A big day for Bangladesh cricket, they are playing there second Asia Cup final, a win here will give their cricket a mighty boost. Ground situation is fit to start the game now. The match reduced to 15 overs a side with 5 over powerplay and a bowler can bowl maximum of three overs. The pitch seems to be dry even after so much rain. India stands favorite here to win there sixth Asia Cup final. Bangladesh has to bring their best today against the Men in Blue.
MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Its a good decision under the circumstances as the playing conditions will not be as certain as it would be under normal circumstances. Plus, chasing is India’s strength. Mashrafe might also have opted to bowl first.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed=
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah
R Ashwin to start off the proceedings for India, Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar are openers for Bangladesh.
At the end of 1 over, the score is 5/0
A good over for Bangladesh, 5 runs off the over. A boundary through cover to end the over by Sarkar.
The experienced left arm pacer, Ashish Nehra from the other end.
At the end of 2 overs, the score is 11/0
A boundary by Tamim Iqbal on the first delivery of the over, a good comeback by Nehra in the over.
Just one over from Ashwin, Dhoni brings in Jasprit Bumrah into the attack now.
At the end of 3 overs, the score is 14/0
Bumrah carried on his impressive run with the ball in the tournament, just 3 runs in the over.
At the end of 4 overs, the score is 27/1
Not-so-smart cricket by Soumya Sarkar, Ashish Nehra was hit for three boundaries in the over, they had the momentum with them. But, Sarkar played a rash slog that ballooned to Hardik Pandia at Mid off, who was in the circle. A good over had a disastrous end.
At the end of 5 overs, the score is 30/2
A poor shot by Tamim Iqbal, Bumrah bowled around the stumps, ball was coming into the batsman, Tamim played a nothing shot across the line and trapped in front of the wicket, umpire raised his finger.
Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rehman carrying on the responsibility now.
At the end of 6 overs, the score is 35/2
Another tight over by India’s premier spinner, Ashwin.
Left arm Jadeja into the attack.
At the end of 7 overs, the score is 47/2
Shakib tried to take on Jadeja, scored a boundary, on the other end, Sabbir played a cheeky reverse sweep for the second boundary of the over.
Hardik Pandya with his first over in the match
At the end of 8 overs, the score is 58/2
Shakib Al Hasan struck two boundaries in the over. Bengali batsmen are not holding back.
At the end of 9 overs, the score is 64/2
Good over by Jadeja.
At the end of 10 overs, the score is 68/3
Ashwin bowled a superb over in the situation. He took the big wicket of Shakib, who was trying slog sweep for a substantial result, but was caught at the short fine leg.
At the end of 11 overs, the score is 71/3
An excellent over by the young Pandya at such a crucial stage of the match.
At the end of 12 overs, the score is 78/5
Virat Kohli throws from the deep to Dhoni to get Mushfiq run out, he dived to make the ground but his bat was in the air. Kohli taunted the ecstatic Bengali crowd with some gestures. Probably they were chanting something against him or his team.
Mashrafe Mortaza went on the very first delivery he faced, he tried to took on Jadeja and was in quest to repeat his heroics against Pakistan, but failed miserably. Kohli took an easy catch.
At the end of 13 overs, the score is 92/5
A 14 run over for the hosts, Mehmdullah is turning it on here for Bangladesh. Ashish Nehra was at the receiving end.
At the end of 14 overs, the score is 113/5
Mehmudullah has ripped off Pandya in the over. Lack of experience here for the allrounder, bowled in the slot and Mehmullah didn’t need a second invitation to deposit them in the crowd. Two 6s and a 4 in the over.
At the end of 15 overs, the score is 120/5
A good last over by Bumrah to finish off the innings. However, a competitive total posted by Bangladesh here, thanks to Mehmudullah’s fireworks in the last overs, he scored 33 of 13 deliveries.
Bangladesh bowlers have a good total to defend. Keeping India’s batting in view, it looks manageable. India needs to score at a run rate of 8.06 per over.
The run rate will creep up with every good over.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan on the course of winning the sixth Asia Cup final for India, Taskin Ahmed with the new ball.
At the end of 1 over, the score is 5/0
A similar start for India here.
At the end of 2 overs, the score is 8/1
Rohit Sharma has edged one to the slip. Bangladesh is making a strong statement here! Excellent over by Al-Amin Hossain.
At the end of 3 overs, the score is 12/1
Another economical over from Taskin Ahmed.
At the end of 4 overs, the score is 19/1
At the end of 5 overs, the score is 33/1
Three boundaries off the first over of Abu Hider, Dhawan got lucky twice in the over to have boundaries from edges. Kohli masterfully struck a four over mid off.
At the end of 6 overs, the score is 48/1
India has got the momentum now, three boundaries in Shakib’s first over. Bangladesh in pursuit of something special at the moment.
At the end of 7 overs, the score is 55/1
India cruising towards the target now, Kohli and Dhawan looking well settled.
At the end of 8 overs, the score is 59/1
A better over for Bangladesh by Nasir Hossain.
At the end of 9 overs, the score is 69/1
Dhawan deposited Mashrafe’s delivery to fine leg for a six, its looking easier now for India.
At the end of 10 overs, the score is 71/1
Brilliant over by Nasir Hossain, he is doing an amazing job for Bangladesh here. India needs 50 runs in 5 overs.
At the end of 11 overs, the score is 82/1
Dhawan has reached his half century, Shakib is taken on again by the Indian pair. Intelligent cricket by Kohli and Dhawan.
At the end of 12 overs, the score is 97/1
India is clearly on the front seat, they seem favorite to win the Asia Cup for the sixth time.
At the end of 13 overs, the score is 102/2
Dhawan lost his wicket, Taskir Ahmed has finally provided the breakthrough, but it is maybe too late for Bangladesh or is there a twist in the tale?
At the end of 13.5 overs, the score is 122/2
And that is it! India has crushed Bangladesh in the final by 8 wickets. Bangladesh has lost Asia Cup final for the second time. Pakistan was the team to beat Bangladesh in the previous game and this time its India.
MS Dhoni has another feather in his cap, he lead India to win their sixth Asia Cup title. Bangladesh played fine cricket in the tournament, but India was too hot to handle for them.
After getting an early breakthrough, Kohli and Dhawan didn’t give Bengali bowlers any space to fit their feet. It was India all over the second innings.
Bengali fans once again had a disappointing end to a spectacular script written by their cricket team in the tournament.