Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur

Sensational Afridi seals final berth

The Report by Mohammad Isam

March 4, 2014

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Pakistan 329 for 7 (Shehzad 103, Alam 74, Afridi 59, Hafeez 52) beat Bangladesh 326 for 3 (Anamul 100, Kayes 59, Mominul 51, Mushfiqur 51* ) by three wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Agarkar: Afridi unstoppable in this form

Ahmed Shehzad's fifth ODI century set it up, but Pakistan needed special innings from Fawad Alam and Shahid Afridi, who blazed an 18-ball fifty, to pull off their highest chase in ODIs and book a place in the Asia Cup final, against Sri Lanka.

Afridi ransacked 59 off 25 balls, hitting seven sixes during a 69-run stand for the sixth wicket with Fawad Alam that took only 5.3 overs. They resurrected a flagging Pakistan chase, after Bangladesh had surpassed expectations to post 326 for 3, their best ODI score. The game was decided with only one ball to spare.

Bangladesh's bowling and fielding let them down - they were sloppy on the boundary and Mushfiqur Rahim dropped Afridi on 52 in the final moments - and they failed to defend 300-plus for the first time in four attempts.

Shahid Afridi goes over the top, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 4, 2014
Shahid Afridi came out hitting and helped Pakistan pull off their highest chase in ODIs © AFP

Pakistan's chase was led by Shehzad, who made 103 off 123 balls, accelerating after a sedate start and adding 105 runs for the fourth wicket with Fawad at 6.70 per over. He fell in the 39th over, and after the curious promotion of Abdur Rehman as pinch-hitter failed, only Afridi could make or break the game. Pakistan needed 102 off 52 balls, and he smote the ball so hard and far during an assault that will not be forgotten by those at the Shere Bangla Stadium. Several faces in the crowd revealed anguish as Afridi bludgeoned the home side.

Between overs 41.2 overs and 46.5, when he was finally run out, Afridi launched sixes over long on, extra cover, long off, midwicket and fine leg. Five of his seven sixes came in his first nine deliveries. His stand with Fawad came at 12.54 an over. He took the bowling and Mirpur by surprise. During the onslaught from Afridi and Fawad, Mahmudullah gave 16 in an over, Shakib 20, Shafiul 16 and Razzak 18 as the asking rate plummeted in the last ten overs.

When Afridi was dismissed, struggling with cramp, Pakistan still needed 33 off 19 but Fawad stepped up, clouting Razzak twice over the midwicket boundary to kill the contest. The turnaround Afridi engineered had been so sudden because Pakistan had lost their way after a 97-run first wicket stand between Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez, as three wickets fell for eight runs.

Unlike their bowling that fell apart, however, Bangladesh's batting had been impeccable. For the first time since the Fatullah chase against New Zealand in November last year, every batsman's plans worked.

Anamul's century played the central role and he made sure Pakistan were denied early wickets. Despite his reputation as a shot-maker, his 132-ball knock was chanceless, and he played second fiddle during the early stages of his 150-run opening stand with Imrul Kayes, who rode his luck to score a half-century in his comeback game. Kayes was dropped on 0 in the first over and survived a close leg-before appeal in the seventh, but he still looked for boundaries. Anamul caught up with him, and the pair laid into Pakistan during two hitting sprees.

Imrul struck Afridi for two sixes over midwicket while Anamul attacked Mohammad Talha, Pakistan's best bowler from the match against India. In the 16th over, Anamul moved from 41 to 57 with three consecutive boundaries - a six, a four and another six - all with the pull shot. It ruined Misbah's plans because Pakistan had already lost Abdur Rehman because he bowled three beamers before he had delivered a single legal delivery.

It got worse when Saeed Ajmal and Afridi struggled too, and Umar Gul was poor in the slog overs. Anamul reached his hundred in the 39th over but got out soon after. He had laid the platform and then watched Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque reach fifties, and Shakib smash 44 off 16 balls after returning from a three-match ban. Bangladesh took 121 runs off the last ten overs but even that was not enough to survive a battering from Afridi.

This loss will hurt Bangladesh as much as the one against Afghanistan did and they have only pride to play for in the final league game against Sri Lanka. Pakistan, on the other hand, were deserving finalists, having clinched last-over finished against both India and Bangladesh.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by Ammo666 on (March 10, 2014, 4:12 GMT)

@Jugg3rNAuts: Its better you say that your thinking is more than worse i feel pity of your so called thoughts against BD!! i wonder does your country even play cricket & you are from which country or planet & you came to judge BD & even comparing with AFG after a huge unexpected UPSET..this is your knowledge about cricket.

Posted by Jugg3rNAuts on (March 7, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

@Ammo666 , where did i deny my comments? Yes BD is playing Cricket for more than not 20 bt 30 years infact, and they played test in 2000 only because before that they did'nt even win a single game againt a test playing major nation try to accept the fact that BD is worse than afghanistan and zimbabwe

Posted by KHAN881 on (March 6, 2014, 22:00 GMT)

Biased , pathetic n third class umpiring ... what a shame for ICC

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 6, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

@Jugg3rNAuts: did you even read well what i wrote if you did then its hard for you to read english i guess..where did i say that BD playing cricket for more than 20 years its "you" who your own comment again if you can understand what you wrote then reply..& by saying 2000 i meant they played their first INTERNATIONAL test...& please check that the misbehaving crowd was either PAK or BD or both so you are repeating...

@smzamir: you did not get me at all i did not mean anywhere PAK is pathetic because i myself like to watch their INT matches..about BD going too far based on their form you are right especially comparing their last series with SL... BD lost to PAK at the end it was just due to lack of experience & bad bowling change captaincy nothing more...& this BD team enough young to hold their nerve till the end in BIG & crucial moments but couldn't finish & incomplete playing with top asian teams in this Asia cup but still the...everyone has their good & bad times

Posted by KrikIndFan on (March 6, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

@Muhammad, guess a better cricketing record than Ind in all format didn't help Pak in their rating, don't you just hate that :) Pardon me for being jealous and being human, but I had to answer a lot of Pak fans hating or "jealous" on India only because they make more $$, have a superstar like status and overall BCCI head just became the most powerful man in cricket. Ind is going through the same phase what Aus went through after being world champions. But with the talent we possess its only a matter of time before we rise again. On the other hand we've have always love Pak Ind match, Pak played better so they won, we accept, we don't call them pathetic, never will, guess you don't know how big Akram, Younis, Imran even Sohaib Akhtar are in India. Akram is, was and always will be one of the best bowler in the history of cricket. But at the same time we will not sit quiet to any fans hating on my team just because Ind lost a few matches.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

Afridi is nothing more than a slogger. He hits the ball hard and if other is his day it hits. If not he just got out cheap. He can be a match winner when it clicks. but he is not a good batsman like Viral, Sanga or Sachin.

Posted by smzamir on (March 6, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

@Ammo666: who expected AFG beating BD to be an upset? Ive been following the analysis on cricinfo ever since the tournament started, and all of the experts here predicted that BD would never get very far "based on their form". and IF Pakistan is sooo pathetic as you claim, how come BD has not won one single match against us, barring the 1999 ODI we gifted u as a charity? How many tests have you won since you got your test status? 4? 5? Wow, what a record - Pakistan won its second test, that too against India. How do you even begin to describe a team that cant even defend 326 runs against a side that is renowned for being bad chasers?

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

@ Biplob.Syed .. Ya sakib could have 50 but he didn't .. There are no if's and but's in any sport ... Winner's have victories and losers have reasons .. well if you want to compare? afridi was on 35 at 9 balls ..he could just hit 3 boundries and get 50 on 12 balls.. where sakib was on 28 at 9 balls... So don't do if's and but's ... Just check the records.. :)

Posted by ahassan on (March 6, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan team. Brilliant Afridi broke the hearts of all the Bangladeshis, Indians and many other Pakistan haters including the umpires. Pakistan would have won both the matches easily had the umpires been neutral. Pakistan won both their last two group matches against heavy odds. Umpires in both the matches tried their best to make Pakistan lose but could not succeed because God was on Pakistan's side.

Posted by Jugg3rNAuts on (March 6, 2014, 5:33 GMT)

@AMMO666 I am not supporting Pakistan , i am a cricket fan and i love all good players (Except some overrated fellas) you are saying Bangladesh started cricket in 2000 are u kidding me? Your first board was formed in 1972 and in 1980 Pakistan went to Bangladesh but misbehavior of crowd in Chittagong aborted the match and also tour , so this is not new you are just repeating history

Posted by romirom on (March 6, 2014, 2:58 GMT)

i dont understand the rating system of icc. India is still on no 2 wit 113 rating. As per my calculation they should have 111 rating (total points: 7479, match:67) therefore 7479/67 =111.63. But they have 113 right now and holds 2nd spot. Is there rating system is different for india?

Posted by Biplob.Syed on (March 5, 2014, 23:04 GMT)

While everyone is talking about Afridi's hitting, no one drew any comparison to Shakib's 16 ball 44. The way he was playing, he could possibly get his 50 in the next 2 balls. Strike rate wise, he has it higher than Afridi. So, in my opinion, it was more of a failure of BD bowlers and not Afridi being apart from all the others. Not sure why Mushfiq did not use Ziaur Rahman at all. He usually is well suited for these conditions.

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 5, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

@Jugg3rNAuts: you are as a PAK fan or what ever but what you saying BD is playing cricket for 20 years (you are so wrong) but i must say that PAK is playing cricket for 67 years if you know really & i must remind you they were knocked out of the 2007 WC by team "IRELAND" this is reality... so same happened here with BD lost to AFG & the world knows BD's loss to AFG was a real upset i don't have to tell anyone this or even go check after getting one day status how many matches PAK won with a test playing nation then come back...BD played first played INT test in 2000 & PAK played first played in 1952.. 48 years of difference:D! so comparing to that PAK should be beating AFG by 200 runs right...better don't come to compare AFG or any other non test playing nation with BD...BD's last two years of improvement is remarkable & their performance & close matches proves it, its reality!! & BD spectators was simply supporting BD..think if it was in PAK then what PAK fans would do:D

Posted by spellbinder76 on (March 5, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

Afridi can be selected by any international team on his bowling alone. People should also praise the inniongs played by Fawad Alam. He was waiting for this one chance.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

@krikindfan.i can feel the jealousy in your comments.yes we are unpredictable. but thats the thing which made us famous in world can always expect an unexpected performance from us.but its better that u shud luk at ur team which is pathetic. in last 12 odis u ppl justwon 2matches one against Afghanistan and ine against BD.we pakistani have the better cricketing record than you in all instead of getting worried about pak team.kindly look after ur team which is really down at the moment .

Posted by KrikIndFan on (March 5, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

Congrats Pak, I as a Indian fan accepts our defeat, you guys played well, but Afridi still is the most inconsistent player in world cricket. Its hard to understand the hype over this "once in a blue moon gets lucky chap". The only one to be respected in terms of a batsman in the current Pak team is Misbah. Also, the so called best bowling line up got thrashed by BD who before the start of the game many were calling a practice match. Pak can win a match or two but can never be the number one in ODI or test because of their inconsistency. You might win this cup if you played the same way against SL, who are in good form at the moment, but would love to see how long can this team keep the momentum. Best of luck.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

sohaib maqsood was not out. sloppy umpiring throughout tournament

Posted by Nawab67 on (March 5, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

@mzm149....Look who is talking . Read your old messages.....Every message of yours conveys the same !!!! Sour grapes

Posted by TigerRoars on (March 5, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

@Hammad Khalid Khan, please check the rules for ODI. For ODI, if my memory serves me right, even slow balls have to be under waist to be legal.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

Slightly heart broken, but wow wow what a match. Congrats to the Pakistan cricket team, fans and Afridi. I think Pakistan cricket fans and PCB have always supported us and I think its about time we do the the same. I think Bangladesh cricket will benefit more playing against them and hope international cricket returns in Pakistan. BTW Bangladesh has a huge Pakistan fan base, esp. for Wasim, Waqar and Afridi.

Posted by Jugg3rNAuts on (March 5, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

@Ammo666 you are getting emotional for nothing , we all know reality BD is playing cricket for more than 20 years and still they are below average team , lets compare them to afghanis , BD won their first match againt a test status nation after 28 matches and afghans got this after just 4 matches ,and anamul was shouting @ every ball if you want to see some real emotions of spectators just search on youtube (Query as pakistan spectator asia cup 2014) thats how we celebrate this game,

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

One feels soory for the Bangladeshi crowd .They have been so patient for 11 or so years that BD got test status coming to the grounds so enthusiastic yet go back mostly disappointed .BD must get some hich calibre players in their domestic circuit to raise the level of competition .They are mentally fragile and lack the killer instinct

Posted by Stark62 on (March 5, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

What a gem of an innings that was!!

Afridi seems to be regaining his touch, which he had in his earlier career and that was evident with the flick off Shafiul's bowling.

I've not seen Afridi play that flick shot off a fast bowler in a very long time and he used to do that in his prime.

Although, credit goes to Fawad for anchoring the innings and rotating the strike without much fuss (chronic problem for our batsmen), plus he could have easily thrown his wicket away after reaching his 50 but he didn't and wanted to see the game out. I'm glad for him because he has been ridiculously consistent in the domestic scene and deserved a chance more so than anyone else.

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 5, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

LIONS_ROARR: Your greatest Lion's of the world & YOU will not roar but will mew mew at next...! BD bowled poorly later but it was due to some wrong bowling change lately & by then PAK took the match in their your talent less understanding about BD's progress over last two years & in this match BD had to come back strongly after few unexpected loses & this time it was against the strongest bowling attack of this Asia Cup...& cricket is not about just winning & losing but much more ok..& such spectacular cricket matches like this proves it! BD lost in this match but still i am happy with BD the way they exposed their original form & talent & determination in this match especially with bat! long live CRICKET!! TIGERS ROAR!!!

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

Be afridi Be very very Afridi

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 5, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

@Solid_Snake: How funny! The keeper was appealing you can't call that jumping only it seems like you saw for the first time a keeper appealing behind the stump, how many cricket match you saw??? it was just the part of the game...& what you said that after dropping Afridi's catch one crowd was crying i don't see they were really crying but it was the reaction & it was like crying i also saw it & it was a girl group..but anyway what you know about supporting own country & how much it can be???? NOTHING!! & you came to teach sportsmanship..LOL did u see Misbah's expression & his smile that he couldn't even believe they are winning really at the end... & you have mistaken you must be talking about 100 years back but not after 100 years from now BD..HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 5, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

@SherjilIslam: Obsessed with India? The way I see it, its the Indians obsessed with Pak than the other way round. I have seen Indians waving their flags in support of other teams and cheering the opposition against Pakistan whenever Pak plays matches that doesn't even concern India, you need to look at your own flock to know who is obsessed with who. And I wouldn't call Indian fans waving Indian flags in a Pak VS Auss match as obsession, its much more serious than obsession.

Posted by Ali_Chaudhary on (March 5, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

Afridi is the greatest cricketer we have ever produced. Many will argue that Wasim, Javed were better than him but after last two games he definately is ahead of both. And misbah is the best Captain from Pakistan. Never seen before not after.

Posted by Balumekka on (March 5, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

Totally agree with PakSerZameen. Well said!

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

There is this commercial going on in Star Sport that how one over changes the game.

I wish India can show how afridi thrashed Indians out of Asia Cup by posing this stats.


Game over India just 10 runs was needed in the last over. Be brave enough to advertise that do not show clips where any team won against Pakistan. Or Indian team won against any team. If you want to advertise, advertise this :D

Posted by uboatlover on (March 5, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

dear indian fans. i have seen some of ur comments after the end of match that pakistanis r being overly happy about india getting out of tournament compared to their own victory.

i think they should read comments of some indian fans cheering for bd when the match started and hoping that a bd win would make them qualify for finals

if u say u r big 3, plz act like one

Posted by SyedArbabAhmed on (March 5, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

@karnamgiridhar: LOL, now Indian will tell, what is fast bowling to Pakistan, ROFL, India outside India is like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, below than Ireland too.

Posted by PakSerZameen on (March 5, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

Dear Asian Cricket supporters, If you try sum up all your comments and bashings on each other, you will be really sad to learn that Asian cricket is losing what it's been known for: The classic Indian Batting line, The world class Pakistani Bowling attack, and the most feared Sri-Lankan Slogging. Instead of criticising each other here, criticise your respective boards and teams in positive way, try to influence them and let them realise that they're not gonna get blind emotional support from our side. We want to see them playing at "professional" and not only emotional level. If we want to hand our pride & glory over to a game like this, we better be wise and careful about it.

Posted by haq33 on (March 5, 2014, 7:34 GMT) Imran and Wasim were swingers not pacers eh? Imran used to say to Wasim "just bowl it as fast as you can". I.e. Pace first, and swing will add to its destructive powers. The other oddity I find with Indian fans is their strange neglect of Waqar Younis when mentioning Pakistani pace legends. I would gladly breathe Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman in the same sentence as Sachin, in fact I would even argue that those 3 had greater value for India (but that is a different story). Why do Indians have a blind spot for Waqar when he was faster and had better stats than Wasim for much of his career? Honest question if anyone has the answer??

Posted by Minnow_Team_Fan on (March 5, 2014, 7:33 GMT)


We are celebrating a win over a test playing team and we celebrated a win over a so-called top team two days back. Just for your information, experience is not calculated on the basis of age, it is calculated on the basis of number of matches played by a player. So your Tendulkar was quite experienced when he turned 25.

As far as number of matches are concerned, if you minus Afridi, the average matches played by Pakistani players are 73 which is not very far above indian average of 60.

Also, following stats may help you and you or other indians hopefully will stop whining about the experience/in-experience of indian team:

Less than 10 matches experience: Pakistan players = 2 Indian players = 1

Less than 50 matches experience: Pakistan players = 5 Indian players = 6

100 or more matches: Pakistan players = 5 Indian players = 3

See? there is not much difference in the experience of both sides. The only difference is Afridi who we doesn't play as a batsman.

