India have a formidable batting lineup.IANS

Sabbir Rahman wins the player of the series. 

Shikhar Dhawan gets the man of the match for his outstanding innings.

Virat Kohli gets the coolest player of the match.

Al Amin Hossain won the coolest player of the series. 

India are on a rampaging run in this format of the game. No wonder they are being considered as the favourites to win the ICC World T20. 

India have now won the Asia Cup for the record 6th time since its inception. Also Dhoni adds another feather to his cap as he powers India to the second Asia Cup title under his leadership. 

Also India have won three T20 series in a row and what a major boost this will be just ahead of the ICC World T20 2016 which starts in another couple of days time. 

11:47: What a game of cricket we just witnessed! India have thrashed Bangladesh to win the Asia Cup Final by 8 wickets. 

Cometh the hour, cometh the man! MS Dhoni did it back in 2011 ICC World Cup and he did it again today at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. 20 runs off just 6 balls and it could not have been better from the captain cool.

India have won this game with one over to spare, courtesy Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and of course Mahi. 

Bangladesh did tighten the screws in the initial overs by picking up the wicket of Rohit Sharma. 

An incredible partnership between Kohli and Dhawan pulled India out of the problem they were in early on. 

Dhoni took the onus and pushed himself up the order above Raina and Yuvi. And the cricket fans were treated with vintage stuff at the end. India never really hasselled during the run chase and that was the key to their success. 

SIX! It is all over. India win by 8 wickets. 

FOUR from Dhoni again! This looks all over. 

Three runs!

Single of the next ball. 

SIX! Vintage Dhoni!

11:32: India have brought up their 100 here. This match is going down the wire. A huge wicket under the circumstances. India need 19 off the last 2 overs. Kohli and Dhoni is out there in the middle. India 102/2 in 13 overs.  

DHAWAN IS GONE! Outstanding catch from Soumya Sarkar. A brilliant innings comes to an end finally. 

11:22: This over has just shifted the pressure back on the Bangladeshi players. Big over under the circumstances. Kohli and Dhawan have brought India right back into the game. 15 runs came from this Nasir Hossain over. India 97/1 in 12 overs. 24 more needed from 18 balls. 

Four more. Kohli is turning the heat on here.

Four for Kohli. Just what the doctor ordered!

11:18: Just the kind of over India were looking for. India still have nine wickets in their bag. Kohli and Dhawan's presence in the middle have made the difference so far. 11 runs came from that over. India 82/1 in 11 overs. 39 more needed. 

FOUR more for Dhawan! 50 comes up for him as well. What an innings this is turning out to be. 

FOUR! Dhawan this time.

11:14: Nasir Hossain is turning the screws from one end. Dhawan is struggling a bit against the off-spinner. India cannot afford to let this pressure to get to them. Dhawan and Kohli will have to take on the bowler who comes to bowl in the next over. India 71/1 in 10 overs.  50 needed from the last 5 overs. 

11:10: Just the kind of over India were looking for. Smart batting from Kohli and Dhawan. That would release a little bit of pressure off them. That six was so crucial in this game's perspective. This partnership is threatning Bangladesh here. India 68/1 in 9 overs. 53 more needed. 

SIX! Dhawan hits the first one for India. Terrific shot.

11:06: Nasir Hossain has just produced a terrific over under pressure. Just four runs came from that over. India need a boundary over here. Kohli could have been run out there as well. He should not take such risks. India 59/1 in 8 overs. 62 more needed. 

Nasir Hossain is bowling the 8th over. 

11:02: Dhawan is looking good out there in the middle. He has looked in real good shape. Kohli too is buidling on his start. Cometh the hour, cometh the men. The Delhi boys are are doing it for India. 50 came up for India and a 50 partnership between Kohli and Dhawan came up as well. India 55/1 in 7 overs. 66 more needed. 

Mashrafe Mortaza has brought himself on now. Bangladesh need a wicket here. 

10:57: Good over for India again. These two have decided to make a move on here. They are trying to looking to hit at least 2 boundaries every over. Shakib was taken for 15 runs. Huge over this is. Things are gettine easier for Kohli & co. India 48/1 in 6 overs. 73 more needed. 

Four more from Dhawan.

Shakib is into the attack and Kohli smashes it for a four! Good start to the over.

10:52: Abu Hider was asked to bowl the final over of the powerplay overs. He just produced the best over for India so far. 14 runs came from that over. Good over for India as this will release a lot of pressure off them. India 33/1 in 5 overs. 88 more needed.

Dhawan starts off with a boundary! 

10:47: Misfielding can hurt Bangladesh here. They should not allow the pressure to slip on to their side as it was buliding nicely for them. For India, the presence of Kohli and Dhawan is very crucial here. India need to make a move on as there is very little time. seven runs came from that over. India 19/1 in 4 overs. 102 more needed. 

