Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup final, Mirpur

Bangladesh just would not give up

They fell two runs short in the final, but the Asia Cup 2012 will be remembered for the fight and self-belief the hosts showed to confound pre-tournament expectations and challenge all their higher-rated opponents

Siddarth Ravindran at the Shere Bangla Stadium

March 22, 2012

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Barely half an hour after the Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim and several of his team-mates were crying on the field, the Shere Bangla stadium was lit up by a dazzling fireworks display. That was meant to be a mark of congratulation for Pakistan, winners of the Asia Cup, but it may well have been feting the battling performance of the home side, who confounded pre-tournament expectations by pushing the opposition hard in every match, eventually falling short on the final delivery of the competition.

For one day, normal life in Bangladesh was paralysed as the whole nation tuned in to watch the biggest day in their cricket so far. It was so massive an occasion that even those two bitter rivals, prime minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia, were in the same stand cheering the national team on.

A tournament final itself brings with it loads of pressure; chasing in the final even more. That is for teams used to playing the crunch matches. For Bangladesh the stresses are unique. An Asia Cup success or failure was not going to completely change the mood of the other three teams' supporters, but in Bangladesh the highs of the past week have been celebrated with the fervour usually reserved for World Cups or other such blue-riband events.

Perhaps the biggest difference in this Bangladesh team compared to previous ones was in the mindset and self-belief. Right from the first match of the tournament, when their chase seemed to have been derailed by Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal, they never gave up. With 23 needed off the final three overs and the last pair at the crease, Shakib Al Hasan whipped the first ball of the 48th towards deep square leg. It only resulted in a single as Shakib could not get it wide enough of the fielder, and he let out a scream of frustration at having exposed No. 11 Shahadat Hossain to the strike so early in the over.

Whatever the situation, they were not going to settle for anything less than a win. When Bangladesh played Pakistan in the previous Asia Cup two years ago, their bowlers took a pasting and Shahid Afridi's manic century led to a humungous total. Bangladesh did not even bother trying to chase down the target, opting instead for some batting practice, and ended up 139 short. This side is not thinking like that.

Shakib Al Hasan punches one through cover, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup final, Mirpur, March 22, 2012
Even after the required-rate had exceeded eight an over, Shakib Al Hasan showed fight to bring Bangladesh back into the game © AFP

When the spin of Afridi choked them in the middle overs of their chase in the final, sending the required-rate towards seven, Shakib was at hand to bring Bangladesh back. The loss of Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim, two batsmen who have shown the talent and temperament to bat at the death, in ten deliveries would normally have meant the end of the contest. A few fans thought as much and started heading for the exit.

They were proved wrong, and the stunned silence was elbowed out by the usual clamour of the home fans as Umar Gul was taken for three boundaries in the next over. They were fearless boundaries as well: Mahmudullah charging out against the quick bowler and crashing him through cover before Mashrafe Mortaza enterprisingly helped a short ball from outside off past the fine-leg boundary.

If they were feeling the heat, Bangladesh were not showing it. Even in the final over, Pakistan seemed to be the ones losing their head, with an amateurish bit of fielding followed by overthrows allowing three runs when Bangladesh could have been kept to one. It did not pan out for the home side, though it was not due to a lack of effort.

"A boundary off the last ball is what we lacked," Bangladesh coach Stuart Law said at a press conference which began with him and Mushfiqur getting a standing ovation. "We didn't lack anything; we had penetration with ball, the batters also did well. We could have rotated the strike a bit better during the middle part. We played the best game of cricket we possibly could this evening."

After matches in this Asia Cup, you would usually have to wade through a festive street of revellers. After the final, though, the streets wore an emptier everyday look, as the fans had long trudged off, the dream of a title dashed.

They needn't be too disappointed though. After a painful decade of being whipping boys, the stomach Bangladesh have shown for a fight and the self-belief they have gained from the Asia Cup should spur the team on to bigger things. "We played a very consistent and professional brand of cricket. It's only that we didn't get a historic victory," Law said. "I can hold my head up high for the way the boys played their socks off in the last three games. [They] have proved we have the talent to beat any team in the world."

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by ramchagol on (March 25, 2012, 0:53 GMT)

@streetblader, don't be so bitter. enjoy cricket. you call BD performance in Asia cup fluke? you must have not seen the first BD vs Pakistan game. Pakistan nearly lost that match too. Hey, I got an idea, why don't you look at some recent performance of India?

Posted by Fieldsight on (March 24, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

Asia cup was a great success. Sri Lanka , team players, in their highs and lows, give their best. Fierce competitor, at the same time most well mannered and friendly (players and fans alike) If Indian fans are proud, they have a right to be. They have consistently produced gem of players who dominated world cricket consistently. Beaten and humiliated by Bangladesh, Some compare Virat as a mythological fighter with Trishul in hand, clobbering 183 and winning against Pakistan. No, he is a man with a humble smile but the best ODI player. Pakistan produced great players, and each of their hearts was killed by their cricket board, or over zealous fans, or committed cricket suicide by themselves. In Misbah, they have a guy, who can chaperone their spirits to play cricket, as they played with Imran. . And Bangladesh, we are proud of our team not because we lost the cup at the end, not because we defeated India, Sri Lanka, but because we fought, and fought, and fought…Keep fighting Bangladesh,

Posted by r0ketman on (March 24, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

@streetblader: Once in a Donkey's year? How does it apply to BD? We have been playing international cricket regularly only for the past 10 years! India is playing since mid 1800s, where visiting teams came to India! Only since early 2000 has India been taken seriously by the other teams. India's win in 1981 was a fluke, as they were beaten by Sri Lanka (the newcomer) only 4 years before that in a WC match. India was unable to do much, even play in a final of the WC for another 30 years proves that India's win in 1981 was a fluke. While we BD fans have passion, we also know our cricket history, so please learn yours before you you claim donkey's years for BD success, we have only been playing for 1/15th of the time India has been playing cricket.

Posted by r0ketman on (March 24, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

@streetblader: A bigger LOL to your comments. Your statement is not a "fact", as you made an assumption that IF this was a multi game tournament, BD WOULD have been at the bottom of the table. It is the same way all the Whining Indian fans are making baseless arguments like "IF SRT did not play a slow innings, IND would have beat BD". Are all Indian fans soothsayers capable of seeing the future? How do you know "with no doubt what so ever"? Based on what? What we do know as a fact that INDIA has lost multi game test series (every game by huge margins) against England and Australia recently. That is a FACT, there is NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER. Based on India's recent record, I can say, with no DOUBT WHATSOEVER, that if the Asia cup was played in multi game format, India would have been at the bottom of the points table. If you dont agree with my prediction, that is based on FACTS from recent past (last 6 months), than how do you expect the world to agree to your baseless prediction?

Posted by hasib9 on (March 24, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh!! Just replace Shahadat with Rubel or Shafiul in the future matches and replace Nazimuddin (13 batting average?) with some quality player like Nafees. I really don't understand why Bangladesh fails to see the value of Nafees. Otherwise, BD finally got a good balanced team. 3 fast bowlers, plenty of allrounders, quality spinners, good fielders, and with Nafees in the team, 3 left handed and 4 right handed batsmen at the top.. Good combination.

Posted by streetblader on (March 24, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

LOL all this excitement from bangladesh fans is commendable... nice to see them have some passion for the game.. but the fact still remains that they manage to do this once in a donkey's years... had the Asia cup been a match where the teams played at least 2 matches against each other, bangladesh would, with no doubts whatsoever, have been at the bottom of the table... bangladesh have surely made some sort of a record for most fluke wins by a team ever?

Posted by FLying.Horse on (March 24, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

For Pakistan,,, Keep running Over UR Opponents TO Acheive Big Wins,, For Bangla Desh,, Kepp PErforming Well Events Lyk BPL Will Definately Change The Mind Set To Win Nail Bitting Games Lyl u Lost Couple Ov Days Ago,,,

Posted by nipun027 on (March 24, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Great per4mance by BD cricket team............... although u haven't won the title but still u r the champs in our heart...........

Posted by bangladeshi_heart on (March 24, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

@streetbladder: brother, same logic can be applied to your country, you won the world cup, but are getting hammered wherever you go, so one may say you won the cup just because you had a few good games in subcontinental conditions and there were no other super power (like Australia in the past) to win the world cup... would it be fair? no! you are still the world champions!! because you won it!!!

Posted by mars2009 on (March 24, 2012, 3:21 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??

Posted by Waqasahmed92 on (March 23, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

Great Great performance by BD playesr and even though I am a Pakistani I was really happy to witness this fighting performance from the BD team. There is though one big question, Everyone is saying that BD played awsome and Pakistan were below par in this particular match but this kind of a senario only happens very rarely. The real question is can the BD team compete against the three Asian giants when the opponents they bring their A game like the match against IND Pak, 330+ got chased, both teams were on a serious high in their innngs and well we all honestly know that PAK vs IND is far more tense that PAK vs BAN under any situation so in such high profile matches when the other team is also on a high can Bangla counter such a situation.. IF they can, then good things await them in the future, and if they can't then I guess BD cricket would sadely be back to square one again.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan for being the Asian champion. U played very well. u have been doing so well since misbah-ul haq took charges. Ajmal seems to be unplayable these days. I'm so proud about my team that I believe if two more consistent performers, apart from Shakib and Tamim, come out, we will have a world class setup. It's all a process that we are going through; maybe in this tournament we have played well and may be in the next one we might not do as good, but the process of improvement has to continue if we are to sustain the development. from that point, emergence of players like nasir, anamul, mominul really makes me feel good. For now, i'm happy that we are in the right track.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

New life start for Tigers. Cricket world saw a marvelous match.

