India vs Bangladesh - Highlights, Asia Cup T20 Final, 2016: MS Dhoni Seals Sixth Title With a Six
Bangladesh were boosted by cameos from Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman as they reached 120/5. However, Shikhar Dhawan slammed a fifty while MS Dhoni finished things off in style as India sealed their sixth Asia Cup title. Relive all the moments here.
- Siddharth Vishwanathan
- Updated: March 07, 2016 12:56 AM IST
Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman capitalised from some loose bowling from India as they reached 120/5. The hosts got rid of Rohit Sharma cheaply but Shikhar Dhawan came back to form with his second Twenty20 fifty and his 94-run stand with Virat Kohli helped India get closer to the target. MS Dhoni sealed the match with a six as India sealed their sixth Asia Cup title. For Bangladesh, they were denied for the second time. Relive all the moments of the match here. (Scorecard | News | Photos | Videos | World Twenty20)
23:59 hrs IST: Here are the post-match quotes
Mortaza: The boys put up a good performance. We have some exciting bowlers and batsmen.
Dhoni: Top order batsmen have done really well. In the last 10 games, the top order has done the job
Shikhar Dhawan is the Man of the Match: It is a very special knock. We won the tournament and it feels god to perform at the right time.
23:36 hrs IST: Classic MS Dhoni. He seals the game with a six to seal a sixth Asia Cup Title for India. India have defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets and they have now equaled the best winning streak for India in Twenty20 internationals with seven. He has now sealed the 2011 World Cup with a six and now a six to seal a sixth Asia Cup title.
23:35 hrs IST: Thanks to Dhoni's massive six, India require just nine runs out of nine balls. India 112/2 after 13.3 overs.
23:33 hrs IST! WHAM! This is vintage Dhoni. He winds up and launches Al-Amin Hossain for a huge six. It is a 104-meter six.
23:30 hrs IST: MS Dhoni has come up the order. Match is boiling down to the wire, although the result might not show it. India are 102/2 after 13 overs, need 19 off 12 balls.
23:28 hrs IST: WICKET! What a catch and Bangladesh are just clinging in. Dhawan moves to the off side and Taskin slants a full ball wide outside off, Dhawan slices the drive and Soumya Sarkar at point dives to his right to take a good catch with two hands. Dhawan c Sarkar b Taskin 60 (44). India are 99/2 in 12.4 overs, need 22 off 14 balls.
23:24 hrs IST: The partnership between Kohli and Dhawan is nearing 100. This has been a clinical performance by India. Bangladesh need wickets.
23:21 hrs IST: Nasir gives away 15 runs in his last over. Spoils what was a decent spell. India are 97/1 in 12 overs, need 24 off 18 balls.
23:19 hrs IST: Kohli slog sweeps to deep midwicket and Al-Amin Hossain cannot stop it. In the next ball, he pulls Nasir to widish long on. India are coasting towards the target.
23:16 hrs IST: Two consecutive fours off Shakib and Dhawan notches up his second Twenty20 fifty off 35 balls. This has been a brilliant knock and India are 82/1 after 11 overs, need 39 from 24 balls. 11 runs from Shakib's second over.
23:13 hrs IST: Another good over from Nasir Hossain. He gives away just four runs and India are 71/1 after 10 overs, need 50 off 30.
23:08 hrs IST: Dhawan moves to the off side and slog sweeps a six off Mortaza to long leg. Finally, he is showing signs of form in this tournament. India are 68/1 after nine overs, need 53 from 36 balls.
23:05 hrs IST: Only four runs conceded by Nasir Hossain in his first over and Bangladesh have pulled things back slightly. India 59/1 after eight overs, need 62 off 42 balls.
22:59 hrs IST: The fifty-run partnership is up between Kohli and Dhawan off just 32 balls. India are in good shape and Kohli is looking in ominous form. India 55/1 after seven overs, need 66 off 48 balls.
22:54 hrs IST: Shakib drags the ball too short and Kohli pulls it to wide long on for a boundary. Poor start and it gets worse as Dhawan late-cuts it to third man for another boundary. In the last ball, Dhawan pulls another poor ball to deep midwicket and 15 runs come in Shakib's first over. India are 48/1 after six overs.
22:51 hrs IST: In the air and just over! Hider bowls a full ball and Kohli dances down the track to smash it over mid-off, Tamim leaps but fails to get to it, the ball goes to the boundary. Dhawan glides a ball past slip for another boundary. 14 runs in Hider's first over. India 33/1 in five overs.
22:49 hrs IST: Abu Hider comes into the attack and he manages to get the outside edge of Dhawan. The ball races away to third man for a boundary.
