Bangladesh defeat Sri Lanka, book place in Asia Cup final

Published: March 20, 2012
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Bangladeshi batsman Tamim Iqbal (L) acknowledge the crowd after scoring a half century (50 runs) as his teammate Shakib Al Hasan (R) looks. PHOTO: AFP

Bangladeshi batsman Tamim Iqbal (L) acknowledge the crowd after scoring a half century (50 runs) as his teammate Shakib Al Hasan (R) looks. PHOTO: AFP

Bangladeshi batsman Tamim Iqbal (L) acknowledge the crowd after scoring a half century (50 runs) as his teammate Shakib Al Hasan (R) looks. PHOTO: AFP PHOTO: REUTERS The hosts need a win to qualify for the final as they have beaten India in the league match. PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA: After a rainy delay, Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Play resumed in the Asia Cup one-day match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka after nearly two hours of interruption by rain.

Sri Lanka were all out for 232 runs in 49.5 overs and the home side were set a revised target of 212 runs in 40 overs to win the game.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim elected to field after winning the toss against Sri Lanka.

Pakistan have already made it to the final with nine points from three matches. India have eight points from three games, followed by Bangladesh (4/2) and Sri Lanka (0/2).

The hosts need a win to qualify for the final as they have beaten India in the league match.

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Farveez Maharoof, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Sachithra Senanayake.

Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Nazimuddin, Jahurul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Nazmul Hossain.

Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) and Paul Reiffel (AUS)

TV umpire: S. Ravi (IND)

Match referee: David Boon (AUS)

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Reader Comments (54)

  • PPP
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:06PM

    Bye Bye India, may see you in next asia cup :)

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  • pinto
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:13PM

    @PPP: yeh,and be ready to loose against india again

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  • Zeta
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:15PM

    There goes the “world champions” ..
    Bangladesh fully deserves to be in Final

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  • Arjun
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:17PM

    Who cares about Asia cup and Bangladesh win, India won against Pakistan that’s good enough to pull crowds back to grounds for IPL.

    I personally feel that India had one off-day in the Asia cup against Bangladesh, credit goes to Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th century, otherwise India could have amassed 350 which could have been tough for BD to chase-down,

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  • Mar 20, 2012 - 10:21PM

    Bangal tigers are also unpredictable, after all they were part of us :)

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  • Imran Mohammad
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:23PM

    I am a Pakistani but I really want to support Bangladesh in the final. No one has performed more consistently than them, they deserve the title. Simple as that.

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  • Irfan Naqvi
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:24PM

    East Pakistan & West Pakistan meet in Final

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  • Indian
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:26PM

    Hey pakistanis. I’m sad we’re out. So glad we wupped ur backsides on the way ;). Cheers mateRecommend

  • Eventers
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:30PM

    Sachin Tendulkar’s centuries make you lose games. Virat Kohli’s centuries kicks you out of the tournaments What a deadly combination :) . First in Australia now in Asia Cup :D

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  • jack
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:31PM

    Pakistan is lucky that they will not get india in finals otherwise they would get beaten again…Recommend

  • Giri
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:31PM

    I can understand your happiness in not seeing your country getting thrashed mercilessly again by a single man in this Acup.

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  • Super pak
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:33PM

    @Indian:
    Won the battle but lost the war.

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  • Eventers
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:33PM

    @ Indian .. If that makes you Happy good for you ! The reality is when Kholi makes Century in tournament your teams get knocked Out of the tournament and when your Sachin makes a Century you guys cant win that game . Feel Sorry for you guys ! Better luck which i doubt next time ! I wish your players makes Centuries in every tournament and your team gets knocked out like this every time … Ouchhh ….

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  • Eventers
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:39PM

    @ Giri !

    Trash us in every tournament if that can help in getting you guys out of the Tournament ! It was a Do and Die for you .. Not for us . we were already in Finals ! ;)

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  • Amit
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:39PM

    Ohh I feel so sorry for Pakistan… Their dream to avenge the shameful losses to India in the WC S/F and Asia Cup this year will remain only a dream (this doesn’t mean that had India reached the final Pakistan stood a chance)…..