Posted by Shaonx on (March 23, 2012, 17:10 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 this 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.......

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (March 23, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

Come ön bangla! Jst 3 or 4 continous wins in home conditins z certainly not enuff to be called asian giants As other 3 Teams R Certainly way AHEAD OF U.SO NO NEED TO CRY N FACE D REALITY THAT BETTER TEAM WON.THESE R ALL baseles excuses tht shahdat made u lose d match,what about two below average decisins which went against us,so talk on equal levl,GIVE DUE CREDIT TO NEW ASIAN CHAMS NOW(WE REALY DESERVD THAT).U R LONG LONG WAY BEHIND STIL.

Posted by Sreerang on (March 23, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Great match. Heart went out to the Bangla team. And of course, all the Bangla fans. But maybe, inn a way, it is good, for the fans. This way, the hunger of the Bangla team will grow even more and the fans can expect consistent performances from the Bangla team henceforth. Congrats to the Pakistan team as well. And finally, some of the scenes during and after the match will remain etched in the memory.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 23, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

Bangladesh played extremely well through out this tournament. If they can get a couple of fearless batsmen like Ranatunga, and a couple of decent fast bowlers like Chaminda Vaas, in another 5-10 years they can win the World Cup. 10 years later India would officially be a minnow but 10dulkar would still be around - trying to complete his 150th century. We need to get rid of 10dulkar if we want to win. 10dulkar and winning don't go together - he plays only for himself, not the team.

Posted by on (March 23, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

@r0ketman: Very well said!! Good response to street blader! And BTW, I am Indian, but cricket fan first :)

Posted by salman_0902 on (March 23, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

poor umpiring. BD shold have won this one. it wont be that easy for them in future.

Posted by ramchagol on (March 23, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Thanks my Indian and Pakistani friends for the encouraging comments. :)

Bangladesh will continue to improve and play well against everyone.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

@Mahmood Hassan Sahib: Re comment on Nasir, it would be better if you can ask BD players directly about being sold rather bothering Pakistani players. Definitely Mushfiq-ur Rahim would be in better to answer this. Really sad to see such comments after a display of a great character and fight by Bangladesh Team.

Posted by r0ketman on (March 23, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

@ streetblader: Also, 2 of the top 5 batsment in the tournament are BD batesmen. 2 of the top 5 bowlers are also BD bowlers. The asia cup is played with all asian teams. They play 3 league matches, and then the final decides the Asia Champion. BD beat IND and SL comprehensively to earn their right to be in the final, all in aoocrdance with the rules of Asia Cup. They lost by 2 runs to PK. So what's your logic about saying if BD won the match, that they would have been the Asia champions would have far from the truth? We can say the same for all the times India won the Asia cup, using the same logic. Those who are complaining about Tendulkar century costing India the cup, or the umpiring decisions; SRT is part of IND team, the team decided to let him have his 100, if that cost them the game, how does it diminish BD win? What about Shakib's not existent stumping in IND game? BD would have won with 3 overs to spare, he was carting the pathetic IND bowlers at will all over.

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 23, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

You can point at several things that BD could have done better staring from the last over of Pak inninings, the aweful no. of balls the two batsmen took, loosing wickets at the wrong time, 9 runs of 6 balls, come on this is the age of t20. But i think its the NERVE of a big match occasion that got the better of BD. Best example on how to do it is how India did it in the World Cup final with a pretty good score to chase. But this is not something we learn and come, the more BD players play such matches the more they will be used to this. GOOD LUCK BD.

Posted by Bang_La on (March 23, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

@Mahadevan Venkitaraman, I appreciate your cricketing sense and comments. But, you may have also noticed that Bangladesh are not given enough chances to play against so called big teams to learn to play in crises. Thank you.

Posted by Bang_La on (March 23, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

@Rayees Ahamed, dear friend, we always put Sri Lanka as our example for their grit, courage and competency. Thank you for your kind words.

Posted by GoldenAsif on (March 23, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Full marks to BD for putting in a heroicand magnificent performance to make it a fascinating and absorbing contest. They certainly exceeded the expectations of many people. Hope they improve further. The umpiring in the final was poor. Pakistan were on the receiving end of atleast two umpiring blunders which cost us dearly in terms of our final score

Younis Khan was given out LBW off an inside edge Umar Akmal was given out caught behind off his inner thigh. Wish they had DRS technology available in Asia Cup

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

I don't know why BD fans are writing about the mistakes their bowlers did and not the ones made by umpires against Pakistani batsmen. If shahadat gave 19 runs in the last runs, Umar Gul also went for some cheeky runs in his second last over. What if YK and UA were not given out? Paksitan would have probably scored 280 runs and BD might not get closer to the target in big run chase. In short, the game was won by Pakistan and BD played exceptionally well to have lost it only by 2 runs. Cheers to all BD fans for playing wonderful cricket, I hope they continue this form in future as well

Posted by Bang_La on (March 23, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

@dmqi, I do not know why media is not letting people know that Nazmul had sprained his ankle and was rested. I do not criticize Mushfique, its not the time, but he should have used Muhammadullah who had 7 overs unused. But lets look forward and encourage these cubs to roar! We must not forget Stuart Law, who is the main engineer of overhauling the mental engine of Bangladesh players. Kudos to Stuart Law!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

Very disappointing to not find the news of Asia cup results in highlights on the next day of the final game. If the winners were India or even Bangladesh would have defeated Pakistan, the news would remain in the top 3 news for at least 2-3 days. Biasness at its peak, cricinfo team!!! Anyway, Bangladesh deserved to be the champs but the way they fpught in the final will be remembered for ages. I hope the team would carry their performance in future series/tournaments. And Congrats to pakistan for holding their nerves in such a tight game. They came out as a real champ of Asia.

Posted by banglafan on (March 23, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

@Streetblader - I think you are speaking out of pure frustration; If BD became Asian champs, they would have beaten India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the same tournament ! No mean feat.@iMPARTIAL.PAK Yes, Pakistan team celebration was very sensitive to local feelings at that time, it was really very thoughtful on their part. I think this Asia Cup is a whole lot different and far far better than other Asia Cups in terms of perspective, character and achievements.

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (March 23, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Bangladesh problem had always been the body language. I remember in WC they seemed to have given up before the first inning. In Australia, they seemed to be more focused in getting autograph of Australian players which was pathetic. Australia was beaten by both Pakistan and India in the WC. Things were different in this tournament. If they maintain this body language, who knows where they would end up? Bangladesh cricket board definitely needs changes to give the players the right body language. Guys like Mustafa Kamal who had dropped Tamim Iqbal needs to be dropped himself.

Posted by itsTIME4ELImination on (March 23, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Congratulations Bangladesh. Well played.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Asia Cup finals between Pakistan and Bangladesh was an intriguing and thrilling contest in which though Pakistan won one cannot say Bangladesh lost as both teams fought hard throughout the match and were evenly poised to win until the last ball was bowled when Bangladesh failed to score the required 3 runs to win.Pakistan held their nerve and their three spinners bowled extremely well to tilt the scale in Pakistan's favour.Both teams deserve commendation for the manner in which they played and for making it a gripping and nail biting final.

Posted by vikram1705 on (March 23, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

Congatulations to Pakistan and Bangladesh for a well fought finals. Bengal tigers should also thank Sachin Tedulakar for this. Had it not been for him, they would have been eliminated much earlier.

Posted by JustIPL on (March 23, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

I will suggest to refrain from India bashing here. They wanted to top the world but others improved a lot and it is good for cricket. In the past a pak ban or ind ban or sl ban match result was predictable and now you have to watch these matches to the last ball. Only Pakistan could avoid defeat agains Bangladesh in the Asia cup and that too with lot of effort. So, the team that could avoid losing against major threat in this tournament is quite rightly the champion. Only team that secured a bonus point out of the four contestants was Pakistan. India Pakistan contest was a gem in the crown of the Asia Cup. Kohlis and Rainas as I always say make it amazing. More games among these four sides plus Afghanistan is the future of Asian cricket. This is the message given by Kohli by his blistering performance. If this happens then Kohlis and Rainas may have a shot at Sacchu's 100 100s.