Posted by ayub.khan on (March 5, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

congratulatin to all pakistani and pak cricket fan, we are celebrated only not for win just because of empire also with involved in the both game, india and bangalesh, the both team playing with 11 player + 2 empire so tatal = 13 person, so thats why we celebrated for this kind of win.....

shahid afridi playing like boooooom boooom he is the SCORPION for the any position... good support from other side like, fawad alam, shahzad and hafeez ,, shahzad and fawad furture of pakistan team,,,,

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:32 GMT)

@sherjil islam you are complaining about pakistan's "obsession" with indians? kindly scroll down and read the comments of indians for yourself. when bangladesh was batting your countrymen were posting rude omments, it may be the reaction of pak fans. moreover we pakistani people admire many indian cricketers like dravid, sourav, sachin and my personal favourite dhoni because they are all not only great players, they are upright gentlemen too. but sorry to say Kohli doesnot deserve the respect as a person(might be a good batsmen) from non indian fans. its just the way it is.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (March 5, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 5, 2014, 6:51 GMT): Let me quote my self again for you ".no matter how Kohli behaves on the field, he remains humble in victory and gracious in defeat in post match presentations" I guess you shall read comments properly before jumping, anyways you are the one of those Pakis who always make a point to bring India in every damn thing, so all i can say is happy India obsession

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

3 beamers in a row by a spinner in a such important match, surprises me ... I always think junaid in death over is far better bowler than ummer gull

Posted by wapuser on (March 5, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

Totally agree with solid snake. there attitude lets them down. no sportsmanship at all. SA chased down 400 in J'berg, how many Australians cried? It's a sport afterall. I beleive you are a Pakistani, we love Pakistan cricket here in Sri Lanka from Imran's time, may be even before that. Expect a great final between Sri Lanka and Pakistan!

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

@sherjilIslam: Obsession? It is more like the other way around! Obviously we as a Pakistani fan took a lot of pride the way our team outplayed outsmarted your team inspite of daunting odds not to mention the flawed and error stricken umpiring standards. Instead to appreciate the quality of cricket Pakistan played, our Indian friends strive to prove how fluke Afridi's knock was! And as far as Kholi's conduct as a captain when the emotions ran high was contrary to the generally dignified character captains normally adhere to! let me take an example of your own captain Dhoni...and in our case Misbah! you wont see a single outburst while these two Messrs captaining their respective sides Kohli on the other hand act much like a immature debutant when a number ten( the time when Ajaml bowled off Ashwin's first ball) got out. Even Mushfiqur was sublime when his team was taken to the cleaners! Touche'

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:25 GMT)

amazing match....pakistan played an excelent cricket (batting but not bowling neither fielding).on the other hand Bangladesh team also played excelent a Pakistani feeling very to see our brothers(Bangladesh) are also learning very you all (Pakistan & Bangladesh).

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

@Rajesh.Kumar: Sour grapes :). I would say BAD luck to you next time as well.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

if shakib play against india sure they win that.see how he treat mighty ajmal and others.indian bowlers gone for cleaners if he played. anyway good cricket from bd's. for this result you shiuld not want to shame becouse you fight as tigers. bravo.good bye indians beware from new asian fighters today.

Posted by AshwinMS on (March 5, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

@Saad Khan Yes we are still the best.Or are or saying our team has gone to one of the worst because we had a bad season?For your info,every team has good and bad times-Australia lost 5 one days in a row right before 2007 world cup and everyone said their time is over,but they came back strongly and won the WC.It'll be the same for India-don't go judging teams based on one or two series

Posted by Lashariz on (March 5, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

Rajesh Kumar: Have u forgotten the match of last Asia Cup in which Bangladesh thrashed India out of the Asia cup with all your home gound legends playing in that match. Your standards are too low as you lost against BD in last Asia Cup while Pakistan has not lost any match against BD since 1999. Hope this would be enough for you.

Posted by ABKhanISB on (March 5, 2014, 7:18 GMT)


With due respect I heard India lost to Bangladesh at least three times in ODIs. Thats such a poor record.

Posted by Musafir366 on (March 5, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

@ Rajesh.Kumar

100% agree with you. why to celebrate so pathetic team in the world who cant even beat Afghasnistan. Damn Pak-Bang was complete written script ball by ball. How the hell spinner can do no balls due to beamers.

If Pakistan will lose final then i will see be the reaction of Pakistani supporters.

Posted by noorisb on (March 5, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

@Rajesh.kumar I can feel your pain. you know what a team who's fan could not celeberate a single victory over 15 matches can only criticise other's team. come on just grow up yar your team won only 1 game from last 15 and that was also again BD and in last or perhaps 2nd last over how could you talk about over team. Just enjoy IPL man your team is not fit enough to compete on international level. anyhow hope for the best against AFG or they are going to ruin your day.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

out of last 4 Odi's Pakistan have won 3 in last 12 months, including a series win against india in India.

The last 2 series against SA in SA and against srilanka in dubai they won as well.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

@Rajesh.Kumar People like you are biggest cause of earth quakes and other natural disasters.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

Anyone who knows afridi's batting would tell you not to bowl in to his ark, when he is in good form. Above his rib cage does always work. Only BD would loose after making 324..

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 5, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

@Rajesh.Kumar:If it was Pak on the losing side,fans like you would have said negative things about Pak team..Btw where's India now..Packing their bags & going back to home..When Dhawan scores,he becomes a hero..When he fails to score,then comes the excuses from fans.Dhawan's carreer ended just after 1 tournament ie CT..That's how Indian team standard is now a days..Can't win from NZ,SA,Pak,Eng,Aus & now today they'll lose to Afghanistan as well.Don't worry..Kohli has got another excise ready in his pocket.. & i guess you have forgotten last Asia cup..So called World Champs were thrashed by the same BD team that you are talking about..Ring a bell? & what was the excuse at that time..Dew or something else? Fans like you are the reason of all this hatred..I never wanted to comment like that but i was forced to do so...

Posted by AshwinMS on (March 5, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

@Waqar_Bhat Big 3 exposed?Lol how does this match exposes them?Stop talking nonsense.

Posted by DanielRob on (March 5, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

Well done Pakistan! Afridi's onslaught took the game away from BD. I wonder if it was the same wicket on which Ind played Pak. This was a batting paradise. But well played both teams. The close encounters r showing that the upcoming World T20 from 16th Mar will be fascinating & full of excitement. Looking forward to that tournament for which Dhoni has already taken adequate rest. Its about time that Ind has won a major trophy, which they r used to winning every yr nowadays. Going by Pak & SL's form in BD they r the ones who will b the favorites 2 win the WT20,but, with Dhoni,Yuvi & Raina back for WT20 Ind will hv the batting firepower which they clearly lacked in this Asia Cup. Surprisingly, Ind's bowling performance was much better in this Asia Cup, i knw tht they lost the big matches but tht was due 2 batting failures which Ind is not used to in general. Feilding needs 2 improve though. SL is the best fielding side in Asia & Pak has variety in bowling. Best of luck to both Pk SL 4 fn

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

@RajeshKumar. My my...such vindictiveness, atleast you can appreciate cricket if you cant digest the winning team. Pakistan may not be consistent in their performance but atleast their fans and the team plays enjoys the game! Bad display of sportsman spirit Rajesh...or maybe thats how your roll, nationally.

Posted by UAETigers on (March 5, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

It was a great cricket match and full credit should be given to BD players for giving one of their best fight against PAK!! It could have been won easily for them if Afridi's herioc hasn't came back again!! Now I see BD as a real good side and the passion of their FANS is amazing!! If their management performs sensibly I am sure they can become a very good team!! BD Needs a genuine fast bowler and a death specialist bowler too!! They have spinners, good hitters, proper batters!! They just need a good series against big team to make them believe that they can WIN too!!

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

well what to say of this man AFRIDI, incredible..and look at this bull shit level of umpiring..umpies did their best to beat pakistan against india and bangladesh, just only not to support the big 3. But pakistan is a cricketing giant and which they have proved in the your face face big 3..go paki's go get it

Posted by SyedArbabAhmed on (March 5, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

@ Rajesh.Kumar: V just lost once against Bangladesh unlike India, and we can anywhere in the world unlike India, and also v r in the final, where are u? Face the reality.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

Rajesh. Kun ' this is ur best india squad only dhoni was left out' and when india had 5/0 defeat against newzeland . Everybody was saying dhoni must be dropped ' his presence would nt make any difference' pakistan team is very young as well apart from misbah' ajmal and afridi all new players'

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 5, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

Afridi pls score a 30 ball hundred in finals

Posted by mzm149 on (March 5, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

@ Rajesh.Kumar: Grapes are sour indeed.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

A great game, no doubt BAN played well, but finally PAK won. Enjoy the match

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

Last 2 matches with Bangladesh in Asia Cup makes me desire for more cricket among both. Pakistan surely won but as a Pakistani fan I would like to congratulate Bangladesh for putting up this show, specially with the bat. They have achieved what most international side dream to do against a bowling attack which is one of among the best ones. The love crowd show for cricket tells how passionate they are about game. A lot of talent will surely be on your way. wish you a lot of success in the future. and too be honest, the support of Bangladesh for Pakistan cricket team, makes me feel more respect for them.

Posted by Waqar_Bhat on (March 5, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

Big 3 is exposed. it may lead the world cricket to the severe destruction. ICC should immediately look into the matter and save the spirit of the game

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 5, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

So now this is the level of Pakistan cricket, they are celebrating a victory over Bangladesh, as though they have won the world cup. With due respects to BD, in India, we never celebrate any victory over BD. Instead we mourn if we lose to them, which, certainly didn't happen this time. And Pakistanis managed to chase a subpar total with only two balls to spare against a very young Indian side whose oldest member Shikhar Dhawan is just 28 years old. This is what happens when the standards of team have fallen....

Posted by Cricfan27 on (March 5, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

Love you Afridi, love you Pakistan....yes, cricket lovers will always remember Afridi for his heroics in this Asia Cup..Pakistan Zindabad...

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

Indian team has won only 1 ODI out of their last 8 and still they are the best??? lol

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 5, 2014, 6:51 GMT) humble kohli is..we all know..Hw was abusing pak players..So humble Hahaha

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 5, 2014, 6:49 GMT)

@Ammo666:There's a reason you wont see those arrogant posts of BD fans here..& the reason we all know..But before this match & the start of Asia cup,i saw many posts like that.& it's not just me..Look at the BD players,BD crowd & their attitude.Look at the keeper jumping behind the wickets on every other ball shouting to deceive the umpires..No sportsman spirit at all..Never saw a crowd crying over a dropped catch lol...No one appreciated Afridi's brave inngs..What all cared was Afridi's wicket..No wonder why BD is still a minnow after so many years..Keep acting like that & they'll still be minnow after 100 more years

Posted by tharindu_td on (March 5, 2014, 6:48 GMT)

@SherjilIslam, i heard the BD captain said that it is a shame to lose against Afganistan in this Asia Cup and against Sri Lanka two weeks ago, I wonder BD captain underestimate Pakistani effort to go pass their highest ODI total. Crick fans have exegerated the real state of capabilities of BD as a team.

Posted by dinesh_mad on (March 5, 2014, 6:48 GMT)

i think indian middle order is not quite good enough....yuvi,raina,dhoni shold be back...

Posted by Lashariz on (March 5, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

Well played Afridi and Fawad....... Yess you are the match winners. Big 3 member even didn't reach the final of Asia Cup. So India need not to worry because they have the goal of keep making more money..........

Posted by The-love on (March 5, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

Heart break for Bangladesh but they fought well and impressed with the way they batted.I have always been a big fan of their enthusiasm for cricket.I was supporting them in yesterday's match plus last Asia cup final.But no worries,you are on right track and will be one of the giants of Asia.Anyways all the best to SL and Pak in final.May the best team win.All fans from asia will agree,does not matter who wins the tournament but addition of afganistan and fighting spirit of all the teams has made this tournament a big hit and one of the best.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

We as pakistanis still love their (BD)cricket , but they are so centimental about the cricket against Pakistan to defeat the Pakistan team , they should learn the patience and appreciate their team who performed against the best bowling attack, but this Day belong to Pakistan team and to SKA (Shahid Khan Afridi) but not to forget the whole team effort, Pakistan team showed the world specially to the PIG 3 that you are playing with the Game of cricket not with the teams respect, p;eople will loose their hunger to watch The Cricket only because of all your nonsense

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

Either Policy mentioned on the web is wrong that Final will be played by the team, if having equal number of points, who has more wins on other (bullet no. 2) or the Report / Comments / Media is giving wrong information that Pakistan is through to Final after defeating BD. Need clarification. I think, as per policy on this every Cricinfo, Pakistan was through once it beat India...

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

well if i recall bangladesh are suffering more from umpires than pakistan else ban may not lose to afganistan or do that bad against srilanka in first test......

Posted by SherjilIslam on (March 5, 2014, 6:32 GMT)

Can't believe few Pakistani fans still talking about India, shows their obsession with matter how Kohli behaves on the field, he remains humble in victory and gracious in defeat in post match presentations. But you people seriously need to see how ugly you look while you cheer India's ouster from the series. Anyways...well played Pakistan and best of luck for the final

Posted by mzm149 on (March 5, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

@ProdigyA: Against this world famous bowling, India couldn't make 250 whereas Bangladesh made 326. This tells us a lot about Indian batting.

Posted by ARJQ on (March 5, 2014, 6:30 GMT)

All is well that ends well and no one thinking what's wrong with umpiring? While everyone is cheering about Pak win I wonder about the umpiring standard. Against Ind and Ban there were some obvious decisions given against Pak, I believe human error can't be so consistent. Some instructions from among big 3 seem to be working behind the fingers of umpires. For years I believed brain controls the movement of umpire fingers but I am proved wrong, it seems to be big 3 now!

Posted by stormy16 on (March 5, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

Yet another thriller in Bangladesh and they keep comming this whole summer and Bangladesh unfortunaltey on the wrong side..again! Pakistan are an insanely talented team and have always been and if they play to their talent, they will be hard to beat and they showed it again in this game. Great to see Afridi back to his old tricks and what a player he is and despite the numerous dissappointments, this is why we all love Afridi - he can deliver magic!

Posted by Abaa on (March 5, 2014, 6:26 GMT)

Posted by Francis Mel on (March 4, 2014, 13:54 GMT) When Pakistan has not successfully chased 240 in the last 2 years how can you expect them to chase 325? Wouldnt they be better off targeting 261 to avoid bonus point. Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan always want to bat first because they dont have the courage to absorb the pressure. India by forcing themselves to bat second have become a great chasing side. Infact a lot of the loses have come from India made to bat first. Strange.

And your initial question was answered approximately an hour after you posted this was it not :-P And as for the Bangladesh fans who had started premature celebrations, started becoming brash and arrogant yet again just because you crossed 300, how was this for a response? Shahid Afridi sure did put you in your place did he not? Never beaten Pakistan since 1999. And by the looks of it, never will anytime soon in the future ...

Posted by drnaveed on (March 5, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

so far so good , for those who are not among the big 3. the under-19 tournament final , recently , was played between 2 non-big 3 sides. Now again ,this Asia Cup final is being played between Pak and SL, leaving back the Big 1 . in-fact ,i suggest that ,the big 3 should organize all the big tournaments of cricket ,because they have so much money ,and probably brains as well ,as they think , but being organizers ,they should not participate in those tournaments, just like , years back when matches were played in sharjah , organized by A.R.Bukhatir , and the U.A.E. side didn't used to participate in those matches. yes , in the end , they should all (big 3) come on the stage , and some one from the big 3 ,probably the big brother should hand over the trophy to the winning side ...

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 5, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

@ Solid_Snake: I don't see BD fans acted like they are the best when they are not & even said bad things like the way you ar thinking...but what you said BD cricket about the teaching part that BD learnt cricket from PAK that must be in your please recall.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

No matter who plays how to whome.. Sri Lanka surely wins the finals of Asia Cup 2014.

Posted by drnaveed on (March 5, 2014, 6:13 GMT)

so far so good , for those who are not among the big 3. the under-19 tournament final , recently , was played between 2 non-big 3 sides. Now again ,this Asia Cup final is being played between Pak and SL, leaving back the Big 1 . in-fact ,i suggest that ,the big 3 should organize all the big tournaments of cricket ,because they have so much money ,and probably brains as well ,as they think , but being organizers ,they should not participate in those tournaments, just like , years back when matches were played in sharjah , organized by A.R.Bukhatir , and the U.A.E. side didn't used to participate in those matches. yes , in the end , they should all (big 3) come on the stage , and some one from the big 3 ,probably the big brother should hand over the trophy to the winning side ...

Posted by SherjilIslam on (March 5, 2014, 6:13 GMT)

I feel sorry for Bangladesh's a heartbreak for them. But got to people lost to a better team and can take pride in the way you played.

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 5, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

The so-called world famous pak bowling treated know well...BS..just the way it needs to be treated...good job BD. Proud of u.

Posted by hellothereeveryone on (March 5, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

Well done Pakistan! Having said that I think Pakistan still needs to improve their batting and even bowling. The middle order again failed which is not a good sign for big matches. The bowling which I still think is one of the best in the world due to its variety appeared to be without any sting and very benign in this match. If a team like Bangladesh can hammer you like this there is a reason for concern and coaches and players need to sit down and work on it. What Abdul Rehman did is inexplicable at this level and he should be permanently kicked out of the team. In the end I will again like to congratulate all fellow Pakistanis and best of luck to team Pakistan in the final!

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

Afridi will be remembered like Javed Miandad for his two heroics in this Asia Cup. His name should be included in the ICC Hall of the Fame.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

for god sake stop whining about IPL. it is INDIAN premier league. they will play who ever they want or who ever Indian nation wants to see. IPL has been a success with out pak players and it will continue to be so. when they dont want to see you in IPL why do our people keep whining about it?

Posted by wapuser on (March 5, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

Well..what to say of afridi..and look at the level of umpiring..umpires did their best to beat pakistan against india and bangladesh just for not supporting the agenda of big 3..but pakistan is a cricketing giant..afridi is a real match winner..truly a boom boom..go paki,s go get your face big 3

Posted by mzm149 on (March 5, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

Anamul Haque should be banned for a few games for over-appealing and influencing the umpires in his favor. Umpires who are already against Pakistan find an excuse for their blatant acts.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

I think Bangladesh made a blunder of sending abdurahman to the Pavilion. that was a point from where Bangladesh lost. Because the slogger like afridi and umar akmal came to the field and through the game away from Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

BND lost past 6 ODIs in a row. But still they are getting matches and funds. Acording to there skipper BND ARE slow leaeners.