22:46 hrs IST: Al-Amin Hossain is also not giving away free runs. A misfield from Taskin spoils what could have been a great over. India are 19/1 after four overs.
22:42 hrs IST: Taskin Ahmed is bowling some good lines. India are 12/1 after three overs. At the same stage, Bangladesh were 12/0.
22:37 hrs IST: Just three runs and a wicket for Al-Amin Hossain. The Bangladesh crowd are starting to believe. India 8/1 after two overs.
22:33 hrs IST: WICKET! Poor shot from Rohit. Length ball wide outside off, Rohit drives and the edge is taken at first slip. Rohit Sharma c Sarkar b Al-Amin Hossain 1 (5). India 5/1 after 1.3 overs.
22:28 hrs IST: Great start for Dhawan as he gets going with a boundary off Taskin Ahmed. Some extra bounce on offer for the Bangladesh bowlers. India are 5/0 after one over.
22:18 hrs IST: Mahmudullah has once again evolved into a great finisher. He ends with 33 off 13 balls while Sabbir smashes 32 off 29 balls. Will this total be enough for Bangladesh?
22:15 hrs IST: Bangladesh have ended on 120/5 after the end of 15 overs. The partnership of 45 between Mahmudullah and Sabbir has helped Bangladesh to a good total. It gives something for the bowlers to defend.
22:06 hrs IST: Mahmudullah is evolving into a great finisher. 4,6,2,6,wd,1 and 1. 21 runs in Pandya's last over. He is helping Bangladesh go past 120. This is a brilliant stand. Bangladesh are 113/5 after 14 overs.
22:04 hrs IST: Mahmudullah puts pressure on Pandya immediately by driving the bowler inside out to wide long off. He clouts the bowler for a six to bring up the 100.
22:01 hrs IST: Mahmudullah and Sabbir are targeting Nehra in this over. 4,1,2,2,4,1 and Nehra gives away 14 runs in his final over. Bangladesh are 92/5 after 13 overs. Nehra's figures are 3-0-33-1.
21:58 hrs IST: Sabbir unfurls the paddle sweep off Nehra. The onus is on him and Mahmudullah to help Bangladesh get past 100.
21:55 hrs IST: WICKET! Bangladesh are stumbling. Short ball from Jadeja, Mashrafe Mortaza toe-ends the pull to deep midwicket where Kohli takes the catch. Mortaza c Kohli b Jadeja 0 (1). Bangladesh 75/5 after 11.4 overs.
21:52 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant throw from Virat Kohli. Rahim whips it to deep midwicket and sets off late for a couple, Kohli fires the throw and Dhoni collects it, Rahim puts in the dive but the bat bounces up as he slides in. Rahim run-out (Kohli/Dhoni) 4 (5). Bangladesh 75/4 after 11.3 overs.
21:49 hrs IST: Excellent over from Pandya. Only three runs in his second over. Bangladesh are 71/3 after 11 overs.
21:47 hrs IST: Missed run-out! Sabbir thumps a full ball to mid off and sets off for a quick single, Jadeja fires a throw at the bowler's end but misses. Sabbir was nowhere in the frame. Pandya did not come close to the stumps.
21:46 hrs IST: Sabbir aims for an almighty slog to mid wicket but gets an inside edge, the ball just misses the off stump and Dhoni collects it.
21:44 hrs IST: With the loss of Shakib, Bangladesh's task of reaching 100 will be made even harder. Bangladesh are 67/3 after 10 overs.
21:42 hrs IST: WICKET! Another poor shot from Shakib. He moves to the off side and Ashwin fires a quick ball on leg stump, Shakib shapes up for the slog sweep but he misses and Bumrah at short fine leg takes the catch. Shakib c Bumrah b Ashwin 21 (16). Bangladesh 64/3 after 9.1 overs.
21:39 hrs IST: Jadeja pulls things back in the second over by conceding just six runs. Bangladesh have moved to 64/2 after nine overs.
21:36 hrs IST: Shakib swivels and pulls Pandya to deep backward square leg for a boundary. Fifth ball, the left-hander scoops it to fine leg for another boundary. Bangladesh are 58/2 after eight overs.
21:34 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya comes on to bowl. Bangladesh have notched up the fifty in 7.3 overs, a run-rate of just over six. They will need a lot more.
21:32 hrs IST: Shakib Al Hasan breaks the shackles by slamming Ravindra Jadeja for a boundary to wide long-on. Sabbir joins in the fun by delicately running a flatter delivery down to third man. 12 runs in Jadeja's first over and Bangladesh are 47/2 after 7 overs.