Posted by SaleemSabir on (March 23, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

All Comments praising Bangalees and truly so, they played well but they should not be crying , come on its just a game , dont take it so seriously guys, as they say Dont be Sorry rather Improve yourself.. i hope this defeat will make them stronger and more hungry for the title , may it was better not to win at home as they would again be tainted as Home ground champions like India... inshallah they will have their victoires in future but they still need to Perform Consistently not in Just One Cup, One series or One Match.... In the End Great Job Pakistan.... well done

Posted by towfiq90210 on (March 23, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

I live in Dhaka. I went to see every single match of Asia cup in the stadium. I never had so much fun in the stadium before . Every match specially Bangladesh match was very close and tensed . Thought that Bangladesh would make one win out of three coz it is a normal expectation .Statistics shows that they win 1 out of 4 against stronger team in recent years. But tigers shows amazing performance in every outing. They made superb chase , good commitment , good team spirit . They had a consistent performance through out the tournament. Although they were one shot away to take the title but they played like champion if you check all team performance match by match . They played with heart and win the heart of all cricket lover in the world. We are proud of our team . I am also very happy to see very positive post for Bangladesh team all around the world . They played good cricket they deserve the honor. Hope to see Bangladesh more hungry for win near future.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

I agree with dmqi- and in my opinion Bangladesh lost the game because of THIS one wrong decision by Mushfiq. Against Sri Lanka his figures topped the list of the most expensive among all; 8 0 51 1 6.37. Against India, also most expensive: 10 0 81 0 8.10. And the first match bnagladesh lost, Shahadat was again the most expensive 8 0 53 3 6.62. Safest was to drop him in final. As captain Mushfiq should have known these statistics and should not have taken the risk to let Shahadat serve. He should accept this charge and let Murataja regain the captaincy.

Posted by Rahul_Dravid_TheLastHero on (March 23, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

Cricinfo, Pakistan won one of the most memorable tournaments after 2011 WC by beating spirited Bangladesh who defeated India and Sri Lanka on their way to final. It would not have taken too much of an effort to put the picture of Pakistan team with the cup on the front page at least for few hours.. They deserve it !!! from an Indian Fan

Posted by streetblader on (March 23, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

I am an Indian fan, bur its a relief to see Pakistan win for once... it would have been a shame to have bangladesh call themselves asia champions... winning two matches and assuming they played like champions and that they deserved the title can not be any further from truth...

Posted by Stone-Aamir on (March 23, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Pakistanis should not feel that bad about their performance, one must not forget two umpiring errors against Pakistani top order players costing them heavily. Had anyone of them managed to stay longer the team scorecard must have became lot better. Bangladesh was higher in confidene as they chased two targets against World cup finalists but could not close it in the final. India is still getting haunted by those individual HUNDREDS, imagine that century against Bangladesh cost them the Asia cup.

Posted by iMPARTIAL.PAK on (March 23, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

bangladesh is bangladesh not part of pakistan . not ex pakistan. and pakistan is pakistan no part of india at all... having said that i want to clear on behalf of those who said above lines was purely based on respect and love which cricket spread in subcontinent.. so anyone should not take it as harm to national identity... Bd impressed everyone But Pakistan Has gained Respect to very Few people admired Misbah's comments and Shahid's praise for BD, which is true sportsman spirit.. Pakistan team even remained humble in their celebrations.. And Pakistan has won the cup as they tried hard too.. so we all should acknowledge it.. Congratulation Team PAkistan , You Have won Hearts of Bangladeshi People Too. Am i not RIGHT BD fans?????

Posted by nasir731 on (March 23, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

Wow what a game of cricket it was.At the end we won,but salute to Bangladesh team for their spirit and fighting spirit.For pakistan they need to bring in Asad Shafiq.And Pakistan seriously missing Muhammad Aamir,Pakistan don't have a genuine fast bowler that can threat opening bastmen,PCB must hunt for decent fats bowler,until Aamir is back.Gul and Cheema are ok but both of them don't deserve place in Pakistan team.I am sure Pakistan have much more quality bowlers its up to PCB to hunt for them.As a pakistani i want to see really furious fast bowler,like waqar,wasim,Shoaib Akhter or Aamir.Hope PCB will do its job properly,we can't rely too much on spin,our strength is our fast bowling,Good luck to Pakistan team

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Some Pakistani player may know why Nasir, the stroke maker stayed there as long as he could wasting ball after ball. If Mushfiq made a big mistake picking Shahadat to reward pakistan with 19, Nasir did more harm bringing down the scoring rate with success. Was he sold out?

Posted by Enam_Mahin_BD_fan on (March 23, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

congratulation Pakistan! and salute to Bangladesh Cricket Team. they beat world champions- India & runner up- Sri Lanka and near close to the real victory against Pakistan like we did in 1971. the heroes are shakib, tamim, mushfiq. they are the real champions. i remember the day in 1988 when i was school boy watching asia cup in dhaka and praying for the day to celebrate. no more they are underdog. remember they fought for a ground to play cricket before they went to malaysia for icc cup-1997 as they were in crisis of a cricket ground. now they are professional, they have cricket grounds, they can beat anybody. they showed how mature they are. they won respect from millions. my uncle got heart attack yesterday! the boys cried & the millions follow them. if i have a boy, i surely send him b.k.s.p to learn cricket & play! i request ICC to arrange them at least 15-20 ODIs in a year! they need exposure with top guns now. and BCCI, please invite Bangladeshi to play IPL, ODI & test series.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 23, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

This proves that Bangladesh are no longer minnows. India, on the other hand, if it keeps playing Selfish Sachin, would turn into minnows. We lose every time he scores a century. If you want to save Indian cricket, get rid of Selfish Sachin NOW.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 23, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

@ Zaaid :- re: your question. I think Sarfraz can be best used before Hammad Azam, where he can coolly and camly build the innings. then Hammad & Afridi can provide the accelaration. once the rebuilding work is done to some satisfaciton then players like Hammad and Afridi can play more freely and may take the team arround 300. I think Misbah has only made it difficult for the team by putting all the players in the wrong place. Earlier even Asad Shafiq was foirced at the no.3 spot though he was doing fine at no.5 or 6. So Misbah has the tendency of putting all the players in the wrong position, including himself. In the post match presentatio Waqar admitted to hearing that now Pakistan may have different captains for Tests and ODI. Similer roumours are that Misbah, Younis & Gul may loose their places from the ODI setup, though they will continue in the Test Matches. I think that is a good development.

Posted by jackthelad on (March 23, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

It was a nail-biter of a match, but I'm particularly pleased to see all the heart-warming compliments to Bangladesh from Pakistan fans. This is how cricket should be.

Posted by csowmi7 on (March 23, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

Pakistan have been whitewashed 3-0 the last four times they played Australia 3 of which were in Australia. 0-8 is better than 0-12 I suppose.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

Congratulation to pakistan. seeing tears in Bangladesh players eyes made me sad. im a pakistani but i feel they deserved to win and they should not feel sad as many opportunities will come there way. they looked like a new team and they should feel proud. they played asia cup final by defeating world champions. Pakistan still needs to improve alot. yunus time in odi is over and asad should replace him. we desperately need fast bowlers.

Posted by PakCricSpin on (March 23, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan for Winning the Asia Cup after soo many decades. Misbah somehow managed to pull it off that many captains in the past 2 decades couldn't.

With that Said, I have to say the Bangladeshis deserved the victory in the Final, but its not always the deserving who get the Cup. How can we forget the T20 that a lone Mike Hussey stole from the jaws of Pakistan, when Pakistan was deserving the win? But this is the Rise of Bangali Cricket! Great performance by them! The only question in my mind now is who is better, Bangladesh or Ireland?

Posted by dmqi on (March 23, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

I am trying to find out what was the most important decision that may have costed Bangladesh the game. Nasir's slow scoring? May be, but he probably had reason at that stage. What was the crucial decision is the last over to bowl. Nazmul with a 31 average in ODI should have got to bowl over Sahadat hossain with 45 average in ODI bowling. I do not what Mushfiqur thought at that stage.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

'deserve' 'real winners' 'great effort' . the thing with sports is that u have an accurate way of separating the 2 sides. one won, one lost

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

You think every triumph is romantic? Look back on March 22nd and you would know few young men proved that wrong. We call them Tigers. History will tell, in triumph or defeat they played for us and we were with them. They were our heroes.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

ohh it was lovely watching bangladesh fight till the end... i bet 80% Pakistanis wanted Bangladesh to win when it all ended.. well done Bangladesh... greetings from Pakistan

Posted by ummii on (March 23, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

As Pakistani i feel no harm to say that bangladesh have played better cricket then Pakistan as far as they potential is concerned,, & our team was only lucky to win this competition. I felt no fun in winning this trophy... Pathetic Batsmen and lack of controlled fast bowling will hurt us in future when face tough oppositions on Fast & bouncy pitches.

Posted by Crazy4cricket40 on (March 23, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

No doubt we (pakistan) won...but pakistan seriously needs to think abt their batting. Younis took 3 catches but wht abt runs. I think he needs to play only tests now. I wonder if pakistan will ever find players like Imran, Saeed anwar, Amir sohail, Javed miandad, Inzamamn, Wasim, waqar and aqib. Keepers like Moin, Rashid latif or even salim yusuf. come on PCB can't u find a better wicketkeeper batsmen. no doubt sarfaraz performed well in final but still he is not of ODI level batsmen. how can we compete against sanga, dhoni, mccullum, boucher, de villiers. Just waiting for true replacement of Inzi, miandad, anwar and sohail in batting dept and wazar, akram and aqib in bowling dept.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

well we dont feel we won and Bangladesh lost ! awesome performance by Bangladesh and i hope that it will serve for there strong future team coming up best of luck Bangladesh ! keep good work and win more !