I think its time to thinks about Scotland Ireland Netherlands and also Afgan players.

Pretty sure those guys have big potential. and thy are really fast LEARNERS. .......

Posted by karnamgiridhar on (March 5, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

Well Well, Pakistan winning that too with some luck in the last over, all Paki fans feel Pakistan has conquered the world. Lol, ROFL. somebody says fast bowling is most essential to be on top. Lol. Poor thinking infact. India rose to number 1 position in test and one day and won T20 without fast bowling. what else you want guys. Pakistan struggling to establish consistency with 100s of fast bowlers coming and going. Is fast bowling the way of cricket? if Bangladesh can score 326, what is the fast bowling you are talking about? haa haa haa. due respect to Imran and Wasim Akram, they were high quality swing bowlers and not fast bowlers. If Throwing the ball as fast as possible is the way to bowl, I am sorry

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

you gotta feel bad for the BD batsmen

Posted by Nagar_Thole_PAKISTAN on (March 5, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

Thriller,astonishing & Heart beating match.Crowd was simply to see such matches and again.To beat PAK is just like hard nut to crack.Who ever wins it is the victory of CRICKET on the whole.So far one of the Best ASIA CUP i have ever seen.Miseries for indian Team,they are out of the tournament now.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 5, 2014, 5:59 GMT)

BD fans were so excited..They are saying bad things against Pak team & acting as if they are the best..But in the end all they got were tears..Just like last Asia cup..BD..Don't forget who taught you cricket & who supported you in bad times..Don't forget who's the boss here

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 5, 2014, 5:57 GMT)

@Dev MahapataWhat i just read...Afridi dropped catch was the turning point of the match?lol..Afridi had already done the damage before that dropped catch..He got out soon after adding just 6 more runs..

Posted by indiasupbangalore on (March 5, 2014, 5:55 GMT)

What a game I really loved it, haven't decided who to support in final SL or PAK , I am going with PAK this time, since they are so much fun than the boring SL team.

Posted by pharrukh on (March 5, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

Though there are many positive comments of Indians and Bangladeshis regarding Shahid Afridi. But those few Indians/Bangladeshis who are criticizing him and saying that his sixes were not PROPER CRICKETING SHOTS, my message to those is that if you are really a supporter of "proper cricket", please shut the shops of IPL and BPL. The IPL and BPL are all about improper and non cricketing shots. And by the way, Indians and Bangladeshis (not all but only who those are negatively criticizing) have you calculated the improper cricketing shots played by your players against Pakistan ?

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

Now pakistan will have to play agaist 13 players ..11 players and 2 umpires because pak did not support the called big threes.....good luck pakistan and cricket.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 5:42 GMT)

yesterday BD played good cricket but players in the field done bad tactics to convince the umpire to give wrong decisions specially BD wicket keeper thats shows they dont have sportsman spirit in the team and for win they can cross any limit thats why Allah didnt give them victory and throughout the game pakistan played gently with sports man spirit of the game ....weldone Pakistan and keep it up

Posted by Rameesme on (March 5, 2014, 5:41 GMT)

I am very sad & shy about Indians who never accept & tolerate others performance & growth. They are not BIG 3 But PIG 3, showing to the world they are the best in everything but i say that they are the least in everything but most best in all nonsense. Talk cricket here, otherwise you guys will be hurt as never u feel.

Posted by wapuser on (March 5, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

When they lose after giving their best no worries. But when they lose because of half assed effort then it hurts. Well played Bangladesh. Much respect now than ever. If you guys wanna feel any better then look back at the semi final t20 against Australia where M Hussey ripped apart our strong bowling unit to chase down a mammoth total.

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (March 5, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

Whatever happens from here, the Asia Cup has been an unqualified success with three last over thrillers and one shock upset so far. Hopefully the finals will go the same way.

Posted by drnaveed on (March 5, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

one cannot ignore the existence of team PAKISTAN in the cricket field. Cricket is incomplete without them.Pakistani players are not allowed to participate in IPL, NOW , if this tournament is going to be played in SA , than Pak players should be allowed to participate in it. it is not just for the sake of money ( as it is for all other players participating in it ) , but also for the sake of the game, as quality players will participate in it. had the IPL and CT like formats been played in Pak , and had our board been that strong financially ,like the BCCI , with so much talent that we possess , we would have RULED THE WORLD , in the cricket field. Look at the Indian side, with so much cricket they play, they have yet to discover any quality fast bowler from more than a billion population of their Country.

Posted by kesy777 on (March 5, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

Anamul utilized lot of balls in power play overs to get to his hundred & throw it away. where as Shezard never played for his hundred but for the team. If Ban were able to capitalize on power play overs as well, they would have score more runs in such flat track. Whatever happens Afridi was the difference. Its not a good sign for other teams where he is in a match winning mood. It will be for a short period but will be more than effective for PAK.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 5, 2014, 5:29 GMT)

Posted by BowledYa on (March 4, 2014, 17:16 GMT) :

Yesterday ABDUL QADIR said = "Please stop criticiziing him (Afridi), People tend to find faults in his game even when he scores, Just let him play".

I must admit that I am a big Afridi fan. Over the years Afridi has given to world cricket more than any player in the world has.

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 5, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

Neither one of the flat track bullies India and Bangladesh could win with 13 batsmen. Its high time they realize that such shameful tactics aren't going to save your skin when you are up against a quality side, better find a fast bowler of some worth and batsmen who can actually play quality bowling. Crying (BD) and making silly faces (Kohli) will not do. Heck even bribing the umpires wont change a thing, it'll only make your defeat a tad harder to swallow. Complaining to miss hits going for six, so what? Afridi is a real Pathan and not a fake one, he's got power, you dont complain to that, you match it or you keep quite if you can't.

Posted by wapuser on (March 5, 2014, 5:27 GMT)

Bangladesh team played really well, but in this match Afridi was tremendous boost for Pakistan team, that worked very effectively, those who are saying that Pakistan was relax, main bowler rested etc for those the modern cric is now multi dimension not to win but to build team.. recent past Bangladesh was good but there lack is not favour on them... Inshallah, bd team will come back in winning form soon.

Posted by drnaveed on (March 5, 2014, 5:23 GMT)

one cannot ignore the existence of team PAKISTAN in the cricket field. Cricket is incomplete without them.Pakistani players are not allowed to participate in IPL, NOW , if this tournament is going to be played in SA , than Pak players should be allowed to participate in it. it is not just for the sake of money ( as it is for all other players participating in it ) , but also for the sake of the game, as quality players will participate in it. had the IPL and CT like formats been played in Pak , and had our board been that strong financially ,like the BCCI , with so much talent that we possess , we would have RULED THE WORLD , in the cricket field. Look at the Indian side, with so much cricket they play, they have yet to discover any quality fast bowler from more than a billion population of their Country.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 5:22 GMT)

afridi has always been a good it shouldnt be base ball cricket.why pakistan dnt give more chances to him bat early....then he would have shown more records than this.anyhow he'll be struggling with Sri Lankan seamers as it happened in first match...Watch out pakistani fans...

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 5:19 GMT)

Cricket Is Unpredictable game Yesterday Match was very close doubt Afridi is a Hard hitting Batsman.just like Chris of WI,BD did not have good fast Bowling attack on Afridi,however Afridi Performed wel and took the game away from BD,on the Final SL Must have a Game plan on Afridi,if SL win the toss they must allow pakistan to bat first then chase the total, Best wishes to both team,

Posted by Alam_Khan on (March 5, 2014, 5:17 GMT)

@ Dev Mahapatra Mr. Dev Many thanks for your non sense comments, Vivan Richard can destroy any bowling line up yes he can but every batsman has defined role in his team and Sir Afridi role is well defined by the captain and his team management, that we need you to finish and finish such that win millions of hearts all over the world and few in India, What you mean he is a slogger, what he done against Chaudhry of Big 3 and Bangladesh you have no value of that but he become a hero and Chaudhry is out of Asia Cup and his team in the final now. Afridi catch was the not the turning point as he scored only 7 runs after that drop. Any one is a pleasure to watch destroying opponents bowling attack except Pakistan for you non sense Indian. What is Rahane average in last 13 matches, you didn't saw U. Yadav in New Zealand, you haven't produce a single fast bowler in last 5 decades why are you crying for bowling, concentrate on batting and play with 11 batsmen as Kohli, Sharma, Yuraj and Raina.

Posted by Marain_Khan on (March 5, 2014, 5:17 GMT)

Good game of cricket.. Afridi is still younger,,He is Evergreen Greenman.. He can rightly be called the Star of Pakistani Flag.. Well played Bangla too.. Best of luck in the finals Greenman And The Green Team..

Posted by PureMagic on (March 5, 2014, 5:14 GMT)

Disgusted and literally gutted with the umpiring standards during the Asia Cup and I'm not taking about the human error factor its down right partiality on part of both the umpires which was evident in the India Pakistan match and now in this match too with some ridicules designs which seemed focused on turning the game on its head but thank God it didn't happen.

Posted by -tanZeeEeel- on (March 5, 2014, 5:12 GMT)

For those who are mocking the Pakistan's bowling: the fact iz that Pakistan took it very lightly in the begining. :D their feilding ... body language ... etc were all infront ov you ... [see the highlight's; if you have any doubt in me. :D] Furthermore; Pakistan's selection was also ... casuaL ... and they gave the chance to youngsters like Talha; only its 2nd match ... & then; being knowing the fact that already 3 spinners in the form of hafeez alround, Pakistan even then .... selected the Adul rehman; the bencher .. :) & rested the besT depth bowler ... "Junaid". :D All in all ... its was just the casual approch by Pakistan's fielding, bowling & selection .... beinG knowing they have the week opponent and already qualified for the finaL'z. Me deadly sure; that this Pakistan bowling attack will be ... totally different when they meet the sTronger opposition'z. :D Like we did; in the past. :)

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

against india pak had to get ashwin out twice and jadeja was plumb lbw then against bangladesh naqsood was given out when he never edged the ball you can see the reaction of the bowler when the keeper went up seems like every one is against pak

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 5, 2014, 5:06 GMT)

the other day any team after scoring 300+ would fancy their chances for win here. But BD confidence is sooo low that they can not even think about win. the problem is they are not cheer up all the way in pakistan batting. They can not just keep the pressure. Sometime lapse of concentration and thinking more about win than present situation.

Posted by -tanZeeEeel- on (March 5, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

For those who are mocking the Pakistan's bowling. lol'z ... :D the fact iz that Pakistan took it very lightly in the begining. :D their feilding ... body language ... etc were all infront ov you ... [see the highlight's; if you have any doubt in me. :D] Furthermore; Pakistan's selection was also ... casuaL ... and they gave the chance to youngsters like Talha; only its 2nd match ... & then; being knowing the fact that already 3 spinners in the form of hafeez alround, Pakistan even then .... selected the Adul rehman; the bencher .. :) & rested the besT depth bowler ... "Junaid". :D All in all ... its was just the casual approch by Pakistan's fielding, bowling & selection .... beinG knowing they have the week opponent and already qualified for the finaL'z. Me deadly sure; that this Pakistan bowling attack will be ... totally different when they meet the sTronger opposition'z. :D Like we did; in the past. :)

Posted by TZ9383 on (March 5, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

Good bye world champions

Posted by imrankhattak on (March 5, 2014, 5:03 GMT)

@Dev Mahapatra yes Pakistani batsmen are the worst thats why they are in the final, the best are Indian and Bangladeshi Batsmen who are out of the tournament. HAHAHA

Posted by humi_cric on (March 5, 2014, 5:02 GMT)

@sympodex, spot on, I was also shocked to see that those magicians (black magic) were reciting their mantra openly in the ground in an Islamic country (as magic is haram (prohibited strongly) in Islam). Try to win the game by playing better on the field, not off the field dirty tricks. BCB should take action against these people, and I also request the ICC to make some rules for entry into the ground. They brought their necessary stuff also with them. Anyway, good luck to both Pakistan and Sri Lanka for the final. Hope Afridi magic on the field once again allow us to do Bhangra, off the field.

Posted by MyFanClub on (March 5, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

This is not at all acceptable, last match against Afganisthan they cant able to chase just 250 mark. but yesterday they scored 300+but still they are in loosing side. why is it happen and what is the reason?

Posted by lethal.Striker on (March 5, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

Cricket world can produce Tendulkar, Brian Lara again but not Afridi. He can change the whole script of the game at anytime on his given day. Love & Respect

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 4:52 GMT)

Umpiring was pathetic, not only in this match but also in India's .. Nigel Llong should not be in the elite panel ... India has now been SUCCESSFUL in proving that they pathetic on the road ... BUT Now that they are the big 3 , they would not have to worry about this ... UDRS should be present ... and if AFRIDI is a slogger , let him be .. he is still a match winner ... just ask INDIA and BANGLADESH

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 5, 2014, 4:51 GMT)

Mushfiq should come to wicketkeeping. It looks he was not the same captain without the gloves. He was more energetic and sharp with bowling change. He should learn more on depth over bowling. He should consult with everyone before giving the ball to Razzak. BD should try someone else in place Razzak. Even mominul can be a option like Shakib as a alrounder. BCB should talk with fielding and bowling coach. Specially we need better bowling coach. Quality spin coach is must.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 4:50 GMT)

Indians, Don't just make everyone laugh by telling so much rubbish here and there, inexperienced , bad luck and so on..Your 11 players are the best 11 you got in your country,its not our problem that they are experienced or not,if you don't have 11 good experienced players what others are supposed to do, that's all you got then be happy with all you have no good bowlers to stop a momentum of any sort, most of your 11 are pretty slow movers in the field and just jumping around just to impress the crowd, not effective at all. and the batters are just nothing without Dhoni, who comes to rescue every single match(only in SC conditions)..when he is not there you guys kept loosing, just try not to hide behind words like inexperienced and all, that's all you got in your country out of all those billions. The final bitter truth is Indians are not at all as athletic as other cricketing nations.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 4:45 GMT)

wonderful match...congrats both teams....winner is cricket

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

Thanks to Afridi And Pak team to brings happenies on our faces,our country have a lot of problem everyone sad but observed that only Afridi together it all through his Aggresive batting.A man Symbol of prosperity.Hope for his best in future.

Posted by casimpk on (March 5, 2014, 4:39 GMT)

I think the match was between Pak & BD, so why some fans are talking about how great Ind team is? And stop these silly excuses that Pak won cuz of dew or short boundaries or "luck", are just amusing. i rarely see candid opinions by Ind fans, please keep your prejudices aside & appreciate those who play well, its just a sport. As for dropped catch of Afridi, well he just added 8 more runs after that, so i don't think it had much of an impact. The better team won, it is as simple as that.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

It really boiled down to a blundering decision by the Bangladesh captain. Knowing well that Afridi will murder spin he fed Afridi initially with spin for three overs and Afridi got over 45 runs. Then came the dropped catch and Afridi profited with another six plus one run for the dropped catch. Finally Rahim brings in spin again when the fast men are bowling better and bleed two more sixes and with that lose the match. It all bolis down to poor tactical decision making and nothing to do with batting or bowling. As I can see no foreign coach in the last 10 to 15 years have been able to instill positive thinking on to Bangladesh players and have thus failed miserably. The way out for the side is not more training at the center but class room training on interpersonal activity at the time of match, working on the situation SWOT and the applicable SPIN. These things I do not believe coaches are aware of, be it they come from England, Australia or anywhere. Time to think positively

Posted by CricTimer on (March 5, 2014, 4:31 GMT)

Bangladesh was always laid by poor bowling performance. They need new face with good bowling technique. Regardless of how Bangladeshi fans are reacting, Bangladesh team in this stage a very poor bowling team.

Posted by Thenain on (March 5, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

Kudos to Pakistan, handing ticket to India (the home tigers). Cant wait to see spectacular final PAK vs SL

Posted by FHZAHID on (March 5, 2014, 4:25 GMT)

BD players in general and their captain in particular; learn to develop sportsmanship among themselves.

Stunning performance from both the teams. First BD scored 326 against most balanced bowling attack then the chase from PAK, the most unpredictable batting side of the world.

Posted by wackwella on (March 5, 2014, 4:24 GMT)

@cricanalyzer365 I have to agree with you. Anamul Haque is a maniac wicketkeeper who shouts for everything and lacks sportsmanship. This was clearly evident in the series against Sri Lanka as well. BD got the wicket of Sohaib Maqsood by doing this and his indecent behavior was shown in other scenarios as well in that match. His reaction after a wicket was hilarious, get too exited for anything. I can't see anything wrong with Mushfiqur Rahim's wicketkeeping. If Sanga can keep wicket in mid 30's then why can't Mushfiqur Rahim? He can't fool umpiring like that forever. Now umpires know that Anamul Haque jumps and should for anything, so it will work against BD. Anyway congrats to SL and Pak. Looking for a great show.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 4:24 GMT)

2 successive decisions against pakistan umpires made sure that pakistan doest win this game , but they have no clue if Allah wrote a victory for my country the whole universe can't change it. good luck big three umpires.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 4:18 GMT)

Iam an Indian and i believe this Asia cup deserves to pakistan. They lost to Srilanka just because of bad luck. But all teams played good cricket throughout the tournament. The results itself proves that, all the winning margins were short and most of the matches ended in last overs. Shahid afridi once again proved that he is the most dangerous player in the world. Even mis hits are flying out of the ropes. I would say that pakistan never utilized him as a batsmen for the past 5 years. He is a type of batsman whom all opposition fears. He should open the innings for pakistan. No one can give a flying start like he can. Anyways congrats pakistan and you deserves the ASIA CUP.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 4:17 GMT)

Congratulations to the Bangladesh team for putting up a formidable score. Their batsmen made mince-meat of the Pakistan bowlers. Even Ajamal was hammered out. Pakistan was lucky to scrape through in the penulmative ball of the match. Dropping Afridi's catch was the turning point. He is a genuine slogger which is why he is not consistent. He cannot be termed a class bat in any format. Vivian Richards could destroy any bowling any time. But it is a pleasure to watch him bat. One goes to watch a match to enjoy some class batting. Clarke, Kohli, Lara are some who have proved their batting prowess.India has some good class bats in Rahane, Pujara who are proving their worth.India lost both their main matches due to the folly of WK Karthik. Saha is any day a better keeper and a sound bat with less fanfare.Pujara should open with Dhawan and Rohit should be sent to the bench. And Pandey should get a chance to use the new ball. Incidentally where is Umesh Yadav ? He should have been in the team

Posted by Usmaan21 on (March 5, 2014, 4:07 GMT)

Last 2 games show how much Pakistan depend on Afridi in the final overs, he could not clear cover in the match against Srilanka and we lost the doubt Afridi has been inconsistent throughout his career but Pakistan have not found his replacement in last 18 years.... At-least PCB have kept him in the team after toying with the careers of Azhar Mahmood, Yasir Arafat and Abdul Razzak.....Other so called all rounders should not be even compared (Babar Azam, Umar Amin, Hammad Azam, Wahab Riaz, etc.). Hafeez and Ahmed kept the chase on but Fawad justified his place with a very calculated knock....Great going green shirts.....

