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

Nasir breaks the trend, and the four-finger salute

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the Asia Cup final, between Bangladesh and Pakistan, in Mirpur
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The four-finger celebration
Tamim Iqbal had come in to the Asia Cup squad under a cloud of controversy, having initially been left out. On reaching 50 in the first game, he had sent a message to the dressing room, with some agitated finger-pointing and shouting. In the final, when he completed his fourth half-century in four games, he had a more joyous celebration: looking towards the pavilion and counting out the number of times he has reached the milestone this series.

The periscope
Tamim had showed his talent with a series of classy boundaries early in the innings, but his four off Aizaz Cheema in the 14th over could not be added to that list. Spotting a bouncer, he decided to duck but left his bat up. The ball deflected off the back of the bat and trickled down to the fine-leg boundary to bring up the 50-run opening stand.

The injury
Nazmul Hossain was playing his 38th ODI in his eighth year of international cricket, and the scarcity of appearances has not been just because of lack of opportunities. He has had terrible luck with injuries. As he ran in to finish his eighth over, Nazmul went down tumbling in pain after his delivery stride, falling on his stomach. Umar Akmal hammered the intended slower delivery for a single but worse damage had been done to Nazmul. Replays suggested an ankle twist which was possibly caused by a shorter landing step.

The trend-breaker
The Bangladesh fielders are not exactly tigers in the field, despite the nickname. Their failure to hit the stumps when required is often a point of ridicule. Nasir Hossain bucked the trend early in the game this time, ending Misbah-ul-Haq's stay with a direct hit running in from point. The mix-up between Misbah and Mohammad Hafeez contributed to the dismissal but the sight of a Bangladesh fielder hitting the stumps was the highlight.

The shot
There were several stand-out strokes in the Bangladesh innings, but few were as audacious as Mashrafe Mortaza's to get a boundary to fine leg. With the match already seemingly lost, in the 47th over, Mortaza shuffled across the stumps to an Umar Gul short ball outside off and cheekily slapped the ball past short fine leg for four.

The message
In Umar Gul's first over, Nazimuddin could not locate the ball on four out of five occasions, swinging loosely outside off and missing. He was beaten every time Gul gave him a hint of width, which was obviously a veiled attempt to lure him into a caught-behind dismissal. After the fourth miss, someone from the Bangladesh dug-out told the 12th man, Anamul Haque, to get ready. Perhaps he delivered a message of caution to Nazimuddin because the next ball he faced after the visit was a solid defensive prod to keep out the fifth ball of the third over, bowled by Mohammad Hafeez. Nazimuddin ended up scoring 16 off 52 balls.

The drop
Jahurul Islam was stationed at a shortish point position when Hafeez sliced one towards him in the sixth over. Jahurul dived to his left but couldn't get his hands completely around the ball. It was a second lucky reprieve for Hafeez, who had survived a close leg-before shout in the fourth over. Hafeez went on to make a scratchy 40 off 87 balls before falling to a good catch by Nazmul Hossain at mid-on.

The drop II
The fact that Nazimuddin did not come to attention till so late in the Pakistan innings meant only one thing: he had fielded safely. But off the third ball of the 45th over, Sarfraz Ahmed smashed one towards him at midwicket, and he timed his jump perfectly but couldn't hold onto the ball.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka; Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • mars2009 on March 24, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Bravo to BD , that might be new beginning of Bangladesh cricket team. Asia Cup is just a tournament. Let us see who is real Asian Champion, that analysis covers all head to head matches rather than selective period / tournaments. Pakistan vs India , the score line is 69-48 in favour of Pakistan. Pakistan vs Sri Lanka again 76-47 in Pakistan's favour. Pakistan vs Bangladesh it is 30-1 in Pakistan's favour. Any taker??

  • zarasochozarasamjho on March 23, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    I am a Pakistani supporter and have always wanted Bangladesh to become a strong cricket team to really compete with the test teams. Unfortunately, they were given test status far too early and as a result I have not seen them as a truly great side. They have been a half-decent one day side but the nation is mad about cricket.

    BD have come of age in this tournament - at last! They were consistently good performers in all the 4 matches - and were unlucky to lose. Hope this loss would make them stronger. Continue to develop as a good one-day side and upgrade your ability to bring it up at test level and playing abroad. You are now getting the players you need, but the approach must be aggressive, unlike Tamim. He should have not been satisfied with 4 fifties; should have gone on to try to make a century for his country in the final; another 20 runs and BD would have certainly won.

    Anyway, you guys are on your way up now MashaAllah.

  • on March 23, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    @chancricfan theres always a question mark over their performance overseas its not about recent past i am speaking of over all , although a team which performs in all situations is south africa, who totally deserve the number 1 spot in test cricket...as for one dayers Australia are still a very formiddable side..but it agree with csowmin there should be a series... that could be a deciding factor.. rather than judging teams on one game.. and there should be a neutral venuee...most probably somewhere out of the sub continent..

  • on March 23, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Congratulation to both teams... BD had a great show, first time I am impressed by their performance... I am mighty impress with Shakib, that guy is their best bowler, best batsman and best fielder; match after match...This team rides on him, he is going to inspire a young generation of BDs in coming years...I don't find such a example in past or present in Cricket... It could have being nice if Afghans could have played this tournament... I could see there are not far from reaching there... Pakistan needs to look beyond Younus and Misbah in ODIs... They are making the same mistake as India, holding on to the old guys for too long

  • chancricfan on March 23, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    @Mohammad: Two bad series don't tell the story bro. How many game. we won series in Eng, NZ, WI, drew with SA in the recent past. Accepted Pak was a goo side. But now the story is different.

