India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup final: Match reduced to 15 overs a side

  • PTI, Mirpur
  • Updated: Mar 06, 2016 20:35 IST
Heavy thunderstorms and a subsequent power outage led to a delay in the start of the Asia Cup T20 final between India and Bangladesh. (Kushal Phatarpekar/HT Photo)

Heavy downpour accompanied by thundershowers, resulting in a power outage at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, delayed by at least an hour the final of the Asia Cup T20 between Bangladesh and India in Dhaka on Sunday.

The groundstaff at the Sher-e-Bangla got to work once the storm subsided and the stadium, which boasts excellent drainage facilities, was soon rid of the large puddles of water that had formed in the outfield. The Indian team was also seen having a training drill on the outfield.

The cutoff for a full game to be played is 8.30pm local time (8pm IST), beyond which overs will be lost. The cutoff time for a five-overs-a-side game is 10.10pm IST.

The much hyped grand finale saw an anti-climax of sorts when there was a slight drizzle in the beginning with groundsmen covering the pitch area.

However, just as they had removed the covers, there was a sudden thunderstorm, which saw the TV crew commentators and players sprinting to the confines of the shade with the heavy pitch cover being blown away.

The stadium was then plunged into darkness as the floodlights went off.

Sher-e-Bangla Stadium has brilliant drainage facilities that also came into play during the 2014 World T20 final, which started 45 minutes post scheduled time but the groundsmen had prepared the ground.

In case of no play, the trophy will be shared as both teams are scheduled to leave for India on Monday. The World T20 begins on Tuesday, thus ruling out the possibility of a reserve day for the final.


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