Posted by PakSerZameen on (March 5, 2014, 4:07 GMT)

Well Played Pakistan, it was another great game. Team Bangladesh's on ground attitude is also something that we must not miss to praise here. They're quite modest and graceful unit. And last, but not least, the BD fans in stadium: You guys did a great job while supporting your team in full spirits, without intimidating the guest team. Well done.

Posted by Mobin_My_Name on (March 5, 2014, 3:58 GMT)

Well played Pakistan this ensure that father of Big 3 will Fly back home in tears. But in future pakistan need to prepare hard becoz the opposition will have 3 umpires n a match refree.even referal couldnt help Pakistan (remember sachin given not out in semifinal)

Some indian Fans crying Asia Cup iz nt important for all of those only 2 words : Sour Grapes :)

Posted by IMG_SL on (March 5, 2014, 3:58 GMT)

Finally Bangladesh has thrown every thing they got. First, they have changed the pitch as a good batting surface. Then their so called best cricketer "Shakib" was also in. But finally shakib kicked out by Afridi. Before this match BD captain blamed to his team mates about their commitment. But he missed the simplest form of catch. So, before any commenting it is better to think twice. BD fans, this is cricket, a sport. this is not your whole life. so don't cry.

Finally, Afridi you did a great job out there. Best of luck in the final.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 3:57 GMT)

the 13 players have been playing down there in the grounds for centuries now but Game of Cricket had not been so charming, thrilling and worth watching. It's the spectator's enthusiasm, cultured behavior and their indefatigable love for the game which make it a moment the sends chills through spines. Though Pakistani and Indians are matured spectators as compared to Bangladeshis but Man, Hats Off to their love and respect for the Game. The match was an unforgettable event and so was the view of Cricket Lovers.

Posted by TigerRoars on (March 5, 2014, 3:56 GMT)

I am disappointed that Afridi took the match away from us, but credit is due to him. However, what is the excuse of Mushfiqur to bring back Shafiul and Razzak for multiple overs when they bowled poorly throughout the game? In the end, other bowlers with better economy had overs left!

Bigger question, why did he not try Zia for a couple of overs. Zia's wicket-to-wicket bowling might have been a difference maker on this type of pitch. If he is not a good tactician, why doesn't he talk to others before making bowling changes? Imran Khan knew that Miandad was a better tactician and used to pick his brain all the time.

Posted by Minnow_Team_Fan on (March 5, 2014, 3:55 GMT)

Enough of this luck/ bad luck talk by some big 3 supporters. If you talk about Afridi's mishits or call his both innings fluke, then let's put it this way:

1 - Indians couldn't have passed 200 runs against Pakistan in the presence of fair umpires. Remember Jadeja's plumb LBW?

2 - If the boundaries were short for Pakistan, they were equally short for Indians. If the boundaries were small, India would have posted much lower total as well and Pakistan had the chance of not even sending Afridi.

3 - If you say your team is inexperienced, then what about the last India/ Pakistan series in India when Indian team was much more experienced than Pakistan and the later still managed in securing the series. Remember most of the senior players were sidelined after that series? Bring them back if you want and you will be humiliated again.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 3:53 GMT)

it was fabulous inning by shahid afridi ..if he was nt injured definetily it wil finish 2 over before

Posted by Rock_cricket on (March 5, 2014, 3:52 GMT)

Very important thing for PAK is Afridi clicked very well in last two matches and he has shown his importance in team. FAWAD,SHAHJAD played well , best wishes to Team PAK- from an INDIAN fan

Posted by Rameesme on (March 5, 2014, 3:50 GMT)

Wow wow wow amazing one man army Ever Afridi only can do this.... damaged India who thinks that there are the top last match & this time Bangladesh. Indian guys please tolerate others performance & appreciate it, otherwise from all over the world u will be hurt anytime. I am a Sri Lankan.. Pakistan we are waiting to fight with you & enjoy the real cricket not like Indians

Posted by Mobin_My_Name on (March 5, 2014, 3:50 GMT)

Well played Pakistan this ensure that father of Big 3 will Fly back home in tears. But in future pakistan need to prepare hard becoz the opposition will have 3 umpires n a match refree.even referal couldnt help Pakistan (remember sachin given not out in semifinal)

Some indian Fans crying Asia Cup iz nt important for all of those only 2 words : Sour Grapes :)

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 3:47 GMT)

Afridi you are the best

Posted by kovinbuddi on (March 5, 2014, 3:45 GMT)

It was a well poised match.It is too bad Musfiqur missed Afridi's catch. Afridi is a Great Pakistani. BD showed that they could bat - but they did not bowl well and field and gave the match to Pakistan. Sri Lanka on the other hand knows how to use tactics.Final will be a very interesting match.

Posted by cricanalyzer365 on (March 5, 2014, 3:20 GMT)

Hearty congratz to Pak for a wonderful exhibition last nite.really carried on with their form after that indian has so far been a sensational event.the remaining matches may be for pirde but the afghans proved that they can really give a test to any team in the world.Their grit self belief and passion for their game is priceless & i feel they shud be given more future outings around the globe.Umpiring in this whole series was pitiable and i feel the umpires shud go back to skool.ystday the bangla wudnt hv had a century stand coz hafeez had clearly trapped kayes lbw but the decisiion favored is a gentlemans game & Anamul haque i feel is a disastrous noisy lousy wk, a person who deosnt show any sportsmanship,fake appeals for afirdi when the ball had bounced and hardly touched his bat & nuisance appeal for hafeez which stunned everyone.SHUD FINALLY THANK WHOMSOEVER IT IS FOR THE INCLUSION OF FAWAD ALAM,he proved what a match winner and asset he is.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 3:04 GMT)

Your heart is reflected on your face. Congratulations handsome team Pakistan.

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 5, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

If BD can't beat Pakistan with 13 batsmen where as Pak only played with 10 then im not sure if BD will ever be able to beat Pakistan. The game they won against Pak 15 years ago was a charity to help them get test status which was a big mistake but there will be no more charities thats for sure. It is disappointing to see such a brazen attempt by the umpires to tilt the game so heavily in one teams favor. Surely it can't be coincidence of bad decisions repeatedly going against Pakistan. One or two decisions against Pak in one game is no big deal but two to three decisions in all three games going against Pak can't be coincidence. These umpires are definitely under special instructions from someone. High time these news organizations take a look into the conduct of these umpires.

Posted by justbecoz on (March 5, 2014, 2:33 GMT)

that was a humdinger of a game. congratulations to both teams for a good game. Pakistan should, however not be overjoyed, they were just lucky to have won the game. what is worrisome is the treatment meted out to famed Pakistani bowlers, supposedly the most balanced bowling side in world cricket, notwithstanding the easy paced pitch.While discussing bowling, PCB must investigate the three beamers bowled by Abdur Rahman, a spinner, which technically CANNOT be done by any slow bowler unless there is something fishy. well played Bangla tigers.

Posted by shiro1019 on (March 5, 2014, 2:21 GMT)

what a stunning performance, congrats Pakistan, and Sir-Lanka beware that you will be the next in their list. great learning platform for poor Bengali team, but i am curious whether when this team going to learn from their mistakes. if they can not defend a mammoth total like this one they will be the same team as 10 years back, with 10% improvement which may not competitive enough to beat even a associate nation, so .. how can you expect a team like this to be competitive in world cricket . Even Afghanistan and Ireland would do much better than this team. set a side the exaggeration and big mouth arrogance and try to rectify your own mistakes and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your opposition before the match, and make your plans to curtail their strengths, with out criticizing associate nations performance even after they humiliate Bangladeshi team.

Posted by wapuser on (March 5, 2014, 2:19 GMT)

Every time BD lose a match - same story - we played incredible cricket, just unlucky, spirit of cricket won today and bla bla bla. they got SL at 67/8 but still lost, they scored 326 yesterday but still lost. So my point is there must be a huge problem with their attitude to lose from such positions. Learn something from Australia how to crush teams when you are in such positions, easier said than done ofcourse.

Posted by sympodex on (March 5, 2014, 2:13 GMT)

Inspite of 4 Bengali magicians present at the stadium, Pakistan won. Afridi and Fawad Alam muscle injury credited to bengali magician's work. Umpire also forgot to give wide ball on the fourth ball of final over.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 2:13 GMT)

Wow.. What a incredible hitting by boom boom Afridi...I am an Indian but i would say this.. Better team always wins. Pakistan was a better team and they showed their character. Congrats to Pakistan.. As for India its time to rebuild that team.. especially bowling department. Afridi is like hulk.. unpredictable!!

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 2:10 GMT)

It was a thriller.Cricket at its best. Chasing a imposing total, Pakistan played like Champs. Hafeez, Fawad, Shezad & mighty Afridi made us Pakistan's proud and happy. Pakistan must ponder over its bowling failure for better performance in the next match.Well done keep it up.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 2:01 GMT)

Great win Pakistan! well earned..So glad that bangaldesh lost..they dont deserve to be playing Intl'cricket..should play in lower grades...Afghanistan is much better team than good to see so many fans dissapointed!!well happy..go win the final...looser BNG team...

Posted by whyowhy on (March 5, 2014, 1:39 GMT)

Magnificent Afridi. Kohli thought that he is not hitting the ball with the middle of his bat.....can you imagine what would happen if he hits the ball with the middle of his bat.....something for Kohli to contemplate when he is on the plane heading home..............

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 1:00 GMT)

thanks Pakistan for the win.WELL PLAYED BD as well i know as a BANGLADESHI how painful the was very heart breaking but well done tigers.thats the team we need.give everything even sometimes u come short but remember more often u will come victorious because not every game THE AFRIDIES will stop u.he was simply a MONSTER to day.even though we lost to day i think many will agree with me that it was the best one day match bating by BD.the way they batted last 10 overs against one of the best bowling in the world was really outstanding.we dont have AFRIDI but our litte guys played with big heart .play like this even if u loose people will cry that shows how much they loved what u given for the joy of people .to day AFRIDI we all know how brutal he can be but as i said more often u will win .so no anger just love for u.we will be with u together forever.

Posted by sfarazi on (March 5, 2014, 0:57 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan! You guys deserve to be in the final even though it breaks my heart to see Bangladesh lose after an amazing batting performance against the strongest bowling attack in this competition. This is what cricket is all about and I'm proud that Bangladesh got back up from a shameful loss to the Afghans and challenged Pakistan to the last ball. If Bangladesh can continue on with that kind of intensity then they can possibly register a win against SL.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 0:42 GMT)

Well played Shahzad and Fawad on his comeback match. Sensational innings from Afridi yet again. But don't forget to give Hafeez the credit that's due. He scored a comparatively fast fifty (compared to Ahmad Shahzad) and only conceded 27 runs in his 10 overs, whereas all the other bowlers went for over 6 an over.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 0:36 GMT)

Nothing to write about Afridi's batting. On his days, he scores like a mad max. He does not care about the field placement for even he does not know where he is going to hit it. Boundaries are small and even a few mishit from him goes for 6. He is playing in the team purely as a bowler. When his batting clicks, it is a bonus.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 0:27 GMT)

As a BD fan, i am happy to see that impressive performance. It was afridey's day and the luck was not with BD. Despite the lost, I will say mushfiquir has done what a good captain supposed to do. No complain about his captaincy.

Posted by 777aditya on (March 5, 2014, 0:24 GMT)

Never thought I could ever cheer for Pakistan - but what an innings from BOOM BOOM! lusty hitting at a pulsating rate that set all cricket loving hearts aflutter with unbridled joy. Really IPL is poorer without Pakistan cricketers - politics and sports should never be in the same context. Worthy mentions would be Mushfiqur and Shakib, but Afridi was a desert storm that simply blew everything away - Bangladesh and India, all at one almighty go! Pakistan deserve to win this Asia Cup.

Posted by Guduji71 on (March 5, 2014, 0:03 GMT)

Pakistan put up a very good show. I don't need to say any thing about Afridi. He is simply a genius. I was impressed by Ahmed Shahzad but he showed some weakness against the spinners. He must work on it. Hafeez simply a complete all rounder. He is the only one who can play just as a batsman or a bowler. He is so talented. But we must not forget the role of Fawad Alam. He is a sort of player you do need to be on the wicket, particularly when you are chasing big targets. The important thing he does is that he assess the situation and keeps calculating where the teams needs to be at a particular stage. He is not a big hitter but he is a very busy cricketer. He is a very good judge of the run, runs fast, and keeps the score board moving, he keeps talking and calming the player on the other end. Plus he is a left hander (which is very rare in Pakistan, particularly who can play in the middle order). He is a handy bowler and a very good fielder. His position should be cemented in the team.

Posted by Avicenna on (March 4, 2014, 23:36 GMT)

While Afridi and shehzad played valuable knocks, the fact remains that it was actually Fawad's innings which led Pakistan to an improbable victory.

Posted by shahnbej on (March 4, 2014, 23:10 GMT)

Misbah should stop bringing his friend in playing eleven, after all it is pakistan team not his team. I was happy when he was out because if he stayed longer on wicket the result would be a different.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 22:49 GMT)

I think this match was played in a different planet.It was a batting paradise compared to other matches we saw played on slow pitches.Typical entertaining one day wicket.Hats off to both teams for the fun.We really enjoyed watching you guys playing and especially maestro Afridi. BD fans should take lots of heart from this match and it is a sad sight to watch their disappointing faces.Their team is improving and they will join the ranks of big brothers soon.Keep holding your faith and they will deliver one day.Best of luck for a cracking final for SL and Pak..

Posted by dijkstra77 on (March 4, 2014, 22:37 GMT)

BD did very well, but Pakistan did steal the show. What a performance from Afridi, and a good finish from Fawad and a good foundation from Shahzad. Hope that final will be same sensational and will end at Pakistan's win.

Posted by Legaleagle on (March 4, 2014, 22:34 GMT)

Where are the Bangladeshi fans? You have been boasting of beating Pakistan all along. What happened today?

Afridi and Alam decimated Bangladesh. Even though the match became too close but that was due to our batsmen's errors rather than Bangladesh bowling. Absolutely breathtaking performance by pak unit. The wicket was a belter and both team made full use of it. For Pakistan, it was more difficult because they were chasing.

Great work Pakistan!! Keep on piling win records against the best and the lowly minnows like Bangladesh.

Posted by Gamaraala on (March 4, 2014, 22:34 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan. I could only watch the first half of the game but boy, what a match had that been. God must have had a hard time yesterday as fans of both teams praying for the same God for their victory. :)

I see trouble in finals as Afridi is back in form. Anyway, I hope both the teams put up a good show on Saturday and an island victory.

For all the hatred going on in these threads (all Ind, SL, Pak, Ban fans), you reap what you sow. I don't know who started it but it looks so foolish.

Posted by Tinybaba on (March 4, 2014, 22:33 GMT)

Now , what Mushy can say about substandrad performances of his team members ? He is the culprit of dropping Afridi when he was on 53.

Posted by ilililililililililililililx on (March 4, 2014, 22:33 GMT)

Pakistan's bowling only faltered because of the lack of Junaid and Rehman didn't even complete an over. My XI: Sharjeel Khan Ahmed Shehzad M. Hafeez Misbah Sohaib Maqsood Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi Saeed Ajmal Junaid M.Talha

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 22:22 GMT)

Well played BD, but this was one of those rare days when Afridi finds his range. There's hardly anything you can do when Boom Boom is in one of these moods.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 22:14 GMT)

Tigers, you guys played magnificently-all our Bangla brothers should be proud of their team. As a Pakistani, after beating India the other night, as far as I was were concerned, we'd won a much bigger victory than the Asian cup - it was so sweet. This morning, we were cheering Bangla to make it to final with our Lanka brothers - It wasn't meant to be. No doubt Bangla has heaps of talent and very soon they will win a major trophy.

Posted by najo1 on (March 4, 2014, 22:13 GMT)

As I always say, Pakistan brings excitement to cricket! The fact that they are not playing at home is working in their favour since they are getting used to playing in all kinds of conditions. Good luck team green!!

Posted by kc69 on (March 4, 2014, 22:13 GMT)

Afridi is unstoppable but only against slow bowlers, I still find him struggle against pace bowlers bowling short.If SL observed this then they will keep their slow bowlers (especially spinners) away when Afridi is in the middle.Expecting a good game in finals and hope SL doesn't loose another tournament after making it on top.

Posted by siddiqi on (March 4, 2014, 22:07 GMT)

Awesome Afridi, Ahmad, Fawad and Hafeez. Even if we normally don't get any appreciation from our BD brothers but I will congratulate them for playing so well in this match. Looking forward to a great final match with our friends on Saturday. Only negative thought in my mind right now is poor standard of umpiring. I don't want to say that there is a conspiracy against us but Pakistan is definitely on the receiving end for poor decisions in last 2 matches.

