India win Asia Cup title for sixth time

India win Asia Cup title by beating Bangladesh by eight wickets in the final in Mirpur.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: March 7, 2016 2:07:47 am
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India chased down Bangladesh’s 120/5 in 13.5 overs to win the Asia Cup title for the sixth time. In a rain curtailed match, Bangladesh posted 120/5 but Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan set the platform for the win. MS Dhoni scored a 6-ball 20 to win the title for India. (Full Coverage: Asia Cup) (Results)

Cricket Score of India vs Bangladesh

WATCH: India lift Asia Cup for record sixth time

# MS Dhoni comes in and finishes things just six balls. 20 runs off those balls with two sixes one four. India win Asia Cup for the sixth time

# Is there a twist in the tale? Bangladesh dismiss Shikhar Dhawan with India still needing 22 runs from 14 balls

# The game in 140 words

# India now steady with Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. They are playing it easily

# Bangladesh bowlers keeping things quiet. Odd boundary coming for India but not without risks

# Bangladesh have got what they wanted – an early wicket! Rohit Sharma edges one to the slip. India 5/1

# A great innings from Mahmudullah (13-ball 33) powers Bangladesh to 120/5

# Mahmudullah takes 19 runs of Pandya’s first five balls plus a wide and a single by Sabbir to make it 21 as Bangladesh make it 113/5 in 14 overs

# A couple of wickets have given India a upper hand in the match but Bangladesh are hitting

# Ashwin strikes! Shakib departs. Bangladesh 64/3 after 9.1 overs

# Shakib and Sabbir are doing a fine job for Bangladesh. Scoring at a brisk pace in the middle

# WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah has Tamim Iqbal LBW. Indian pacers doing it again

# WICKET! Ashish Nehra once again gives India the breakthrough. Pandya catches Sarkar at mid-off

# Bangladesh off to a great start, runs flowing for them

# India or Bangladesh? Who will win the Asia Cup?

# BCCI says he is the run machine! What would you guys call Virat Kohli

# India win the crucial toss and have elected to field first in rain-curtailed contest. Jadeja, Ashwin and Nehra return to the playing XI

# Capacity crowd waiting for their teams to battle it out for the title

# Indian players warm-up in full swing. The commentators are out in the middle, it’s back to normalcy in Mirpur now

# The pitch is very hard and dry. Just enough covering of grass. Hayden feels no demons in this one

# Right then, we have a game! 15 overs a side. Live action 2100 hrs IST onwards

# The pitch is completely dry, even after so much rain. Match officials looking forward to a “bigger” game. The square area is good but some work to do around the ropes

#Plenty of energy in the middle

# The players are back on the field. Have started with their warm-up drills

# Rain rain go away, Gambhir wants India to win another tittle

# Here’s what the ground staff is upto in Mirpur

# Ground staff doing their best to make the stadium match-ready

# Good news! The covers are coming off. Pitch inspection in another 40 minutes from now

# Rain has stopped now. Next inspection at 2000 hrs IST


# Here’s what happens if the match if called off

# And, the heavy rains shatter the scoreboard

# Right then, toss has been officially delayed in Mirpur. Stay tuned for more updates

# Hour to go before we start losing overs. Still raining!

# Light’s back at the stadium. But Harsha Bhogle tweets that water logging has started…

# Here’s how it is in Mirpur at the moment

# Lights off in Mirpur. Completely dark at the moment

# Thunderstorm breaks out in Mirpur. Covers on, players and officials off the field

# Drizzle has subsided. Covers are now coming off

# And, some rain it seems. Pitch under covers

# Shoaib Akhtar has a piece of advice for the Bangladesh unit

# The dug outs are ready. Waiting for teams to take their positions for the final

# Laxman is expecting a keen tussle in Mirpur


# Indian cricket team has left for the stadium. We are two hours away from the first ball

# Road to final for India

Here is how India reached the final

# Bangladesh road to Final

This is Bangladesh’s second Asia Cup final. Who they beat to reach here? Read everything here

# What’s it like to be in Dhaka today

Follow the match in Hindi here

The story so far

Favourites play sentimental favourites

Bangladesh will play their first final since losing to Pakistan in the summit clash of the 2012 Asia Cup an ODI tournament at home. (Source: AP)

Mashrafe Mortaza tried to put things in perspective, describing the World Cup quarter-final against India in Melbourne last year a bigger occasion than the Asia Cup final. “I believe as a captain, the biggest achievement was leading the team in the World Cup quarter-final at MCG. This (Asia Cup final) is certainly a very big game, but the quarter-final stands out,” he said at the pre-match press conference on Saturday. From a purely cricketing point of view, Bangladesh captain was right in his assessment.

Disgusting image of MS Dhoni’s severed head goes viral

Cricketing rivalry in the Asian sub-continent is mostly reserved for India-Pakistan matches. But in an attempt to ruffle some feathers in the India camp before the Asia Cup Final, that intent to egg their team on, certain fan(s) went too far. An image of India captain MS Dhoni’s severed head being clutched by Bangladesh bowler Taskin Ahmed started doing the rounds on social media.

This graphic picture of Dhoni's severed head is doing the rounds on social media. (Source: Twitter) This graphic picture of Dhoni’s severed head is doing the rounds on social media. (Source: Twitter)

India are clear favourites, says Mashrafe Mortaza

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Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza on Saturday conceded that India are the clear favourites to lift the Asia Cup T20 cricket trophy and only the familiarity with home conditions could tilt the balance in his side’s favour in the summit clash in Mirpur on Sunday.

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