  • csowmi7 on March 23, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @mars2009. Yes Pakistan have a better record against India. But this is mainly due to the one sided matches in the 1990s when India were not a very good ODI side. In the 1990s Pakistan had a champion side with Wasim Waqar. But after 2000 India has won more matches against Pakistan and in the recent past India has won more games. Pakistan have also not beaten India in a World Cup match in pressure situations Hope the BCCI has some sense knocked into them and organizes a tour with Pakistan(with 5 ODIs and 3 tests) so that we can settle the score.

  • on March 23, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @chancricfan you can refine your searches according to your liking but the head to head scores are calculated on over all performance..and its a fact pakistan has beaten all the asian countries far more than they have lost to them..although on basis of performance in this CUP i hoped to see bangladesh as the emerging champions but it wasn't to be... you can chant INDIA all you want...but overseas you will always be considered as an ORDINARY team.

  • on March 23, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Bangladesh deserved to win. We should have dedicated it to them. From Pakistan.

  • on March 23, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Pakistan showed the performance in a style even media, Indians and Bangladeshis were talking negative. But they won in a style.

  • iMPARTIAL.PAK on March 23, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    To Asian cricketing nations.... i want to remind you people that SOMEONE from the outside asia said that Asian cup tournament is WASTE of TIME.. saying INDIA and SRI LANKA should rest.... My question to him and to all is 'was it waste of time??????????' Isn't it true that every match of this tournament was GEm of Oneday cricket?? one of the best tournament of one day i have seen.... Add Afghanistan.....

  • mars2009 on March 24, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Bravo to BD , that might be new beginning of Bangladesh cricket team. Asia Cup is just a tournament. Let us see who is real Asian Champion, that analysis covers all head to head matches rather than selective period / tournaments. Pakistan vs India , the score line is 69-48 in favour of Pakistan. Pakistan vs Sri Lanka again 76-47 in Pakistan's favour. Pakistan vs Bangladesh it is 30-1 in Pakistan's favour. Any taker??

  • zarasochozarasamjho on March 23, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    I am a Pakistani supporter and have always wanted Bangladesh to become a strong cricket team to really compete with the test teams. Unfortunately, they were given test status far too early and as a result I have not seen them as a truly great side. They have been a half-decent one day side but the nation is mad about cricket.

    BD have come of age in this tournament - at last! They were consistently good performers in all the 4 matches - and were unlucky to lose. Hope this loss would make them stronger. Continue to develop as a good one-day side and upgrade your ability to bring it up at test level and playing abroad. You are now getting the players you need, but the approach must be aggressive, unlike Tamim. He should have not been satisfied with 4 fifties; should have gone on to try to make a century for his country in the final; another 20 runs and BD would have certainly won.

    Anyway, you guys are on your way up now MashaAllah.

  • on March 23, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    @chancricfan theres always a question mark over their performance overseas its not about recent past i am speaking of over all , although a team which performs in all situations is south africa, who totally deserve the number 1 spot in test cricket...as for one dayers Australia are still a very formiddable side..but it agree with csowmin there should be a series... that could be a deciding factor.. rather than judging teams on one game.. and there should be a neutral venuee...most probably somewhere out of the sub continent..

  • on March 23, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Congratulation to both teams... BD had a great show, first time I am impressed by their performance... I am mighty impress with Shakib, that guy is their best bowler, best batsman and best fielder; match after match...This team rides on him, he is going to inspire a young generation of BDs in coming years...I don't find such a example in past or present in Cricket... It could have being nice if Afghans could have played this tournament... I could see there are not far from reaching there... Pakistan needs to look beyond Younus and Misbah in ODIs... They are making the same mistake as India, holding on to the old guys for too long

  • chancricfan on March 23, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    @Mohammad: Two bad series don't tell the story bro. How many game. we won series in Eng, NZ, WI, drew with SA in the recent past. Accepted Pak was a goo side. But now the story is different.

  • csowmi7 on March 23, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @mars2009. Yes Pakistan have a better record against India. But this is mainly due to the one sided matches in the 1990s when India were not a very good ODI side. In the 1990s Pakistan had a champion side with Wasim Waqar. But after 2000 India has won more matches against Pakistan and in the recent past India has won more games. Pakistan have also not beaten India in a World Cup match in pressure situations Hope the BCCI has some sense knocked into them and organizes a tour with Pakistan(with 5 ODIs and 3 tests) so that we can settle the score.

  • on March 23, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @chancricfan you can refine your searches according to your liking but the head to head scores are calculated on over all performance..and its a fact pakistan has beaten all the asian countries far more than they have lost to them..although on basis of performance in this CUP i hoped to see bangladesh as the emerging champions but it wasn't to be... you can chant INDIA all you want...but overseas you will always be considered as an ORDINARY team.

  • on March 23, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Bangladesh deserved to win. We should have dedicated it to them. From Pakistan.

  • on March 23, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Pakistan showed the performance in a style even media, Indians and Bangladeshis were talking negative. But they won in a style.

  • iMPARTIAL.PAK on March 23, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    To Asian cricketing nations.... i want to remind you people that SOMEONE from the outside asia said that Asian cup tournament is WASTE of TIME.. saying INDIA and SRI LANKA should rest.... My question to him and to all is 'was it waste of time??????????' Isn't it true that every match of this tournament was GEm of Oneday cricket?? one of the best tournament of one day i have seen.... Add Afghanistan.....

  • chancricfan on March 23, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    @mars2009: Refine ur search. From 2001 Jan: Ind Vs Pak: 19:17, Ind Vs SL: 37:24, Ind vs Ban: 13:3 And tell now who is the winner. Past glories doesn't tell too much bro.

  • joseyesu on March 23, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Well done Pak and Ban. This Cup is considered important to these teams than Ind and SL. And what to say of SHAKIB -SUPERB. The next WC is in AUS. With the kind of bowling attack of all these teams, ASIANS cannot dream of WC. Congrats to PAK bowlers for being more aggressive.

