Pakistan topples Bangladesh to lift Asia Cup

Team Green won the final match against Bangladesh by two runs.


Web Desk March 22, 2012

Pakistan proved that it has what it takes to be an Asia Cup champion.

Team Green won the final match against Bangladesh on Thursday by two runs at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka.

After a nail-biting performance from both sides, Pakistan managed to bowl out the panicked Bangladeshi players in the last ten overs.

The wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim at short intervals gave Pakistan an advantage towards the end of the match.

A stellar bowling effort from Bangladesh in the first inning helped restrict Pakistan to 236.

Sarfraz Ahmed, who replaced Wahab Riaz, was the highest scorer for Pakistan at 46 runs. Shahid Afridi and Ahmed also put on a quick partnership of 45 runs to help stabilise the innings.

Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak and Shakib Al Hasan took two wickets each.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Nazimuddin, Jahurul Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim*†, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Nazmul Hossain

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq*, Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema

Umpires: SJ Davis (Australia) and IJ Gould (England)

TV umpire: S Ravi (India)

COMMENTS (102)

ANON | 9 years ago | Reply

@Salman: Don't say that Salman. Watching tears in their eyes broke my heart and made me teary eyed. Let's not be so insensitive. I am glad that my team won and wanted it. Some Pakistanis were supporting Bangladesh because frankly they worked very hard and you could see it on their faces that how much they wanted it. I did feel a little guilty honestly but that doesn't mean we didn't deserve it. We are happy that Bangladesh has become a force in cricket and now the matches with them will be real tough. They should be proud that they fought so hard and only lost because of inexperience. I am sure in future they will win many finals.

PS. Really angry at Hasina Wajid. She showed no sportsman spirit. She simply ran away. Imagine if we had lost.

Alam | 9 years ago | Reply

@Salman: Salam bhai! I think you are wrong here. Would you be surprised if I tell you some of my friends cheered for Pakistan. If Pakistan were to host Asia Cup, logically there would be more Pakistani supporting their team than the spectators supporting the other team. You also should remember Bangladeshi fan crazily supported Pak during Pak-West Indies match during the world cup. Bro I tell you its the only hatred that took us far far away from each other. Love is the only pill that can unite us. Long live Pak-Ban. Salam

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