MS Dhoni knows how to finish a series in a style as India sealed a comfortable victory over Bangladesh in the final of the 2016 Asia Cup at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on 6 March. Shikhar Dhawan was the star performer with the bat for India as his 60, along with an unbeaten 41 from Virat Kohli helped the visitors seal an easy victory.
The 2007 T20 world champions were in fine form before entering the tournament as they had won all four group stages, which includes a victory over Bangladesh. It was the Tigers' only defeat in the tournament before the final.
The match was delayed due to the bad weather, which forced the match officials to deduct five overs, resulting in a 15 over final. India won the toss and MS Dhoni elected to ball first.
Indian bowlers struck early as Bangladesh openers Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal were sent back to the pavilion when the score was just 30 runs. Sabbir Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan were looking to post a mammoth total as they managed 34 runs partnership before the latter was dismissed for 21 runs.
Mushfiqur Rahim was run out cheaply and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was out the first ball. giving a simple catch to Virat Kohli. Mahmudullah replaced his captain and his quick knock of 33 runs off 13 balls helped Bangladesh to reach a total of 120 runs in 15 overs, while losing five wickets in the process.
In reply, India lost Rohit Sharma early in the innings as he managed just a run off five balls, before giving a simple catch to Sarkar. Virat Kohli and Dhawan put on a partnership of 94 runs as that helped India to reach the target comfortably.
Finally, Bangladesh managed to get a break through, once again Sarkar taking a blinder at point, which brought an end to Dhawan's innings. Dhoni the finished the match in style with a quick 20 off six balls as India won the Asia Cup 2016 in style.
Dhawan was named the Man of the Match for his performance in the final. Bangladesh's Sabbir was awarded the Man of the Series for his overall performance in the tournament. The latest win for India will be a massive boost for the upcoming T20 World Cup on their home soil, which will kick start later in March.