  • mars2009 on March 23, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Asia Cup is just a tournament. The big thing about current Asia Cup is emerging of Bangladesh as new born cricket team. Well Done BD.. Let us see WHO IS REAL ASIAN CHAMPION , this title is based on aver all performance. Not on selective period or tourneys but head to head. Pakistan VS India , the score line is 69-48 in Pakistan's favour. Pak vs SL , score line is 76-47 in Pakistan's favour.With Bangladesh it is 30-1 also in Pakistan favour. Any taker????

  • on March 23, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    @plmx99 Exactly my sentiments...

  • plmx99 on March 23, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan and well played Bangladesh. It was a great final. Bangladesh cricket has a new look to it and looks professional, having finally discarded the likes of Ashraful, et al. I would be reluctant to blame Shahadat for the loss but Mushfiqur needs to learn that you cannot make the same mistakes and expect different results. Shahadat was given the ball in the last over in the Indian innings and he went for 17 runs! He was asked to bowl the 48th over in the Sri Lankan innings and he bled 11 runs. He bowled the last over in the Pakistan innings and he leaked 19 runs. In each instance he was already the most expensive bowler overall and Mushfiqur had far better bowling options to choose from. Shahadat was already bowling the best he could and Mushfiqur should have noticed that Shahadat's best was not good enough! Feel sad Bangladesh lost this particular game but excited at the prospect of seeing more of this "new team"! International cricket will be much richer for it.

  • kunderanengineer on March 23, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Shakib al-Hasan will one day become the No.1 allrounder in cricket.The only reason he is still under the radar is because he doesn't play for one of the high profile teams. It is a sheer delight to watch this young man play with the focus, intensity and above all the maturity of a 20 year veteran of the game. He is the real deal and worth the price of admission. Keep rocking Shakib! (from an admiring Indian fan)

  • Dhali_BD_Fan on March 22, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    Congrats to Misbah, the Pakistani team and all the fans of cricket. BD TAKE A BOW! Those pictures of BD players in tears are haunting us! Look at today's game with optimism! Stop thinking of the loss, just re-group and think about the gain. Don't worry about when we will come this close but more to worry about correcting the mistakes so that we keep on playing like this, like the way you were born too! The loss is miniature compared to what you gained! 'Respect'! - No one is going to call BD 'minnows' from now on! You have a confirmed ability to win! I for one am very happy that we lost and having gotten so close! The faster you rise, the faster you fall! Just continue on the consistency and complete! Winning will come! This game was great, we are going strong and we are going to be even more determined now because we didnt loose by 20 runs this time, but 2! - BD Fan and Cricket Fan!

  • on March 22, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    I am a Pakistani but it is the saddest moment forr Pakistan to beat awsome team of Bangladesh. They have played most wonderful game of cricket in Asia cup and they deserved to win.They deserve be called tigers. Actaully in mind Bangladesh shock the world by almost beating Pakistan twice in the tournament.The day Pakistan made them cry was not good for Pakistan also as we have natural love for Bangladesh and for its cute looking people, they are so beautiful. I appologise on behalf of Pakistan for the win that we did not even deserved. Please do not blame the bowler for giving 19 runs blame the whole team for not able to just two dam runs. Remember Sarfaraz highest score was 24 but he alone got got 46 runs but whole BD team was unable to get just two runs, So do not break his heart as he is already heart broken so do I.I know Misbah was full of praise for them rather about his win. It was a sad day of Cricket.

  • vkypak on March 22, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    PAKISTAN ZAINDABAAD.....true champions of the game ALLAH HU AKBER.... cmon our bangladeshi bros u r our younger bros this cup is also urs....cmon celebrate with us PAKISTAN AND BANGLADESH ARE TRUE BROTHERS.....UR TEAM WILL BECOME CHAMPION ON 1 DAY TIME WIL COME DONT B UPSET...... pakistan u showed again to the world that ur bowlers r champions HATTS OFF .....LONG LIVE PAKISTAN AND BANGLADESH ........ FROM A PAKISTANI .....

  • on March 22, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Was their nothing to talk about in the match from Pakistan's point of view? Plays of the day can't all be from Bagladesh in a game won by Pakistan.

  • ZsZs on March 22, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    As usual Tamim plays for himself, board president. where is team? an opener satisfied with 50s and no conversion.

  • sja_edinburgh on March 22, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    As an Bangladeshi,I acknowledge the support and praise by from our asian friends here...U GUYS ROCKS>>we did ourselevs a lot good by playing consistently good...and this should be the beginning of an new era for us...But I also agree with the criticism by IndnCrktfan and Bigwander for tamim...it was a joy to watch u play those strokes but I still think u have let us down by throwing yr wicket on each occasions..it didnt cost in earlier matches but PAk backed it up with sensible bowling and never let us settled down today...it cold have been an easy win if u could have aimed for an century rather than content with yr half centuries(that pointing fingers r really immature)...u have to see the bigger picture better rather than just saving yr back...

  • on March 22, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    As a cricket fan, I would like to say that cricket was on the heights and the cricket itself won! I think Bangladesh deserves to be the champion though I'm Pakistani, but the way they've played the whole tournament, they are the like champions! As a Pakistani fan, I'm happy as well as sad for the team Bangladesh and their people but I support my team first! Well played by both of the teams! In the end it turned out as a good tournament! PAKISTAN Zindabad!

  • sirvivfan on March 22, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh.... Showing signs of maturity. Pakistan well done..... But the batting need to improve a lot... Guys are not capable of scoring hundreds.... Coach must alsonwork on them to be able to chase in good batting conditions. Too often they bat first because they cannot handle pressure of chasing. Top order needs to work on gating hundreds...perhaps their pay contract should be linked directly linked to getting hundreds otherwise their is negative rebate!