Posted by YARMOUK on (March 4, 2014, 22:07 GMT)

@Francis Mel, When you talk about swing then it has to be adjusted according to the speed and run-up of the bowler. Any misclaculation and ball will not carry for six. But Afridi has tremendous bat speed, in his youth he used to smash bowlers over their head for sixes and many of them used to be low full tosses, flat and straight but he used to negate that with good foot work. Getting to the pitch of ball and deliver it into the stands.

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 4, 2014, 22:06 GMT)

i think BD bowling and fielding coach is not doing enough. BCB should take a look about them. BD spin department is really struggling from Srilanka series. BD Hardly need a quality spin coach. BCB will take a look there. W Indies and NZ or Srilanka tour we had a spin coach, and team bowling performed well. Razzak as per his experience is not performing well. many of his bowling was out of control no variation , nothing is happening with Razzak. even he can not bowl like mominul, just look ar bowlers like herath, Jadeja. Keep it simple. Bowl the same fashion in tight line and length and control your variation/ BD should try slowly with someone else. May be Arafat or some other else. Mushfiq should make it right in depth overs. he should bowl with some pacers or Shakib insteam Razzak. Even he can try with off spinners like nasir or mahmudullah as on form heft hander fawad alam was there. when you can not take right decision then gather a meeting and select your bowler. He did not use Zia

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 22:00 GMT)

If Shahid Afridi was explosive on Sunday night against india, he was brutal on Tuesday against bangla desh. And on both occasions, he hurt India.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 21:34 GMT)

Wonderful fight Tigers! A loss is not heartbreaking when you play like Tigers, specially against a team that is most likely to win this Cup. Pakistan has the best bowling side in Asia and to batter them like that speaks volumes about Bangladesh's true batting ability. I only wish they had batted half as well against the Afghans or even India. We could have beaten both handily. Anyways, a good shot of confidence for the team and the fans. Well done Pakistan. You deserved this victory. Strangely, Pakistan is always at its best when playing Bangladesh. Wonder, why is that?

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 21:21 GMT)

As a Bangladeshi fan, even though Bangladesh lost today it does not feel like a loss. In all cricket won. Both teams put on a good fight and that was great entertainment until the last over. I think addition of Bangladesh and Afghanistan has really made the Asia Cup a great competition. It used to be much more boring in old days. The only game people used to watch then was India vs Pakistan. Now India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have to be on top of their game to play in the final.

Posted by santhoo24 on (March 4, 2014, 21:18 GMT)

congrats to team Pakistan, and to Bangladesh fans, your team came mighty close to winning, and would have won if not for Boom Boom's innings. As an Indian fan I was rooting for Bangladesh to win, and am disappointed that we were relying on some other team to do our work to qualify for finals. Yet, no hard feelings that Pakistan/SL qualified for finals. I wish both SL and Pak the very best, and hope for a gripping final, and for the best team to win. Both these teams were better that my Indian team and rightly deserve to be in Asia cup finals. An Indian fan.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 20:59 GMT)

Why people are forgetting Muhammad Hafeez. his bowling figure 10-0-27-0 was very economical and 52 of 55 were real hope when Ahmed shahzaad was too slow. Great Comeback inning by Fawad. Good partnership between him and Ahmed shahzad who hit a well composed century but need to learn how to start as he started well against india. But in the end Afridi derserved to be MoM.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 20:55 GMT)

Once again what a performance by Pakistan. Again 'The Boom Boom' Afridi was the hero and rescued them. Hafeez set the tone right from the start and Ahmed Shahzad made a brilliant 100. Fawad Alam showed is true potential and why he deserves to be in the team. But in the end it was Afridi's day again, his spectecular innings pulled off a stunner for Pakistan. At pne point it seems game set match to Bangladesh but Afridi has shown him capability of destroying the opposition in no time. Many Many Congratulations to the Men In Green for winning such a exciting game and Good Luck for the final.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (March 4, 2014, 20:50 GMT)

Well done Pakistan.. Proud of you guys.. What a run chase.. Amazing.. Great innings by shahid afridi and Ahmad Shahzad and well supported by hafeez and fawad alam.. Ahmad Shahzad is becoming my favroute player. " pathetic umpiring by the way"

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 20:29 GMT)

Don't forget that Pakistan beat india in their home December matches played between Pakistan & india 126...Pakistan won 72 india 50..4 have no results...Pakistan 1st ever Asian team won series in south Africa...what happened with india in s.Africa & nz land

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 20:29 GMT)

Pakistans batting is improving by leaps and bounds,but to call them a favorite for world cup is premature,right now I am enjoying every moment one day at a time,for indian fans i hope your flight home does not suck as much as your team hehehe.

Posted by sharpfielder on (March 4, 2014, 20:26 GMT)

Mushfiqur Rahim, this would be a good time to talk about shameful loss.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 20:22 GMT)

great win.. Pakistan zindabad...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 20:20 GMT)

Never thought I'd be so conflicted about a pakistan win... love u my Bangladeshi brothers...ur love for the game and passion for your team is inspiring!

Posted by Desihungama on (March 4, 2014, 20:19 GMT)

This is insane. How does he keep doing that? 18 years and still going strong!! I think one of the most fittest person to have ever played cricket. Bangladesh you should be proud today. Well played. I think 48 MoM awards for Afridi now? Many people commenting (fans from India I suppose?) that Asia Cup is not an important event. Well, 3 out 4 finalists of WC2011 were from Asia. That tells me to win a Word Cup you have to go through an Asian Team. Am I wrong? Hats off to Bangladesh crowd. You guys know how to Rock a stadium.

Posted by jerryman on (March 4, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

This is just a game guys. Be gracious in victory . No need to bash the other country teams . They provide fans with enjoyment . However Indian fans commenting on this page make outrageous comments just to rile the other fans . Like it was luck that inferior sides won. Imagine if an Indian cricketer played a majestic innings like Afridi , they would take lots of pride in it and not call it luck. Take a bow Afridi. what a transformation of a game from a position of defeat to victory and you deserve the MOM today. In my opinion the 2 teams that played the best cricket are in the finals . Hope its a cracker of a match. Congrats Pakistan and well played BD . It was sad to see some BD fans weeping at the end of the game . It was an onslaught that was just inevitable and waiting to explode.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

Treat to watch every moment of this match... and the crowed was so anticipated and emotional that they start crying... This is cricket @ its best. Well played both teams.. Best of Luch and Hope the final be same like this and Sure Pak will win..

Posted by rizwankamal on (March 4, 2014, 20:16 GMT)

Magnificent performance from Pakistan. Ahmed Shahzad, Fawad Alam and mighty Shahid Khan Afridi, put the great fight and run chase. Fawad played the anchor role, 1s and 2s, rotation of strike, giving strike to Shahzad and Shahid, and staying at the wicket. Bangladesh played well, they scored descent total and bowled to defend the target. Simply outclassed by Afridi magnificent hitting. But, we haven't won the cup yet, there were some weaknesses in Pakistan bowling and batting. Opening was good, but they need to take 1s, 2s and rotate the strike. Bowling need to improve, especially fast bowling. Good Luck for Pakistan for Final

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

Neazahmed, let me tell yo one thing he is not a cricketer, infact he's not a human being, cause a human being can't play an innings like this.he's super natural n now enjoy the ride with ur big brother.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

- I am not that mad for the selection of Shafiul and Alamin. Considering the bowling of Rubel in previous matches, his economy could be even worse. - I think Abdur Razzak has passed his "use by" date. Arafat Sunny should have been in the team. He has not bowled bad in the couple matches he played. I am giving the selection panel a partial blame for selecting Razzak over Sunny. - Afridi is not a batsman. He bats well in less than 20% matches. When he plays well, he is really bad (for the opposition). So in the matches he bats well, when you get a chance you absolutely do not miss those chances. - Ziaur has been bowling relatively tight these days. I have no clue, why he was not given to bowl even for a single over. - Mominul bowled well, his one over was unused. Even a single over could be vital. - Anamul could have been more attacking after Bangladesh passed 100.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 20:06 GMT)

Afridi we love you our pashtun son for making us proud <3

Posted by OceanBreeze on (March 4, 2014, 20:05 GMT)

Let me first say . . . long live Pakistan-Bangladesh friendship. As a Pakistan fan, I like Bangladesh and feel for Bangla fans. Hats off to both teams for playing a great game. Thanks to all Bangla fans who came out to cheer for Pakistan in other games.

Posted by kamranpk2000 on (March 4, 2014, 20:04 GMT)

What a sensational game of Cricket. Made my day. Hats off to Shahid Afridi. He is a Living Legend of Cricket. May he live long. Pakistan Zindabad.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 20:03 GMT)

Well done to the whole of the Pakistan cricket team now good luck and win the Asia cup 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 20:03 GMT)

@shahzad; - nz is a much better team than their ranking suggests.india lost 4-0 but lost very close matches and Pakistan would have lost all the matches one sided.Zimbabwe also thrashed your team in test cricket.

Posted by KHAN881 on (March 4, 2014, 20:02 GMT)

Hitherto we have witnessed Biased, Pathetic n Third Class Umpiring during this Asia cup... Alarming sign for ICC

Posted by KHAN881 on (March 4, 2014, 19:59 GMT)

Hitherto we have witnessed Biased,Pathetic n Third Class Umpiring during this whole Asia Cup..... Alarming for ICC

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 19:59 GMT)

My god afridi what can I say. I've never been his biggest supporter, but wow what a way to shut up your many critics. Special mention for shezad really good knock under immense pressure. Fawad batted well rotated strike.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

This Pakistan team is looking a real contender of CWC 15 along with Aussies.With their batting improving day by day along with their already dangerous bowling, I say if they keep this momentum going they would be a force to reckon with in 2015. However still sharjeel khan and shoaib maqsood need to sort their techniques out as they both seem to be weak link. Good to see fawad alam finally showing his forth as he seems to be a player who could perform an anchor role like younis and yousif did in past..Finally with the inclusion of fully fit M Irfan this team could be the world beater. Good days for Cricket Pakistan ahead.

Posted by neazahmed on (March 4, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

there was no cricketing shot in afridi's innings , he hit like a baseball hitter with all his energy, this is not the beauty of cricket !

but message to all, remember, bangladesh is coming .......

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 4, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan on getting through to the Final and well done Afridi. So the IND v AFG match is a nothing match and I suppose the same is for BAN v SL. BAN would not want to finish at the bottom of the table so they would try and beat SL.

In this match there were sooo many milestones for both teams. As I said all credit to Pakistan but please bear in mind, NOBODY expected this game to be so close. NOBODY expected Bangladesh to be the first team to reach 300+ runs. From the lowest of lows Bangladesh are playing the way we expected the to do after two years of improvemnts.. long may it continue!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

Wow.. I guess all the times that I criticized Afridi (deservedly so), I take it back.. This tournament will become Afridi eternal "Get out of Jail card" and why not.. What a game, What a chase, What pure BRUTAL BATTING... you just got #LALAFIED

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 19:51 GMT)

Well done PAKISTAN.wish you good luck, and InshaAllah PAKISTAN will defend the Asia cup.just play good cricket and world will respect you in cricket world.forget the BIG 3s.what they are doing.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:51 GMT)

@danrocker. exactly sir i mean is there any cricketer like afridi.lara sachin fair enough they were good players but doing something what afridi do is just unreal.harsha bhogle said rightly that it was Like action figure in the movie comes and post everything out.Afridi is out of this world.hes got this shear power Which makes him incredible hulk of cricket world.but above all we love him from bottom of our hearts cos he has still this innocence in him.he is like a big kid.and dont we all want a bit of that cos i do as specially every other one is too smart for their own sake

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 4, 2014, 19:45 GMT)

I strongly advice BD management to seriously work with Anamul Haque on his weaknesses because he is one serious talent for Bangladesh probably more talented than Mominul even. In order for Bangladesh Cricket to win games regularly then they have to do something about their pace bowling attack which is clearly weak and improve their first class structure and pitches across country. The talent is there but if these things are continued to be ignored and unsorted than Bangladesh no matter how well they can perform will still likely to continue to lose. Much improved effort by Bangladesh and let's try to win a consolation in last game against Lanka so our team can get the momentum leading onto the more important World T20 where Bangladesh must not fail.

Congrats Pakistan for record chase and along with Sri Lanka have clearly been the best 2 teams in this tournament and deservedly to play in final. Good luck to both teams in the final and may the best team win.

Posted by nazims79 on (March 4, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

"Tigers, we are still with you"

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

well done shahid afridi no one can stop him when he is on song, once again he proved that he's a true match winner and shut out the mouths of critics and at last well done bangladesh for putting up a fight and making up an excellent match

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

@ Gurdit Singh: Huge upset???? The what was NZ (No. 7 ranked team) beating so called world champions by 4-0. And by the way u feel that u need to win the toss every time to win a match, so that u can go and chase? So pathetic excuse. In fact Pakistan is playing every game against 13 players. 11 of the opponent team and the two umpires as well. So, hats off to Pakistani players for such performances...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

Well done Pak. they deserved to be the winners today. Probably the final too. All the Best Pak

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

Awesome game, Afridi totally ruined the game for Bangladesh. Pakistan played incredibly welll today.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

wow wow wow Superb Batting tremendous sixes by Boom Boom ♥ ♥ ♥

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

Rameez: Who is your Batting Coach?

Afridi: No One

Certainly for such Boombardment there is no manual with any coach.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

very happy to see afridi's innings which i dont think any of pakistani,indian or bagladeshi fanswill forget in their life with different kind of emotions :) Well done Afridi & dont forget it could nt have been possible without Fawad,Hafeez & Ahmed Shehzad

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:26 GMT)

cricket especialy one day cricket reaching its peak.thnx afridi

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:23 GMT)

and please remeber pakistans all home games are technically away game!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

will play afridi boom boom lala

Posted by Naveed_Pak on (March 4, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

Hello to everyone...we witnessed a classic cricket match today which had emotions and thrill. Bangladesh team played very well and they batted like tigers. Unfortunately they lost the match bcoz of extraordinary heroics of Lala.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

WELL played BD .. When Afridi is on the Top no Team can handle him.. BD played really well...they have really grown a good team... but Pakistan..u rocked you :*

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:21 GMT)

going through all the comments,i still see some comments by indians who fail to acknowledge the team play of pakistan,i can say narrow minded people who makes others hate there team,give respect and get respect.and this lame excuse of india is in rebuilding phase shows how heavily they relied on sachin and MSD.And those comments pakistan never won in WC against india-true but stats of 72 vs 50 in favour of pakistan tells another story so please stop licking those 8 or 10 wins,india played well in last match no doubt but beter team was the same story. please get the books straight fellows

Posted by KANCHANA623 on (March 4, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

If IPL is to get its true colours Boom boom should represent one of the teams. It's time for India to end the enimity and invite Pakistani brothers to IPL. If that happens IPL will be a pleasure to watch.

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 4, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

Francis Mel

After a score of under 250 "we didnt deserve to lose"??? Doesn't matter what transpired after that, matches often oscillate; like it did. If it goes like that then BD are even in a better position to say that they didn't deserve to lose after scoring a whopping 326.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

Francis Mel

Sir, its just a game of cricket and there is no doubt that India has always been and will always be a very good side.

As far as Pakistan is concerned, we are technologically behind the 8 ball in cricket, shunned by the IPL (no one to blame though), no international cricket at home (again no one to blame) and very little in the future. After t20 cup, the next assignment is in Oct.

Hopefully we will stop comparing and gloating and learn to respect and enjoy the entertainment that is available.


Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

Here we can also look at what the so called big three said in terms of revenue generation that if any opposition plays against those three then only can they make money. However, this game has proven it that you do not need big teams to make money you just need two teams playing to their best. Bangladesh batted superbly I salute their batting especially Shakib on this return but must say Pakistan batted well as well. Both teams contributed to such a game and the crowd supported them and showed why no matter who plays we will come and watch. ;P Except for the test matches but soon that will get interesting as well hopefully.

Posted by t20cric on (March 4, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

What a great win. After they made 326/3 I was scared that Pakistan would lose to Bangladesh & that too after beating India. It may be a bit early to say but I think Moin Khan & co have taught Pakistan how to chase. Afridi is in great form with the bat & if it were not for his injury he would have surely seen Pakistan through to the end. Watch out Corey Anderson cuz Afridi might make the fastest century at this rate. People are forgetting to give credit to Fawad Alam, Ahmed Shehzad & Mohammad Hafeez, without their contributions it wouldn't have been possible to chase. It was nice to see a more creative captaincy from Misbah who changed the order to make sure they would be able to chase it. Rehman had a match to forget by not even successfully bowling 1 over but at least he scored the same runs he conceded without wasting much time. For the final I think maybe they need to drop Sohaib & bring Sharjeel as well as replacing Redman with Junaid/Anwar/Bilawal. Insha Allah Pak will win final.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

shahid affridi the best player so far in asia cup . Pakistan will win the cup

Posted by arslaan1 on (March 4, 2014, 19:14 GMT)

Great show by Bangladesh. Hope BD will do same in next games. By a Pakistani.

Posted by jaffers1 on (March 4, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

@ Faraz Khan Please don't comment if you do not know the previous records. This is PAK's seventh win chasing 300+ score and the highest. Previous being 321. Don't degrade Hafeez, Misbah, Umar Akmal, etc by saying without Shahzad PAK are minnows. Rubbish comments of yours.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

Well played Bangladesh .... ! You guys are getting sharper day by day. Scoring 300+ against Pakistani bowling attack is IMPRESSIVE ... Your good days are near.

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

Gurdit singh, i totally agree with you a team wining only a game in their last thirteen outing should be called a worldclass team.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

What happened to Misbah? After a good 2013, he in Asia Cup 2014 having score 74,0,1,4. Two times he was run out by his team mates while two time he got out playing big shot.

