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Asia Cup T20 final: India beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets to win 6th title

  • Asia Cup final, Asia Cup, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, India vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup T20 Final
    Bangladesh’s Al-Amin Hossain, right, celebrates after the dismissal of India’s Rohit Sharma, left (PTI)

    India clinched the Asia Cup trophy for a record sixth time after beating hosts Bangladesh by eight wickets, riding on Shikhar Dhawan's scintillating 44-ball-60 in a rain-truncated final, here tonight

  • Asia Cup final, Asia Cup, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, India vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup T20 Final
    Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal, on ground, drives to make his ground (PTI)

    While Sri Lanka have won the continental title five times and Pakistan twice, India's title triumph makes them the ahead of their continental neighbours

  • Asia Cup final, Asia Cup, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, India vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup T20 Final
    India’s Ashish Nehra, center, celebrates with his teammates the dismissal of Bangladesh’s Soumya Sarkar (PTI)

    Chasing a target of 121 in a match reduced to 15-overs-a-side, Dhawan came good when it mattered the most as he hit nine fours and a six adding 94 runs with Virat Kohli (41 not out) with India winning with seven balls to spare

  • Asia Cup final, Asia Cup, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, India vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup T20 Final
    India’s Jasprit Bumrah, left, celebrates the dismissal of Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal, right (PTI)

    In the last two overs, India required 19 runs. If the partisan 25,000 supporters harboured any hopes of a comeback, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (20 not out in 6 balls) dashed it with a lethal six over deep mid-wicket off Al-Amin and another terrific blow over deep extra cover before finishing the match with another six

  • Asia Cup final, Asia Cup, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, India vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup T20 Final
    India’s Virat Kohli, right, and Shikhar Dhawan run between the wickets (PTI)

    As his skipper wanted from his openers in the earlier matches, Dhawan initially tried to play himself in with India reaching 19 in the first four overs

  • Asia Cup final, Asia Cup, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, India vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup T20 Final
    India’s Virat Kohli, right, plays a shot, as Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim jumps (PTI)

    Things changed from the fifth over, bowled by left-arrm seamer Abu Hider. With Mushfiqur Rahim standing up due to his lack of pace and short third-man stationed, Dhawan played late to collect two boundaries while Kohli was lucky when his lofted drive went beyond mid-off's reach

  • Asia Cup final, Asia Cup, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, India vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup T20 Final
    Indian players and support staff celebrate with the trophy after winning the Asia Cup Twenty20 international cricket final (PTI)

    With powerplay overs ending, Mashrafe Mortaza got Shakib Al Hasan into action and the Dhawan-Kohli duo took 15 runs off that over. Kohli pulled one while Dhawan played a late cut and an imperious pull-shot as India were well on course in their pursuit of the total

  • Asia Cup final, Asia Cup, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, India vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup T20 Final
    Indian players and support staff celebrate with the trophy after winning the Asia Cup Twenty20 international cricket final (PTI)

    The stand-out shot for Dhawan was a slog-sweep off Mortaza that was hit into the deep square leg stand

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