    Well Played Bangladesh…Today’s result is a slap across the faces of people who were alleging that India-Pakistan match was fixed to ensure an India-Pakistan final…

    Get real guys stop being so cynical and enjoy the game… get out of the mentality which compels you to speculate match fixing whenever Pakistan looses to India…

    As for us Hamaare paas world cup hai…. tumhare paas kya hai….Asia Cup…. woh bhi doubtful hi lagta hai….

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  • Eventers
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:47PM

    @ Amit !

    you have World Cup , Yellow wash in Australia , Knocked Out of Tri Nation Series , Kicked by Bangladesh !

    Say thanks to Tendulkar and Kholi ! The more they score the worst it gets for you :D Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:49PM

    @Indian and All Other Indian Fans I wanted to see Pakistan Vs India final, however, I am also glad that we are not facing India again. These days India is definately better side !

    Funny thing is Sports goes into cycles. We dominated you guys for good two decades, we lead the head to head series by 20 games or so but this is YOUR TIME. I am not ashamed in admitting India is a very good side so avoiding them is OK as well. Hopefully, soon when we unearth some quality fast bolwers, we will be back to normal.

    and on final note, Virat Kohli is a special talent !

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  • Zeta
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:52PM

    As for us Hamaare paas world cup hai….
    tumhare paas kya hai….Asia Cup…. woh
    bhi doubtful hi lagta hai….

    seeing your team’s performance, only way you could have got the world cup is paying the price of it. ICC wouldn’t say nothing since all its funding comes from BCCI!

    be happy on your fake achievement

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  • H Chaudhry
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:52PM

    @Amit What is Shameful about W/C and Last ODI loss ? Both losses were well fought ! We made 329/6 and you chased it ! Well played but there is nothing shameful about it. Similarly, in World Cup Semi Final, we fought and lost. Pakistan was team that went throught a complete overhaul, match fixing / spot fixing saga, key players banned, yet made it to semi-final and fought well.

    Remember we still lead the head to head series by 20 games or so ! Sports goes in to cycles, enjoy your time, ours will be coming soon.

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  • usmanx
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:52PM

    @H Chaudary, a classy comment unlike our friends…

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  • 101hopes
    Mar 20, 2012 - 10:55PM

    Pakistan’ll meet ßangladesh in Final,,,,,
    & India’ll meet Srilanka @the Dhaka Airport

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  • Pakistani Agnostic
    Mar 20, 2012 - 11:09PM

    So happy seeing Indian fans being sore losers.
    Getting white washed in Australia, then losing in CB series (not even reaching the final)
    I can only imagine how much depression are they in
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  • Sami
    Mar 20, 2012 - 11:21PM

    such century makers like kholi and sachin must always be there in indian team. One make them lose maches and the other get them out of the tournament.
    POOR Indian team always struggle when they play outside of their home county. The Lions at Home and CHOKERS outside india.

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  • Mar 20, 2012 - 11:24PM

    Bangladesh winning against major teams shoulnt be called an “upset” anymore.

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  • Baat ki gehrai
    Mar 20, 2012 - 11:26PM

    Pakistan will meet Bangladesh in the finals, and India will meet Sri Lanka at the Dhaka Airport.. :P

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  • Amit
    Mar 20, 2012 - 11:30PM

    @H Chaudhry:
    Sir,
    At first I must acknowledge and appreciate the way you have put up your comments today. I very well know that there is nothing shameful about Pakistan’s losses to India either in the WC or in the Asia Cup… I commented so after reading so many unfortunate comments by your fellow countrymen after the India Pakistan game… I agree that victory trends change and its India’s time right now over Pakistan and may be there could be a change in the future…I like your optimism also but every country is entitled to celebrate its success (till it lasts) and i am sure Pakistan also did it big time… As far as the 20 games difference is concerned please calculate the numbers again after excluding sharjah matches…. and now that there are no more sharjah matches since last 10 odd years see the difference….You name any major tournament held outside Sharjah where Pakistan has dominated India…sorry to say but if not for sharjah you would not have had the 20 match gap to boast about…nonetheless your point is well taken…

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  • Amit
    Mar 20, 2012 - 11:38PM

    @Zeta:

    Then we could have bought the Asia Cup as well…Its amazing…. We have been the strongest economy in Cricket for last 15 years now… going by your mind blowing logic we could have bought all world cups… haan but one thing is for sure whether we buy the world cup or not we kick our north western neighbour’s backside in each world cup without fail… year after year cup after cup and gosh what satisfaction i tell you …..but any way now please tell your players to not fix the finals as well…

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  • H Chaudhry
    Mar 20, 2012 - 11:47PM

    @Amit Well there is no need to calculate excluding Sharjah matches as Sharjah was a place to where Pak / India played. But to that point, 1999 Pepsi Cup in India, Pakistan won almost every match, 1997 C&B in Australia, I think Pakistan beat India 3-1 out of 4. Twice in Canada Pakistan beat india 4-1 and 3-2, In 2004, Pakistan won in Indian 4-2 after losing first 2 matches.