21:29 hrs IST: The fielding restrictions are over and Ashwin concedes just five runs in his second over. Bangladesh are 35/2 after six overs. Sabbir Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan the key.
21:27 hrs IST: Over in Johannesburg, Australia have snapped their losing streak in thrilling fashion. They have chased down 205 thanks to magnificent knocks from David Warner and Glenn Maxwell. Series level 1-1.
21:23 hrs IST: WICKET! Poor shot from Tamim. Bumrah angles a length ball on middle and leg stump, Tamim aims for a mindless slog to midwicket and gets trapped plumb in front. Tamim Iqbal lbw Bumrah 13 (17).
21:20 hrs IST: Missed run-out! Sabbir Rahman taps Bumrah to point and sets off for a quick single, Jadeja fires the throw at striker's end but misses. Tamim would have been a goner despite the dive.
21:18 hrs IST: WICKET! The crowd in Mirpur have been silenced. Short of a length ball outside off,Â Sarkar aims to slice the drive but the ball hits high on the bat, easy catch for Pandya at mid-off. Soumya Sarkar c Pandya b Nehra 14 (9). Bangladesh 27/1 after four overs.
21:16 hrs IST: BANG! Sarkar nearly kills Tamim. He blasts a length ball over Tamim's head and the non-striker had to duck to save himself. Next ball, Sarkar short-arm pulls Nehra to fine leg for another boundary. 13 runs in Nehra's second over.
21:14 hrs IST: Tamim flays Nehra over mid-off and it goes safely over Pandya's head. It has been a decent start.
21:11 hrs IST: Jasprit Bumrah into the attack now. He is bowling good lines. Sarkar thumps him to mid on where Ashwin makes a diving stop, the batsman hare off for a couple and Pandya misses the throw at the bowler's end, Tamim makes it with the dive. Bangladesh 14/0 after 3 overs.
21:08 hrs IST: Good comeback from Nehra after getting hit for a boundary first ball. Five dot balls and Bangladesh move to 11/0 after two overs.
21:04 hrs IST: Bangladesh have come out roaring. Tamim dances down the track to Ashish Nehra and whips him to deep square leg for a boundary.
21:03 hrs IST: Cracking shot from Soumya Sarkar as he cracks a four past cover to get off the mark in style. Bangladesh 5/0 after the first over.
21:01 hrs IST: Big shout for LBW first up. Ashwin drifts this delivery in and Tamim Iqbal plays slightly inside the line, the ball hits him on the pad but it was going down the leg side.
21:00 hrs IST: The Indian team are in the huddle and they are out in the middle. Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal are out in the middle. Ravichandran Ashwin to open the bowling.
20:48 hrs IST: Abu Hider Rony gets his first game in the Asia Cup. He has played two Twenty20 internationals, both against Zimbabwe. He is a left-arm fast medium bowler.
20:47 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs for both teams:
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w/c), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed
20:43 hrs IST: MS Dhoni wins the toss and opts to bowl in the 15-over shootout. India are unchanged while Bangladesh make two changes. Nasir Hossain has included while Abu Hider Rony gets a game.
20:38 hrs IST: Both the captains are coming out. The packed house at the Sher-e-Bangla roar.
20:36 hrs IST: Dhoni has a chance to equal India's best winning streak in Twenty20 internationals. Their best was 7 between December 2012 and April 2014.
20:30 hrs IST: Match has been reduced to 15 overs. Play will start at 21:00 hrs IST. A bowler can bowl a maximum of three overs. Innings break reduced to 10 minutes. Field restrictions for five overs.
20:23 hrs IST: MS Dhoni is having a chat with the umpires and is pointing out some areas of concern. Both teams are continuing their warm-ups.
20:20 hrs IST: We have already started losing overs. Meanwhile, the Dharamsala fiasco continues, with Imran Khan pouring more fire into the India-Pakistan fuel.
20:12 hrs IST: Before the start of the match, here is a stat to ponder. In three Twenty20 games between India and Bangladesh, India have won all three encounters. Will they win for the fourth time to ensure their sixth Asia Cup or will Bangladesh pull off a miracle?
20:02 hrs IST: Russell Arnold, in his pitch report, says that the pitch is bone dry. The par-score is 160. The umpires have praised the work of the ground-staff but there are some concerns. Another inspection scheduled at 20:15 hrs IST, which is 20:45 hrs Dhaka time.
19:59 hrs IST: The main pitch cover has been removed and the stumps are being inserted. The umpires will have the inspection soon and the toss time might soon be known. Both teams are warming up with a game of football.
19:46 hrs IST: Most of the covers have been removed. The umpires will have a look at 20:00 hrs IST and after that, there will be a clear picture as to whether a full match will be played or will overs be deducted.
