Mahmudullah scored 33 not out off 13 balls    AFP
Mahmudullah scored 33 not out off 13 balls AFP

The final of Asia Cup T20 2016 between India and Bangladesh got off to a late start with incessant rainfall making the match a 15-over per side affair. India won the toss and decided to bowl first with the same team that they had for the first three matches of the tournament. Bangladesh made a couple of changes to their side as well. Bangladesh ended up scoring 120 for 5 in their stipulated 15 overs. Though it looked for a while like they would struggle to get to even 100, a late surge from their finisher Mahmudullah helped them post what was ultimately a commanding total. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup T20 2016 Final at Mirpur

Groundsmen work magic: The match got off to a poor start even before a ball was bowled after the rain came down heavily earlier in the day. For a while it looked like the match could well be called off without the toss, but the rain soon eased up. The groundsmen at the Shere Bangla Stadium then did a tremendous job to drain the substantial water from the ground. Eventually the match had to be shortened, but to a respectable 15-overs per side. Full Cricket Updates: India vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup T20 2016 Final at Mirpur

Team selection: Both India and Bangladesh made changes to their line-ups from the last games they played. MS Dhoni, captaining India for the 200th time in international cricket, chose to revert to the same team that won India the first three teams. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, and Ravindra Jadeja were recalled for Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Pawan Negi. Bangladesh meanwhile brought in Nasir Hossain and Abu Hider for the final. READ: Mahmudullah cameo guides Bangladesh to challenging 120 for 5 against India in Asia Cup T20 2016 Final at Mirpur

Openers stumble: Soumya Sarkar got off to a good start, hitting three boundaries in his 9-ball 14 before mis-hitting Ashish Nehra to Hardik Pandya at mid off. Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal had hit three boundaries off that particular over but Nehra managed to get his revenge. Four balls later Jasprit Bumrah had Tamim LBW for 13 off 17, as Bangladesh stumbled to 30 for 2 in 4.4 overs. READ: MS Dhoni becomes first captain to lead in 200 international matches

Middle order flatters to deceive: The Bangladeshi middle-order never quite got going. Sabbir Rahman, batting at No. 3, was not his usual free-flowing self and seemed to struggle with his timing a bit. Shakib Al Hasan came in and batted well for his 21 off 16, but was dismissed in Ashwin’s final over. Mushfiqur Rahim was then run out for 4, and Mashrafe Mortaza who promoted himself ahead of both Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain fell for a golden duck. At 75 for 5 in the 12th over, Bangladesh, it seemed, may not even have reached 100.

Mahmudullah finishes on a high: Ever since Mahmudullah became the first Bangladesh batsman to score a World Cup century (he ended up with two, in successive matches) his worth as a batsman has gone up tenfold. Throughout Asia Cup T20 2016, Mahmudullah has been coming in at the death and scoring some vital runs. He was the one who finished the chase against Pakistan as well. This time, with Bangladesh’s innings going nowhere, it was Mahmudullah who turned the tide with a brilliant 13-ball 33 not out with 2 fours and 2 sixes.

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is an animal lover and comic, film and TV geek. A fast bowler at heart, he enjoys watching a good, low-scoring game of cricket. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)