10:42: Taskin Ahmed has bowled beautifully here. Just like Bangladesh, India are struggling somewhat in the initial overs. The required run rate has creeped up to 9 an over. India will need Kohli and Dhawan to build that platform from where they can launch an attack on the Bangladeshi bowlers. Just four runs from that Taskin over. India under pressure here.  India 12/1 in 3 overs. 109 more needed. 

Taskin to continue! Dot ball first up. Kohli is out in the middle with Dhawan. 

10:36: Al Amin Hossain bowled wonderfully to dismiss Rohit here. That corridor of uncertainty where Rohit always have a problem. He was dismissed in a similar fashion as he got out against Sri Lanka. Big wicket of Rohit Sharma and just three runs from that over. Bangladesh have made a good start here. India 8/1 in 2 overs. 113 more needed. 

GONE! Rohit is dismissed. Just the wicket they wanted. India lose their first. 

10:29: It is clear that there is not time to settle down and these two will have to take on the bowler right from the word go. Dhawan guided one down to the cover point boundary for a four in the fourth ball of the over. India will have to target one of the Bangladeshi bowlers here. Decent over from Taskin to start with. India 5/0 in 1 over. 

Here is the first ball and Rohit defends. 

The run chase is about to begin! Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will look to get India off to a great start. 

India need 121 runs to win. Do not go anywhere ladies and gentlemen, the run chase will begin in some moments from now! 

10:19: India started off really well early on in the innings here in the final. Picking two early wickets that too off Iqbal and Sarkar. 

The partnership between Shakib and Sabbir looked threatening but Ashwin came back and broke that partnership. 

Mahmudullah played an oustanding cameo at the end. Sabbir also stayed till the end and made sure they post a good total against India at the end.

India will have to bat well to get these runs.

Single to end the innings. Outstanding last over from Bumrah. Just 7 runs came from that. Bangladesh finish on 120/5 in 20 overs. 

Single. Missed out on the full toss here Mahmudullah, 6 runs from 5 balls so far. 

TWO more to add to the total. 

DOT BALL! Gold dust. 

Two runs from the second ball. 

Superb yorker to start with.

10:10: 21 runs came from that Pandya over. This was poor stuff from the youngster. It was as if Mahmudullah could guess right throughout the over about what he was going to bowl. Last over coming up. Bangladesh 113/5 in 14 overs. 

Single Finally, already 20 from the over. 

WIDE Ball! This has been an expensive over. Just what Bangladesh needed at this hour. 


Two runs. Mahmudullah is playing the role of a finisher here. Terrific stuff this is. 

Follows it up with a SIX! 

Mahmudullah starts the 14th over with a boundary!

10:01: Nehra was called to bowl the 13th over. He was welcomed with a beautiful scoop over the fine leg fielder for a boundary. Sabbir was the man to play that shot. Nehra has been expensive today. Mahmudullah smashed one straight as an arrow past the bowler for a boundary. This is good stuff from both these batsmen. 14 runs came from that over. Last 2 overs. Bangladesh 92/5 in 13 overs. 

What an over from Jadeja under so much pressure. Just 7 runs from that over and two important wickets. India are on top here. Bangladesh 78/5 in 12 overs. 

Bangladesh innings is falling apart all of a sudden here. 

TWO IN TWO! Mashrafe is GONE! 

Rahim is GONE!

Looks like a run out! Terrific throw from Kohli and Dhoni takes the bell off in a flash! 

9:50: Pandya has bowled a good over under circumstances. Sabbir is trying to go for the full monty but he has missed out on a couple of them. One of these two will have to produce an absolute flier as just 4 overs left after this. Just 3 runs from that over. Outstanding stuff from Panyda. Bangladesh 71/3 in 11 overs. 

Sabbir is living dangerously out there. Cannot just take on Jaddu's arms. Luck is on Bangladesh's side. 

Shakib tried to sweep one for another boundary but Ashwin's variation got the better of Shakib. The ball took the top edge and went straight to the short fine leg fielder. Just four runs came from that over and the key wicket of Shakib. Bangladesh 68/3 in 10 overs. 

GONE! Ashwin strikes, Shakib is gone. BIG WICKET.

9:41: Shakib is trying to take on everyone here. Jadeja tried to bowl those arm balls but that also did not seem to work. This is good batting from Shakib and Sabbir. Meanwhile, Shakib is not trying to play dot balls and that is good. Bangladesh 64/2 in 9 overs. 

Huge appeal from Jaddu but the umpire denies. Inside edge, good decision.

9:37: Pandya will look to break this partnership here. If these two stays in the middle for another four-five overs, India have a problem in their hands now. Shakib is looking dangerous here. He is trying to hit a boundary every over and that is putting the pressure back on the Indian bowlers here. India desperately need to break this partnership. 11 runs came from that Pandya over. Bangladesh 57/2 in 8 overs. 

Hardik Pandya has the ball now. 

