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Thundershowers blow away covers, stadium plunged into darkness


Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja (c) celebrates with his teammates after the dismissal of the Pakistan cricketer Sarfraz Ahmed during the match between India and Pakistan at the Asia Cup T20 cricket tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on February 27, 2016. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN

Mirpur:  Heavy downpour accompanied by thundershowers threatened to play spoilsport in the final of the Asia Cup T20 between Bangladesh and India.

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 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 plunged to darkness as the lights went off. Shere-e-Bangla Stadium has brilliant drainage facilities that one witnessed during 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 tomorrow.