    My point is that this is Your Time and Pakistan cricket has been in a turmoil. You couple those things and result is you are doing very well. India on one hand has no controversies to their credit and team groomed well, we on the other hand get out of one trouble and right there second one is waiting, mostly because of our own mistakes. Nonetheless, Pakistan with current challenges is doing very well. May be winning this Asia Cup is that turning point Cricket here.

    Finally, in last 65 yeras or so, perhas last 5 years is the only time when India has really been dominating Pakistan. I am fan of cricket so I can admire the Indian team.

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  • Yash
    Mar 20, 2012 - 11:53PM

    y does every1 forget the whitewash of england and india winning 4-1 to west indies??…lol..

    zeta’s comments are most interesting…y only cricket…india won olympic gold medal, kabaddi world cup, womens kabaddi world cup and recently swiss open by fixing

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  • Abba Jee
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:12AM

    Allah’s will has prevailed, for the first time Asia Cup is certain for a Muslim Country.

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  • ANON
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:20AM

    @Yash:
    because we are discussing cricket. You could comment on other games when they are reported, not now.Recommend

  • Abba Jee
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:20AM

    I think Bangladesh will win because BCCI has already fixed it to embarrass Pakistan.

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  • Bangladeshi
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:23AM

    Now indians will be blaming virat kholi lol. Indians are thrashed out by our mighty tigers
    and now they should stop underestimating us. Hope to see a great final between PAK & BD
    and hope the best team wins.

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  • Perplexed
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:30AM

    joke of the day!!
    the sponsor of the Indian cricket team has been taken over by “whisper sanitary napkins”/!!Reason..India is going through a bad period!!
    hehehe

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  • Rulez
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:31AM

    Pakistan will meet Bangladesh in Final.

    And

    India will meet SriLanka at the Dhaka Airport ..

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  • Silwat Ameer
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:33AM

    Weldone Bangladesh.Played superbly.Desreved to be in the final….to all Indian fans plz stop attacking Pakistan Team or fans You guys should seriously put some pressure on Indian borad or Indian selectors that one man show should be cut off now and give new talent chance and IPL is really killing Indian International cricket specially Test cricket is dying in India.Drastic changes are required to save Indian cricket

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  • Fawad
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:52AM

    Believe me I am not happy. I would love to see the exciting match between Pak vs India in finals, If Bangladesh lost the match. Pak vs India final matches is all about pressure and fun. I am not excited as Bangladesh will play. As a Pakistani I admire Indian batting talent is great vs Pak.

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  • Tariq
    Mar 21, 2012 - 1:28AM

    Our Indian friends should stop crying after getting knocked out as it belittles their team’s efforts in the last match. Be a sport and accept defeat with dignity. I must say, Bangladesh has been a pleasant surprise in this tournament, and it will be an interesting final. Best of luck to both teams!

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  • H Chaudhry
    Mar 21, 2012 - 1:56AM

    @All Pakistani Fans My message to fellow brethern is that we should give credit where credit is due ! India to its credit has been playing phenominal cricket for last 6 years. While, our up coming superstar decided to indulge in to wrong activities and killed his career, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina were killing it on the field. It is unforutnate that they did not make it to the Final of Asia cup or did not perform well in Australia / England but on average, their body of work for last 5 yeras has been great. I will leave it at that !

    As for us, we have a lot to be proud as well ! Our team even at its low was able to beat England in 1 test and was close to winning others, if for not spot fixing. We did very well in ODI in England as well. Since than we have been recovering very well from all the mishaps.

    My point is there is no reason to be laughing at Indian team for exiting the tournament because quite simply they did better us and would have repeated in final.

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  • usmanx
    Mar 21, 2012 - 2:09AM

    Congratulations to our brother country of Bangladesh. It is rare that I would not mind if my own country does not win in a final.