  • sja_edinburgh on March 22, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    ...am impressed with the batting of tamim most(more eye pleasing and mature) BUT with the form he got, he should have tried to take less risk at that point and should have tried more to hung on there (like sakib) and hold the innings for longer...and should target for a century rather than being content with the half centuries(didnt get his motive to raise those four fingers really...its a bit immature to remind someone of whatever happened before the tournament regarding selection)..i would say Sakib and tamim shouldnt have given away their wickets and we saw the after-effects dearly..these r the lessons they need to take from such loss..we should look for better replacement for Shahdat and Nazimuddin, thats for sure...all the best..

  • sja_edinburgh on March 22, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    WHAT A NAIL BITING MATCH WE HAD>>>I best IND-PAK final couldnt be that scintillating..Nevertheless,as a BD fan last over by Shahadat proved decisive to me while a bit more rotating during middle overs could ve eased the pressure at the end...pakistan bowled really well (especially the last over by Aziz was perfect death bowling under that kind of boiling point of the match, set-aside the ones by Afridi).. for sure but we didnt have the right attitude/strategy in place at right time..nazimuddin and nasir wasted too many ball either blocking or trying to hit too hard.. YET this whole tournament is the biggest event so far in our short history of cricket..it now hopefully instilled some strong self-belief in the youngest ODI side playing around...well done boys for making use proud...if u play this brand of cricket on every occasion, u would soon achieve more ....take the positives and learn from the errors..leaving SL and IND behind to reach final is no less a milestone to be proud of..

  • lilhoney502 on March 22, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Where are da world champion's???

  • on March 22, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Never in the history of Pakistan felt kind of sad for winning. All the ppl I talked to wanted to see a tie instead of winning. Isn't that amazing! BD lost the final but they won the hearts of million of crickets fans from Pak and around the world. We all wanted to see Indo-Pak final but after seeing this final one can't ask for more. Bangali Tigers love from Punjab.... we salute you and you are the real winners. We hope to see BD in semi finals on next T20. Tonight no one in BD should feel sad.. you have won hearts and mind of your oppositions. 1971 divided us but this final match reunited us. We really hope to have same reunification with our lost brother India too.

  • on March 22, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    i am not sure but i think that "four finger celebration " was directed towards Mr. mostafa kamal!!! tamim oh tamim!!!! you are playing for your country !!!! not against your board president!!!!! make a ton, finish the game!!!!!! then show your 20 finger!!!!! we wont mind!

  • akk_bd on March 22, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    We are really proud of you guys Tigers.You saw us a dream and you are so close to grab it. But the way you played throughout the tournament , you were just awesome. Standing ovation for our team. Best of luck in the future !!!

  • Tokai69 on March 22, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Adab Bangla cricket......we are a proud Cricket Nation today, tigers played like a champions one more time in this tournament. They've also experienced what require for the next time. For the love of this game, you are the folklores of Bangladesh Cricke t!!

  • version1902 on March 22, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    being a Pakistani,i am happy that our team win the final.whatever the record says,for me,Bangladesh is the winner of this series in all the departments.but those tears makes me so sad that i wished,it wouldn't be a big deal if we lost the match.after all Bangladesh truly deserved it.

  • StatisticsRocks on March 22, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    @salmanZahidi: You echoed my comments. Fully agree. It is not ok to score 50's and 60's but to convert those into match winning centuries. He is supremely talented and is so comfortable at the crease against both fats and spin bowling.

  • on March 22, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Bangladesh is the real winner of this tournament. Good show Bengalis

  • on March 22, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi i am also crying like other's 16 million people. But i am proud with this team. Now the time has come to dominate world cricket by ASIAN. None of team is now different so much from each other. Go Ahead and dominate world cricket. Insallah next time Asia Cup will be hunt by Bengal Tiger's.

    Congratulations to PAKISTAN. Best of Luck. Allah heard our pray for being a strong team.

  • nawaid123 on March 22, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    well palyed bd...i think india pakistan final will not be nail bitting as this one...unlucky bangladesh but the shows the world that they arenot underdogs any more... i m pakistani but salute to them..

  • on March 22, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Thank you for your wonderful comments . Bangladeshi =)

  • kunderanengineer on March 22, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    I had a nagging feeling that that last over of Shahadat where he gave up 19 runs would come back to haunt BD. However, in spite of that if Nazimuddin and Nasir had even slightly higher strike rates BD would have carried the trophy. In any case, a wonderful ride for this young and promising Bangla team. When you consider that Tamim, Nasir and Shakib are just in their early 20s, that in itself bodes well for the future. All the best BD! ( from an admiring Indian fan)

  • OhPakistan on March 22, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    BD players just lacked the experience of playing the finals/failed to land the knock out blow. Else BD proved that their earlier victories against Ind. + S/L were NO FLUKE !

  • krishna_cricketfan on March 22, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    It was a great display by BD. The dot balls does matter and it did in the end. the margin being just 2 runs, shows how well BD fought despite playing so many dot balls. You deserve to be in the finals and also a win was always a possibility. But it was not to be this time. Better luck next time.

  • on March 22, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    salute from india to both the sides..shakib shakib..mann..u r da best allrounder in da world vettori n kallis are experienced but u r magical..respect for tamim ..he has become a matured player..something umar akmal shud learn as its sad to see an excellent stroke maker throwin it away...am happy for all da sides..bangla beat india..india beat pak..pak beat bangla..lol...

  • on March 22, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    bangla deserved to win the asia cup, but that doesnt mean that Pakistan were not the better team and should have handed them the game (which they almost did anyway) i am happy that Pakistan won and did not humiliate us(and me for i would have lost dinners to 4 friends) but at the same time i am sad that we had to win by beating bangla who did play very good cricket.

  • on March 22, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    TIGERS........we RESPECT YOU alll, we LOVE YOU.....the world SALUTE YOU...``HATS OFF YOU""

  • iBilal on March 22, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Pak won the cup but BD won respect. I felt so terrible to see the sad faces. As a Pakistani, I wish this match had tied.