Missing your form MISBAH

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 4, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

@Herath-UK: and can you imagine how brutal was Afridi on Srilanka scoring 18 ball 50, 37 ball century. getting 48 runs from jasuriya in 2 overs. and do you know Malinga Bandara?.... I am sure you don't know because Afrdii destroyed career of that poor guy, by hitting 4 sixes in one over in some match. He often made mockery of Murlitharn too.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

WELL PLAYED PAKISTAN & WELL TRIED BANGLADESH..... It was a fantastic game and an intense finish at the end. Both played well but the difference between the two teams was once again SHAHID AFRIDI. He really turned the game in PAKISTAN'S favor with his ballistic batting. HAFEEZ, SHAHZAD & FAWAD also made crucial contributions. BANGLADESH also batted very well and should be proud of their performance as they beated the best bowling attack in the world. It was very nice to see such support for PAKISTAN in the match against INDIA...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

We love u shahid afridi u r the best player in the world

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

Hats off to Afridi. What a powerful striker of the ball he is. Love You Lalaa.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

Great team performance overall but Afridi once again proved that there is simply no one yes no one like him

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

Stat1977. We will show how well we can bat at the T20 World Cup. We will chase down anything. And proof of this is rival Captains who will make us bat first if they win the toss. You know your batting is awesome when rivals make their plans to counter them. Looking forward to seeing some proper cricketing shots go for 6s and 4s and not mindless ugly slogging ;o)

Posted by cookiemonster80 on (March 4, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

Nothing against Pakistan, but I am a little sad Bangladesh couldn't win after posting such a fine total. Nevertheless, at the rate that Bangladesh is improving, the wins are going to come. Better luck next time!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

LALA u rock and v rock with u....great game of cricket...felt sorry for Bangladeshi fans but to injure the pride of Pakistan Team and not to expect a backlash is a bit naive...Go Pakistan go

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

ShazzyMangi. Why? Are you afraid to invite us? ;o)

Posted by hansieyoyo on (March 4, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

Breathless, just watching the game.... just imagine what it would feel to be playing under such pressure .... and then to actually perform magic under those conditions....absolutely priceless!!

Let's enjoy the game and avoid accusations and other non-sensical comments that only show narrow-mindedness (doesn't matter which country the fan belongs to). Winning and losing is part of this game - but cherish the magic when you see it - it does not happen very often.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 4, 2014, 18:54 GMT)

@the_predator, NP_NY well said mates....we are out of the tournament when we lost the game against our arch rivals.....but these guys(Pak+SL+Bangla) are go on talking and celebrating (not for their victory).....this tournament is nothing when compared to WC and Champions Trophy....we have rested our main players for this reason.....pakistan yet to see success against us in world cups, whether it is 20-20 or 50 overs......India is clearly heading 8-0, it will become 9-0 within few days....

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

I think Ahmed Shahzad has taught an incredible lesson to Kohli n similar creepy players who lose grace whilst celebrating part successes!!!! Pakistan showed again great talent and future ahead of them. Ignoring Pak in cricket is a fatal mistake!!! What is the value of IPL if the most dangerous hitter Afridi is not featuring!!!! Think!!!!

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 4, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Great performance by Boom Boom Afridi and Fawad Alam. This is where BCCI can learn from Pak - select players based on situation, not based on who is related to whom, and who is from my region. IN BD, we know that spin will be the biggest factor, plus they have smaller boundaries. BCCI should have selected Yusuf Boom Boom Pathan instead of mediocre Ashwin or Binny.

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

Fantastic batting from Afridi. It was like an action movie script with the hero suddenky turning up. Credit to both teams for putting up such a show. What an amazing crowd. The atmosphere was electrifying. The passion and the emotions of the crowd highlighted by those crying girls completed a great storyline. An unforgettable game which I enjoyed as a Sri Lankan. What a shame that the IPL is missing most of these great players this time around.

Posted by SaraJahanSeAchha on (March 4, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

@StatisticsRocks : Agree totally. This was a Pak vs. BD game and where the link is this to India. Instead of being happy, see posts they are happy to have kicked India out. Everyone know India are in a rebuilding phase. India have done basic mistakes both in NZ and here. The games were close to the wire with both SL and Pak. Its not like India has lost by 7 wickets or lost by 100 runs. I am sure Virat and Indian team are still quite satisfied but must try to address the issue. In any event Indians support India if its a Pak vs. India obviously and vice-versa. But if India not in support Pak as it's our neighbor and natural reasons.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

well well well, well played Bangla, Love Pakistan :)

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

To Bangladeshi fans...Good luck next time. I know you love cricket but hard luck today. I wish you the best against every team except Pakistan :) And thanks for supporting Pakistani team in Bangladesh...much appreciated!

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

There is nothing wrong in bd bating bowling and fielding . They were absolutely superb . But credit goes to pak batsman they were outstanding after a long time I saw they come out with proper plan and most important they stick with it . And of course boom is always a star . I wish to see lala put his fastest century record again .

Posted by Blackholesun on (March 4, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan ! Bangladesh would be very disappointed. They missed a very important chance.

It was delight to watch the way Afridi was dealing with 4's and 6's.

As for the Bangladesh, I find they were little complacent after putting a big score.

Posted by shayanamjad on (March 4, 2014, 18:44 GMT)

@StatisticsRocks you are right dear after such a tight game i think they are just retaliating to comments which were going on in between innings no one is denying the skill of indian team they have seen their ups and downs and surely have a point to prove without dhoni

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 18:43 GMT)

He was real close to the fastest 50 but unfortunately missed it for the third time...!!! Better luck next time.

Posted by bul98 on (March 4, 2014, 18:42 GMT)

Team Green with Star on there helmet is just treat to watch, the world has always loved and folllowed this team where ever they have played. There is something about them which makes this team the best in world cricket to um or hate um but they are always been the most excited team to watch. From Majid Khan/Zaheer Abbas/ Asif Iqbal to Imran/Javed, 2 W's. Inzi, S.Akhtar, S.Afridi. Ajmal and many more. You the best Green Shirts! No body can sideline this team as the cricket would die without the heart(Which is PAK)! WIN or LOSE we just love you!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:42 GMT)

Bangladesh and India were lalafied by the great Lala.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

I am so glad to see positive comments for Pakistan from Indians and Bangladeshi people and vice versa. No doubt, both matches were great. Thanks to Bangladeshi crowd for supporting pak in match vs India.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

Really a great match. enjoyed it alot. well played both teams. pak won the match with their brilliance. I agree bangldesh and sirilanka always support pak when they r not playing. so good luck . expected a good final

Posted by Stat1977 on (March 4, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

Very good show by both teams.BD did well to score 300 Plus where FTBs(India) just managed to score 253 Runs against PAK and 260 against SL. They went to the last over of BD game to win,while saying we are the world best batting line up.I'm doubtful Pak has the best bawling attack in the tournament.We may not like to accept the fact, but I say Afghan bawling attack is well above all teams!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

Yarmouk. I appreciate your real world experience and I have a bit of it too. Shakib made the error of giving Afridi flight and that gave him enough time to set himself up for the swing. If you see Afridi needs a full swing and bowling flat and fast is much safer.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

pak and sri lanka were lucky to win the toss to beat india because they knew india could chase is a game of uncertainties and teams like pakistan and sri lanka beating the world champions is a huge upset.

Posted by likeintcricket on (March 4, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

@Herath-UK, and how many times he got out at zero by these great bowlers. He is an awesome player but so is Afridi who won so many matches singlehandedly for his country like today. And by the way he scored his fastest century against your side and unfortunately score some 30+ runs of poor Jaysuriya. Point is either Afrida, Sachin, Richards or Jaysuriya you got to enjoy their batting rather than feeling jealous. Sri Lanka is a good side (maybe a little more predictable) but against Pakistan they have a loosing record even though Pakistan is not playing home games for a long time. Pakistan won three games without Misbah doing anything and I will see if Sri lanka can win if Sanga can get out chaeply.

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

If india wana be a top class team they should only play their home games.(free advice) n keep wining n you guyz can play ur away games against zim, ban, kenya, afg, nepal, ireland

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

Umpires need a coach too. Too poor throughout the tournament.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

fair_paly_1. I didnt miss your point. I am just say complimenting opposition should not be a matter of formality but only on genuine performances. Sure I concede it døesnt hurt acknowledging some standout performances so that nothing is taken away from the opposition. For me this defeat will hurt coz we didnt deserve to lose and we played really well. Kohli is the next Captain and its just a matter of when now. Most of us now want a change in Captaincy on the principle of accountability. Ofcourse we dont want it to affect Kohlis batting but Kohli is a person who needs this responsibility to keep his emotions and temper in check. He is just like Ricky Ponting who was just like Warner is now. Also I liked that he wasnt affraid of trying new strategies and players and mixing it up. Dhoni is not on top of the Captaincy any more and change is inevitable.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

Indians were little bit lucky that day (even-though they lost the match) because they did nt taste this bitterness of Afridi!

Posted by immi2711 on (March 4, 2014, 18:35 GMT)

Well...I think SL will take the final, they look like a more rounded and balanced team. Pakistan is like a hit or miss team. It takes Pakistan miracles to win matches against Afg & B'Desh. Literally, act of heavenly proportions. Good professional teams like India/SL/Aus/SA/Eng .... they dismantle lower level teams like there is no tommorow, but with Pakistan, it is a labored victory....Although I am from Pakistan, I am not very hopeful for the final match...looking for a miracle, an act of God.... pray PPL

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

India should only be playing thier home games

Posted by shayanamjad on (March 4, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

after screening thru all the coments i'd just like to suggest to all that its only just a game. No need to be too emotional bangladesh played too good and really deserved a win. To all indian fans best of luck for the t20 as surely india is a good team going through a rough patch or being politicised by bcci. best of luck to pak

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

With credit to Afridi's lethal batting, the significance of Fawad Alam should also be counted in this performance. This match showed how Fawad Alam will deliver for Pakistan in future matches.

Posted by LIONS_ROARR on (March 4, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

YES!!! HURRAY!! I'm soo happy that Ban lost! They have lost ALL of their matches in 2014 and deservedly so. BTW, Pak please don't kid yourself, we all know that you won because of the very poor and talentless Ban bowling attack and not because of ur batting skills. SL win the Asia Cup for the 5th time! GO LIONS!!

Posted by alipk52 on (March 4, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

@All those who probably have waited for a very long time to see a very very rare Pakistan's bowling failure, I do have a various scorecards where Indian best batting line up faltered against almost the teams, but indian batting failures comes in higher quantity and more frequently than Pakistan's bowling failures, it's once in a blue moon, even in a flat tracks, Pakistan bowling has greats, have Indian batting had been successful more in bouncy tracks? definitely no, so please talk if you have any cricketing sense, every day is not sunday..they are human beings and can have a bad patch...look at SA these days..their's no better example than the best bowling lineup in world, who are going through just a bad patch! logical isn't?

Posted by danrockerXI on (March 4, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

He may not be in the class of Tendulkar, Lara, and Kallis, but Shahid Afridi will always be remembered as the most awe-inspiring cricketer of his time! For the people who say he's just lucky to score runs, I would just quote one stat: He's 5th in all time ODI Man of the Match list. And that would take more than luck! And I'm not even mentioning numerous other records he holds!

Posted by agent001 on (March 4, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

WARNING to S Lankans............Fear this guy Afridi, YOU ARE NEXT. If you don't believe it, ask any Indian or Bangla Deshi.

Posted by SaadRocx on (March 4, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

Well Played Pakistan :) Well Played Bangladesh :) Respect from Pak. :)

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

the scene where afridi was dropped by raheem and the girls were crying I haven't seen this kind of emotions on cricket field amazing

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

Let BCCI know to find a lame reason, not to play with Pakistan in 2017 then.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (March 4, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

It's funny to see how some Pakistanis are more happy about India not making than their team coming off an incredible run chase, which was also enjoyed by us Indians, and making to the finals. Everyone knows India is on the verge of rebuilding and yet they expect India to win every single game. It took NZ almost a decade to put together a decent team that is a force to reckon with. BD are playing for so long and yet thay have not been able to put a winning product on the field. By the way they have now lost all the 4 games int his Asia Cup, in case you have failed to notice. So Enjoy your teams success and watch a good game of cricket. I can imagine your hatred or enimosity towards us as we are the face of Asia in many fronts, not just cricket.

Posted by drnaveed on (March 4, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

well played Pakistan , yet again. first defeating the BIG 1 , and now , the small 1. At the half time mark , nothing went in favour of Pakistani team , poor bowling ,poor fielding, abdur rehman act, drop catch(s), 2 umpiring decisions went against them atleast in the match ,the whole crowd against them, and than winning in the end with style, only one team could have done that and that was Pakistan.once again their players , commentator , fans thought they had won the match at the half time the end ,at the prize distribution ceremony , mushfiqur rehman BD Captain didn't say any word in praise for the WINNING side , but look at Afridi ,he praised the performance of the LOSING side, perhaps , he is more educated than mushfiqur rehman. had the BD side won today, there would have been a public holiday in BD and the big brother ... you know , i mean whom ????.

Posted by 0mar1 on (March 4, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

Great "bait and switch" by Pakistan..... give false hope to Indian fans so they will start watching the match ... and then crush their dreams with a hail of 6's!!!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

@Giri Jagannathan afridi was dropped on 52 not on 0 no big deal job was done by him he hit a six after that but he was already strugling by a cramp ...... so I don't think that drop was any case to lose the match (y)

Posted by mali313 on (March 4, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

Why on the cricinfo home, this match news is placed at fourth position. High quality entertainment news are intentionally or intentionally ignored out vs pathetic West.Ind and English match news

Posted by anik_TM on (March 4, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

Congratulation To Pakistan.I think Bangladesh play really well today. But some fine tune is needed in bd team & its time retire abdur razzak, want Rubel back in ODI side.

Posted by bravozulu on (March 4, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

Team Pakistan adds colour to the world cricket...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

It is all Shaheed Afridi tonight! Yes, it is true, as someone suggests here, that he is not Viv. Richards, Lara, or the like. He does not have to be anyone else. Shaheed Afridi is Shaheed Afridi! He delivers in his own terms, and when he does, no other cricketer matches his feats. He is one of a kind. He is in a class by himself ony.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

Well done tigers! "We're still with YOU!"

Posted by St.John on (March 4, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

Great game Bangladesh against one of the tournaments best bowling sides. You are right there at the top.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

frustrated! lose, lose, lose,,, the luck is playing with us ,, no more cricket ... its time to turn back from cricket forever .... btw we want to see tigers in top position one day, then pak will be defeated every match....:(

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

Hope Afridi will be fully fit for the final and what about that stupid rule saying no runners for injured players. That s cruel ! Shame on u council.

Posted by indiaindiyeah on (March 4, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan on making it to the Finals. The way you are playing at the moment, you deserve every ounce of appreciation that's coming from all over. As an Indian, I wanted BD to win today but boy, was I ecstatic to see Afridi winning the game yet again single-handedly. Felt for the BD fans, too. Those passionate crying girls in the stand brought tears to so many of us cricket crazy fans. Congrats Pak once again. You are my fav team and I wish you all the best in the finals. Inshallah, jeet ke aana....

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

Mushfiq proved it again that he is not a good captain.Ziaur rahman played for Bangladesh as a medium pacer allrounder but mushfiq don't give him a single over.Last match against afganistan arafat sunny was Bangladeshi's best bowler took two important wicket but with pakistan he is not in the team.My request for Bcb please change captain and selectors please...

Posted by MMahmood1 on (March 4, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

at Herath-UK, I watched that match on TV. Jaysuriya plundered all the bowlers earlier on. However in the end Pakistan managed to bowl SL out, great spin bowling on that day.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (March 4, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

What a thriller, what a match, what a fight! Good show Bangladesh, you wont be in the final like in the last Cup, but you gave us a show to remember. Walk tall....I don't think there is ANY team in the world or ANY bowler who can contain Afridi when he bats like that. Well done Pakistan too for a well deserved final place.

Posted by tanweer81 on (March 4, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

ipl orgonizer you are missing a trick for more successful ipl without afridi ,shehzad ,umer akmal,,,hafeez ajmal etc.without pakistan every game is colou rless

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 4, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

There are always things you want more, you eat a great meal and your looking for a better one, you go to places and still have that desire to see better more magical places. You visit the pyramids of Giza and then you desire you had seen the gardens of babylon but when you have seen Afridi in his full mayhem mode, you dont want to see anything more in cricket. This is the ultimate satisfaction, everything stops here, it is the ultimate end.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

What a game, well played Bangladesh. I don't know it it's right to say this but Bangladesh needs to work on their temperament we have seen them lose close games to Sri Lanka as well, Pakistan on the other hand played exceptionally well. Afridi, Fawad and Shahzad chipped in nicely, I've always been a big fan of Fawad Alam he was a part of the T20 squad as well when Pakistan won the world cup. As a Pakistani I'm over the moon, bowling needs to be worked on though, we need to put Anwar Ali in, in place of Rehman and it'll be an even better unit.

Posted by alipk52 on (March 4, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

Also I want to add, whenever we play in Bangladesh or Sri Lanka against teams other than hosts, I really feel good to see their fans gives support to Pakistan, even in a last T20 worldcup, I saw that, in Pakistan, we respect you guys, and whenever cricket will make a comeback here, we'll definitely support these two countries if they are not playing against Pakistan...what a crowd in Bangladesh, a fans with full of passion and love for their team which came out in shape of tears in the end..You can take a heart from the way your team shown character..these things makes cricket a best game to watch!

Posted by YARMOUK on (March 4, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

So Afridi has scored fastest fifties(50) on 18 four times, 19 one time , 20 two times 21 one time , 22 one time............come on man do it on 16.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

I felt like Pakistan didn't want to win ie the bizarre decision to promote Abdur Rehman maybe they felt so bad that he didn't even get to ball one legitimate bowl maybe we will give him a try with the bat. Shahid Afridi once again proved why he is the most entertaining cricketer ever. Without him Pakistan would have lost. Honourable mention to Fawad Alam played a great innings under pressure. Ahmed Shehzad did well getting to a hundred but when you are chasing 326 you need to score at a run a ball but lucky for him and Pakistan Sir Afridi saved the day.

Posted by mgr125128 on (March 4, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Good to see Pakistanis chase 326 and be happy ...Who care if it is against Bangladesh ;)

Posted by himmat on (March 4, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

I feel for Bangladesh.....that was one of the best batting scorecard by the Bangladesh.....and yet they lost......No doubt they have improved but back to the drawing board for them........!!!!

