Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup final, Mirpur

Bangladesh's chance for unprecedented glory

The Preview by Abhishek Purohit

March 21, 2012

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Match facts

March 22, 2012
Start time 1400 (0800 GMT)


Shakib Al Hasan smashes one to the leg side, Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 16, 2012
Shakib Al Hasan averages 54.50 with the bat and 22.29 with the ball in ODI wins © AFP
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Big Picture

Just how momentous is Bangladesh's passage to the Asia Cup final? Decide for yourself after reading these figures. In nine previous tournaments, Bangladesh had played 29 matches and won two, against Hong Kong and UAE. Out of three games this time, they have won two, against World Cup 2011 finalists India and Sri Lanka, and lost a close match to Pakistan.

For Bangladesh's tireless supporters, starved of success but never lacking in passion, this is like finding an oasis in a desert. A sea of the darker shade of green will be cheering every run that Bangladesh score tomorrow and every Pakistan wicket that falls. Victory won't be demanded, though; an appearance in the final is already a windfall for the fan.

How will the Bangladesh players approach this game, probably the biggest in their careers so far? Apart from blanking New Zealand some time ago at home, this is the first time they have put together consistently solid performances for three games running against world-class opposition. Will the fourth time prove to be too much? Will the pressure of a final, something they have hardly experienced, restrict the freedom with which they bat? Will their bowling and fielding be able to hold together?

Whatever be the result, Bangladesh's surge to the final holds the promise of another close match. They will fight; if they go down, they will still be heroes. If they win, they'll become part of folklore in the years to come. Either way, a bit of history has already been created.

While tomorrow's contest pales before the fervour an India-Pakistan final would have generated, Pakistan won't mind running into Bangladesh. They have relied on their bowling, as they often do, for getting them to the final. The one time their batting appeared to have almost won a game for them, they ran into Virat Kohli.

Pakistan have underperformed in the Asia Cup, winning it only once compared to the four titles each won by India and Sri Lanka. A second title beckons tomorrow, unless Bangladesh can ride on the passion and momentum and play beyond themselves again.

Form guide

Bangladesh: WWLLL (most recent first)
Pakistan: LWWLL

In the spotlight

Had Shakib Al Hasan been playing for some of the bigger Test sides, he would have been given a lot more respect than he gets at present. He averages 54.50 with the bat and 22.29 with the ball in ODI wins. He carries the expectations of Bangladesh fans lightly and, more often than not, puts in a telling contribution. He was Man of the Match in the hosts' wins over India and Sri Lanka and would have got the award against Pakistan had the Bangladesh lower order not collapsed around him. The hosts have found Nasir Hossain, but for the moment, as Shakib goes, so do Bangladesh.

Umar Gul helped Pakistan avoid defeat against Bangladesh with a three-wicket burst that included the wickets of Nasir and Shakib. One new ball or two, Gul has found reverse swing. When asked how he was getting such movement with a lush green outfield in Mirpur, he pointed to the dry-looking square. Bangladesh were able to survive the threat of Lasith Malinga on Tuesday. Gul will come hard at them tomorrow, especially after going for runs against India.

Team news

Nazmul Hossain took three wickets against Sri Lanka on his comeback in place of the injured Shafiul Islam. Bangladesh could go in with the same side that beat Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh (possible): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Nazimuddin, 3 Jahurul Islam, 4 Nasir Hossain, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Nazmul Hossain, 11 Shahadat Hossain

Pakistan played five bowlers against India, but Wahab Riaz, included in place of the specialist wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, went for 50 in four overs. Sarfraz is expected to return for the final, freeing Umar Akmal of the additional responsibility of keeping wicket.

Pakistan (possible): 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Nasir Jamshed, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Hammad Azam, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Aizaz Cheema

Stats and trivia

  • Pakistan have made the Asia Cup final for only the third time. They won their previous final (in Dhaka in 2000) by 39 runs. Bangladesh, on the other hand, have made their first final of a multi-nation tournament since reaching the final of the tri-series at home in 2009

  • If Bangladesh go on to win the final, they will become only the second team after Australia (in the 2003 World Cup) to beat India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in a single tournament

Quotes

"I was out of the country and having a holiday when these things were happening. It gave me some rest and mental freshness. I wanted to prove myself in the game after I came back. I worked hard and it's going alright."
With three half-centuries in three games, Tamim Iqbal has more than proved his point after having been left out of the original Asia Cup squad.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Indraneel.Kundu on (March 22, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

Good to see Bangladesh raise their game. I am an Indian fan, but cricket always comes first. In fact it is so much easier to enjoy the game if your team is not playing. Pakistan has always been my second team. I am rooting for them. If Bangladesh wins, well, it's about time they did don't you think?

Posted by Indraneel.Kundu on (March 22, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

@cricket_fan_80, india had better NRR than bangladesh. according to me that is a better indicator of quality than head to head record in a tournament. i have no issues with the bonus point. it is just another way to reward superior NRR in a game. if analyzing is bad sportsmanship, then so be it. you be the better sportsman. i wish the game is kept simple and NRR is given priority over head to head.

Posted by rockyyy on (March 22, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

boom boom afridi is ON now!!! wat a grt slogger ,if he goes on then nothing is possible

Posted by Thelorian on (March 22, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

Comon Bangladesh, win the Asia cup. It looks like the same situation when 1980's Shrilanka evolved into a more powerful Shrilanka of 1990's...Best wishes to Bangladesh. Just thinking Shrilanka won the World cup in 1996... where is 2020's world cup again?

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

Bangs you can do this... We, Sri Lankans are with you as in the last game...

Posted by PakFedROs on (March 22, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

many wrong decisions in this game

how umar akmal got out remains a secret

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

@d_afridi sir we r no more west pakistan. this is the month of our victory. dont ever call that plz

Posted by Precioustar84 on (March 22, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

Ironically, Pakistan loves to bat first and Bangladeshis love to chase so any result it possible but truly hope BD wins this for their country. No offense Pakistan and nothing against Pak team either but I'm sure you guys will also agree BD played well in first match too. BD have played some wonderful cricket in this Asia Cup but if Pakistan win this, its fair enough to say they deserve it too!! Just hope to see another treat to true cricket lovers. :) Best of luck to both teams from an Indian!! Cheers!

Posted by The_Truth23 on (March 22, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

Pakistan vs india? Nvm india didnt even make it.. go PAKISTAN

Posted by KhalidKhan.Jeddah.Arabia on (March 22, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

MUHAMMAD AAMIR HAS INDEED GOT THE PUNISHMENT FOR HIS MISTAKE.HE IS TO BE FORGIVEN.HE'LL BE A HUGE EXAMPLE FOR THE YOUNGSTERS IF HE COMES BACK TO THE NATIONAL COLORS, THEY'LL LEARN THE CLEAR CONCEPT OF MAKING MISTAKES & GETTING APPROPRIATE PUNISHMENTS. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO HARM TO BRING HIM BACK TO TEAM PAKISTAN ONCE HE SERVES THE BAN. HE HAS BEEN A VERY RARE TALENT & ONE INSIGNIFICANT MISTAKE DONE BY A TEENAGER MUST NOT RUIN THIS TALENT AT ALL.HE'LL BE A TREAT TO WATCH AGAIN WHEN GLOBAL BATSMEN WILL HOP ON HIS THUNDERBOLTS.HE WAS LURED INTO THIS MINOR MISTAKE BY SOME SEASONED CROOKS. THE PROFESSIONAL CHEATS SUCCEEDED IN CHEATING SOME TALENT OUT OF PAKISTANI CRICKET-FOLDS BUT NOW THEY'VE THEIR FINGERS VERY HARDLY CROSSED DUE TO THE INTEGRITY & GRIT SHOWN BY THE SAME DISINTEGRATED CRICKETERS AFTER THAT SPOT-FIXING SAGA. COME BACK AAMIR… WORLD CRICKET NEEDS YOU MORE THAN PAK.CRICKET TEAM…GOOD LUCK TO YOU…WE ALL WISH YOU WELL & WELCOME BACK SOON IN-SHA-ALLAH...KHALID UMAR KHAN…JEDDAH/KSA