  • maddy20 on March 22, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    It was really good to see Bangladesh have posed some serious Challenge to Pakistan. Well played! Solid performances in 4 consecutive games. Looks like they are gaining the consistency that they have always lacked. Well played. Really feel bad that Nazimuddin and Nasir played out so many dot balls. OTherwise it would have been an easy win.

  • Onnorokom.blogger on March 22, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Tigers may have lost the title but they won the HEART! They have showed us the "Never Say Die" tendency which reminds me of Steve Waugh's Aussie team.... Take a bow tigers!

  • i_amVIVA on March 22, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    First, congrats to Pakistan. But Bangladesh presented probably one of the most thrilling ODI to remember for a while. They should be proud of their performance, as well as, the way they played each game in this tournament; never let down from here on, and the trophy will be yours to take soon. One point though, the BD captain should learn the lesson of the importance of death over bowling and its impact on the game, and never bring in a non performing expensive bowler any more in future games. That could have made the difference today. Again, it's a game afterall!

  • iamgroot on March 22, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Congratulations!!!!! to Pakistan team. They played very well. What a fight knock from Shahid afridi and Sarfarz .. I salute the fighting spirit of Pakistan. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE PAKISTAN.. They were the deserving winners. They didn't lose hope and didnt give up even after being 135/6 something. That is what you call NEVER SAY DIE ATTITUDE.. Excellent.. BD have themselves to blame. They had a good opportunity to show the world that they can win big tournaments but they failed miserably. Nevertheless , I am very happy that Pakistan won this tournament. They are dangerous team. I want to congratulate Misbah and whole pakistan team for being tough mentally and winning the tournament. The winning margin might be just 2 runs. But that is more than sufficient for Pak to lift the title with smile. As an indian fan I am happy that PAK won. Deserving team prevailed in the end. Congrats PAK. keep it up. Excellent Work!!! All the best for future

  • OptimusPrimal on March 22, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Both Pakistan and Bangladesh are true winners. Seeing them cry made 98% Pakistani extremely sad. They wanted to win this match so bad and they deserved to win. In our eyes our Bangladeshi brothers are also winners.. No need to be sad brothers, you reached this far you WON our hearts.

  • on March 22, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    my respect for BD has increased four fold,the energy shown by the BD team is the stand out memory of this year,never thought i will say this but here is my wish-i wish indian team emulate this BD team's never say die attitude and hungry to succeed which they showed in the asia cup--good luck to BD cricket from an indian fan

  • on March 22, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    feeling very proud and unlucky as well [for not wining Asia Cup 2012- lost by two runs only] being a Bangladeshi... Thanks to all who supported us and for the respect.... This is the start of New Bangladesh Cricket Team. Hope we shall blast now on...

  • Ammade on March 22, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Pakistan won Asia cup, congrats! Hats off to Bangladesh team. They played superbly and as Misbah rightly said in his post match interview that team Bangladesh were the real winners of this tournament ..... from pakistan!

  • KarachiKid on March 22, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Well played Bangladesh. Keep it up. Strong Bangladesh, Zembabwe and maybe later Afghanistan as well, would be great for cricket.

  • cricfan15953 on March 22, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    Great cricket from Bangladesh and this is probably the most competitive cricket match I ever saw........Bangladesh had a chance of winning even in the last over. Thank goodness Pakistan won orelse I would have hated the Pakistani cricket team.

    I hope after this all of the great cricket countrie think twice before going against a "weaker" opponent. Bangladesh beat india and sri lanka and west indies has so far beaten australlia once. You can no longer tell who will win a match just by looking at the countries playing

  • on March 22, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    respect for bangladesh all the way , come on tigers we don't need to prove anyone anymore . We r awesome n we can be anyone in the world and no one can say that it's an upset . respect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! even more love after this for every member of the team!so sad when mushfiqur was crying...they gave their heart out...

  • sathish008 on March 22, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Hats off Bangladesh. No doubt Shakib and Tamim are real class. Hope to see Balgladesh tour countries like Australia and Southafrica too often and keep growing. From a Hardcore Indian Fan.

  • Maxrus on March 22, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan! Misbah is the coolest captain among all theteams. He never got panicked. It matters,. As for BD I say they did and tried their best and for sure THEY are not the minnows as all Indian newspapers titled . Bangla desh looked quite different in this tournament. Unbeleivable. Usually they win one match in a tournament say against a "real test playing team" and thats all. But this time they won 2 consecutive matches against them (World champ+Runners up) . I am used to see they get all out under pressure.. This time a different approach or team or mentality. May be because of BPL. Anyway BD got the youngest team and there will be success ahead. Best Wishes to Pak and BD.From now on no team will take BD in light way.. . And Congrats again to Pak.

  • AbdulRahmanAhsan on March 22, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    best of luck to bangladesh team .... congratulations to pakistan team ..... love you team Pakistan

  • Quddus-Mamu on March 22, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Lotus Kamal Must go. We don't want to see him as a BCCB president anymore...

  • adis26 on March 22, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Bangladesh Rocked it. Welcome to big league...you will certainly command respect from the work ....Indian..

  • on March 22, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Loved how Shakib Played, Bangladesh has proved themselve as professional team and not to take them easy anymore. what a great game and series. Great Work. Love to see their action in Pakistan, we are waiting for Bangladesh.....

    with love, from Pakistan.

  • on March 22, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, lot of respect from an indian. Always wondered how strong an united indo pakistan would be with such a strong batting and world beating bowling

  • on March 22, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Congratulation to Pakistan for the victory given by Bangkadesh. our main fast bowler Umer Gul's performance was well below par. It seems to me that he was tired. Pakistan has to start rotation policy immediately. They have to work hard on their fielding. Catch drop by young Hamaad Azam is not acceptable. He is young and athletic he should have anticipated catch early. My request to media not compare Umer Akmal with Kohli. Coach has to be stricked with him and decipline him. Our coach has to work on Nasir Jamshed to loose weight atleast 20 kg. We have to look for other young fast bowlers and geniune alrounders.