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Lets talk about pakistans team comparison what happened to sharjeel junaid how did rehman step in fawad had.a gud day but everyday is not sunday if they had to remove one remove maqsood who made wrong run outs in previous matches. Team comparison was really bad on top of that how can a spinner bowl three no balls that of height what drama is this. Cant comment

Posted by shujjatkhan on (March 4, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

I am a Pakistani fan but personally I give a big credit to BD team to made 326 runs against the world's best bowling attack, the Indian could not cross even 250 against the same bowling attack, it was a very good cricket game, even though Pakistan won this match and being a Pakistani I am happy but without being biased I still congratulate to BD team they tried best and given 100% efforts from them, and show us a very good cricket. Second I am seeing a very good positive changes in Pakistan team after Moin Khan and Zaheer Abbas addition to the team management. Once again very good cricket show from both teams, I hope the same good cricket show in the final.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

It's amazing people are still voting on cricinfo poll that india will win Asia cup ... Lol can someone plz explain ?

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

Umpiring in this tournament has been very poor. Nigel Llong is a third class umpire, he gave Sohaib Maqsood out while the ball had not touched his bat at all. He should be taken off from the ICC elite panel of umpires. By giving decisions against Pakistan, umpires & Big-3 wanted Bangladesh to defeat Pakistan in this match and restrict us to 9 points. Then they wanted India to beat Afghanistan in their last match with bonus point which could put India ahead of Pakistan on run rate, and thus wanted to make way for India to reach final and beat Sri Lanka and win the Asia Cup. Alhamdulillah, Pakistan has destroyed all the evil plans and conspiracy!

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 4, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

Francis Mel

I actually thought BD batted extremely well as it was their highest ever score (I think). Commendable that Pakistan under pressure won it but again after Afridi heroics.

You miss my point though (as usual). I wasn't bothered which team won as I always believe in better team wins on the day and that's what a captain should acknowledge with open mind after losing - that was my message.

PS. I admire Indian cricket (not BCCI) better than most other teams. In my view, Kohli is a volatile captain and that trait doesn't suit a captain. India will do well to leave him to concentrate on his wonderful batting as that's what he does best. For a captain you need a cool head like Dhoni/Misbah.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

The quality of Umpiring is a Question Mark on ICC, isn't it?

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Last but not the least all credit after afridi goes to bangladesh who proved that they can make a difference even with the so called number one bowling team they scored a heafty 325 real good batting should be appreciated

Posted by alipk52 on (March 4, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

I think with all that Afridi's shouldn't ignore the brilliance Fawad Alam produced today, this guy has many times shown his abilities, athleticism, commitment and determination, I know he has lots of abilities, I guess despite proving himself as valuable asset many times, he didn't given chances because he is not from Punjab, Maqsood was very unlucky, otherwise he could have took the away from Bangladesh well before Shehzad-Alam stand, great game by Bangladesh..feeling so bad about those girls who cried, But Bangladesh played best cricket, they dominated the most part of the game, Afridi was just too good for them to handle, Mushfiq is way better than Dhoni and Kohli, at least he has the spirit to accept his faults, Great game of Cricket..I really enjoy watching my team Playing against Bangladesh!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

@bab kangen no surprise! This is the power of BIG. Don't forget that to generate more revenue it is inevitable to keep Indian audience interested. That's why the two umpires tried to serve as 12th men.

Posted by kashi_22 on (March 4, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

wow! wat a chase, i m amazed dat how afridi lower down d required run rate touching 12 runs per over n after afridi onslaught jst 7 runs per over, he is jst amazing

Posted by TigersCanKill on (March 4, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

With this game, Pakistan (more like Afridi) has defeated India twice in a row. Congrats to Pakistan. Congrats to Bangladesh too. What a tremendous comeback!!! I salute you.

Posted by YARMOUK on (March 4, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

@Francis Mel, they brought their best bowler Shakib and he went for 3 SIXes against Afridi that was the psychological blow for them. I have played cricket, it is easy to say cramping, single, double but on the field it is altogether a different game. When you cut loose it becomes difficult for opposition to bowl and I see Fawad also used his stance and pitch crease well. well as far as the hatred part is concerned, you can see yourself.

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

Sahibzada shahid khan afridi the biggest name in one day cricket since his Odi debut proved today that his way of changing the game has'nt changed. His class of performing hard hitting can never be changed. A 18 ball 50 proves all without any description. May Allah bless him. Poor umpires. Dont know about decisions how did they get the designation and the job of a umpire who have given almost 5 wrong decisions two in the previous and even today how can it happen with only pakistan's team. Aganist india hafeez appealed with a correct Lbw and the umpire warned him that he was wrong unlikely today when shoaib was caught behing why the keeper was not warned but no he ruled him as out. Wowow. Are they umpires. When afridi bites a ball he is slapped with heavy fines and bans when some one from india or south africa does the same Icc cannot take actions why. Could this be called as discrimination. Those who say afridi is not a bowler nor a batsman he has proved all in this asia cup.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

BOOM boom afridi but still we need razzaq at the death we lose so many matches in last 5,6 overs because we have long tail and razzaq is still genius

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

@yousafahmed there will always be fans who will spread hatred no matter what. but its so refreshing to see positive feedback for Pakistan from the most Indian fans.two thumbs up for that.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Irrespective of who wins final game... One thing Is worth noticing... Pakistan fire power Is getting in shape just before t20 World Cup .... Hafeez afridi shehzad Akmal and fawad all getting runs and they are part of t20 WC

Posted by sushgolf on (March 4, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. Well deserved victory. Afridi is on roll

Posted by kandykolla on (March 4, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Bye..bye....India....!! Hope you had a great stay in New Zealand and in Bangladesh. Have a safe journey back home and make sure add your air miles.

Wait a minute....!! as a punishment BCCI should cancel their flight and ask the Indian players to ride a bicycle back to India....!! lol......

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Cricket rules: ---------------- - Don't bowl spin or slow bowlers to Afridi. He once scored 37 runs off an over from Jayasuriya He is a hitter but is suspect against good bowling (such as Vass or left arm over fast bowlers) - When Moin khan is a coach, don't be fooled if the run rate goes up. He holds back afridi or such batsmen for later - When Pak play India they have a ploy - to introduce a new pace bowler (to get Sachin or Shewag or Kohli) - India has proved that the best way to beat Pak is to bat well - Bangladesh is also without good fast bowlers just like India. Yorker still works. - Pak will play desperately in tournaments that feature India but they can be beaten if a side is as organized as SL - Afridi will look confident and like a giant because of his power. But good bowling and planning can get him. But he is dangerous no doubt.

Yet again BD have lost a match that they should have won. They should not play three left arm slow bowlers. If only Mushfiqur had taken Afridi.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

if it is because of Afridi special there is no shame to loose. Even the best of best attacks will find it impossible to stop Afridi when he is into his own. South Africa knows that India knows SL knows that Australia knows that the whole world knows that.

In all this mediocrity (fielding of both teams) mayhem (death batting by both teams) Tears hope pain and anguish and heartbreak, Bangladesh has showcased the hardwork they desperately needed to put in front of the world to see about how they stand in global cricket. Most importantly when Afghanistan is putting a splendid show after show and almost poking Bangladesh about its test status.

hatd luck guys!!! but really well played!! u literally put the best attack in these conditions, apart into shreds. And oh!!! those tearful beauties, i wanted Afridi to get out and not make them weep anymore.

but it is HE-THE PATHAN again!!!!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

thanks afridi for give happiness to Pakistani nastion

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

Well Afridi is a phenomenal cricketer with the nerves of steel. Bangladesh And india couldn't do any better. Afridi Was the difference simply. Show some sportman spirit And enjoy the priviledge of Afridi brilliance.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

I love you lala. you won the hearts of millions of cricket fans around the world. You are brillant. you are exceptional. Lala first indians and then bengalis . Great lala.

Posted by Wannabekenobi on (March 4, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

What a knock by Afridi, came out blazing, but he didnt continue that way, he used his head, even took singles, didnt slog his way mindlessly, looks like he has finally matured. Great to see the great man show such immense character apart from being such a great character of the game. He has been through so much in his career after the world record 100 against my country Sri Lanka everyone expects him to do it all the time, but he went through a very rough patch and strengthened his bowling. That is true talent to be able to come back in the team as a bowling allrounder. Nice to see him bat with his old ruthlessness. Against India, the perils of bringing the boundary ropes in backfired on India itself, India always brings in the ropes even in IPL, i was sure LALA would clear the ropes. However this form of Afridi's is not a good sign for my country Sri Lanka, they will have to get him early or expect a repeat of his first innings against them. Watch out SL BOOM BOOM is BOOMING!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

Simply, I love India, SL, BD cricket teams. But Asia cup is OURS. Inshallah

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 4, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

@Ramansilva: Oh i see! but i also meant PAK's unpredictability but anyway cheers:)

Posted by mgr125128 on (March 4, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

Last over losses for young unexperienced India team in two matches. Last over win for Pakistan due to Afridis lucky hits. So its just a matter of luck and things could be reverse. Afridi has played his once in 5 years two innings and his quota is over I guess till 2017

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

Sheharyar Abbasi. The fact that Afridi has hit atleast 5 half centuries in less than 21 balls proves he has that crazy ability to demolish attacks. Though we are still not convinced about the last game ;o)

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

Really well played Bangladesh.....

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (March 4, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Only Pakistan. Only Afridi. Words fail me. UNBELIEVABLE.

Posted by BowledYa on (March 4, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

I don't agree with all those Bangla and Indian fans commenting that without Afridi's innings Pakistan would have lost. This was a very calculated innings by Misbah, the way he juggled the batting line up, the calculated play of the top order that really set it up for a fast finish. If it had not been Afridi then Umer Akmal is fully capable and Umer Gul is good for a few tonks as well. Misbah's post-match comments say it all - they knew they could score 10 an over at the end and set up the match just so. Well planned and executed! This team is in form, they chased down 300+ post lunch on Test 5th day against Lanka, chased down India and now 326. This is not a fluke folks but a team that believes it can chase.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

a very Delightful Performance by both Teams. Afridi has nerves to play shots which one can not even play during Street Cricket. Hard Luck for Bowlers of both teams but in the End, better team always Wins.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

criclovingmind. India will go back home after they lift the T20 World Cup :o)

Posted by YARMOUK on (March 4, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

@LALITHKURUWITA, rather its Pakistan who has taught a lesson to you 2 times in 2 days.

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 4, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

I can't imagine how brutal Jayasuriya should have been to score the fastest half century against Pak in 17 balls comprising Wasim Waqar & Javed etc.This simply shows how poor is BD team is, even given 326 runs they can't defend it. They could not win from a position of 68 odd runs for 8 wickets from Sri Lanka. On Thursday I'm sure Sri Lanka may again play a light team & hope BD can make a win otherwise their country will explode to pieces!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

what a match. i never expected him to bat so well.and hats off to Afridi and Ahmad.fantastic batting.Afridi proved once again that he is a game changer.

Posted by YARMOUK on (March 4, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

@the_predator, No doubt Pakistan played tremendous cricket today and they DESERVE applause not hatred. Apply same logic which you have given to your team when they are in Aus, SA , NZ. No need to hate Pakistan and its stellar performance that much. Pakistan is and always will be heart of cricket. They always come up with unbelievable wins. CREDIT GOES TO THEM whether you would like to give them or not. You people are forgeting that Pakistan has better fast bowling unit and Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Irfan will also join them in Australia.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

Pakistan beat Bangladesh 25th consecutive matches now

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 4, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

@the_predator:Afridi has done this thing in SA against SA bowlers & in Australian when Australians were considered as invincible..What Murali are you talking about..Afridi Shattered Murali so many times..

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

Boom Boom reverse gear starts, let see where does it stop!!!

Posted by Fahii on (March 4, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

well done BD, you have done what you could but it was afridi class who has no match with anyone, world crciket hav not produced like of afridi & wont produce like him

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

well done afridi and pakistani team

Posted by azurecharms on (March 4, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

Great Pakistan Victory! Although, Shehzad and Hafeez played rather slow and left too much for batting to come but all credit to Afridi, Alam and also Umer who kept nerves and punched great shots! I would have been Happy BD winning it have they not been so arrogant against Pakistan! They shall now forget any leniency from Pakistan!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

What a match it was, waiting to see Afridi against Malinga and group..

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Brilliant game from Pakistan in spite of so many thing going against them and the best part about these 3 wins have been they have come despite Misbah who has been carrying the team solely .BD snoozed off after snaring Maqsood and woke up a bit too late. The left arm spinners missed a trick .They continued bowling flat from around the stumps to Afridi.They should bowled slowly over the wicket which makes it diffuclt to hit with the angle and even with the turn shot is fraught with dangers.But brilliant innings from Afridi Shehzad who looks to be coming of age and superlative anchoring by Fawad who I feel is Pak's best fielder and should play every match be it Test or ODIs.He certainly has numbers.On BD side Mominul is a gem and the best young player in world cricket at the moment.Treasure him ,play him selectively in certain ODIs only and not to touvch T20 cricket.Excellent find for tests.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

Before today Pakistan never chased 250+ runs so lets analyze what they did and send this message to pcb!!! !) Send misbah in at 3 so he gets out on 1st ball (this way balls are saved) (2)Never pick Abdur Rehman as bowler (3) Send Shahid Afridi and ask him to play like a tiger (4) Never ever think of dropping Ahmed Shehzad no mater how good or bad Afridi or co is without Shahzad we are just like the minnows

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

in tommorow's match it would be funny to notice india's point in ICC ranking. i mean if they win they will be allotted 2 points in ICC One day ranking but if they loose only one point will b reduced. i am seeing this happening since NZ One day series.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

it was awesome to both teams played well pakistan cup InshaAllah

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

Tears gets end but we couldn't win a match even. I have no ideas or no suggestions, I just wanna to say :: We will win once, we will back !

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

its heartbreaking, its really heartbreaking again! but yes, we need this kind of fight till the very end, which was missing in last few occasions from the tigers! what we need is to learn how to bowls mixed deliveries in the slog overs, specially the slower ones and the yorkers and very badly we need a fast bowler like Malinga/Akram and a demolisher/ finisher like Afridi/Bevan for wining matches, otherwise all our efforts (specially in batting) will go in vein like this again and again.....

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

IPL without pakistani players is like tea without sugars

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

Who's going to put money on Afghanistan against India?

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

I mean, I don't get words to start my comment!!! Brilliant, awesome, brutal, exciting and marvellous in likes of exciting Shahzad, professor Hafeez, sensible Fawad Alam and Brutal LALA (Afridi)... Despite the bad bowling display, Pakistan batting stand firm and keep their nerves to bash this historic win chasing a modest 326 run chase, the highest run-chase by Pakistan cricket team in ODI's Ever! Bangladesh did play to the extreme limits they could play, but Pakistan had the better of them in the end! Talk about the firm start from Pakistan, and Brutal ending by BOOM BOOM. He truly changed the game making the 2nd highest fifty in ODIs... Fawad Alam's come back match has been his best score as well. Pakistan is on its way to Final against Sri Lanka on 8th March, hope this form continues in the finals as well. Best of Luck Pakistan!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

Yarmouk_I dont think Predator hates Pakistan. We Indians dont hate Pakistanis. We just hate losing to you guys :o) But objectively discussing dont you think BD could have bowled better to Afridi? Instead of cramping him up or using angles intelligently they were bowling into the arc. Although I thought Afridi's sixes of the seamers were incredible.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh, you did your best. I hope you would get better. Best of luck from a Pakistani fan.

Shahid played brilliantly but we should also not forget the contributions of Fawad and Shahzad. Fawad is an excellent choice on non striker end when your big hitters are on the wicket.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

fawad alam also played a crucial role in the match,i am amazed that why all credit went to afridi,he is a sensible player and pak desperately needed a player like him to stand on the wicket and rotating the strike.he is a genuine replacement of younus khan,although his batting style is not as good as earlier,but it help him

Posted by Naked_Cricket on (March 4, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

Good Lesson to sri lanka on both these matches . DONT BALL SPINNER TO AFRIDI. Remember the old trick ...

Posted by YARMOUK on (March 4, 2014, 17:38 GMT), no need to show such hatred. well you forgot that Pakistan won

1992 world cup in Australia and Pakistan has some geniune fast bowlers wait and watch how we

nail down haters just wait and watch. Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Irfan will also be back. We

have enough Green fire power. And today Pak was ismply mercurial.

@the_predator, apply same logic to your team when they are in Aus, SA , NZ. No need to hate

Pakistan and its stellar performance that much. Pakistan is and always will be heart of cricket

whether you like it or not.

@Pakistan haters, you people are forgeting that Pakistan has better fast bowling unit and Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Irfan will also join them in Australia, so keep your analysis to sleep time. We Pakistanis have better record on those fast tracks.

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 4, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

Did any body notice Hatrick of Sixes from Afridi?... Two Sixes to Ashwin and 1 to Muhammadullah on 1st ball.... extend it further to next over.. Afridi have hit 5 sixes in 7 balls. Two from Ashwin two ball, then two from Muhammadullah in 4 balls , and on 1 from Shakib next over first ball.... He nearly missed the record of hitting 6 siex in 6 balls, and also missed 17 ball 50, I think he was in position to break fastest 50 record but he did not went for it, he was concern about the target. .. In two matches he have scored 93 runs from 43 balls...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

if bangladesh could make 326 that means they def played well since pak has the best bowling line up in asia cup but not surprised for pak overhauling the total since bangldesh did not any sort of bowling attack , afridi know made the difference some introspection for pak

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

This guy fawad alam is overshadowed by afridi bit he played one of the most important knocks.I saw his stats.High FC average .I am completely shocked that this guy was not given chances ahead of Umar Amin Shafiq and co. If Afrdi can continue form with bat for final then its Pak who will win. SL fans need not berate India .This match was Ban vs Pak. SL bowling is well rounded but pak batting with afridi in firm looks formidable for the first time. U Akmal Alam Misbah Hafeez Maqsood is a decent lineup .Ppl criticizing Misbah must know he is a pressure situation player and the only batsman in 2013 from Pakistan who was worth a mention. Rest were all a joke.