9:32: Jadeja's over turned out to be expensive. Dhoni probably should have thrown the ball to Hardik Pandya at this moment. Both Sabbir and Shakib are looking to make a move on from here. 12 runs came from that over. India need a wicket here. Bangladesh 47/2 in 7 overs. 

FOUR! Shakib this time off Jaddu.

Jadeja will bowl his first over here!

9:29: Ashwin was called back to bowl immediately after the powerplay overs was done with. Ashwin bowled well in this over as well just like his first over. Shakib and Sabbir will have to rebuild this innings from here. They need a big score from either of these two batsmen. 5 runs came from that over. Bangladesh 35/2 in 6 overs. 

9:25: Bumrah bowled a brilliant over here. Just three runs came from that over and a wicket of Iqbal. Shakib al Hasan is out in the middle. Bangladesh are in a spot of bother here. Bangladesh 30/2 in 5 overs. 

GONE! Tamim Iqbal is gone. LBW Bumrah.

GONE! Sarkar has been dismissed by Nehra! Bangladesh 27/1 in 4 overs. 

9:17: Nehra has missed his missed his length couple of times. Iqbal and Sarkar have tonked him for three boundaries in that over. Not a good over under the circumstances. This is poor stuff from Nehra who has bowled so well throughout the tournament. Bangladesh have found some momentum here. 13 runs from that over.   

9:12: This young kid Bumrah has been outstanding with his line and length. The way he bowled his first over, it clearly looks like he is beaming with confidence. He also generated fair amount of movement off the deck as well. Good over from Bumrah. Bangladesh is under pressure here. Bangladesh 14/0 in 3 overs.

Bumrah is into the attack now. 

9:08: Nehra started off two bad balls as one went for a boundary and the second one was wide. Then he made a good comeback. The intentions are clear from Iqbal and Sarkar. They are not going to hold back. Theywill play their shots. Decent over from Nehra. Bangladesh 11/0 in 2 overs. 

Iqbal welcomes Nehra with a brilliant flick off his pads! 

9:03: Ashwin opened the bowling for India. Straight away he is rght on the money with his line and length. We still have no idea how the pitch is going to react as the game progresses. Sarkar smashed the last ball for a boundary. Bangladesh 5/0 in 1 over. 

Here is the first ball and huge appeal but the umpire denies. 

Ashwin will open the bowling for India

Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar will open the innings for Bangladesh.

The players are coming out in the middle. Are you ready guys?

Here are the teams for you ladies and gentlemen:

MS Dhoni have won the toss and will bowl first.


This is how the pitch looks like right now. We still have no idea how soft or hard is it. 

The match will start at 9 pm and each team will have 15 overs!

The umpires will come out to inspect in another 15 minutes from now. The official announcement will happen in another 25 minutes. Looks like we have a game on here!

The teams are out and warming up for the game. Tremendous stuff from the groundsmen!

We have an update coming in, in another 5 minutes from now. If the match does not start now, we will start to lose overs. 

No puddles in the ground. Shere Bangla National Stadium has the best drainage in the sub-continent. This is good news for the fans of the game. 

The groundsmen should be given the man of the match it seems. They are working really hard to get this match underway. 

We start losing overs from 8pm IST. But the rain has stopped, the covers are going off. The crowd will want a full game. They also have started to come in.

We may have a 20-over game. The groundsmen are working hard to make the field ready for the game. 

Next update is at 8 pm IST! The rain has stopped for the time being but the covers are still on.

This is not nice at all. Fans from both the nations have been waiting for this match to happen and the rain Gods are spoiling everything.

The lights of one of the tower have gone out! Dear-o-dear: This is not looking good at all:

The giant screen has taken a hit:

The rains are coming down heavily here in Dhaka. 

India have thrashed Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and UAE on their way to the final. They literally had no problem whatsoever. 

Bangladesh on the other hand, lost only one match and that was against India in the opening game. They have outclassed UAE, Sri Lanka and Pakistan en route to final. 

The rain had gone away for sometime and is back again now. We are waiting for the rain Gods to show some relief and let the match happen. 

The Men in Blue have played extra-ordinary cricket in the shortest format of the game. These are good signs just ahead of the ICC World T20 2016 which starts from March 8, in India. 

Norwester seemed to have arrived in this part of the world. The covers are on. It looks like it is a passing shower. Don't worry India, we can expect a full match here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. 

It is indeed a big day for the hosts Bangladesh, as they have made it to the final of the Asia Cup for the second time in the history. They are up against an Indian side who have won all their last seven T20 matches. This is going to be a cracker of a contest for sure as the two team have been by far the best sides of the tournament, especially India. 

This is Rajarshi Majumdar and I will be bringing you the live updates of the action from the Asia Cup Final.

Good evening ladies and gentlemen! Hello and welcome to the live blog coverage of the Asia Cup Final between India and Bangladesh. 

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