Posted by Pane on (March 23, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

@anshu.s . The Indian batting, that is miles ahead of other Asian countries wasnt able to avoid whitewash on 2 successive occasions. The world no.1 team including 4,5 Batting Devtas is whitewashed by England 4/nil & Aussies 5/nil. Now that is pathetic. Lions at home, Mice abroad. They can score loads of runs on dead pitches, but their legs start trembling on bouncy pithes. Anyway Congrat Pakistan for winning and many many congrat to Tigers for their performance, resilience and Team effort shown throughout the tournament. Thats the start of a new era for Bangladesh. Bravo, and keep it up. My best wishes for u.

Posted by Crazy4cricket40 on (March 23, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Congrates to pakistan....very well done by Bangladesh...I m pakistani fan and happy that we win but seriously i don't think i would be regretted even if we had lost. what a brave peroformace by bangladesh. Seeing bangladesh as like next srilanka. I Wish if pakistan have a player like saqib. what an excellent allronder he is. All the best to both teams.

Posted by Jawed_Saleem on (March 23, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Outstanding performance by BD. Golden opportunity squandered due to lack of temperament/experience (of playing finals) against battle-hardened Pakistan. HARD game (Not for the faint ♥ ), but we LOVE IT ! Jawed/Karachi

Posted by Aura123 on (March 23, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

Happy but not happy Heart with Pakistan Soul with Bangaladesh

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

Being Pakistani I would give 90/100 to Bangalis and 45/100 to my team Pakistan. Awsome, mesmerizing performance by Tigers. what a fielding and bowling, and world class batting and that too in deapth. I love u Bangalis. Pak on the other hand, just lucky to get away wd dat, in batting none other than sarfaraz, bowling wz gud, again in fielding none other than younus.

Posted by jzeebravo on (March 23, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

Now congratulation to Pakistan team! I won't say you deserved it but you could've done a lot better. There're a lot of issue with all departments of the game with clear room for improveent in batting, bowling & fielding. Whatmore has to do a lot more & I hope he'll be a very busy man in the coming months. We need a fast bowler as its clear now that Umar Gul is unable to lead the pack in the most crunch matches. He's best as a second fiddle but not as a lead bowler as he needs a good partner to support him or else he'll keep faltering at the most crucial moments. Heavy reliance on spin is not always desirable so we need genuine fast bowlers & we need them fast. Fielding is the weakest link, players should be grilled/penalized for their continuous compalcency & fielding lapses on the ground. Misbah & Younis should concentrate on test cricket & let the new talent gain some experience and fit in the team before the next world cup.

Nonetheless, good luck & congratulations once again! :-)

Posted by jzeebravo on (March 23, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

After the match I went out for a walk. There was celebratory aerial firing all around us and while I was passing by a group of little boys celebrating & chanting for Pakistan a middle-aged guy stopped by and told them, 'What are you cheering for? Bangladesh deserved this win!'. With that, he summarized the mood of all Pakistanis who were vouching for Bangladesh to win. Even my brother was getting angry on Bangladesh batsmen for not picking up the loose ball. It was amazing in a way that while people felt happy for the win, none wanted Bangladesh to lose, and indeed was a first-timer for me as well. So I will congratulate the Bangladesh team for their spirited effort! You deserved to win guys but don't worry you also remind me of Sri Lanka of 1994. Sri Lanka went down in a final probably against West Indies when despite the heroic century of an ill Hashan Tilkeratne who was literally vomitting on the ground couldn't win but they won the WC two years later.

So good luck to you as well!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 23, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

@ Lovetesh LOL...!! Yes Every team is happy including SL :) And for Bangladesh you might have lost the game but you have won the hearts of many people .Looks like shahadat costed them the game. Anyways its only beginning and they have many more victories awaiting. OTOH i don't understand some fans vendetta against india. @bMike whats your problem dude? India did not fare that worse . They fared much better than their subcontinent counter parts.And please look after your own SL team.

Posted by proud_Bangladeshi on (March 23, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Thanks to all fans here who posted nice and encouraging comments about our young team. As I write this post, my eyes are still teary. It is just so difficult to control this emotion as I know how hard our boys tried to win the final.

However, I hope that our tears are meant to be the confidence and determination for the future. Our cricketers are the symbol of our national unity I can safely say. They made us proud by showing their spirited performance in the tournament.

Well done Pakistan! Appreciate their sportsman spirit after winning the match. Well done to our Indian, Sri Lankan and fans from other parts of the world for their nice words once again.

Well Done Tigers! Let's show the world that this is just the beginning of Bangla tigers.

Posted by FlatTrack_HomeChampions_2011 on (March 23, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

Congrats both Pakistan & Bangladesh! You guys played brilliantly throughout the series. It's so sad that our pathetic flat track bullies can't even make finals outside home. That's the reality for last couple of years. They get home early whenever they play at home and someone always sends them home early whenever they play outside home. "Oh sweet home.. my sweet home the best place in the world" that might be the way they are thinking. Thrashing in 8 consecutive tests Oh my God... ODI,T20 series thrash & now two ODI tournament knockouts..OMG!

Posted by xylofon on (March 23, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

As a Pakistan fan I had mixed feelings yesterday because I thought it would be nice if Bangladesh won and beat all big asian teames in Dhaka. It was interesting to see that Pakistan could deliver under pressure (although I never have doubt of their quality its something they usually throw away, read Afridi & Akmal etc).

Anyway, Im happy Afridi had encouraging words for the Bangladesh team yesterday and some of their players have found a place in my heart. Shakib al-Hassan and Tamim Iqbal especially, Im sure there are more. Pakistani players could learn EVERYTHING about consistency from Bangladesh players. God Bless.

Posted by ajayrcs on (March 23, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

Bangladesh should be proud after all they have beaten world champions. Now they should continue this performance. And waiting to watch Sakib play for kkr.This guy has Great amount of tallent.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

I have a dream (in MLK Jr. style!)..............when cricket will no longer be competitive just among the top 5-6 nations, but will have a greater and more competitive participations from at least 14 nations! I hope Bangladesh continues to improve, Zim also become competitive again, and that ICC doesnt let progress made by Ireland, Afghanistan and Netherlands go to waste, like they did in case of Kenya!!

Posted by anshu.s on (March 23, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

Pakistan although they won the Asia cup but there batting n fielding was pathetic especially in the final,in my opinion Pakistani team managment has to realise that it's batting that wins you matches in limited overs i.e that you have to score one run more than opposition not by taking 10 wickets,Mohammed Hafiz makes Geoffery Boycott look like Sehwag,Nasir Jamshed looks n runs like Inzamam,Younis Khan n Mishbah can't play together,Sarfaraz Amed is no good with bat,get Ahmed Shazad,Imran Nazir Asap.India when it comes to batting atleast is still miles ahead of other Asian rivals on flat/slow/spinning pitches.

Posted by cricxpert89 on (March 23, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

@bMike totally agreed with u....:D

Posted by Lovetesh on (March 23, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

This would be first tournament in the cricket history where all the teams are happy in the end. Pakistan is obviously happy that they won Asia Cup, BD is happy that they reached the finals, Indians are happy that they defeated Pakistan and Sachin scored his 100th 100, at the same time somehow SL fans are also celebrating their 3-0 whitewash in Asia cup just because India does not reach finals. So cheers everybody!!

Posted by Rexton87 on (March 23, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Although Pakistan had won and I should be happy but I feel Bangladesh should have won. They were dominting the game most of the time. Their pluckiness courage and maturity have won fans all over the world and more so among Pakistanis. My message to Bangladeshi fans dont feel disheartened, you are winners too and your team has arrived to see eye to eye any team in the world. You have dreamed and beleived and now achieved.

Posted by smalishah84 on (March 23, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

What a great match and such a superb performance from BD throughout the tournament. Hats off to Pakistan as well for keeping their nerve in the final

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

Well Done Bangladesh===== from Australia

Posted by reverseswing63 on (March 23, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

I watched the match with 20 fellow Pakistanis. After the 48th over, every single one of us was hoping Bangladesh would win, and cheering every run scored. The love we feel for Bangladeshis cannot be expressed in words.

Posted by yorkslanka on (March 23, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

congrats to Pakistan on winning the asia cup and also congrats to Bangladesh for such a spiritie performance and almost getting there...dont worry Bangla fans, it is coming and once you get your first major success in a big tournament,the confidence that brings will lead to other victories..Pakistan, under Dav Whatmore, will be a very good team soon...

Posted by supadupamonk on (March 23, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

Well done beauty, what a match it was I almost thought that Bangladesh would beat Pak but Cheema bowled an awesome spell. Congrats Pakistan. Bangladesh you played well too, you have proved your critics wrong now nobody can tell that you r minnows. Very happy for both the teams. Indian here.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

Congratulations to Bangladesh for the fantastic upsurge and showcase the talent they have to beat the best in Asia.It was indeed sad that they could not put the icing on the cake by a mere 2 runs which victory you richly deserved. Hopefully, they will continue to grow which will also strenghten and enhance the game in Asia and also encourage Nepal & Afghanistan to follow suit to achieve greater status.

