Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pakistan beat Bangladesh to win Asia Cup

Bangladesh's hopes of winning their maiden trophy went up in smoke as Pakistan beat them by two runs in a last-ball nail-biter to win the Asia Cup at the Shere Bangla National Stadium here on Thursday.

Half centuries by Tamim Iqbal (60) and Shakib Al Hasan (68), Bangladesh could not overhaul the 237-run target set by Pakistan. Cameos by Mashrafe Mortaza (18) and Mahmudullah (17 not out) at the end were not enough to take the home side over the finish line.

Cheema kept his cool in the final over, giving away six runs when the hosts needed nine for victory. The paceman went for 46 in his 7 overs, but picked up three crucial wickets for his side. Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul also took two wickets each.

For Pakistan, wicketkeeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed top-scored with an unbeaten 46. Opener Mohammad Hafeez, too, contributed with 40, but it was more a grind as he took 87 balls to get those runs. Shahid Afridi also played a 32-run cameo.etc..
A sloppy final over by Shahadat Hossain produced 19 runs and gave Pakistan a decent total to defend.

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