It was a night when Dhaka stood still. Emotions ebbed and flowed. Fans, more than 28,000 of them, made the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium atmosphere intimidating.
Even Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina turned up for the show. In the end, the whole nation rejoiced. Bangladesh were in the Asia Cup final, beating Pakistan by five wickets with five balls to spare.
Bangladesh had been in the Asia Cup final before – in 2012, when they lost to Pakistan in the summit clash. The tournament, in a 50-over format, was not that high profile then.
A T20 makeover this term ahead of the World T20 has made the Asia Cup a lot more meaningful. Bangladesh’s ability to hold nerve under pressure attested their progress as a limited-overs unit.
Watch the video of the winning moment of Bangladesh-