  • Ra_Thore on March 22, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan. One thing is sure Bangladesh have exposed our weakness of underestimating them. Hope that BD gets test tour offerings from this point on. They truly deserve it.

  • on March 22, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Bangladesh Hats off too u ppl ..... u deserved everybit of it but its a cruel game :)

    u earned Respect and million fans around the world ....<3

    Alot of Support and respect frm a Pakistani Fan <3..

    ull rise INSHALLAH :) TEAM BANGLADESH :) .(TIgers)

  • T.R.GHANCHI on March 22, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Bangladesh may have the final, but i am sure they have won many hearts all around the world, especially in Pakistan. BD, the true champions! Coming from a Pakistani.

  • provash on March 22, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Pakistan won the cup, but Bangladesh won the tournament. Except for Nazimuddin, this BD team should be kept for a long time together to grow in more confidence and fighting spirit. I don't understand why Nazimuddin wasted so many balls - if it is due to timidity or selfishness , he should be dropped. Because courage and confidence r most essential to perform at the international level.

  • on March 22, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    HATS OFF Bengal Tigers......we Love You.

  • on March 22, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Bangladesh Cricket Team, Glory awaits you and you are the peoples champ. We will love you always. Besides, brothers from India, thanks you guys

  • Nampally on March 22, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan on winn ing the Asia cup. Bangladesh fought it to the wire & only just missed winning. The old sayiong luck favours the brave went on the side of BD against India when they came back from a hopeless position in last 3 overs to win the match. BD captain swung Pathan for 2 sixers going outside the off stump to play his slogs. Either of the balls could have taken his stumps but the luck favoured him. Had BD lost that game, they would have been out of picture. So BD must consider themselves lucky to make it to the final. I was also surprised by the Man of the Tournament award going to Shakib Hasan instead of Virat Kohli, who scored 2 centuries + a half century, including a great 183 against Pakistan @ a S/R of 140.Shakib was consistent with the bat but no where near Kohli. In bowling he was hammered for over 65 runs vs. India for no wkts. I thought it was unfair & some what baseless.He may have been the Man of the match today but not Man of the tournament.

  • on March 22, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    He got over confident there and thinking that after a 50, his job is over.

  • birdz_eye on March 22, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    We Pakistani fans were jubilant on lifting the Asian champion title though every tear of Bangladesh players felt right here in our hearts after all they are Ex-Pakistan too we love you guys too :)

  • on March 22, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    TIGERS!!! You've won our hearts like you did many others in the world. You are the champion of our heart. We are always with you and no matter what, we will always be with you. May this be the rise of a star that shines gloriously forever. Thanks to all INDIAN, PAKISTANI AND SRILANKAN sporting fans who love cricket and live upto the true spirit of cricket. Thanks for wishing our team. We'll always appreciate it as a sporting nation.

  • on March 22, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    i salute Bangladesh,despite the result.i hope we will continue this performance inshAllah.

  • on March 22, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Well played Bangladesh all the pleasures is ours

  • StatisticsRocks on March 22, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Congratulations to PAK for winning the Asia Cup. But hats off to BD for a great fighting spirit and also to the passionate fans in BD. Feel bad for SHakib who arguably is the best all rounder at the moment. As I wrote in my other post Tamim is special but someone needs to really tell him to stay there and is not enough to score 50's or 60's.

    @Nadeem: I agree with most of what you said as but BD was not the best team. It is PAK who turned out to be the best team as they won the Asia Cup. Don't forget PAK is the only team to beat BD twice in this Aisa Cup. Don't u think it's time for BD to start winning since its been 26 years since BD played its first ODI (1984) and still has nothing too show for it.

  • El_Toro_Loco on March 22, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Why can't we add comments on the main article about this game? Anyway good victory for Pakistan, in the hindsight Pakistan found a good opener Jamshed & middle order batsman Hammad. Now they desperately need two genuine fast bowlers, at least half as good as Wasim & Waqar who can perform in any type of pitch.Ciao

  • on March 22, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    you can beat india, you can beat srilanka but Pakistan is Pakistan :-)

  • iMPARTIAL.PAK on March 22, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Loved the gesture by Tamim, out of all cricket i have watched in 24 yrs, it was the a strong, confident, inspiring and joyful gesture and an answer to prove his worth as a batsman. he deserves his place unlike what chairman of BCB thought of him Shakib Is world class player, and nasser is the mike hussey of Bangladesh i Feel. from Pakistan

  • Rakim on March 22, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Hats off to BD. You guys have played the tournament like champs. Pakistan Zindabad

  • on March 22, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    ..........yes ......so proud to be a Bangladeshi !!!

    inshaallah....nxt time !!

  • touqeer777 on March 22, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh.I feel sorry for my BD brothers .I was really sad after watching M Rahim,Nasir and other players was crying after the matches.Even though my team won but Bangladesh deserve this cup because they played extra ordinary during this tournament.keep your hard very soon you will win a tournament.Pak bowling is still best in the world even though they had bad day against India.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on March 22, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    I would like to add, Shakib-al-Hasan is a phenomenal player. He is arguably the best all-rounder in the game and a true match-winner. Bengladesh should be very, very proud. They have certainly delighted the fans all over the world, and shown that they will be a real threat in the years to come. These lads in their side are young and hungry, and they're showing real guts. They're taking on the big boys and not getting fazed, facing bowlers of the likes of Afridi and Ajmal, and Gul as well, who are world-renowned for being pressure bowlers and death bowlers, and often feared as amongst the most varied and penetrating attacks in the world these days, hats off really to Bengladesh for putting up this fight. A new force in world cricket hopefully!