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  • Ahmed
    Mar 21, 2012 - 3:16AM

    @ Amit:

    I believe ICC champions trophy qualifies as a major tournament and Pakistan has had an upper hand over India in that on two separate occasions….

    ICC Champions Trophy 2004 – Venue: Edgbaston(not Sharjah)
    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/66207.html

    ICC Champions Trophy 2009 – Venue: Centurion(again NOT Sharjah)
    http://www.espncricinfo.com/iccct2009/engine/current/match/415278.html

    So it is unfair to say that Pakistan has never beaten India in a major tournament.

    Other than that, I agree with you that India’s recent form against Pakistan has been better…..

    P.S: Just out of curiosity,Why do you want to exclude the matches played at Sharjah?
    Afterall it holds the record for most ODIs ever played in any ground…. It’s an integral part of Cricket history and should be celebrated,not forgotten….

    Peace.

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  • Mr. Righty rightist
    Mar 21, 2012 - 10:33AM

    There are suggestions that Pakistan lost to India three days go, only because its players prayed after hitting centuries.

    And Allah hates hypocrites!

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  • Mr. Righty rightist
    Mar 21, 2012 - 10:43AM

    So many Pakistanis and Indians are acting like silly, small men on this forum.

    To Indians : India beating Pakistan doesn’t prove anything. Overall, Pakistan has beaten India more than we have beaten them. Besides, India is not even qualified for the finals, so what are you bragging about?

    To Pakistanis : Bangladesh is not East Pakistan. Bangladeshis in 1971 clearly said that they cannot live with Sunni Punjabi army. So, get over it. They have a new name, anthem, constitution and currency. You can call them your brothers, but they know that Pakistani brothers killed 3 mil Bangladeshi brothers.

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  • Abba Jee
    Mar 21, 2012 - 11:21AM

    @Mr. Righty rightist: First rational post I have ever came across on this site.

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  • Jan
    Mar 21, 2012 - 11:54AM

    @Rulez:
    This is very funny… lol

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  • AW
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:38PM

    Bangladesh got a leverage against Pakistan. You lose and we will visit your country for the cricket series.;) Though it would be fun to watch Pak and Ind play in the final.

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  • Gautam
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:53PM

    @Eventers:
    Both of your opener’s centuries makes you bite the dust against india.. You can never win now against usRecommend

  • Gautam
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:58PM

    @Pakistani Agnostic:
    Don’t forget you guys are beaten 4-0 by Eng recently. Those who laugh at other must not forget that they are already naked.. World has seen ugly side from Pakistan. Corrupt players…going to jail… not even single country wanted to come to pak to play.. bettr luck if god helps you.. next time..to play with india.,. we will again send you packing bro..

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  • abhi
    Mar 21, 2012 - 1:02PM

    guys it is win win situation for all. India got Sachin’s 100th 100, Pakistan may win asia cup, for Bangladesh it is big achievement to be in final. Only loser is Sri Lanka who couldn’t win any game in this tournament.

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  • Gautam
    Mar 21, 2012 - 1:02PM

    @Sami: i can very well understand your frustrations against india, never won against us in any major competetion from last one and half decade.. now finding solace in India exit.. Guys just look at the ponits tables and India has just lost one game against B’desh.. you have lost to us.. you are already under mental shock.. we had given you 44000 V shock buddies.. Cry and curse India till you find your soul find peace.

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  • ashok sai
    Mar 21, 2012 - 2:00PM

    @ At all who are ranting about Kohli’s master piece
    If not been Kohli’s heroics, India would have packed their bags a week ago, so, before commenting use your head.

    @H Chaudhry:
    Your comments makes sense, which is very rare from the land of pure.

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  • Tan
    Mar 21, 2012 - 4:42PM

    @Gautam:
    Awww… i can sense the frustration in your message… its ok.. you can watch the live hockey match on neo sports to down your sorrows… AND we will watch the finals…

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  • Pakistani
    Mar 21, 2012 - 4:43PM

    @Gautam:
    If your team is OUT of the competition, why are ranting on about Pakistan.. Go to the airport and welcome your heroes who LOST against Banladesh…. hahaha

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  • Ali
    Mar 21, 2012 - 4:46PM

    @Indian:
    accept that you are OUT of the tournament because Bangladesh WON against you…. no need to cry…. Recommend

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