Posted by Rajchamp on (March 22, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

Due to some bad luck and clever scheduling of the matches by the home board, India are out of the tournament, when on performance, they deserved to play in the final more than anyone else. BD had just one good day against India, all saw how they collapsed like a pack of cards against Ajmal and Gul in the first game. It was only because BD-SL match was SCHEDULED LAST AND SL KNEW THEY HAD NOTHING TO GAIN FROM A VICTORY, SL GIFTED THE GAME TO BD JUST TO KNOCK INDIA OUT. I AM SURE IF SL-BD MATCH WAS HELD BEFORE IND-PAK Match with SL STILL IN CONTENTION FOR FINAL, SL WOULD HAVE DEFEATED BD. So Pakistan are going to thrash BD for sure in the final. According to the usual pattern Hafeez will get Tamim out in the first over and Gul-Ajmal will take care of the rest. SL's pathetic approach in the last game has made a complete mockery of this Asia Cup final, which could have been so much more exciting and great to watch if it was held between India and Pakistan.

Posted by 777aditya on (March 22, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

PLEASE WIN BANGLADESH!!!!!!!!!!! BEST WISHES FROM INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

pakistan will win this match best of luck pakistan

Posted by Gyanendra_Mishra on (March 22, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

How many years (Its almost 17 years) BD will stay as minnow even if they have the passion about cricket, Now the Time has come when International cricket would eagerly wait for yet another Furture World Champion from ASIA.

I would like to Appriciate BD's effort against both INDIA and SL in league matches, They showed their quality while they chasing with extreme passion. They played very sensbly and patiently in both the matches and need to repeat their performance today as well.

As an Indian I wish both the Team to play good cricket and give their 100% on the field. Pakistan should take seriuosly to BD, This BD team is not an ordinary team, That BD is gone who always believe that they can finsh the things very fast and lost their way. This BD team has sufficient plan to finish in style and passion and fight till the last ball.We all are eyewitnees while they showed their agression against INDIA in last 5 overs and showed their Calmness against SL even they had 135/5. Go BD.....

Posted by mister_sir on (March 22, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

GO INDIA GO!! WIN DA ASIA CUP!! OH NVM AGAIN YOU GUYS DIDNT MADE IT TO FINALS :D

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

pkistan will win this match best of luck pakistan

Posted by d_afridi on (March 22, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Waiting to watch a good match today. Either East Pakistan wins or West Pakistan i support both teams. GO GREEN GO ...

Posted by salmanagha on (March 22, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

GOOD LUCK TO BOTH TEAMS!!!!!!

Posted by Zeeshanz on (March 22, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

The toss has gone Bangladesh's way, I just hope the match won't!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

welll they again won the tosss.....but this tym they will be on lossing side inshAllah

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

HEY hey wait. just forget the past matches. there is noone deserving. anyone who plays good matches deserve to win. if bangladesh play well they win if not they lose, past never comes in the match its the match itself where your game decide if you are deserving or not.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

truth is bangladesh may fail to win. im a bangladeshi still it is the harsh truth.may allah help us and give us some luck.

Posted by raisagha on (March 22, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Come BOYCOTT come and see who cares about Asia Cup. This is cricket, good cricket, which is enjoyed. So pleasant to see the admiration of all nations for Bangladeshi Team even Pakistani fans. Result really matters little. We want a good match. Misbah should learn from his mistakes otherwise should be ready for the politics which is again knocking at the door of Pakistan.

Posted by Xain.Yousfani on (March 22, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

Who would have thought that final between Pakistan and Bangladesh would get this interest.. its not inconsistency of Pakistan which is making this final a bigger one but its Bangladesh's consistency and professionalism that is giving this final a fair amount of fame. i have a gut feeling, the way Bangladesh is playing, they are ought to win this Asia Cup. But being a big fan of Pakistan cricket.. go team green and get the tigers loose their way :-)

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

Bangladesh`s Team is Well in these days but Pakistan should win this game, Inshallah

Posted by Haleos on (March 22, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Good luck Bangladesh. I hope they dont repeat the 2009 tri-series final where they were on the road to success and ran into Murli.

Posted by mister_sir on (March 22, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

YAY FINAL INDIA VS PAKISTAN!! OH NVM INDIA DIDNT MAKE IT :D

Posted by SpeedCricketThrills on (March 22, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

I am an Indian cricket fan an sincerely hope Bangladesh would win the final. It is important for the game's development that minnows mature so that the lions can be tamed and kept under control. That's a sure way to drive the complacency out of Indian cricket - administration and players.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

being a Pakistani i pray for Pakistan's Victory but Bangladesh deserve to Win

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

South Africa defeated India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan in World Cup 1999. Kindly make necessary correction in trivia facts.

Posted by kuseoul on (March 22, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

It will be a historic moment for Bangladesh if they win final against pak but i think we are expecting much more from Bangladeshi team. It is because they won last two games against Ind and Srilanka but i do not think they can continue this momentum for a long time. So be practical, Pak is a much more strong team than Bangladesh. GOOD LUCK FOR BANGLA and GOOD WISHES FOR PAKISTAN TOO.

Posted by nzmrana on (March 22, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

In this tournament Bangladesh is the best team and balanced team . They are in their best form now. Even the match they lost to Pakistan in fact that was their bad luck .

Posted by mister_sir on (March 22, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

Yay FINAL TODAY! INDIA VS PAKISTAN!! OH NVM INDIA DIDNT MADE IT TO FINALS :D

Posted by xunaed on (March 22, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

Wishing BD team all the best... Go tigers, go...!!!

Posted by PeterDrucker on (March 22, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Whichever country wins, Muslims will win and Indian's hearts will break !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by akterdu on (March 22, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

I wish there must be a good competition between both the teams, Best of luck Bangladesh and Pakistan,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Posted by naveenpnayak on (March 22, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Want to see Bangladesh win today.. Bangladesh can do it if they keep their cool..

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

It's really nice to see that many Pakistani, Indian and other country's people also posting positive comments on Bangladesh, and wishing them for win. Thank you all, my brothers. This attitude of people of this region can bring real peace and friendly environment in sub-continent

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

With due respect to all Bangladeshis sentiments and hopes, your team has a long way to go in winning final. Ya, you are in final but if you look in to your journey of reaching the final, out of two games you have won both are been gifted to you one for reaching a personnel milestone and other for stopping other team to reach final by a unsporting team. But my friends reality is different and that you will realize after being beaten by Pakistan. So please come out of your dreams.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

today bangladesh have a great opportunity to win ASIA CUP 2012...........PRAY FOR BD

Posted by Champion24 on (March 22, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

I am True Pakistani and I always have supported Pakistan & will continue to do so...... However, having the knowledge of the game and having a real sportsman spirit I would like to openly say that Bangladesh is much better side this time.. They have proved themselves to be the the best in this tournament, It won't be a shocker If they win this final..they have already beaten the two best sides and were about to win against Pakistan.. They truly deserve the Asia Cup.. They have been underdogs for ages but have worked really hard , played as a solid unit, put a real cricket show with some extra ordinary fielding , strategic batting and good bowling which has lift their moral really high... No matter WHO WINS.. Bangladesh has won the tittle already by putting up superb Cricketing show.... Being a Pakistani I will be praying for Pakistan but if Bangladesh wins, I will definitely be among the celebrating side.. :) Come on both Teams, put up a breath taking final... =)

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

Congrats in advance to Bangladesh for if they have reached so far, they can pull of this one also!!!!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

As a pakistani i am very happy to see Bangladesh performance, who ever won the final, my best wishes with Bangladesh as a pakistani, So now out heart beats for two teams (1 Pakistan and 2 Bangladesh). Best of Luck Bangladesh and keep up the wining sprint.

Posted by Rahun on (March 22, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Hope Bangladesh will beat Pakistan today as they have the believe and capability to do that----We all Bangladeshi are behind them.......GO TIGERS

Posted by PeterDrucker on (March 22, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

Even I have been a supporter of Pakistan being a Pakistani, but today my good feeling are with both team. Today whoever wins Muslims win.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

bangladesh won their match almost and now they need to just play

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

just do it tigers:x we r supporting u as we have supported you before nd will also support u in the future no matter what the result is:)

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

@BDabuNayeemAisDU..as a neutral fan its very difficult to decide but BD winning the asia will make BD a far better team and will make cricket more competitive,so i will support BD

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

For bangladesh it is not about beating Pakistan .. it is about beating the midset.. A mindset that haunted them over years...that they are not equally good as their competitors are.. They rather than focusing on beating Pakistan and thus going into a shell should otherwise play a brave and expressive cricket .. they must play with pride ...not for the pride.. show attitude no matter you win or loose .. best of luck bangla from Pakistan - Imran uz zAman

Posted by adnan_rifat84 on (March 22, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

My predictions If Bangladesh won this match they will soon announce the tour of Pakistan other wise they gonna loose this match. Politics is going on in Cricket now a days and India is the head of POLITICS in ICC now.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

It doesn't matter Bangladesh win or lose for me they r already a winner.

Posted by Rashbo on (March 22, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

I like the cricket spirit of Pakistani supporters to support Bangladesh. Good luck for BD. But lot to improve to play in foreign soil even in SL or India. I think thats more important this title for BD.

Posted by Kinghacker on (March 22, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

No one will ever dare to call Bangladesh a minnow after our performance in this Asia Cup. We have improved our cricket and developed some international standard match winners too like shakib, tamim, nasir... Best of luck to u guys! Let us roar like tigers again today! May Allah be with Bangladesh!

Posted by Rouky04 on (March 22, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

It will give full credit to the BCB. What a tournament the BPL was and it is the only reason Bangla players are not afraid to face international outfits. BPL has brought the sparkling change in Bangla cricket......

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

I wish for Bangladesh teams, today they will be win and make an history for Bangladeshi cricket. Good luck Bangladesh, Good luck tigers.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

We Shall overcome, We shall overcome today. Oh ho deep in my heart......

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

i am a pakistani and i support both teams.... GO BANGLa GO PAKISTAN.. both teams are my pride.

Posted by Dunwall on (March 22, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

I got a feeling....that tonight's gonna be a good good niiight!!!!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

I am a Pakistani but i what take this opportunity in saying that I would be equally happy if Bangladesh wins and I wish this team all the best for the final. After all we might have become to separate nations but our hearts are still the same and we are still the same! All the best brothers!

Posted by SriVigneshAadhiNarayanan on (March 22, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

Bangladesh won against World Champion India and also they won against World cup runner Sri Lanka. So they are Asia Champions and also World champion too.

Posted by vineetkarthi on (March 22, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

Bangladesh has looked quite good in this tournament. Hope they can do well enough in the finals to win. Pak is a tough team to beat, particularly since they have a superb bowling attack.

Posted by provatnazmi on (March 22, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Bangladesh can beat any team of the Cricket world at any time. If Asia Cup-2012 goes to BD Tigers that will not be very surprised ! It should happen !!

Posted by ashish514 on (March 22, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

@BDabuNayeemAisDU- Here comes the Indian fan. I suppose you are sure that Indian fans will root for Bangladesh given their equation with Pakistan. Well I am rooting for Bangladesh but not because I want Pakistan to lose, but because I want Bangladesh to win. I supported Pakistan in England-Pakistan series. Bangladesh has beaten both world cup finalists and has come very close to beat the semi-finalist Pakistan, and so I think this team deserves to win. The win will be a huge boost to Bangladesh cricket. Just like 1983 WC win was to India. Go Bangladesh...

Posted by go_pk_go on (March 22, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

I bet, this will be an easy win for PAK ...

Posted by adnan_rifat84 on (March 22, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

My predictions if Bangladesh won today's match then Bangla management will soon announce the tour of Pakistan other wise they will not in case of loosing the match. Some body write down my words.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

India is the greatest loser even they don't have that courtesy to confess their defeat against Bangladesh. And If Allah Help the BD team no one can defeat us Inshaa Allah.Today also Allah will with us to make a glorious win.I am praying to Allah for Bangladesh team Allahu Akbar!!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

Best wishes for both teams... As far as we concern in SL.. Both Pak and Bengals are much much MUCH better neighbours than our closest.. Good luck to both sides..

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

India is the greatest loser even they don't have that courtesy to confess their defeat against Bangladesh. And If Allah Help the BD team no one can defeat us Inshaa Allah.Today also Allah will with us to make a glorious win.I am praying to Allah for Bangladesh team Allahu Akbar!!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Best of Luck Bangladesh Team. It's our time. and We ll be Champion

Posted by cxiv on (March 22, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Enough oh sarfraz ahmad, time to bring a better batsman -keeper, like anoop kumar.

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 22, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

Bangladesh have played decently in the tournament but they have been very very lucky as well. Luck is not a constant and I believe it will turn in the final. Expect a thrashing to Bangladesh.

Posted by bhrangi on (March 22, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

@BDabuNayeemAisDU: I am going to support Bangladesh.,, its not because we didn't want PAK to win but it will be good for Bangladesh cricket. U deserve the cup. But its going to be very hard to beat PAK., WISHES

Posted by bipulkumar on (March 22, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

There are only two B'desh players who I think truly belong to international stage. Shakib-ul-hasan and abdur razzak. They have been consistent and good performer for a while. Others are absolutely mediocre. They need at least 4 more such players to declare themselves a good team. For Asia cup, they prepared pathetic pitches, batted second always and reached the final. India and Pakistan are the only teams that could defend a total here and they deserved a final.

Posted by Shamim_araf on (March 22, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

Thanks 2 all Pak supporter that all of u want 2 see victory of another Asian power house of World cricket.all of u really appreciate our Bangladesh cricket team & also even wishhes 4 us that we can create history by defeating Pakistan.Actually it is good 4 all Asian nation that Asian teams r coming more powerfully.....so we think we have already win over 4m other nations supporter.so go ahead tiger & grab the title Asia Cup & make true victory of cricket.best of luck 2 our Bangladesh cricket team.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

I think Bangladesh should make one change with replacing Shahadat Hossain with Shafiul Islam. It is obviously subject to Shafiul's recovery over injury. Shafiul is not only a better bowler but also good hitter of the ball as he proved it in the World Cup. Since Shahadat is giving away a lot of runs, the BCB selectors must consider it seriously. It is a final match, so the final team selection has to be made very carefully. The consistency and a tension free cricket can easily reward BD tigers. Good luck my heart and soul team.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Inshaallah BANGLADESH will win today. All the Best TIGERS...

Posted by Essanis11 on (March 22, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

@Imran uz Zaman

100% Agree

Shere-Bangla Stadium

2days final's

Muslim vs Muslim

Alhamdulillah

Posted by Rasa555 on (March 22, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

Go Bangladesh go!!! Already beaten WC-2011 finalists. It should not be a tough task to beat a semi-finalist.Just hold your nerve for one more time. Wishing bangladesh good luck .

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

If Bangladesh's gets the chance for unprecedented glory then today a new history will be revealed in the history of cricket

Posted by Naimgq on (March 22, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

Pakistan have won consecutively 23 matches against B.D. and this is the world record and it looks continue.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

Bangladesh will make a history today, INSHALLAH

Posted by rockz.andy on (March 22, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

Bangladesh is ateam who can all out for a score their favorite figure 59.. and two flukes wont make them great and they can't play outside mirpur thats a fact..when the pressure comes in a strongteam will suffer and BD will have a lot of pressure a big defeat is waiting for you guys mark my words and be ready!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

Pakistan has more chances to win ...bangla already lost to Pak soooo

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

Pakistan has more chances to win .

Posted by Ismailglt on (March 22, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

We are not excited as much as stadrad of this game final of asia cup .would be better if Pak Vs.India. game very happy for Bangaldehs and there fans i dont think Bangaldesh can win this, as being seriuos cricket fans off course i want pakistan to win tittle but , I will be equaly please if bangaldesh doing magic. it will be great for bangaldesh team and there desprate cricket lover fans. we have seen glories so many times as big as world cup. but it will be 1st time for BD and will be big bosst for BD cricket, as we always helped to progress thier cricket future to BD as well as Srilanka . for me this final disopinting more then joy,one way the other, if pak loss tille will be disopint as pakistnai and if BD loss will be disopoint of BD team who came with high expactations specailly for Hogue BD Crowed on the groung and who BD cricket lovers. But i sugest one thing they must be satisfied in any case cuz their team already done un beliveably well.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

In all fairness, I am sure BD fully deserve to win the Cup. They have matured enough and got developed the instinct of go for the kill. Incidentally if they win today (of course I wish), they will be perhaps only team to beat all three World Cup Winning teams in same tournament to win a major title.

Posted by tawhid.Dhaka on (March 22, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

We want to see a real Final (tight) match and at the end - win of Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

Bangladesh has the believe and capability to create a history right today by beating Pakistan---------hope they will make it, all the country men is behind them GO TIGERS:)

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

I AM A PAKISTANI AND I LOVE PAKISTAN MORE THAN ANY THING BUT FOR TODAYS MATCH I WANT TO SEE BANGLADESH WINNING.......BECAUSE I WANT TO SEE WORLDS BEST TEAMS FEARING FROM TWO TEAMS......PAKISTAN AND BANGLADESH...............

Posted by Kinghacker on (March 22, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

@ Imran Uz Zaman- you comment deserves so many thanks on behalf of all the Bangladeshis. Thank you.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

i Wish Bangladash win and end or Misbah Ul Haq Poor captaincy and batting its good for Asia that another team now wining if they get this tournament they will get much needed confidence

Posted by supadupamonk on (March 22, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

I am happy for Bangladesh for reaching the final....may God bless you guys. I support Bangladesh to lift the cup....Ind fan here...

Posted by Zakariyan on (March 22, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

Best of luck for Bangladesh & Pakistan as well, no matter , which team get succeed, I think both are finalist

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

Am a Pakistani, but seriously its the first time in a final, I have no fear.. :) Whoever wins, I will be happy.. We love Pakistan and we love you Bangladesh :)

Posted by BDabuNayeemAisDU on (March 22, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

INDIAN fans. My dear friends. Truly say, which team you want to see as CHAMPION? PAKISTAN Or BANGLADESH?

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

I am a Pakistani but I genuinely believe that this time Bangladesh deserves to win more than us ..!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

May the best team win on the day who plays well

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

Full support to both teams

Posted by crktcrazy_alvi on (March 22, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

if bangladdesh wins , they will b deserving winners. bcoz then they will be the only team beating everyone else!!! gud luck bd . it will test their charecter!!1

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

Our country's names are different, but we still are one and love each other. Who ever wins its no problem for us. COME ON PAKISTAN.... COME ON BANGLADESH......

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

Young Bangladeshi team has proved their potentials very convincingly in this tournament. Now its time for rest of the cricketing nations to recognize Bangladesh as an emerging nation and have more tours with us. It is sad that India is the only test nation e never had a a tour. We deserve tour there as well as other major cricketing nations. Bangladeshi young guns have everything else like her more senior cricketing neighbours. we just need more exposure to international standard.

Posted by bhrangi on (March 22, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

Best wishes from an INDIAN for both teams.,., Team batting second will win, so toss is the winning factor. after the toss we will determine the winners.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

1952>1971>1999>2012!!....inshallah we will make another history today!!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

In their present form, bangla can beat anytime. Particularly after beating the worldcup finalist in successive games. best luck bengalis

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

Though I am a die hard Pakistan supporter, but for this match, I wish Bangladesh team should win, as they have deserved more than anything but win to prove their worth.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

IT ALL COMES TO THIS! ITS NOW OR NEVER! DESTROY OR BE DESTROYED ! FAITHS ARE ON YOU, WE WONT BE DISAPPOINTED IF INTENSITY IS SHOWN!

Posted by BDHUNTER on (March 22, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

I think it will be better if BD bat first,Cuz it may found difficult to chase against good PAK bowler as like Ist match, Again i think today for bd Nasir will be the key and best of luck for him as well as BD.

Posted by umerdilshad on (March 22, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

Well, I have always read the comments but never thought about writing the one until Bangladesh performance forced me to do it.

Best of Luck to Bangladesh Team in the Final from Pakistan ....

Posted by umerdilshad on (March 22, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

Well, I have always read the comments but never thought about writing the one until Bangladesh performance forced me to do it.

Best of Luck to Bangladesh Team in the Final from Pakistan ....

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

I think Bangladesh will win today....they deserve to....!! They've played the best cricket in this tournament !!!

Posted by Irfan.786 on (March 22, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

I think Bangladesh win the title match because in Bangladesh team enthusiasm,aggression and unity more than from pakistan team thats the main reason.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

BD deserve to be in final and I wish they can win it, @Nasir Husain, this is game and one brother must have to win but father (India) will be more happy if BD can win because they need this win for future cricket.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

As a Bangladeshi I wish BD to take the cup ....thn If they don't I wish at least to see a close match.............BD have really done well in this Asia Cup....Thanx to the all Pakistani wishers who have wished BD team and I also wish them good luck and also good luck to bangladesh....All the best for the both teams :) :)

Posted by Shamim_araf on (March 22, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

Yesss!!!! At last Dream comes true....Bangladesh will qualify 4 final in Asia Cup.Whether we win or loss no matter but the message is that Bangladesh is another power house 4m Asia in World cricket.So go ahead tigers.....Dreams never end.....

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

To all those indian fans who are now aus wanna be. What you guys are good at is playing at your won country but beware it will take years to host world cup again. So keep your feet on ground. And appreciate Bangladesh for performing. You guys just have the worst away season ever. In some occasion your so called greatest indian heroes hadn't been able to pass 200!!!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

You can do it Bangladesh!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Abumaji on (March 22, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

I am an Indian,,, Its never mind that India lost to reach final to the Asia Cup... My supprot and my wishes are to Bangladesh Cricket team.... Win the maiden Asia Cup and beat our cricket rivals Pakistan... Best of Luck DESHI team... Best wishes to Shakib al Hassan the most player I admire from Bangladesh team. Good Luck and best wishes.. Youngsters, you have the energy and stamina so work hard and get the cup.

Posted by BigBDFan on (March 22, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

Have faith on Allah...believe in yourself...Bangladesh InshaAllah you will win...

Posted by syedmkr on (March 22, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

Im Indian, strongly support for Bangladesh in the world cricket to win the final. They deserve to be the winners as the only team which has consistency in every part of the game so far in this tournament.

Posted by DieHardBang on (March 22, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

Thanx to all the lion hearted Pakistani & Indian brothers and sisters who are praising for bangladesh cricket. They are the true champions of the game. To undermined others only reflects the structure of that persons own soul.

So as a bangladeshi I hope to see a lively match today. And hopefully bangla tigers roar once again cause its really needed for bangladesh cricket.

But I do appreciate the true ckt fans comments here........BOL to all

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

Congratulations Bangladesh once again! Dear Tigers, you all have made us a proud nation again. Please let us congratulate you guys one more time on Thursday as we all are ready to make a history. Just remember you have just beaten two World Champions including the current champion. So, you have nothing to be afraid about. Just concentrate on natural game and you will get the reward.

Posted by nawaid123 on (March 22, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

after all i m a pakistani but my heart says that today bangladesh will win their first najor title.

Posted by GreenGoat on (March 22, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

as a SL fan, i have no favorites in this game; i guess i support bangla, cos a win for bangla will mean so much to them, where as pakistan has already won enuf tournaments including world cup and asia cup... so best of luck to both teams and may the best team win :)

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

This match would be very interesting; Bangladesh did well against India and Srilanka batting second and chased down high totals, but against pakistan it would be difficult as they have got much stronger bowling attack. on the other hand even Bangladesh know this, they would still fancy their chances batting second, and pakistan would also want this to happen because we know that pakistanis aren't good chasers, and in a day and night Asia cup final against the roaring hosts and their enthusiastic fans, they would find it very tough. SO GAME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Mani67 on (March 22, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

Pressure will be on Pakistan team because if Pakistan won, no body will give them any credit but if they lose , everybody will curse them. They have already lost against India so people of Pakistan will want them atleast win this match ....

Posted by shazran1984 on (March 22, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

All the best bangladesh .. love to see a bangladesh win ...

Posted by HusseyForever on (March 22, 2012, 3:13 GMT)

Indians have worst bowling, Pakistanis have worst batting & Srilankans are worst fielding side. Leave aside poor BD minnows. Who cares who wins this battle of wooden spoons cup??

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 3:08 GMT)

This time Bangladesh is real Condtender

Posted by BravoBravo on (March 22, 2012, 3:03 GMT)

BD gave absolutely phenomenal performance in Asia Cup. With this kind of performance they can outplay anyteam even the mercurial PAK. Yes, It would mean a lot to BD fans if their team lift the Asia Cup Trophy. To me I just want to see a thrilling finish of Asia Cup Finals. Good Luck to both teams.

Posted by samim_azad on (March 22, 2012, 2:58 GMT)

In last 3 matches, Bangladesh performed well. they bet world cup Champion and runner up team continuously. I hope Bangladesh will give their full effort in today's match. Bangladesh has nothing to lose. Inshaallah Bangladesh will win today.

Posted by FrenchCricketFan on (March 22, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

hope ban dont play shahadat hossain , he will be expensive and cost the game most probably, wish anamul play instead of jahurul. good luck to pkaistan , you have the experience .

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 2:45 GMT)

iam indian but iam happy the way they played well. we hope bangladesh claim the cup. best of luck bangladesh

Posted by smudgeon on (March 22, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

The sentence "Had Shakib Al Hasan been playing for some of the bigger Test sides, he would have been given a lot more respect than he gets at present" is a massive understatement. The kid has been consistently near the top of the ICC rankings for allrounder for quite some time, but is almost ignored outside of Bangladesh. There's been few allrounders in recent years who have maintained similar averages, carried so much of their team & fan's hopes, and still continued to improve. Nice to see that the BD team have started to perform as a unit - no team should take the Bangladeshis lightly.

Posted by meengla on (March 22, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

My first Comment ever in CricInfo--though I have been coming here for years. As a Pakistani, I have always wanted Pakistan to win. But this time...let Bangladesh win. Not only that fits my inclination to support 'the underdogs' (though BD is proving otherwise) in general but also BD has really fought hard in this tournament. Above all, I want a good fight. A real 'match'.

Posted by ostad on (March 22, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

Mushfiq is good in no.6 or 7. BD can think to send him for batting to bat a older ball (30+)l.What happened with Nazimuddin? We have a lot of expectation from him.Tamim's fever worries us again. But team spirit is the only thing we depend on.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

i was waiting for a long long time to see d bangladesh for this moment

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

Thanks for all the supports for Bangladesh Team!!Really appreciate this. I am expecting a real fight from the TIGERS, dsnt matter much whether we win or loose. But, off course, win would be a great bonus to the spirited Bangla Tigers!!! Best of luck!!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 1:37 GMT)

Dear Bengali Tigers,You played wonderful cricket with playing your skins out. Though you have beaten my own Lions I love to see your courage. Keep it up. f today is also your day why not it may be easy, but if not still at least you will hang on stars . You are already the Heroes in minds of your own people . Go ahead men. nothing to loose. Bit patience will deliver you results which Sri lanka has missed there in 3rd final against Aussies 2 weeks back. Good luck..

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

Let the best team win. In this tournament, Bangladesh had undoubtedly been the best TEAM, among all the four.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

Inshallah Bangladesh will win the final today. Even if they lose today, we are still proud of our Tigers. The history is already been written.

Posted by Hasib131EWUBD on (March 22, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

this is 4 those who says we face loss with BD tour ............................

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

i am the supporter of pakistani team but despite the fact winning this asia cup will be just 2nd time comparing with srilanka and india who both have won 4 times,i still want to see bangladesh winning the match.Becuase this cup will revolutionize the cricekting arena in bangladesh and many young new player will come in the circuit to play in future...as after the 1992 world cup pakistan got some class player...looking forward to it...

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

BD Cricket team, we are proud of you. Win or lose, just put up a fight, give your 100% and Allah and all Bangladesh will be behind you

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

Inshallah we will win ..........................

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

I am a Pakistani but for the first time, I am not worried about whether we win or not because our opponents are our brothers. So would you ask a father which son you want to win? 'cause either way, he is still is a WINNER!!!!!! So go PAKISTAN Go BANGLADESH

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

the weirdest thing about this match is that both teams are highly unpredictable and somewhat inconsistent....but i feel whoever bats second will have 70% chance of winning, even if the team batting first scores above 300.

Posted by USALove on (March 22, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

I support Pakistan Cricket team, and expect that Pakistan will win easily against Bangladesh. But even if Bangladesh wins, I would be very happy in the sense that another strong sub continent team would be in the making.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (March 22, 2012, 0:03 GMT)

I think a win will mean too much more for Bangladeshi fans and their cricket in general. That's why I wish them to win even when I being a Pakistani should support my own team. A win for Bangladesh will be instrumental to Bangladesh producing many good players in future.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

bangla will have its first title

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 23:53 GMT)

Pakistan : The best team in ASIA :D

Posted by proudpommy on (March 21, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

Its good to see a smaller nation starting to explode into the international scene. for to long it has been the same countries. Its about time someone like bangladesh shows some fighting spirit.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

It's our time to shine go for it Bangladesh you have nothing to lose. inshAllah Bangladesh will win the Asia cup.

Posted by Shuvo_Pton on (March 21, 2012, 23:43 GMT)

Bravo, Bangladesh, bravo!! No matter what is the outcome of tomorrow's game, you should be very proud of yourselves...........I am extremely proud to be a Bengali/Bangladeshi today. Joy bangla!!

Posted by Rocker_Taz on (March 21, 2012, 23:38 GMT)

Go the Tigers.. You can do it.

Posted by Shaonx on (March 21, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

It's time for the tigers to roar again. Let's roar once more..................InshAllah we will win 

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 23:32 GMT)

Bangladesh can beat India, Pakistan or Srilanka any where any day

Posted by fr600 on (March 21, 2012, 23:23 GMT)

It doesn't matter whether Bangladesh wins or loses. They have given us enough to be happy for in this tournament.

Posted by msaurav on (March 21, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

we indians are not sad that that india is out . Bangladesh played well so they are in the final . Best of luck to both the teams .A win for bangladesh win give a boost to their cricket .From INDIA

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 23:08 GMT)

Lets go tigers!!!!! We can have the title!!!!

Posted by Gamaraala on (March 21, 2012, 22:55 GMT)

It's time for Pakistan to regain their pride. Bangladesh, you've shown us enough and no matter you win or lose, you can be proud of yourselves. Just keep up the good work. As someone had mentioned before, a Bangladesh win over Ind, SL or Pak is no longer an upset. Cheers from Sri Lanka. Give us a good game.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

haha !!!look at bangladeshi fans !! they are so happy !!why are u forgetting if pakistan play !!!with full potential !!!bangladesh !!!are losing tommorw

Posted by realist1 on (March 21, 2012, 22:48 GMT)

One of the biggest supporter of Bangladesh cricket outside Subcontinent is "Meety". But I didn't see any comment from him yet. @Meety, are you ok? Hope you are not ill. Even though you didn't post any comments regarding today's match, I know you wish with all your hearts for a BD win today. To all the BD supporter from overseas, Thanks your for your support. Also Very good to see a lots of Indian fans wishing BD well. Good luck both teams, I wish BD wins this one, because it will change their cricket forever and bring lots of joy to their fans.

Posted by kunderanengineer on (March 21, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

I have nothing against Pakistan but as a true cricket fan I think it would be good for cricket if Bangladesh can pull this one out. Furthermore, when you consider that the average age of their squad is barely 25, winning this tournament would give the young players a big boost in confidence as well as finally getting the monkey off the team's back. Also the long suffering but fiercely loyal Bangla fans deserve it. It's for the same reason that I would like to see the Windies perform well against the Aussies and the Kiwis do well against the Saffers(although that one is spiralling out of control for the kiwis). Let's see a little bit more balance in international cricket!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

Bangladesh has no option but to win. Pakistan team is poor in many ways except M Hafiz. Pakistan quite often got beaten by local school team, but they also defeat the world champions.Very unpredictable team! So cheer up tigers its your day tomorrow.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

Pakistan will win this...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

Pakistan will win this...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 21:28 GMT)

@habib_drmc pakis are unpredicatble !!! INSHALLAH i dont mind bangladeshi winning this match !!! the form u are talking !!pakis were losing da worldcup they bounced back !!!even this world cup cricket analyst never thought pakistan good contender for semis !!

gooo !!greeen we are with ! you lose or win we love you !! hum zinda quom hain !~!

Posted by CRKS on (March 21, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

@author

India has won 5 Asia cup Titles and not 4 .srilanka has won four

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

Hope Bangladesh Will Win ............................

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

If 'tiger' fights like a tiger, Pakistan cannot stand against Bangladesh tomorrow. I wish all the best to Bangladesh team. Go, Bangladesh, go!

Posted by sophocles on (March 21, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

For die hard Pakistani and Indian fans, it is a blessing in disguise for the game of cricket to see Bangladesh in the final. If cricket has to survive, it cannot have a few big fish and a handful of minnows. It must grow globally like football (soccer). Can Shakib and Tamim pull it off? Can the Bangladesh bowlers take advantage of the fallibility of the Pakistani batting? Go Pakistan!!!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

Team Bangladesh is in good form, who dont know how talented this Bangla team. So 2+2=4 and we win. Inshallah we wil win. Good luck Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

This match is going to be like the epic battle in Rocky II,Rocky vs Apollo Creed. In Rocky I(just like the first match b/w Pak and Ban), Rocky floored Creed but lost on technical points basis. Will Rocky win this time? that is the big question.

Posted by sirvivfan on (March 21, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

It is Pakistans game to loose. They should bowl first...... Which they won't if they win the toss because of there fear they have over there unpredictable batting

Posted by noitsnothim_itsme on (March 21, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

Its clear - whoever wins the toss will win the match, it might be the match will be decided at the toss!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

Who ever wins i will have same feeling. Bangladesh became a good team. I won't be surprise if they win against my home team. It is about time for them to win a title. Good luck both PAK vs. BAN.

Posted by habib_drmc on (March 21, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

i think parties r waiting for tigers........i think possibility of bad :pak=55:45... if tigers play their natural game,they will win surely...remember pak r not too much good form in ODIs... they were near defeat against bd,they r beaten by india oddly.....even though they were trouble in chasing against srilanka....otherside tigers got more and more confidence as tornament proceed..thats why bangladesh r little ahead than pakistan to get the trophy.... best of luck,tigers...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

@ Indraneel.Kundu: You're mistaken. If Pakistan hadn't had the bonus point, the head to head rule would be inconclusive, runrate would be considered and Pakistan has the best runrate. It's Bangladesh who has gained from our bonus point.

Posted by KukaSekhon on (March 21, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

I think it's the core group of Bangla team which has started to perform consistently. They do need quality fast bowlers and fielding needs improvement. Nasir has shown good approach towards fielding. Good luck for finals

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

Pakistan will be the new asian champion inshaAllah...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

@binojpeter: Ironically, Bangladesh loves chasing and Pakistan loves defending, so whoever wins the toss, the other team will get the decision it wants.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

i'm Bdeshi. Pakistan is the favourite. But there's some chance for Bdesh if the familiar batting collapse doesn't return, bcoz there r many talented players in BD team now.

Posted by street_smart on (March 21, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

It will be a tie..coz Allah cannot be partial...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

BD is on the brink of making history!!!!! hope they do well tomorrow!! win or lose ima die-hard-fan of Bd team!! :)

Posted by cricket_fan_1980 on (March 21, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

Hey Indraneel.Kundu, I can understand your frustrations as an Indian fan because when you analyze the rules, it seems like a tight decision. However, the truth of the matter is, the rules were decided before and Pakistan benefited from them. It does not exhibit good sportsmanship if somebody cribs about the rules after a game. With that line of argument, every single series or tournament could be sidelined because some fan will suggest that the boundary was too small, or the over-rate wasn't fast enough, or the white ball should've been used over the red, or D/L method can be updated etc.When the rules are pre-determined, you play within them and everybody has access to exactly the same platform. Therefore, based on that, it is my opinion that over the three games, Pakistan performed much better than India, and therefore made the final. The only real standout performance from India against Pakistan was Virat Kohli, and respect to the guy. But other than that, the two best teams made it

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

Best wishes for Bangladesh. This is the moment to live the dream.

Posted by Vilander on (March 21, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

All indians will want the Bengali boys win. Best of luck BD

Posted by Vilander on (March 21, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

fella how will Allah help both of you ? what tie ?

Posted by Rohanbandekar on (March 21, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

I love the BD crowd. It reminds me of India's crowd in the late 90's when we had just started winning convincingly. It was a great feeling for me in the 90's when we managed to win against big teams. I hope it would be a close final. Good luck BD and Pak.

Posted by andrew27994 on (March 21, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

Wish both teams best of luck I think for a Bangladesh win, then their fielding has to be at its best. If there is one thing that they haven't possibly done well in the tournament, then it is their fielding. Secondly, they must ensure that they don't lose early wickets in their innings and play out Ajmal's quota of 10 overs. They can afford to target Afridi a bit as he has been somewhat inconsistent of recent. Bangladesh must also not underestimate Cheema as I feel he is an even bigger threat than Gul, Hafeez or Afridi. For a Pakistan win, then they must open the bowling with Gul and Cheema. Though Hafeez has been successful with the new ball, most teams usually try to play out his overs without giving him a wicket. Pakistan's middle order batting has been the worst in this tournament so they need them to fire especially after the top order batsmen's good efforts. Misbah should promote himself up the order at No.4. He is a batman who usually requires time to get set for the big shots.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

Our eyes are on the cup with the love in the heart for you all. go on bangladesh.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Fred Karmally excellent comment brother,,,,, i m pakistani, but u r right 100% u have mentioned all things very very nicely, i love pakistan and pakistani team, good luck pakistan, and very good luck to bangladesh team also, i also love bangla cricketers and bangladeshi nation,hoping for great contest

Posted by abiindia on (March 21, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

still they don't learn any lesson from world cricket. how can they win over PAK? not even one smart person from bangla?

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 21, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

I admire the way the crowd has been supporting the home team in large numbers. I think apart from the team even the crowd deserves a win. Best of Luck Bangladesh. I hope they win.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

its pretty amazing to see Pakistani supporters saying positive things about the Bangladeshi side even though we are playing against Pakistan. I agree with all of you thinking Bangladesh deserves this win, the fans deserve this win. The team has played amazingly throughout the tournament, the win would give them the confidence they would need to grow as a team. I hope the team plays sensibly and doesn't choke in front of the more experience Pakistani team, that is really all. Hoping for some good cricket!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

bangladesh will winnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

No matter what happens tomorrow,the TIGERS are going to rule the cricket world within a few years!Best of luck to my beloved Bangladesh Cricket team...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

so far the best team in this Asia cup has been Bangladesh, I believe they will end up as the best as well.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

The match must be high voltage match ever for Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

Best wishes to Bangladesh & Pakistan....should be an exciting game of cricket. East or West Pakistan is the best.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

Bangladesh Cricket Team & the Players have already won the heart of 120 million Bangladeshi's....... Its about time they treat themselves a Trophy, not for the crowd but for themselves. Crowd has already found their Trophy.

Posted by abiindia on (March 21, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

the short selection was very poor, but still they those matches its because the bpl 20/20 cricket gives them blindness to hit the ball. once it went past in time frame of few days and again they will come back to usual position150 all out or like that....until than people will dance like never eaten a quality food while in hungry.

Posted by Trevor_G on (March 21, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

Good luck and best wishes Bangladesh.......from a South African.

Posted by Ruhel_Moscow on (March 21, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

Nice to see most of Pakistani.Indian and Srilankans brother wishing Bangladesh))Thank you guys.its just a game.we shouldnt fight here and as a Bangladeshi i wish BD wil be champion.we all expect tht it wil be a great show of cricket))

Posted by striker0007 on (March 21, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Hope bangladesh Live to Expectaions but my suggestions to every one who want them to win is get ur tissues ready in case ...and history proves it only one match Have won by bangladesh .....Good Luck pakistan i wanna see you lifting the trophy and Becomming ASIAN CHAMP

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

Bangladesh has improved a lot in this tournament to give a wonderful reply to those who think they understand Cricket. Good Luck,tigers, looking forward to some smashing.

Posted by Adityamandalemula on (March 21, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

Shakib Al Hasan is almost like Bangladesh's captain in the post match presentations. Mushfiqur comes on to say his speech. And Shakib too comes on to say his man-of-the-match speech and talks like a captain. Yes, for the moment, as Shakib goes, so does Bangladesh. But they are growing as team very fast.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

Hope Bangladesh win this tournament rather than Pakistan and the knight Sakib-Al-Hassan will get another man of the match.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

tamim and shakib would walk into ANY ODI team...Any opposing skipper would just love Misbah as opposition skipper...Come on BD-u can do it!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

Bangladesh,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Posted by ddlj26 on (March 21, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

Being an Indian, all i have to say Bangladesh despite their great efforts in this tournament will not be able to win the finals for the following reasons 1) The match against India with 3 overs and 33 runs required after watching some highlights with no offense to bangladesh if it wasnt for some pathetic bowling by pathan and kumar india would have won that game 2) In the match against Sri lanka, i think SL gift wrapped the game to bangladesh knowing truly they had nothing to gain by winning anyways, the lack of killer instinct is a motivation killer as well 3) Pakistan actually play up really well to bangladesh strengths which is batting, pakistan have the bowling attack to contain and control their batsmen, i dont think bangladesh will win this game with their bowling All valid reasons for Pak victory !

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

I hope Bangladesh will win the final but if they dont, not to worry about this, you have sent a message to the world you can create a opportunity to win a cup ...Good Luck

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

I am a Bangladeshi but I want Pakistan should win the final because Pakistan is far better team than Bangladesh. Bangladesh have played well in the tournament but still a long way to go for them and they should improve their bowling to be a world class team. Pakistan has been proven the best team of the asia cup so they deserve to lift the asia cup.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

Nazimuddin should be out of BD's team and Anamul should open in final....

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

Expecting a very exciting and competitive Final. If Bangladesh can play their natural game surely they will win.Best Wishes for Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Good Luck Bangladesh. We win or we lose we will hold our heads high and our passion rocketing through the sky ... :D ... I am pretty sure it will be a close call and whom-so-ever wins might feel lucky to do so ... Hoping for an electrifying match that goes with the reputation of an Asia Cup final that's all. Good luck again to team Pakistan and team Bangladesh. Let's show them how to score big and chase it down ... >_<\m/

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Expecting a very exciting and competitive Final. If Bangladesh can play their natural game surely we they will win.Best Wishes for Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

INSHALLAH PAK WILL WIN THE MATCH.......GOOD LUCK:xXx

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

funny news ....from india media lolz cant stop laughing... if u cant have bite in apple then its sour is nt it :P

Posted by sam_m on (March 21, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

Good for Bangladesh but their run ends here. No one is going to watch this match anyways except Bangladeshi and Pakistani fans.

Posted by Mappi on (March 21, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

on the given day Pakistan will always a favourite but the yway Bangladesh playing ,it will be a upset. Bangladesh should WIN First Major Throphy.

Posted by danisid on (March 21, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

No doubt Bangaladesh did so well in beating two great cricketing nations but its hard for them to go through it in the presence of three giants sppiners of the era but i wish it will be a good contest........... Pakistan will Win................................................................. and lift the trophy for us

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Bangladesh also have to play against pressure & with lots of expectation. & i think its our main opposition as main as Ajmal. May Allah help us.....

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

I think Bangladesh will win. The Pakistani's played very unintelligent cricket against India. They should have learned from the England side, and bowled slow deliveries outside the off stump towards the end, instead of short deliveries at the batsman. Mid-off and mid-on were way too deep and singles here were often taken and the captain did nothing. The field placing was worse than the fielding, and there was no attempt to really pickup the pace in the last few Pak overs, they were content with making around 325 when they really should have got at least 360. Wahab Riaz and Aizaz Cheema played like amateurs, very expensive. The wicket keeper was nothing to write home about. Bangladesh have a heart, discipline, good fielding and intelligent cricketers.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Big movment for bangladesh team .Iwish all the best for them...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

Pakistan will be under pressure on the following accounts: 1- Being a major cricket playing team. 2- Playing in front of huge opposing crowd. 3- Bangladesh will be playing as underdog. 4- Bangladesh team is more familiar with home ground and pitch condition. 5. Bangladesh is riding on the high euphoria after defeating India and SriLanka. If Pakistan wins the Toss, Pakistan should decide to choose to play on its strength i.e Bowl first. Include the regular wicket keeper Sarfraz. Open Bowling with Hafeez and Gul. Bring Cheema and Afridi after 10 overs. Go with Saeed and Afridi in bowling power play. Go with Saeed and Gul in Batting power play. Last 10 overs with Saeed, Gul and Cheema. Hafeez and Afridi should finish their overs in the middle.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Winning is not important at this stage. Just show and deliver ur best. Good Luck Bangladesh!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Bangladesh's surge to the final holds the promise of another close match,Pakistan has left 50 percent pressure after India's out of the race to cup but Pakistan must remember the close match just 21 short Bangladesh consistently solid performances for three games running against world-class opposition alarming Pakistan players specially the two seniors Younus & Misbah.

Posted by FrenchCricketFan on (March 21, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

The first thing bangladesh should do to prepare for this final match is to get rid of shahadat hossain, he will be very expensive and cost the game. Bring another baller in place of shahadat hossain and bring the batsman anamul huq in place of jahurul islam .

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

Please to all the Indian fanboys don't comment how awesome and fabulous your team is ! This article is bout the final between PAKISTAN AND BANGLADESH and not India so please even though you won from Pakistan which was a really great match you also lost to BD so yeah stick to the article.. I really don't care who wins, i support both teams but at the End will pray for Pakistan .. :)

Posted by samuditha on (March 21, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

best wishes for pak and ban 4rm colombo

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Bangladesh- a new south asian giant rising.....

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

I am a Pakistani but I really want Bangladesh to win the final. They have been the best team in this tournament whereas Pakistan has once again made it by luck. Even if we were facing India, I would have supported Indian team because they are a better side than us at the moment. So go tigers out there with a roar : )

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (March 21, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Go Bangladesh Go! I'm so happy you reached the finals by knocking out India!

Posted by ddlj26 on (March 21, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

The author needs to get his records straight... India has 5 Asia cup titles and not 4... They are currently the leaders in titles and are 1 ahead of SL

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 21, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

just curious, have the Indian team arrived home yet or still hanging furiously around dhaka? lol To the bangladesh and pak fans here, may the best team win.

Posted by Indraneel.Kundu on (March 21, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

Even as an Indian fan, I am happy for Bangladesh. Hammad Azam's lofted 4 of Sekkuge Prasanna in the 40th over gave Pakistan the bonus point and it eventually took Pakistan to the final ahead of India. Net run rate is the best way to judge the performance of a team in a competition when two or more sides have the same no. of wins. Like DL method, ICC or the tournament organizers have come out with unfair rule of head to head comparison ahead of NRR. It is a step backwards considering the increasing use of statistical analysis to judge quality of players and teams. All the rankings are based on math, but surprisingly it takes a back seat when selecting the finalists of a tournament. Call me a bitter Indian fan, maybe I am. After seeing the battles of imperfect teams, I felt India did play the best cricket in two of the three departments, batting and fielding. It's unfortunate and to a great extent unfair, that they didn't get a chance to fight for the championship.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Being a Pakistani Fan, I would like my team to win this Asia Cup. But still I want B'desh should win this tournament cause it will boost their cricket. B'desh deserve it more than anyone else. Best of Luck to Both the teams :)

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

let the history be written..History will repeat itself when the tiger will roar!!!\m/

Posted by Qainan on (March 21, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Pakistan should not take this match easy.They should know that bengals tigers are on fire after their wins against India and Sri lanka.Good luck Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

The way the Bangladesh are playing it should be Great contest.Espacielly i like the batting of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al hasan and Nasir Hussain has transformed himself into finisher.So Tigers keep your fingers crossed.JUST |GO FOR IT AND GAVE IT FULL WACK-------------->

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (March 21, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Best of luck to pak. Bangalis will have to play out of their skin to match pak.PAK ONLY NEEDS TO STICK TO ITS BASICS AND BANGALIS WOULD NOT EVEN THINK OF COMING CLOSE TO DEFEAT US.BANGALIS DESERVD TO BE IN FINALS N WHATEVR INDIAN FANS R QUESTIONING ABOUT FORMAT MUST ACCEPT THIS AS THEY R THEMSELVS TO BLAME

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

I am a Pakistani but trust me for the first time in my life i want Bangladesh to Win. They deserve it :). Good Luck to Bangladesh

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

I rhink england beat all 3 in 1987???

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Hope we will Take the Final .

Posted by raisagha on (March 21, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

I would like to congratulate our Bangladeshi brothers for their extra ordinary performance in this tournament so far. We expect a good tight contest. With these performances and matches, now nobody can say that who cares about Asia cup!

Posted by binojpeter on (March 21, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

All the best to both teams for the final. Let the best team win. Even though I wish a Bangladesh win, I see two factors that might go against them. 1. Pakistan has more experience handling pressure situations in a final than Bangladesh 2. Even though they won the toss in all the 3 matches they played, Bangladesh decided to chase the score always. They did not have the chance to see whether they have the ability to defend their score once. I don't blame them for that because if you win the toss, natural tendency is to do what you do best than to try something different. But if Pakistan wins the toss in the final and decide to send them in, they really will have to play out of their skin to post a defendable score and win.

Posted by ars29 on (March 21, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Good Luck Bangladesh! May Almighty Allah bless you to win this tournament! :)

Posted by Siva-The-Human on (March 21, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

Congrats BD You will win Asia Cup Trophy. From Indian fan.

Posted by wnwn on (March 21, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

I think i'm right in saying that many Pakistan fans wouldn't mind if Bangladesh won. It could be the start of something big for them. Hope it's a close game.

Posted by bd_cric_lover on (March 21, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

We want to watch a good match. Best of luck both for Bangladesh and Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

Banladesh deserve this trophy...they have played some good cricket all round in this asia cup and have shown the world they are not minnows any more

Posted by pac0pride on (March 21, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

I hope INSHALLAH Pakistan will winn

Pakistan squad is far better than Bangladesh

I will tell u on paper Pakistan wil win ;))

U can never know about cricket maybe upset ?!?

Greetz, Faizan Malik

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Good luck Bangladesh!!! May Allah help us!!! Please win!!!!!!!!1

Posted by cricket_fan_1980 on (March 21, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

very impressive performance in this cup by Beng. Best wishes to your team from a Pakistan fan. It will be a tough game, as Pakistan need this win to pacify the public's scrutiny of the new Misbah-Whatmore partnership.

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Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka - Mar 22, 2012
Pakistan won by 2 runs
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Mar 20, 2012
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 17 balls remaining) (D/L method)
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India won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
Bangladesh v India at Dhaka - Mar 16, 2012
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