DHAKA (AP):OPENER Shikhar Dhawan hit a career-best 60 as India won the Asia Cup for the sixth time after beating Bangladesh by eight wickets yesterday.The home side was put into bat and posted 120-5 in a rain-hit game that was reduced from 20 to 15 overs after a two-hour delay.World T20 host India won with seven balls to spare, reaching 122-2 as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed a towering midwicket six.Dhawan and Virat Kohli combined for a 94-run partnership for the second wicket after India was reduced to 5-1.Kohli was unbeaten on 41, while Dhoni was on 20.”The top order played sensibly and made it easy for us,” Dhoni said.”It’s looking very good now, we are on track for the World T20. It’s the beauty of the side that everyone is taking responsibility to finishing the game.”Bangladesh’s fast-bowlers Taskin Ahmed (1-14) and Al-Amin Hossain (1-30) shared the wickets.To the delight of the home crowd, Al-Amin broke through in just the second over when he swung one nicely to get the edge of Rohit Sharma (1) who was caught by Soumya Sarkar at first slip.Dhawan and Kohli spent some uncomfortable moments at the crease against the pace of Al-Amin and Taskin. They took their frustration out on Abu Haider, who was playing his first match. Haider conceded 14 runs in his first over and the quick didn’t bowl further in the match.Both Dhawan and Kohli also found Shakib Al Hasan’s left-arm spin to their liking as they kept India in the hunt.Dhoni hurried the victory for India with 20 off six balls including one four and two sixes.”We are disappointed, no doubt. They played really well and we couldn’t keep the pressure,” Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said.”We have exciting batsmen and bowlers, hopefully this team will carry on from here.”
Pakistan will host its first Davis Cup tie in 13 years against Iran in February, the country’s tennis federation has said.”The International Tennis Federation has considered that security has improved,” Pakistan Tennis Federation Secretary Khalid Rehmani said on Wednesday, reports Efe.The matches will be held from February 3-5 in Islamabad, Rehmani said, adding that the Iranian team would be provided the same level of security as visiting foreign leaders.Pakistan has hosted few international sports events since 2001 due to high levels of extremist violence.Pakistan last played in the Davis Cup on its soil in 2004, when it took on New Zealand. Since then, Pakistan has only played in other countries.In the case of cricket, the national sport, an attack in 2009 on the Sri Lankan team that left nine people dead forced Pakistan to play all home matches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), except for several matches against Zimbabwe in 2015.The level of violence, however, has decreased considerably since an army operation was launched in the tribal regions in June 2014.Recently, Pakistan has hosted several international squash tournaments and acquired four armoured buses to transport visiting cricket teams.