That is it! India have completed the formalities and lifted the Asia Cup in emphatic fashion on a rainy night in Mirpur. However, things didn’t commence as desired as thunder storms played a spoilsport initially.
As a result of the storm, the game was delayed by 2 hours and reduced to 15 overs a side. MS Dhoni was spot on in calling at the toss and his decision to bowl first was a no brainer indeed.
Ashish Nehra had a rare off day as he was belted for a few boundaries by the Bangladeshi top order batsmen. R. Ashwin had a fantastic outing with the new ball as he grabbed the all important scalp of a set Shakib Al Hasan in his third over.
A late flourish from Mahmudullah propelled Bangladesh to 120-5 in 15 overs. Jasprit Bumrah was exceptional in the final over as he hit the block hole frequently.
India’s chase did not get off to the best of starts as Rohit Sharma was caught at first slip on a pathetically loose stroke. The Delhi duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli steadied the ship and eventually accelerated.
Dhawan was dismissed after a well made 60 off 44 deliveries. In walked MS Dhoni at number 4 and he finished off the game in a matter of minutes. Dhoni hit a couple of monstrous sixes, one going till 104 meters. He finished off the game in his trademark style, with a maximum and guided India to absolute glory.
Below, are the statistical highlights for the Asia Cup final between India and Bangladesh.
- SIX – India have now won 6 Asia Cup titles, the most by any side.
- The number of Asia Cup titles India have won under MS Dhoni.
- 100.00 – Virat Kohli averages a staggering 100 in successful chases in T20I’s.
- Eight – Ashish Nehra has struck in the powerplay overs for 8 consecutive T20I’s now.
- Ten – India have won 10 out of the 11 T20I’s this year. Their only loss came against Sri Lanka at Pune.
- 69% – India’s winning percent since the previous T20I World Cup.