  • on March 22, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    At the end of the day, cricket was the winner! well played tigers, you have won many hearts!

    Plus whose the champ of Asia? PAKISTAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Maduka43 on March 22, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Congrat to Pakistan.Salute for Bangladesh. It was good cricket- By Sri Lankan

  • Indraneel.Kundu on March 22, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Congratulations Bangladesh, you have one more fan from India. The superstars in the modern game joined well established teams. Building a winning team from bottom up takes a lot of defeats and lost opportunities. But look what the future has in store for you- you will be the pioneers of a champion Bangladeshi team. So keep your chin up and I know your spirits are sky high. Finally, Tamim Iqbal, you are a very good batsman. Don't get entangled in politics and distract yourself. Play the game for the love of it, not to prove someone else wrong. The downward slope is very slippery and you will never know when you slip.

  • on March 22, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Tamim and Sakib played and showed the world they belong to international class. I am spceially impressed with Sakib. His allrounding skills can be matched only with kallis and Vettori. Better luck bangla for next time. Congrats to Pak for lifting the Asia cup. Asia Cup makes a big deal for Pak cricket team b/c of the crisis they are going with. This tournament was really intresting who said ODI became broing it still have lots of life in it.

  • on March 22, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Respect for Bangladesh! i am a Pakistani but wanted Bangladesh to win by seeing so much emotion in crowd. what a fight by Tigers just unlucky.

  • on March 22, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Bangladesh is no more underdogs.

  • on March 22, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    superb tournament from shakib and his boys -well done - maybe the bpl has done more good than you guys thought -- Misbah needs to refocus and adopt a more southern hemisphere style of aggressive captaincy

  • Quddus-Mamu on March 22, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    It was Shahadat, who did the damage. His last over was really expensive (19 runs). I don't know why Mushfiq picked him for the last over when he was too expensive in the whole tournament. In fact, he should not be in squad at the first place. Shahadat was the only bad selection from the selectors and it was paid in full. Well played by Tigers.

  • on March 22, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    well done Pakistan. But the real winner i think is Bangladesh way they played in whole tournament its awesome . your future is bright in cricket Bangladesh.you give tuff time to Pakistan in two matches beating Indian and Sri lanka also .In the final look like Pakistan is playing with AUSTRALIA not (old) Bangladesh. Good luck in future.

  • howsthat on March 22, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Congrats to BD and Pak - you fought well for cup. BD missed Kohli kind of player who could hold one end... but they played much better than expected. No more minnows.

    Mind you this tournament was on flat track. Thats why - IND SL - You need to pull up socks.. else.... tough future ahead..

  • ddlj26 on March 22, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Being an indian fan, my heart actually wanted Bangla boys to win, but as i noted yesterday i knew in my head that it was pakistan that would come out victorious, the pressure of a big match and pakistan's quality bowling attack got to them in the end... But all in all a great final, Hard luck bangladesh you have finally shown the world you can compete against big teams, we need more teams that can come and make interesting games against quality teams, the david vs goliath contest in cricket is getting too frequent nowadays.. let the underdogs make it into the big league and congratulations bangladesh once again for the fight you put in, hope this tournament makes you guys a better test team as well

  • on March 22, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Pakistan may have won the Asia cup but they were tested to the limit good job but is surely the people champ....amazing tournament who says one day cricket is boring. thank you Team Bangladesh for such a amazing journey.

  • on March 22, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    well played Bangladesh... :) from Pakistani fan you guys played extremely well...!! deserved to win but hopefully next time...

  • Shaonx on March 22, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Oh my god, what a final we had so close but yet too far. My word just when you think this match is about to unfold you will immediately be stunned by the never ending twists. All the credit goes to Bangladesh they have really made the Pakistani to toil for this win. However, Bangladesh should be proud of what they have achieved from this tournament and hope to carry on the momentum in the future matches. Although the tournament end in disappointment but I have got a feeling that there is something special waiting for them just round the corner. Well done Bangladesh for the excellent effort throughout the tournament and we are really proud of you. Better luck next time.......

  • tiger_zaid on March 22, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Respect to the Boys !!!! You made us proud.....always love you & believe in you !!! you guyz are the real champ !!!!

  • bigwonder on March 22, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    The four finger deal is more of an arrogant show off rather than genuine acknowledgement. If only he had kept is cool (rather then show off) and kept on batting longer BD would have got its first cup ever.

  • StatisticsRocks on March 22, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    premature celebration. If you r sending a message then u shd have carried ur bat till the end. Tamim thinks scoring 50 is enough and throws his wicket away. If he had stayed BD would have won. It looks like he plays only for half centuries. Such a talented batsmen and yet what a waste. he is so natural but some one needs to talk to him in carrying his innings and converting those 50's 60's into a big match winning score.

  • smalishah84 on March 22, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    what an awesome final it was.....well played Bangladesh.....well played Pakistan

  • khurramsch on March 22, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    well played by BD. they were most sonsistent team of all 4 in this Asia cup. lost a close one. spinners did good job for pak but pacers were expensive. and once agian batting failed up. pak need to find answers to many questions & dont need to hide behind success.

  • Sports4Youth on March 22, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Before the start of thiis tournament Iqbal Qasim had given last cance to Sarfraz Ahmed. OUt of the four games that Pakistan played Sarfraz got three. Out of the three games he got to bat twice. In the first game he scored 28 not out, and in the fianls he scored 46 not out. both innings crucial. I hope now Iqbal Qasim is satisfied this boy is technically better equipped than some of the specialist batsmen. Also i want to point out that in the third game Sarfraz got dropped for no fault of his. Once again i reeterate that with the style of batting and technique that sarfraz possesses he surely deserve the test spot ahead of Adnan Akmal.

