asia with seven balls and eight wickets to spare.
Earlier, Bangladesh posted a competitive total of 120/5 thanks to some lower order fireworks by Mahmudullah.
Walking in with Bangladesh in trouble at 75/5, the right-hander proceeded to hit two boundaries and an equal number of sixes in his 13-ball innings to remain unbeaten on 33.
Naturally, the victory would evoke a wide variety of reactions from the cricket-crazy nation, which will host the sixth edition of the ICC World T20 in a couple of days. Following are some of the most interesting posts on Twitter in the aftermath of the game.
Among the first to wish the 'Men-in-Blue' were members of the cricket fraternity, including current and former players, administrators, etc.
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 6, 2016
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) March 7, 2016
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 6, 2016
Kohli remaining unbeaten in a successful chase and Dhoni sealing it with a six...there's a certain amount of inevitability to this
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 6, 2016
Many pluses for India but the return of Dhoni's powerful finishing among the biggest.....
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 6, 2016
Dhoni brings back memories of 2011 WC win with that match-winning 6 to take India to victory in #AsiaCupT20 Dhoni of old warming up in style
— Mohammad Kaif (@KaifSays) March 6, 2016
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) March 6, 2016
A wonderfully crafted run chase by India.Limit dot balls put away loose balls.Power skill and a unreal level of composure #AsiaCupT20Final
— Niall John O Brien (@niallnobiobrien) March 6, 2016
Then came in celebrities and well-known faces from various walks of life — Actors, politicians, socialites, etc. Not that they are going to stay quiet over the event that got a billion pair of eyeballs glued to television sets.
Everyone who wrote Dhoni off a couple of years ago....well....join the party, i reckon! The man is a captain of captains. — VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) March 6, 2016
Dhoni 20 of just 6 balls ..... Simply brilliant...... Congrats — Gautam Singhania (@SinghaniaGautam) March 6, 2016
T 2166 - INDIA wins ASIA Cup T20 against BanglaDesh in typical Dhoni style with a massive 6 !! Congratulations team .. well fought BanglaD — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 6, 2016
Well who can forget the social media for coming up with some hilarious memes and tweets following major events such as these. Following are some of the funniest reactions from the Twitterati.
— Sumaira Jamil (@real_sumaira) March 6, 2016
Bangaldeshi fans are now deleting that Dhoni's severed head pic
— Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) March 6, 2016
Groundsmen took 2 hours to wipe away the rain water. It will take them 2days to wipe away the tears of bangla fans from the ground #indvsban
— LOLendra Singh Dhoni (@LOLendraSingh) March 6, 2016
Dhoni won tonight's toss and elected to field. He wanted to finish the game in exactly the way he finished.
— Roflindian (@Roflindian) March 6, 2016
Today many Pakistani supporting India. After long time our team win a final.#AsiaCupT20Final
— Big Nas (@NasirJamshed_) March 6, 2016
Now that the Asia Cup is safe in our kitty for some time now, let us shift our sights to the bigger prize in the waiting — the ICC World T20. Can Dhoni bag the premier T20 title for the second time like he did with the Asia Cup? Only time will tell.
With inputs from agencies
First Published On : Mar 7, 2016 12:04 IST