19:45 hrs IST: For Bangladesh, this is a great chance to win some silverware in front of their home fans. In the 2012 Asia Cup, they had lost to Pakistan by two runs. The fans will be hoping that history does not repeat itself.
19:37 hrs IST: With hopes floating of a full match, there has been plenty of spice before the grand final. On social media, there has been an objectionable picture of MS Dhoni's chopped head being held by Taskin Ahmed. Here is the story.
19:30 hrs IST: Faf du Plessis has played a captain's knock in the Johannesburg Twenty20 match. His 41-ball 79, including five fours and five sixes, have helped South Africa to 204/7.
19:27 hrs IST: This is incredible. Despite the apocalyptic storm, the match might begin soon. Most of the covers are coming off and the damage is not that much. We might not see any overs getting cut.
19:22 hrs IST: In Johannesburg, Faf du Plessis has scored his seventh Twenty20 fifty as South Africa continue to punish Australia.
19:18 hrs IST: The rain has stopped in Mirpur. The ground-staff are now working furiously to ensure that they limit the damage.
19:13 hrs IST: The big screen, which was partially damaged in the storm, is working. However, the rain has not relented in Mirpur. The intensity of the rain has also eased off and some covers are being removed.
19:05 hrs IST: Meanwhile, in Johannesburg, Faf du Plessis and David Miller have put South Africa on course for a big score. After 15 overs, the Proteas are 142/4.
19:01 hrs IST: It continues to rain in Mirpur. The ground has wonderful drainage facilities but for the ground-staff to begin their work, it must stop raining completely.
18:52 hrs IST: The latest visuals show a grim situation in Mirpur. There are plenty of puddles on the outfield and the rain is steady. The cut-off time for a five-over game is 22:17 hrs IST. There will be an update at 20:00 hrs IST.
18:36 hrs IST: The rain has reduced slightly. However, the condition of the outfield is not great. Overs will start getting reduced from 20:00 hrs IST while the cut-off time for a five-over match is 22:10 hrs IST.
18:32 hrs IST: The latest visuals sum up the chaos at Mirpur when the rain lashed down. Apparently, there is only one floodlight working at the venue. The official Twitter handle of BCCI have put out this update.
18:25 hrs IST: This rain on final's day has evoked memories of the 2002 Champions Trophy clash between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo. Rain spoiled the final day and the reserve day and the trophy was shared.
18:19 hrs IST: While we wait for the storm to subside in Mirpur, over in Johannesburg, South Africa have gotten off to a fast start but they have lost AB de Villiers cheaply against Australia.
18:13 hrs: The lights have come back on in Mirpur but the rain is absolutely lashing down. The drainage at the Sher-e-Bangla is good but will the rain relent?
18:08 hrs IST: Latest visuals from Dhaka do not show a pretty picture. It is dark and it is raining in Mirpur.
18:03 hrs IST: In case the match gets washed out, the trophy will be shared. There is NO reserve day.
17:56 hrs IST: To compound matters even further, the lights have gone out at the stadium. The rain has only gotten heavier.
17:54 hrs IST: A warm welcome to one and all for the final between Bangladesh and India from Mirpur. Bad news to begin with. A dust storm has enveloped the Sher-e-Bangla and the ground has been lashed by heavy rain. The covers are in place and things are not looking good for a prompt start at 18:30 hrs IST.
Bangladesh are hoping to cause a major upset in the Asia Cup final at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur by stopping India's hot streak. The hostility by the Bangladesh fans on social media has already added plenty of spice to this contest.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men are on a roll with nine wins out of 10 since the the start of the T20 series against Australia. However, the 11th match will be a tricky test more so because it is being played on Bangladeshi soil. (Photo of Dhoni's Chopped Head Being Held by Bangladesh Pacer on Twitter Goes Viral)
India defeated the UAE by nine wickets on Thursday to end the league phase with a 100 percent success rate. Bangladesh have executed a turnaround following their 45-run loss to India in the opening game of the tournament. They bounced back winning the next three to qualify for the final.
While India are back to full strength, their only concern remains is Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina's batting form. India will bring back rested Ashish Nehra, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin for the final, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pawan Negi and Harbhajan Singh will return to warm the bench once again.
In Bangladesh, the form of two of their best players Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan will be a worry, but more than that Shakib's availability will be cause of concern after the all-rounder limped off practice session with thigh injury.
# Bangladesh have qualified for the Asia Cup final only once in 2012, when they lost to Pakistan at home by just two runs.
# India are the five-time champions. India's winning meets were all held in the previous 50-over one-day international format.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Taskin Ahmed Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain, Arafat Sunny.
India: MS Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra.