Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup final, Mirpur March 22, 2012

Middle-over batting costs Bangladesh

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Stats highlights from Pakistan's two-run win in the Asia Cup final

In the end, Bangladesh came ever so close to their greatest triumph but missed out by just two runs. Here are stats highlights from the narrowest win in the history of the tournament

  • Pakistan won the Asia Cup for only the second time. They had previously made finals in 1986 and 2000, both against Sri Lanka; they lost the first and won the second. It is also the closest margin of victory in terms of runs in the history of the tournament. Bangladesh, on the other hand, not only came close to winning their first major tournament but also just missed out on the rare feat of beating three major subcontinent sides in consecutive matches. This is also the fifth time that Bangladesh have failed to chase a target under 250 in ODIs in Mirpur.
  • Tamim Iqbal became the first Bangladesh batsman to score four consecutive one-day half-centuries. He is also the only Bangladesh player to score four half-centuries in a single tournament. He was level on three fifty-plus scores with Shahriar Nafees and Mohammad Ashraful before the game. Shakib Al Hasan, who scored his third half-century of the tournament, narrowly missed emulating Tamim's achievement. Shakib's scores in the tournament were 64, 49, 56 and 68.
  • Shahid Afridi, who scored a crucial 32 and picked up 1 for 28, was declared the Player of the Match. With his 29th match award, Afridi went past Saeed Anwar to become the Pakistan player with the most match awards in ODIs.
  • Bangladesh, after reducing Pakistan to 206 for 9, conceded 19 runs off the last over, which helped Pakistan score 236. In their innings, the Bangladesh top-order batsmen (Nos 2, 3 and 4) scored just 44 runs between them in 120 balls and played out 84 dot-balls in the process.
  • Saeed Ajmal once again bowled superbly to finish with 2 for 40 off ten overs. He was exceptional in the batting Powerplay, conceding just 15 runs in three overs. In Pakistan's four matches in the tournament, Ajmal conceded just 62 runs in 12 overs during batting Powerplays, at an economy-rate of 5.16, while picking up two wickets. His economical bowling meant that Bangladesh managed to score only 21 runs off the five overs of the batting Powerplay.
  • Mohammad Hafeez, who scored a century in Pakistan's loss against India, was unusually subdued in the final, scoring 40 off 87 balls. Among innings of 80 balls or more since 2007, it is the slowest innings (in terms of balls faced) by a Pakistan batsman.
  • The 89-run stand between Shakib and Nasir Hossain is the second-highest fourth-wicket stand in this Asia Cup, behind the 152-run stand between Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal against Sri Lanka. It is also the second-highest fourth-wicket stand for Bangladesh in the history of the Asia Cup.

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  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    INDIA was the most deserving for ASIA CUP....they always do something annoying which becomes a boomerang for them !

  • f on March 24, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    What name comes in mind when you see the following records:

    Fastest ODI century, Most sixes by any batsman in ODI (298 sixes), twice hitting the second fastest fifty in one-day Internationals (off 18 deliveries), Youngest player to score a hundred (16 years 217 days), highest strike-rate in one-day International's (7040 runs at strike rate of 113.97 per 100 balls), 2nd most runs off one over in ODI's (32 runs), Most Man of the Match Awards for Pakistan (29 times), 10th in the list of most one-day International's played by a cricketer

    None other than BOOM BOOM AFRIDI. go AFRIDI go we want more records from you.

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    Although TEAM PAKISTAN won the ASIA CUP there are still lots of weaknesses in the team. The batting is generally very poor and now is the time to drop Yunus Khan and replace him with Azhar Ali as he is technically equipped to play against the new ball. Once he establishes himself Misbah should also be dropped. I believe Afridi and Hafeez still have few years cricket left in them provided both improve their batting. The fast bowling disappointed in the match against India and we need to ask questions whether the pace bowlers currently playing for Pakistan are good enough to represent the country against strong batting line up. We need to identify few new fast bowlers who can represent the country and give Wahab Riaz a proper run in the team instead of playing him occasionally. I was very impressed with the newcomers of Jamshed, Sarfraz and Hammad and they must be persevered with. I also like to see Ahmed Shehzad in the team. We must now start planning ahead for the World Cup 2015.

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Full marks to Pakistan. Great game Bangladesh. The improvement is for all to see. I hope the Bengladash teams gets better and better from here onwards...

  • Salman on March 23, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    we want Afridi as captain for limited overs matches. he is courageous and aggressive. thats what Pakistan needs in limited overs format

  • Cricket on March 23, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Surely Shahid Khan Afirdi is the new heor of Pakistan cricket. He has already left behind S.Anwar, Waseem, Waqar, Inzi etc who were the best till date. Now let us not forget that Afridi still has 3/4 years left in him. I am sure by then he will be way ahead of the pack. After he retires he will be a legend like Imran Khan.

  • Mohd on March 23, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Afridi..keep going on we love you!!!you can win a lot of MOM and match to watching your game...try opening in T20 and of Luck!!!

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    After restricting Pakistan on such a small total on a good batting track we gave away the match. Few batsman, and last over cost us the match. We came very close twice in the tournament. Even with some useless players in the team. Once we make those positive changes , Bangladesh will be a stronger team, and can beat pakistan on any given day at home or away.

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Pakistan team were there to win asia cup and they did it in the end . full marks to Bangladesh side they were best among other two sides.

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Once again Pak won the cup after being beaten by India. Earlier Pak won the Wortld Cup in 1992 even if they were beaten by India.

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