  • on March 22, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    I congratulate Pakistani Cricket team for winning the Asia Cup but I'm proud to be a Bangladeshi now. Our boys made our head high; just luck wasn't on our side. Therefore, we lost a match getting very close of winning it. No worries, keep the spirit up.

  • on March 22, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan for wining the Asia cup, but it is the Bangladesh team which own something more important, attention and respect of the cricketing world.

  • gamer_ on March 22, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    congratulations for pakistan first you guys played really well and won the cup . Very sorry for bangaldesh team and ppls you guys played awesome cricket and deserved a cup but unluckily you lost it and but i guess you guys acheive greater than this cup sooner . Salute for bangladesh players especially tamim and shakib ..

    Indian

  • Nadeem1976 on March 22, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Bangladesh was the best team of the tournament. I cannot believe that Bangladesh can play like that in four consecutive matches. From now on cricket fans will give proper and deserving respect to Bangladesh.

    Though Pakistan won the Asia cup but Bangladesh won the hearts of all cricket fans in the world. This winning of hearts is bigger than wining Asia cup.

    Salute to Bangladesh for playing great great cricket. Shakib is really the best ODI allrounder in the world. He played at it's best.

    Great great job by Bangladesh. One day you will win many tournaments if you play like that in future. Keep it up.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on March 22, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Surely they were better plays than this in the game? well, a great game overall. many many congrats to Pakistan for bringing home the cup, but a bigger congrats to Bengladesh for the performance of their lives. I sincerely believe they are the true champions of this game and definitely this tournament. They have played classy, gritty, high-powered, gutsy and audacious cricket. They have lived up to their nickname, "the tigers", and delivered in every department. Before anybody criticizes small technicalities in their game, like why one of the openers went so slow or why shahadat got tonked in the last over, just remember the three teams they have faced and fought hard against. This isn't a struggling Zimbabwe or Scotland away from home, these were the three Asian heavy-weights, in Asia, all relatively fresh out of big performances, world cup successes for all three, ofcourse more so for SL and Ind, and big series wins for Pakistan. Bengladesh took them ALL on! credit to them!

  • on March 22, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Hats off bangladesh.......n congrats 2 pakistan for winning asia cup aftr 12 years......

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  • on March 22, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Hats off bangladesh.......n congrats 2 pakistan for winning asia cup aftr 12 years......

  • cricket_fan_1980 on March 22, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Surely they were better plays than this in the game? well, a great game overall. many many congrats to Pakistan for bringing home the cup, but a bigger congrats to Bengladesh for the performance of their lives. I sincerely believe they are the true champions of this game and definitely this tournament. They have played classy, gritty, high-powered, gutsy and audacious cricket. They have lived up to their nickname, "the tigers", and delivered in every department. Before anybody criticizes small technicalities in their game, like why one of the openers went so slow or why shahadat got tonked in the last over, just remember the three teams they have faced and fought hard against. This isn't a struggling Zimbabwe or Scotland away from home, these were the three Asian heavy-weights, in Asia, all relatively fresh out of big performances, world cup successes for all three, ofcourse more so for SL and Ind, and big series wins for Pakistan. Bengladesh took them ALL on! credit to them!

  • Nadeem1976 on March 22, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Bangladesh was the best team of the tournament. I cannot believe that Bangladesh can play like that in four consecutive matches. From now on cricket fans will give proper and deserving respect to Bangladesh.

    Though Pakistan won the Asia cup but Bangladesh won the hearts of all cricket fans in the world. This winning of hearts is bigger than wining Asia cup.

    Salute to Bangladesh for playing great great cricket. Shakib is really the best ODI allrounder in the world. He played at it's best.

    Great great job by Bangladesh. One day you will win many tournaments if you play like that in future. Keep it up.

  • gamer_ on March 22, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    congratulations for pakistan first you guys played really well and won the cup . Very sorry for bangaldesh team and ppls you guys played awesome cricket and deserved a cup but unluckily you lost it and but i guess you guys acheive greater than this cup sooner . Salute for bangladesh players especially tamim and shakib ..

    Indian

  • on March 22, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan for wining the Asia cup, but it is the Bangladesh team which own something more important, attention and respect of the cricketing world.

  • on March 22, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    I congratulate Pakistani Cricket team for winning the Asia Cup but I'm proud to be a Bangladeshi now. Our boys made our head high; just luck wasn't on our side. Therefore, we lost a match getting very close of winning it. No worries, keep the spirit up.

  • Sports4Youth on March 22, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Before the start of thiis tournament Iqbal Qasim had given last cance to Sarfraz Ahmed. OUt of the four games that Pakistan played Sarfraz got three. Out of the three games he got to bat twice. In the first game he scored 28 not out, and in the fianls he scored 46 not out. both innings crucial. I hope now Iqbal Qasim is satisfied this boy is technically better equipped than some of the specialist batsmen. Also i want to point out that in the third game Sarfraz got dropped for no fault of his. Once again i reeterate that with the style of batting and technique that sarfraz possesses he surely deserve the test spot ahead of Adnan Akmal.

  • khurramsch on March 22, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    well played by BD. they were most sonsistent team of all 4 in this Asia cup. lost a close one. spinners did good job for pak but pacers were expensive. and once agian batting failed up. pak need to find answers to many questions & dont need to hide behind success.

  • smalishah84 on March 22, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    what an awesome final it was.....well played Bangladesh.....well played Pakistan

  • StatisticsRocks on March 22, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    premature celebration. If you r sending a message then u shd have carried ur bat till the end. Tamim thinks scoring 50 is enough and throws his wicket away. If he had stayed BD would have won. It looks like he plays only for half centuries. Such a talented batsmen and yet what a waste. he is so natural but some one needs to talk to him in carrying his innings and converting those 50's 60's into a big match winning score.