Posted by bMike on (March 23, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

@pitch_curator:mate, I think it should be changed as current flat track home champions not world champions. Feel really sorry for flat track bullies

Posted by Ajayvs on (March 23, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan on winning the Asia Cup!! Special congratulations to Bangladesh on putting a superlative display. You have lost the match but you have won many hearts. Your display in the tournament has been spirited and Tigerish!

Posted by Raj4you on (March 23, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

I really love this Bangladesh team.awesome guys. I am an Indian but i love the way Bangladeshi played throughout this tournament. I am bit disappoint also after losing the final.They should won this game and they were deserving this win. But hats off to the Pak team and specially Misbah how he handled the situation and showed great confidence to whom the bowler who was very expensive...even i want to cry after losing this, i felt that indian team lost this game. But memorable performances by Tamim, Shakib, Nassir Hossain , and Abdur Razak...well done guys. Keep it up this great work..from today onwards i am big fan of Shakib Ul Hasan.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

Aizaz Cheema is useless bowler , but somehow he got wickets luckily .. Any other day Indian batsmen would lambast him all around the park day and night !! ..

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 23, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

I hope the Bengal Tigers take one or two steps forward and show to the rest of the world that now they can beat any team and every team. They should start playing more cricket as these international exprosures will only improve them.

Posted by M.Prakash91 on (March 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

Yesterdays loss to pak shows that bangladesh are still minnows in cricket they dont have any clue how to finish a game they were very lucky to win against india. Back to works

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Bangladesh mite nt hav won the Aisa cup bt dey hav definately won evry1's heart.... gr8 gng boyz..... der r bigger fish 2 fry.....

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

With Pains from a Broken Heart::



Posted by khps on (March 23, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan... A good fight back by Bangladesh tigers but Pakistan did balled very well to defend a small total of just 236 runs, Indian would have required another 100 or more runs to defend and if they loose people will blame the person who scored century for India.

Posted by merandy on (March 23, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan fan I supported both Pakistan team and Bangladesh team and their fans. You are true friends of Sri Lanka. You both deserved the title. Don't be sad Bangladesh...keep your spirit high and show your talents again in T-20!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

To me the current Pakistan beat former Pakistan...... my heart is with Pakistan and my soul is with Bangladesh......I am half happy :) and half sad :(.....keep the good work both team Inshallah Bangladesh will become a top cricket force with Pakistan Srilanka we can be top of the world team like India and others cant stop us....

Posted by iasohel on (March 23, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

Its just a beginning of the show. 200 million people always with our BD team. TIGERS Go ahead, we will always support you. GET READY TO MATCH NO 12, Tue Sep 25, 14:00 GMT, ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh v Pakistan Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

salute to bengalis...but you have to praise pakistan for keeping their cool,they played this match under a hell lot of pressure,the whole world supporting bengalis and even their own people...pakistan are masters of producing the best when needed...and cheema did just that,most regard him as the weakest link in bowling...but hats off to misbah for keeping the faith in his bowler...and to all pakistani fans please dont forget to give credit to your captain...he has been outstanding and has delivered facing a lot of criticsm....well done misbah...

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

I am a pakistani and i am very happy that pakistan has won.they are playing great and consistent cricket throughout every series.but i think that bangladesh deserved this cup more than pakistan as they played out of their skin in all matches...they shocked the world but it would have been a nice ending if they would have won

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

Very proud to see many of my fellow Pakistanis congratulating Bangladesh and also showing how much it wouldn't have caused an issue if Bangladesh had one the match. I share the same story. Although I am happy that Pakistan won the match but deep inside I feel it would have been a very historic win for Bangladesh.

In either case, you guys showed how a team fights. Its not about the last over Shahadat bowled or how some players batted, its how you finish. A few years ago, Saeed Ajmal costed us a semi final against Australia in World T20 and thats exactly how it happens. You learn from it. This Bangladesh team really excites me too. Now please show some good results in Test matches and matches overseas. Pakistan should learn the professionalism from your fielding and bowling.

As for Pakistan, despite of all the sufferings going on in the nation, amazingly you guys pulled through. Bravo! Couldn't be less proud.

Keep it up guys. Peace to all

Posted by pradeep_dealwis on (March 23, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

I remember when Sri Lanka won the '96 world cup, and how everything changed and how everyone went cricket crazy. Thought this would be Bangladesh's '96, and maybe Iqbal their Jayasuriya. But all is not lost, splendid performance from Bangla, beating top ODI sides. BAN are no longer minnows, they can compete with the best in the ODIs, hopefully they can take that to Tests as well

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 23, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

One must feel for Bangladesh. They really deserved to win. They played like the real champions. But now that the storm has subsided, let us see how this game and this 2012 Asia cup is likely to effect tbe Bangladesh cricket growth and the cosequential growth in Asia. I Think, today Bangladesh is standing on the similer position as India was during the 1983 world cup, and pakistan was during the 1992 world cup and Sri Lanka in 1996. After all the above mentioned events the particular team was transformed for ever and never looked back. I see Bangladesh in the same position now, they should be only looking forward with full self belef and being capable of taking on any team in the world and can play in all conditions all over the world. BEST OF LUCK FOR A GREAT FUTURE TO BANGLADESH.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

Very well done Bangladesh.... Although my team won the title... but it is you who take the glory..

Posted by SazzadRajib on (March 23, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

You won't find even ONE Bangladeshi (not just the Bangladesh team) cricket fan in the whole world who didn't shade tears after the match (in private or in public)....Congratulations to Pakistan...We love this team from the very bottom of our heart...We really appreciate the rest of the world for their support...We now have many more friends......

Posted by hotcric01 on (March 23, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan! a Well deserved victory!They are playing consistent cricket throughout last 2 years.They have been fantastic in test cricket and except series vs England have won all ODI tournaments after World cup.It is very difficult to defend a below par score 236 against a spirited Bangladesh line up.But PAK spinners made a huge difference.Boom Boom know how to control opponents in a final.Because he is experienced.In other hand tigers have nothing to worry.They played consistent cricket in this summer and hopefully will continue the good work and win overseas games also.But still have to improve lot of things. Congratulations them also!

Posted by dariuscorny on (March 23, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

@sirviv England quite similar to Bangladesh always not expected to win and they try and live upto the expectations.just a series win over Pak dosent means Eng are a top side.same Eng side lost to Bangladesh recently.personally i feel Bangladesh are bettr than Eng in odis

Posted by Master_Mihil on (March 23, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

Don't be sad.. there's always another chance. What you have to do is try..every time... better team won at the end.. be the best in the day and win it...

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 23, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

@bMike -- I can understand your frustration. No matter what, India is still the current WORLD champions. So, live with that...haha...

Posted by Fizzah on (March 23, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

oh how much i wanted Bangladesh to win.. they are the real champions here.. very well done... like many others even i had mixed feeling for the first time..congrats to both the teams

Posted by senthil25 on (March 23, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

well played bangladesh, Congrats Pakistan, Dont need worry for the loos for bangla, U guys where prove that Ur team also becoming stronger team, this is start for your team after long long time, keep this tempo and your want prove this on diffrent condition too........So Ur guys must to prove Instead of crying. and Ur bowling is better than Australia & srilanka & India........... keep it up guys

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

The boys of Bangladesh made us proud. i was there in the stadium.We cried.We wanted this win badly. It really hurt.But we understand the boys gave everything they had.We wanted to see that.Result will come later. See you all in world T20 in september.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

Bangladesh, Deeply sad about what happened in the final but the cricket played by you guys was the best i've seen by any Bangladesh team, Dont think in a way that you are on a losing side and it was a chance 1 out of 100, you are a powerful force which can dominate in any condition and against any opposition, no matter the ranking, You are one of the strongest team now, HATS OF TO YOU GUYS!! Marvellous Cricket!!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

next time tigrers...ur the true champs!!!

Posted by anurag2704 on (March 23, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

Well played to both the teams.What a pulsating match !When Pak scored 239 , I thought it would be too easy for Bangladesh seeing their past track record against India and Pakistan.Through out the second inning , the match went from one team to another.Special shout out to Shakib & Tamim.Now get in BDesh and win some test matches against bigger teams - an Indian fan.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (March 23, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh Cricket team.......You guys really made us proud........Though we lost last night but we won the heart of Billion cricket lovers all around the world.......No regrets but only happy tears from my part.....Im really happy and proud to be a BANGLADESHI........All the best to the new era of our cricket.....

Posted by Desi_In_US on (March 23, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

Before I say congratulations to Pakistan, I would like to send out a huge 'BRAVO' to the entire Bangladeshi team. What a stunning display of fine cricket and steller performance. Pakistan-India final may have carried a bigger hype, but probably would not have matched the thrill of today's final. So, chin up and hold your head high Bangladesh Team you may have lost the final, but without a doubt gained respect of the cricketing world. I am fairly certain that next time when walk into another tournament you will not be considered the 'pushover' team. I am sure most will agree with me regardless of their nationality that Bangladesh was clearly better team of the tournament. I must admit that first time ever, my joy of watching Pakistan win was shared with sadness to see Bangladesh lose after such a fight. Congratulations to Pakistan and great gift to nation on Pakistan Day.

Posted by brishtibalok on (March 23, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

there were many mistakes done by the boys, however, i feel not to blame them for their mistakes. success & failures walk together, smtimes u need to catch failures hand to have better success! no matter whether we won or lost, we shown up we r no more a team to b under estimated! we lost the match yet shown we r the nxt superpower of asia! itz the time to strike the world cricket!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

we will come back stronger. we the 160 millions will always be there for you. we just don't know how to give up......

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 3:02 GMT)

though bd lost but i am really proud of our team.thanx to those pak cricket fan for their sporting attitude.i really appreciate that.

Posted by cricmatters on (March 23, 2012, 2:36 GMT)

who cares about Asia cup. India defeated Pakistan convincingly. Sachin got his 100 ton. Now the real cricket begins IPL 2012.

Posted by wake_up_india on (March 23, 2012, 2:34 GMT)

Besides the satisfaction of seeing Bangladesh walk as an equal with the other subcontinental teams, it is equally satisfying to see the generosity shown by the Indian and Pakistani fans towards Bangladesh and towards each other. Perhaps we have finally all grown up.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 2:29 GMT)

Congos to Pakistan Team on Winning but all the cheers & hearts goes out to the runners up Bangladeshi team.. The way they have improved over the years is remarkable.. No one should ever call them minnows/under dogs anymore.. I was rooting for them to win the cup but they lost the momentum in the middle.. we can all hope to see more of such consistent good performances from them in future against teams like Aussies, England & South Africa... Hope this new Bangladeshi Cricket can become a power house in the world cricket within the next 2-3 years.. getting tired of seeing the same old teams getting all the glories again & again..

for the record I'm an Indian.. I support my Team as well as cricket..

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 2:27 GMT)

No body lost. Pakistan won the Asia Cup and Bangladesh won the hearts of millions. Its win win for all. We Pakistanis are equally happy with the superb performance of Bangladesh. Nothing to take away from Bangladesh, We Pakistanis dedicate this victory with due respect and humbleness to our Bengali brothers.Pakistan, you made us proud by playing very good cricket. Bangladesh , you made us proud by playing very competitive cricket. Wonderful match.

Best of Luck to Bangladesh for future endeavors, I am sure that its just a beginning for you....With love and respect from Pakistani Nation!!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 2:17 GMT)

I am from India. I am happy for the way Bangladeshis played in Asia match and in the final match. There is a consistency in the way they are playing which is refreshing. What I like to see is this consistency needs to be seen repeatedly. We saw they beat India and SA in world cup 2007. They whitewashed NZ in an ODI series in 2010. But they played poorly in all the other series. Hope this time this is not to happen. The cricket really will be enriched to have one more competitive team playing in the tests.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 2:17 GMT)

Thanks to Pakistani brothers, who went along with us.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

Bursting into tears were not for the trophy nor the money. It was the love for their people and country, they did it for. We love our team, we love our country with heart. Still, tears come down of my eyes, when I remember the nation's emotion. Thanks to Allah to make me as a Bangladeshi.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

I am a Sri Lankan supporter. But, in last 2 games I supported BD. I feeling like SL won in the final. It was great match to watch. 19 runs in the last over cost a lot. Good luck for BD in next seasons.

Posted by Just_Do_It_Now on (March 23, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

Congratulations PAK on winning the ASIA CUP....but my heart goes with BANG !! They are the real heroes...terrific display of consistency & fight back ! Happy for PAK win..but a BANG win would have given their cricket a new height !! Neverthless, keep it up..keep playing with these BIGG guns & next time surely you will rise up to the occassion ! The only thing the hurt BANG in this match is the lack of exposure to big..tense which PAK is really good at...cheers for both PAK & BANG !! ------Die Hard Indian Cric Fan

Posted by passionate_cricket_follower on (March 23, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

@ Al_Bundy1: plz show some respect for the only human who has made 100 international centuries. i dont want to point you to his match-winning abilities anyway!

Posted by S305 on (March 23, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

Thank you, Pakistan and Bangladesh for this classic final. Great cricket, and well-done Bangla, for your gutsy performance. BTW, You are true friends of Sri Lanka! Thanks again, Great cricket!

Posted by binojpeter on (March 23, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

@Al_Bundy1 FYI, India's total is highest made against Bangladesh in this series.

Posted by Marcio on (March 23, 2012, 1:46 GMT)

BANG are showing signs of being a good team, and I'm sure everyone is happy to see that. But let me communicate an inconvenient truth. Unfortunately the reality is that BANG surrendered at the crucial moments. Anyone seeing the last over of the PAK innings should know that this is a team that does not yet believe that it can win. Until this is fully acknowledged, they will not rise above the lower rankings. BANG were basically in a an unlosable position five overs out in the PAK innings, and then just completely gave it away. Letting the last wicket score 20 runs in the last over, with gifted no-balls to boot, is strictly amateur. This is a game that was lost by Bangladesh, not won by Pakistan, who did little more than turn up, get outplayed for most of the game, and yet still win at the death.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 1:39 GMT)

First time in my life I couldn't b happy on Pakistan win...I dont know y but my heart goes with Bangladesh

Posted by BravoBravo on (March 23, 2012, 1:32 GMT)

What a phenomenal ODI game. On a scale of 1-10 (ten being the best), the Asia Cup Final 2012, was 10. And the credit goes mostly to BD. It was the most gripping ODI, I have ever watched in recent times. The most fitting finale. Honestly, I was hoping for BD win, their enthusiasm, their sportmanship throughout the tournament has been phenomenal and arguably they were the best team in this tournament. Congrats to both BD and PAK.

Posted by dmqi on (March 23, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

A real force has emerged in ODI. The subcontinent teams will have to be careful for sure from now on. I am interested to hear SHEWAG's comment now.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 1:30 GMT)

Very gracious of Misbah to praise Bangladesh the way he did at the end of the game. True sign of humility. I wish some other captains would learn from this.

Posted by dmqi on (March 23, 2012, 1:25 GMT)

Nasir Hossain, 63 balls 28 runs ( 1 four) does not fit into his past records. Opener's slow rate is understandable, but not his scoring rate. I wish instead of just blocking he would hit few balls, the match was ours. But I am happy that Bangladesh gave a real beating to Pak team. Wonderful match indeed.

Posted by Bang_La on (March 23, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

I take this opportunity to thank all who have put kind words for Bangladesh team performance. We actually showed the cricketing world where cricket is and how it should be. Thanks again all. God bless.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 1:10 GMT)

What a tragedy !! Bangladesh deserved the Cup for their consistent good performance. Truly they have shown character and application and commitment throughout. Well played. Better luck next time. To some extent, Pakistan restored its dented image and fought back bravely stopped the near winner's dream.

Too frequent games result in losing the stream and good teams fail to impress is well demonstrated once again by Sr Lanka and India. Solution, stop IPL and other unwanted tournaments save Cricket and its players falling from grace due lure of many temptations well supported by the Organizers themselves.

Posted by Bang_La on (March 23, 2012, 1:08 GMT)

@Faisal Sidd, sorry friend, I can't agree with you though I am ready to respect your emotion. I simply deny ourselves termed as a second Pakistan team. Be well.

Posted by VJGS on (March 23, 2012, 1:06 GMT)

To be honest, no team deserved the win more than Bangladesh. But no matter, they have plenty of positives to take from this tournament. The difference between Pakistan and the other three teams was Ajmal and the dot balls he bowled. Bangladesh had a good bowling attack, but the last over cost them dearly. Sri Lankan bowling nowhere nearly as good as it used to be. And don't even get me started on the Indian bowling attack.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (March 23, 2012, 1:04 GMT)

So close, but so far. Well done to both Bangladesh and Pakistan. Bangladesh had this if not for some mindless wickets and what a heartbreak towards the end. Would love to see Shakib in some Test Matches/more ODIs. In my opinion, he needs to be given back the captaincy. Mushfiqar is nowhere near as consistent as he is

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 0:53 GMT)

Hats off to BD team..............................

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 23, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

Bangladesh played as a team and with great heart. They fell short by just 2 runs. So unlike India, where it's all about Selfish Sachin. Only when Selfish Sachin gets out quickly does India stand a chance to post a big total.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 0:47 GMT)

As a Bangladeshi I do feel proud of my beloved team even though we've lost the match, because they never gave up till the last bowl and that's what we want from them... four times in a row we've showed utter determination. Nasir's discomfort in the middle was quite understandable, but yet we can't forget how hard he tried to contribute in the team, mashrafee razzak did cost the match last time around and see how determined they were to make up for their mistakes. So, come on tigers keep up the good work, we know you have lot more to present us with. Just one request to selectors, plz give a bit rest to shahadat and nazimuddin.

Posted by bMike on (March 23, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan & well played Bangladesh. I think 3 of Bangladesh players played for Pakistan in this match. They are Nazimuddin, Nasir Hossain & Shahadat Hossain. Nazimuddin & Nasir Hossain should have given away their wickets themselves if it's difficult them to score. Bangladesh could have won if these two got out early without eating two many balls. I have no clue why Shahadat Hossain is still in their first 11. I saw the way he bowled the last over with India & it was so pathetic. I thought he won't get any more chances in this tournament but I couldn't believe that he played for SL match and also for the finals. He gave away 19 runs in his last over even though Pakistan had lost 9 wickets by that time & that cost them the match. I don't know why the last over was given to him as Nazmul Hossain still had overs left. To be honest Shahadat Hossain is worse than an Indian bowler

Posted by sallu123 on (March 23, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

well done tigers.very soon bangladesh going to be the new power house of asian cricket.just keep the same spirit ,wht you people had today.joi bangla

Posted by Balumekka on (March 23, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

Congrats BD! Surprised to see how emotional the fans and players are, after the loss. Anyway the played wonderful cricket and answered their critics. Please build on this flatform and take these positives to tests as well. Congrats from Sri Lanka!

Posted by fr600 on (March 23, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

INDIA: Don't blame Sachin for India losing. Maybe he scored a little bit slow, but what did the bowlers do? Do they not know how to defend a target? If Sachin wouldn't score that hundred, India would have been all out before even reaching 250. Well, the bottom line is, India lost to Bangladesh. Then we can put a period to that. But most of you Indian supporters don't know how to react to loses and you always try to come up with some excuses. You must learn.

SRI LANKA: I don't know what went wrong with them but I can say it wasn't their tournament.

PAKISTAN: They played well and they were the strongest amongst all teams and the favorite to win the title. Congratulations to them for winning the cup.

BANGLADESH: They have played much better than we have ever imagined. Even though they lost the cup, they played best cricket amongst all. But it's the end of the world, it is a start of a new era.

Posted by Dhumper on (March 23, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

Glad that we won but I was rooting for Banlga sooo much because it meant a world to them! Before this tournament, I was always skeptical of their inconsistency and creating upsets once in a while. Boy not anymore! They have proved 4 times in a row that they can beat anyone.. Real winners Bangladesh for sure! Great job guys.. so happy for you. Once pain goes away in a while you better celebrate this cup hard and long and be a force in world cricket - Great game!

Posted by dilscoop_uk on (March 23, 2012, 0:24 GMT)

i m frm Pak and was praying for Bangladesh to win this one. They played really well through out the tournament and deserve to lift the cup . Well done Tigers ! BPL certainly helped allot improving ur game .

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Posted by chad_reid on (March 23, 2012, 0:16 GMT)

Well done bang even though you lost you won a lot of fans and admirers i watched the whole match till late in the morning here in AUS you could have easily won the match if it wasn't for the 19 of the last over but still that wouldn't have mattered if the two batsman that played like they were playing a test match had made some effort to get some runs and it cost you guys i was shattered just as the bang team the crying bought a tear to my eye lets hope in the future you become a force and Shakib Al Hasan what an awesome player he is im a huge fan of his dont know who got the man of the series but he deserves it coz he was the man that led bang to all thier wins and kept them alive in the final

Posted by binojpeter on (March 23, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan for the win from an Indian fan. You kept on to the nerve. Well played Bangladesh. Pressure situation in final was again bit overwhelming for you. But that's okay. That is how you learn. You will do well next time. Failure to rotate strike well in the middle overs hurt them. That being said, Afridi and Hafeez bowled with lot of discipline. But they still had the chance when Mortaza was hitting seam bowling well, if he had just tried to somehow see off Ajmal's last over, he might have coast Bangladesh home in next 2 overs. Again I don't blame him. You need some experience to make that call to who to see off and who to pick. Bangladesh won everyone's hearts and praise for their outstanding performance in this series.

Posted by fadoofie on (March 23, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan! Good show by Bangladesh too! - Love frm India/Canada

Posted by Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on (March 22, 2012, 23:57 GMT)

Thanks to all the Pakistani fans as they showed support for Bangladesh unlike Indian arrogant fans who always thrash BD at first chance; also thanx to Pakistani Cricketers as they dedicated the trophy to Bangladeshi and they thought Bangladesh deserved to win, note the fact Pakistan team didn't celebrate much which I saw right before my eyes as I was sitting just behind their dug out. Also I haven't seen crying like this from any teams before which shows the passion for cricket here- Well done Bangladesh!

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (March 22, 2012, 23:55 GMT)

Those who are blaming Shahadet for a costly over should not forget him taking wickets in previous matches and being instrumental to Bangladesh playing final. Its batsmen who have lost this game as a target of 237 was below average target. Naziimuddin and Nasirs game was what made it really hard. Specially Nasir, who was playing so freely in the last few matches.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 23:53 GMT)

What a game ! , really what a game ! Pakistan are the new Asian Champions ! Bangladesh won our hearts all the way here in Canada , you guys did play well and made a statement to the global cricketing fraternity that you mean business.

Posted by sirviv on (March 22, 2012, 23:52 GMT)

so like alot of people, i wanted to see Pakistan vs India in the final (just to see if Pakistan could avenge their loss earlier)...but after I saw Bangladeshs' performace, i was supporting them to win in the final. Alas, another loss, I cant imagine how they feel after building such momentum and confidence. Hats off to all Bangali players nonetheless who gave their country awesome performances right up until the conclusion of the tournament. Pakistan won the tournament but they should really be worried about their one day game tactics against teams like England and India(although it was one game only)

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (March 22, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

Even being a Pakistani, I wished Bangladesh to win this game as it could have meant a lot for the future of Bangladesh cricket. But any how, well played Bangladesh. I won't put blame on Shahadat for his last over as it is nothing exceptional that there was a costly over at the end side of the innings. I think the major problem was the slow scoring rate in the start where an asking rate of 4,6 became +8. Rotating the strike is the key in limited overs cricket and it is that which cost them the match.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

Fighting Bengal Tigers. Showed their fight better than Indian team.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

This is just beginning of a new era of Bangladesh cricket....we are not worry but feel proud for our team....Joy Bangladesh

Posted by passionate_berla on (March 22, 2012, 23:26 GMT)

Congratulations for Pakistan..they were the ultimate winners I think, despite the fact that Pakistan is not playing cricket in his home for 3/4 years still they are playing world class cricket. We should give credit to them because defending a modest total of 236 wasn't all that easy for any team especially against a resurgent BD team. But Well Done BD. Now you have become a world class team. BD is no longer a Minnow or Underdog kinda of team. Having said that you must continue play like this consistently.nevertheless your are real tigers BD....Cheers..

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

As a Pakistan cricket fan, I did not feel the happiness and excitement that I felt before on Pakistan victory in a close contest. Never happened before. It appears that deep down I wanted BD to win. They were the most consistent team in the tournament. Please, please keep up the good work!!

Posted by Busie1979 on (March 22, 2012, 23:22 GMT)

I couldn't see this game in Australia, but I wish I could! Well done Bangladesh! Perhaps it is a bit of knowhow that cost them. It is very important that sides like Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Ireland take the next step. Bangladesh now need to back up and perhaps with 25-30% of their games this year and prove that this outstanding performance is more than a one-off! A test winwould be nice as well.

Posted by btanweer on (March 22, 2012, 23:17 GMT)

I am hard core Pakistani team fan but I think pakistan's performance in this tournament regardless of winning the cup, wasn't enough to call themselves the Asian champs. It was all Bangladesh from start to finish. 1st time in life I've seen Pakistani fans are kind of sad to see the opponent team losing. Hats off to Bangladesh team, they are the real Asian Champs. I am very optimistic that losing the tournament will make the Bangladesh team to even perform better in the future and keep 'em even hungrier for win. Very well played Bangla tigers and I hope this tournament marked the rise of new BD team

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 23:12 GMT)

Well played BD.It is treat to watch how you guys are coming up to the big platform.Don't worry about Asia cup.After all, BD showed character more than any other team.Importance is consolidating this effort.All the best for the future of BD cricket.

Posted by gozmuz on (March 22, 2012, 23:10 GMT)

Pakistan made a heavy weather of this match. Was not expected of them. Congratulations to Bangladesh on winning the Asia cup.

Posted by Pull-shot on (March 22, 2012, 23:08 GMT)

Well Done To Bangladesh, i am a pakistani but really wouldnt have been dissapointed if bangladesh won, the passion they were playing with was amazing, this is a very good sign for bangladesh cricket, Good Luck in the future.

Posted by gozmuz on (March 22, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

@ Faisal Sidd being an Indian I have more reasons to be proud of this game because both Pakistan and Bangladesh are Ex-India so both who played in final are my own brothers. I am super delighted.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 23:01 GMT)

@ Faisal Sidd:Thanks for all the good words for Bangladesh Cricket Team. Every BAngladeshi is proud for this team as they are to be a Bangladeshi. Please never mention Bangladesh as "one of the two Pakistani team or ex-Pakistan". It insults our independence adn national dignity.

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

Great performance from Bangladesh. Always there are ifs and buts when you loose a game, its always a learning curve. Most of us are Nazimuddeen's and Nasir's slow innings and Shahadat hossain's last over. What I feel is all these guys are given a role sometimes it comes good and sometimes not, but this tournament has made look Bangladesh a side which most of us were dreaming for ages which itself a win for Bangladesh fans across the world. I believe more than anyone it will hurt shahadat hossain for watching his team mates and whole nation crying and who knows this hurt could turn him to a great force of Bangladesh cricket.

Posted by vkypak on (March 22, 2012, 22:55 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 .....

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

I'm Pakistani and I kinda wanted Bangladesh to win this one LOL.. I've never seen them play with such heart before. They really did want it - I would have loved to see the history made at their home venue. It would have been to them akin to winning the world cup. There are some harsh words in the comments, but what was standout was that it was proper cricket and Bangladeshi players were amongst the most consistent in the tournament. Pakistan or India or SL doesnt deserve to win it just because it's expected of them. The beauty of this sport is that its anyone's. It wasn't meant to be and Bangla probably choked a bit. But they came close, oh so close. This was Bangladesh's tournament for me. Don't care who took the trophy home.

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

well played BD! wonder is this BPL which gave them confidence? On the face of it, it looks like the case. IPL helped us to sharpen the skills of good one-day/T20 players. Case in point are guys like Suresh Raina, Y Pathan. They have immense confidence in their abilities to chase down anything. Same thing appeared in Mushfiqur, Shakib, Nasir & Tamim's approach. Not that they were lesser batsman earlier. But the level of perfection while executing the strokes was different. India game if would have happened before BPL, I think BD would have lost 9/10 times when they had 33 to chase in 18. Not now. Body language was so much different. But beware T20 will make u better shorter format player but keep an eye open for longer format of the game. You know what I mean?? I think you know very well. A team chasing 300s in less than 40 overs but finding it difficult to score net total of 300 in one test inning abroad, ah it hurts its my team. Good work BD, keep it up. Congrats to champ Pak, cheers

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

Bangladesh won vs India because of Sachin hundred as Dhoni said that they should had more runs on the board,Srilanka lost their match because they wanted India out,Bangladesh went to the last over of the match because of Umar gul,he helped them,fortunately Gul did not bowl the last over otherwise Pakistn could last the match,Well done Misbah u did not give him last over.Pakistan zindabad.As a proof we should check the Bangladesh match record.Bangladesh team needs a lot of work to do to become a solid team.

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

Misbah ul Haq is a gracious captain even in victory he said bangladesh were the real winners. In truth cricket was the winner -becasue we saw human spirit, human frailty,human strength and human character in one game. Superb match well done both teams.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (March 22, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

It was Shahadat Hossain, who did the real damage. I don't why Mushfiq allowed him to bowl the last over. He gave 19 runs from his last over.Shahadat was very expensive through out the tournament. In fact he should not be in the squad at the first place. But some how he got in and Bangladesh lost the Asia cup just for him.

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

Congratulations to both the teams! A magnificent game! Though a Pakistani,my hats off to the BD team! Hold your head High! Pakistan, well done!

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

Brace yourselves for the next top class team taking it all along. Bangladesh tonight actually showed the courage of a lion and did not go down the drain without a super-class fight. Being a Pakistani I won't hesitate an instance even to say that it's a proud moment for all Pakistanis for seeing two Pakistani teams (Bangladesh is ex-Pakistan) compete extraordinarily. Hats off to both the team!

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

As a Pakistani, I am delighted by the result but Bangladesh which I consider second home for Pakistan cricket team has no reason to feel sad. They destroyed the might of World Champions, thrashed wonderful Lankans and almost defeated Pakistan, that too on two occasions. As rightly said, although Pakistan has won the Asia Cup but it will only be remembered as Bangladesh's rise. Bangladesh has found spirited cricketers. Saqib has always been special but Tamim, Nasir and Mushfiq have proved to be mentally and technically solid batsmen. Others can chip in also. Bowlers have shown good aggression. Above all, they have become a team and play as a unit. I wish them luck and my support is always with them, obviously because we have shared the same history and struggle. Feeling of brotherhood is mutual among us. Even if Pakistan had lost today, I would not be surprised because Bangladesh is a very powerful team now. Hope to see stronger and brighter Bangladesh.

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

this whole tournament is the biggest event so far in our short history of now hopefully instilled some strong self-belief in the youngest ODI side playing around...last over by Shahadat proved decisive while a bit more rotating during middle overs could ve eased the pressure at the end...yet, well done boys for making use proud...if u play this brand of cricket on every occasion, u would soon achieve more ....leaving SL and IND behind to reach final is no less a milestone to be proud 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..these r the lessons u need to take from such loss..we should look for better replacement for Shahdat and Nazimuddin...all the best..

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

well done pakistan, they got top class spin bowlers, as a bangladeshi I would like give thankx to bangladesh cricket team, I never see them crying, I hope oneday the will win the trophy

Posted by Mr.NOYON on (March 22, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Sometimes God is nowhere!!!.....Heart is broken,but still sparking. Because Tigers wrapped up my heart with Diamond. My friends, don't be upset Plz .Dreams are still alive for the future by our tigers.

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

Hold you heads high Bangladesh. Well done you all should have won, but there is next time.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

Simply put..Pakistan has not won this match. Bangladesh lost.

Posted by Saeed.Lodhi on (March 22, 2012, 21:56 GMT)

Bravo ! Team Bangladesh .... they are real winners .... well played

Posted by Indraneel.Kundu on (March 22, 2012, 21:50 GMT)

This Bangladesh Team has a solid middle order. Before passing judgment, they should start winning abroad. Don't get me wrong, I am speaking for the best interest of Bangladesh. I think Ashraful as an opener in place of Nazimuddin could be a great move. Tamim and Ashraful at the top, followed by Imrul Kayes, Nasir Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur, Mahamudullah, Mortaza (he needs to lose weight and get mean)Abdur Razak, Shafiul Islam and Rubel Hossain would be my team. It will be great if Bangladesh is able to unearth a genuine leg spinner. That would make a complete team.

Posted by sja_edinburgh on (March 22, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

this whole tournament is the biggest event so far in our short history of now hopefully instilled some strong self-belief in the youngest ODI side playing around...last over by Shahadat proved decisive while a bit more rotating during middle overs could ve eased the pressure at the end...yet, well done boys for making use proud...if u play this brand of cricket on every occasion, u would soon achieve more ....leaving SL and IND behind to reach final is no less a milestone to be proud 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..these r the lessons u need to take from such loss..we should look for better replacement for Shahdat and Nazimuddin...all the best..

Posted by KarachiKid on (March 22, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

Great performance from Bangladesh. Even though PAkistan won, and obviously I was siding my team, it was really heart breaking seeing Mushfiq crying and being consoled by Shakib. Great spirit guys. I see hunger for success in all of you. I have never felt so half heartedly happy on a Pakistan win.

Posted by likeintcricket on (March 22, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

Congratulations to both the teams of giving us such a wonderful match. For all the Bangladesh fans, they should be proud of their team effort. Matches like these really excite the young generations and produces great cricketers from them. This is a good sign for your team and your nation as a whole. For Pakistan, they are a team of character now. Imagine no international cricket has been played in 4-5 years now in Pak, but still they produces champions like that.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

This is bigining of Bangladeshi Cricket. watch our cricket world for the new powerhouse. respect to the tigers

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

Proud of you boys! Well done

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan for winning the Asia Cup but even heartier congratulations to Bangladesh who played like the Tigers that they are.

Posted by rohittttt on (March 22, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

Not a good finish by Bangladeshi, they missed a wonderful chance to won final match. Main reason of losing this match is opener nazimuddin and in middle order Nasser, Nazimuddin made just 16 of 52 balls and he is a opener who playing with Tamim . So we can say they lost a easy chance.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (March 22, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

So sad to see Bangladesh lost this match. I am pakistani and hoping for pakistan's win but taking match to last ball and still not wining is really sad for Bangladesh whole nation. They should have won that match to show the world that they can beat 3 top teams consecutively but alas they failed.

Bangladesh has shown great character and temperament and plan to cope with Pakistan but luck was not with them. It was unbelievable final and a great performance by Bangladesh.

Best team in the tournament was Bangladesh and they are winner in cricket fans heart.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

although i am a pakistan supporter i thought bangladesh played amazingly

Posted by doosra95 on (March 22, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

Well played Bangladesh Proved lot of people wrong, Coach and Captain are doing well for Bangladesh.

If The players show calculated aggression in middle overs Team Bangladesh will be very very comparative in ODI's and T20's.

Pakistan deserved to win well done.

Posted by Lets_talk_straight on (March 22, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

Congrats Tigers, You showed a great game. You guys are no longer a minnow now..An Indian Fan

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

Amazing display of cricket. A match for the ages. I feel for the Bangladesh team - watching them cry here in Karachi was heartbreaking. They brought their A-game and almost humbled us. I respect the hell out of them and what they achieved. Its about time the cricketing world should stop calling them "Minnows".

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

Very well played Bangladesh you deserved to win but hard luck this time better luck next time

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Pakistan won by 2 runs
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Bangladesh v India at Dhaka - Mar 16, 2012
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