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

Good chase by pakistan but pakistan still is poor batting side especially when it comes to chase because they dont have batsmen like Deviliers kohli dawan clark sangakara and amla I wll suggest pak selectors to strengthen bating rather bowling which already amoung best ones by adding hamad azam to squad who did beter than players like talha rehman wahab anwar and bhati in domestic cricket

Posted by YARMOUK on (March 4, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

@Pakistan haters, you people are forgeting that Pakistan has better fast bowling unit and Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Irfan will also join them in Australia, so keep your ugly analysis to your self. We Pakistanis have better record on those fast tracks.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

What a game.Enough.Where are my nails?

Posted by Criccrazzzyyy on (March 4, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

Read on cricinfo after 2009 T20 world cup for BOOM-BOOM.... his failures may be more often than not, but his successes are spectacluar.............. Real Maverick... No way sad tonight even though our team got kicked out tonight........#Ind cricket fan..

Posted by abidurrehman on (March 4, 2014, 17:34 GMT)


Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

Great match.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

fair_paly_1. Today Pakistan batted really well and this should be complimented. It looked like they will meet a familiar end after Shoaib got out but Fawad and Shehzad showed guts and maturity.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Afridi Rocked!!! All the best from INDIA....

Posted by Inspector_Clouseau on (March 4, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

I don't care if he is a slogger or if his mishits go for six. He wins key matches for Pak. Impact player. That's all matters.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Both team played sensational. credit to both teams. Bangladesh were awsome because it is not easy to score 326 against the likes of Ajmal, Afridi and Umar Gul. they smashed them all around. Bangladesh fans can take alot of positive from this game. they need to improve in Bowling though because if you gave 326 to Afghanistan then Pakistan would never chase it.

Posted by Ramansilva on (March 4, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

@Ammo666, You missed the point dear. I said Pakistan's unpredictability (This is what the commentators say, not me) is the window of opportunity for Bangladesh team because they do not have batting or bowling strength to match the PAKs. Wasn't the game very unpredictable until the last ball. Umar Akmal almost throw-away the match.

Posted by Stieprox on (March 4, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

i am greatly impressed by fawad alam.he anchored the innings superbly.i never expected him to bat so well.and hats off to Afridi and Ahmad.fantastic batting.Afridi proved once again that he is a game changer.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:32 GMT)


Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

why did we leak soo many runs . Even Afghanistan didnt.

So called Best Attack of the tounament.

Should we think about it

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

@ the- predator. Dear friend, this is what you have in your soul and brain. coz you are indian and afridi is pakistani, such a rough comments were expected emotionally. And the whole world recognize him as a boom boom. This was even your Sanjay who awarded him boom boom Afridi. No doubt there is no comparison among Richards or Sachin but this is also true like a rising sun that those guys were not been called as boom boom. And look at your captan how does he react on the field.lack of sportsman spirits. And i am sure you know very will why the people are so glad for being out of India from the tournament.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

At deepti : one who can't swim in river can't swim in sea... Indian being world champ was a fluke and final was pre decided ... Let's not even go there ... Plus india won a WC in 83 and kept barging about it for 30 years and now thy will keep bragging about 2011 WC for next 50 yrs.. To all indian fans plz get a grip and start living in real world ... Grow up plz

Posted by Adnan-Ahmed on (March 4, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

Wow just wow...can anyone argue against the unpredictability of Pakistan...and how lucky the cricket world is to have them? Amazing stuff really, from laughable to warriors in the space of an innings!

Posted by -tanZeeEeel- on (March 4, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

And Ind & Ban thought that the Pakistan will lose in chase ov 327 ... lol'zzzz ... :D I think they forgot the "un-predictable" factor; that the Pakistan have ...World-Wide. :)

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

well played pakistan..well done bangaladesh....

Posted by Blade-Runner on (March 4, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

@John_Geo ; I can only imagine how frustrating it is, not to see your India make the final. But, you don't need to be so sour about it. Be a good sport and wish these 2 finalists a cracking final.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

Funniest part was Afridi still does'nt know that the system of taking a runner has long been cancelled from international cricket....

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

What a match! Feel terribly sorry for my team but really enjoyed the game. I guess it was Afridi's day. We'll have you next time mates.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

Afridi is born to win these kind of games. he deserves all applauds. but there are more players who participated to make this game the best game of the tournment and they were, Innam, Shehazad, Fawad, Kayes, Shakib, Mominul and Bangladeshi Captain. but Afridi stole the show because without his contribution Pakistan would have lost easily this game

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

Two small moments that will probably not even be remembered

i) The smile of the face of BD keeper (Bijoy) after he had appealed when Hafeez had played the ball from the middle of the bat (Hafeez looked back and he tried to hide)

ii) Pak players not taking a single once they had obstructed the bowler from stopping the ball.

Good match, played with good spirits. The matches between these two teams are becoming much closer than before which is a good sign.

Posted by UglyIndian on (March 4, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

If I was a tiger...I'd sue the Bangladeshi cricket team for bringing disrepute to my name. The Bangladeshi cricketers should call themselves something else. Otters or something. They aren't deserving of calling themselves tigers.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Thanks to indian fans and all other nations. Thats what we want cricket spreading smiles everywhere. Famtastic show from both teams and special 18 balls timely fifty from afridi. No one can hit like afridi does. A real entertainer

Posted by casimpk on (March 4, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

Bemused by some of the excuses made by people here for Pakistan's win lol. ACCEPT the hard facts, Pakistani team can beat anyone no matter how down & out they are! For all those ill informed fans - We're already down & out since we've been playing away from home since 2009! this alone shows the great character of Pakistani cricket team! Pakistani cricket is on the rise & before world cup 2015 we'll add Irfan & Aamir in the bowling line, today we had an off day in the bowling department, it was POOR, BUT our batsman saved the day for us. Amazing feat!

P.S Love for all the die hard Pakistan cricket team critics & haters :D

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

Well done Lala and the rest of the Pakistan team. I feel bad for Abdur Rehman, such unfortunate things can happen at times, hope the selectors will show maturity by giving him another chance as everyone deserves a second opportunity. Well played BD too, no shame in going down to that special innings.

To the Sri Lankan fans berating India pointlessly, grow up.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 4, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

AFRIDI - what a player!! Congrats to Afridi for finding his best form again and taking Pak to the final of the Asia Cup. In saying that, I will reiterate that Asia Cup is the comp that symbolizes the BEST OF THE WORST!!! I would like to see these same big names do well down under. Afridi could have easily won the WC for Pak but the WC rightly belonged to Yuvraj who himself was a great talent.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

I am surprised the author has not mentioned the wrong caught behind given by umpire Nigel Long. Sohaib Maqsood was not out but was given out and the same happened in Pak-India match too. If cricinfo acts responsibly and mentions these bias acts, then ICC will be forced to remove the umpires like Nigel Long.

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

Cricinfo representative pridict before series that Pak has much better bowling that can let them win asia cup, batting may have click on the right time. Please kindly dont bash umpires , they are humen too. BD supporters " Dont you feel happy how good BD play today, stop bad comments about captain" Please. With Love from U.K

Posted by Nawab67 on (March 4, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

@sajjadul_CricketFan ...same way Pak needs all the tournaments to be held in BD....otherwise they never win (outside of BD)...... Correct???? !!!

Posted by YARMOUK on (March 4, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

@the_predator, apply same logic to your team when they are in Aus, SA , NZ. No need to hate Pakistan and its stellar performance that much. Pakistan is and always will be heart of cricket whether you like it or not.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

i enjoied the boom boom show untill he charged toward the master blaster's record.he had brake one (fasterst 100 run, unfortunately anderson broke it) & thats enough.................from die hard sl fan..............anyway well played both teams...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Afridi & Pakistan team booming big time...Hell of an innings by boom boom...Turnaround the match single handedly...A great knock!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

For a change the batsmen delivered instead of the bowlers. Indian team did not deserve to make it to the final through the backdoors. Congrats to Pakistan and I would put my money on them beating Lanka.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

@NP_Ny....hahahaha...i laugh when i see people like u...i know its been really hard for u to take...but dont worry...more is coming in icc-t20 world cup and after next years wont ever cooment on cricket on any forum..

Posted by Nawab67 on (March 4, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Guys...its Umpires...not empires!!! IF you keep calling empires they will keep making mistakes..!!!!

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 4, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

So the rest of the fixtures are practically dead rubbers.Next is Ind v Afg.Hope Afg win.My best wishes are with them.All they've do is bat 1st.They can get 300 v Ind bowling-scored 250+ v superior BD bowl/fielding.And Ind have s/b pressure.All the best!

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 4, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Its real shame that some pak fans are celebrating India being knocked out more than PAK getting into finals. Get a life guys. One the other hand here in India we really enjoyed this match and LALA was unbelievable. Asia has the most talented cricketers in the world right now. With Sanga and Kohli being the best batsmen and Ajmal being the best spinner. Hope for a tight match in the finals and best team may win. Only Sanga can stop Pak. Best of luck from IND.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

I think Misbha need to learn how to execute plan B and don't stick with Plan A in need to send rehman up in the order...if he want quicks then send gul who can hit sixes...remind me when last time rehman delivered in bat ?

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

poor fielding and bowling Bangladesh

Posted by BD_Fan_forever on (March 4, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

i dont unnderstand the reason for choosing razzaq ahead of arafat sunny...razzaq might have the exoerience,but his recent performance is poor...n arafta sunny was in form n performing so well

Posted by BowledYa on (March 4, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

@ Sports4Youth. Please don't ruin the fun by unnecessaily criticizing Misbah. He has been very consistent and does not need to score 50s every match (although he has been). Junaid had to be rested in order to protect him from getting injured per the team's rotation policy. your criticism of Misbah is misplaced.

What a match though! 655 runs scored in one day. Must have been electric to watch in the statium. Sorry for the Bangla fans but they got a real treat of a match to experience. I am not an Afridi fan because of his high risk play but when he is on, man there is no better player to watch.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

@CRICITICS and Indians were proud of their's best batting could not even come close to what Bangladesh batsmen did :-)

Posted by momer79 on (March 4, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

Pakistan may have chased 326 but the kind of bowling pak have BD shouldn't have scored 300+ so all credit to BD.

If there was SL or other team with 300+ score i doubt pakistan could have chased but again afridi is a game changer and looking forward to see his performance in WC with long boundries.

It is shame there is no one from pak in IPL.

If someone wants to see how to blowl in last few overs then watch WI bowler R Rampaul bowling last over in the 1st ODI against Eng.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

I wonder why all the bad umpiring decision are against PK not in it just coincidence

Posted by Criktic on (March 4, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

Afridi : ) Happy being from Pakistan, and very well played our B'desh brothers. Hope to see you people lift Asia Cup soon.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

ARRIDI BE VERY AFRIDI Real Boom Boom is back, India's hope gone as well, what a player game changer only one cricketer would have done this and he is called Afridi .

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

God help those who help themselves! What ever no matter who you are ? The greens are always ready to turn the big guns down.

Posted by einstien_jouniar on (March 4, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

we are proud of u team Pakistan! Keep going

Posted by John_Geo on (March 4, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

Despite the recent loss to Sri Lanka, Pakistan has the momentum and certainly looks to be the better outfit because they have depth in batting and bowling. Sri Lanka has a single player batting line-up in Sangakkara. Both SL and PAK are ordinary fielders. Based on this, if Afridi is fit enough to play in the final and if Sri Lanka persist with aging Mahela and clumsy Chandimal, Pakistan will certainly be the favorites to win.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

what a exclusive match with a exclusive cetury of ahmed shahzad and beutifull afridi sixe

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

Looks like Pak Lions are awake and gr8 performance by both teams. And hatts off to you Afridi Boom boom for your brillent surprising boomology..!!!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

laala hafeez Ahmad fawad ajmal Misbah umer akmal talha gul sohaib A rehman all played well

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Sensational game of cricket by both the teams. And truly gr8 performance by Pakistan. Afridi truly turned everythng around but we should not forget the immensely commendable innings from Ahmed Shehzad, Muhammad Hafeez and specially Fawad Alam who truly showed the whole team and fans the importance of rotating the strike and building partnerships.... Well played team Pakistan and best wishes for the final... Go green.

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 4, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Afridi once again , Simply no other words, but what a knock from Fawad Alam, what a talent this guy is, his innings shows clearly that his high average in FC is not fluke, and Ahmed Shehzad played his masterpiece too. Hafeez palyed very well laid the good foundation, nothing to take away from him, but he should learn from Ahmed Shehzad and Fawad Alam, don't be panic. Umer Akmal also plays some wrong shots when in pressure... but at the end things went fine for Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:10 GMT)


awww its ok and the match is done and dusted. there is no place for probabilities that you just pointed out here. also shakib scored quickly too, and bangladesh posted 326, based.on what you said, they cant get it anywhere else. so its best we just enjoy the result and be entertained by what was a spectacular cricket match.

Posted by KANCHANA623 on (March 4, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

Final Points table. SriLanka, Pakistan, Afganistan, India, Bangladesh. Even though Bangladesh will end up last they played overall better cricket than India.

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 4, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

It turned out to be another nail-biter and literally so as the camera zoomed on the spectators, just like the last match between the arch-rivals. BD captain kept a cool demeanour though when Afridi was on a rampage, unlike scenes in the India Pak match.

There was a valiant effort from BD though but even then their captain had the decency to compliment the opposition. But some (like Francis Mel) can't bring themselves to admit that Kohli too should show some good sense but for some certain idols are above criticism.

Posted by -tanZeeEeel- on (March 4, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

And they (the both: Ind & Ban) thought that the Pakistan will lose in chase ov 327 ... lol'zzzz ... :D I think they forgot the "un-predictable" factor; that the Pakistan have ...World-Wide. :)

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

As I told you before, Pakistan did worst in the first Part of the match. And then come back with the Best in the Second Part. Thats why I love my Team.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

so pak chased stop saying pak cant chase

Posted by shahnbej on (March 4, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. Congratulations to both sides.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

pak again disapointed india by winning...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

Looks like Pak Lions are finally awake..and they wont take a long nap until they get what they want...Boomology by boom boom was just brillent..

Posted by LAKingsFan on (March 4, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

Once in a blue moon knock from Afridi. His next such knock will be in 2016 if he manages to play that long. Chill out.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

congrtts!!!!Pakistan beat Banglasdesh and Big three too...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

I dont understand why BCCI is selecting a player like Ajinkya Rahane when we have players like Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh for that spot... This is an International Cricket not an Domestic match to test which player is better and which is not... The last 10 overs are so crucial and in those overs we need a player who can accelerate runs very quickly like Shahid Afridi does for Pakistan... Even though Afridi do not perform in every match... But when he does, he does in Style... Both players are some what like him... If its their day they will destroy opponent team very badly

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

well played bangladesh. in the end better team won.

Posted by Kevrich on (March 4, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

Well done what a great game!! I hope Kohli and the rest of his pack were watching - that is how you WIN matches! not by relying on the opposition to make mistakes or relying on umpires to unfairly favour your team! Pakistan are the BEST !! Against odds and against harsh critics playing all over the world!!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Respect from Pakistan to Bangladesh. You played great. With Afghanistan coming up... it is getting very competitive for us in South/Central Asia.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

this is the best multi-nation tournament pakistan has featured in for years. all odds have been against pakistan team but just how well they have responded. fabulous! pakistan cricket is reincarnated.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

keep it up lala, one more match to go, u can do it

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Once again umpires proved their pathetic natures. Giving absolute wrong decision against Suhaib and then becoming 'blind' on the obvious wide and no ball in the last over. BUT sorry, their devilish and cunning tactics once got a blow from Afridi and team. Hats off Pakistan! Big 3 or no Big 3, we are here to stay!

Posted by thamindujayaweera on (March 4, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

That was very bad decision by Bangladeshi captain to use spinners instead of seamers even they having spare overs. almost all know Afridi is very much strong to spinners because he can hit hard. thats very immature and cost them a match. another disappointment to Bangladeshi fans.

Posted by Lakpj on (March 4, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

Feel sorry for Bangladesh fans, they are so supportive and fashionable about their cricket. But I think their team is playing with too much emotion and arrogance at times. Therefore when things started to get away they get exited and finds it hard to control things. With that attitude they will never be able to pull off close matches. Shakib is a great player if he had played for another team Aus or SL he would made that team few times stronger.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

I hope Pakistan hv not taken all their energey out on this match.they had two nail bitters back to back.any way wishing both Pakistan and sri lanka the very best for the finals. all Bangladesh fans should walk proud tdy as their team gave a good fight to the mighty pakistan team.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

Need to see afridi in such hell of a form in final as well....What an innings..what a goes to fawad alam,ahmed shahzad & hafeez as well...But the guy who took the game away was afridi...We are proud of you Afridi...!!!May you perform like this till the end of your career...A wish from your ex-hater...lollzzz

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 4, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

Really loved that sight when Afridi's catch was dropped & the crowd started crying...Btw really disappointed by the crowd..No applause for Afridi whatsoever for his gallant inngs.Really it's a shame to have such crowd..Celebrating after his fall was okay but he deserved some applause as well...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

This is the difference between Men and Boys!

Posted by the_predator on (March 4, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Amazing hitting by AFRIDI. He would be very successful if he starts to use his brain little bit more. He should settle down a bit more and then start to attck. If not then these kind of thing will happen only once/twice in blue moon.In that case it just merely reduces to the working of probablity. I would like AFRIDI to start rescuing pakistan more often. Best of luck to afridi and pakistan (i am from india) Today balls to afridi were unbelievably BAD. On length middle and OFF (on a flat pitch with medium pace/spin). How in slog overs these guys bowled those. Even ASHWIN should have tried to bowled full length balls (not carom ball). It is amazing to see how people hates INDIA. It seems people are more happy because INDIA is out rather than PAKISTAN won the match. Guys afridi is no VIV RICHARDS, no SACHIN. I remeber seeing him play against murli. he was fish out of water. what he did today was incredible but think logically, will this same thing happen agaisnt mitchel jhonson in AUS.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 4, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Well played Afridi, Fawad, Ahmed and Hafeez. We won despite the worst umpiring ever against us. How can Sohaib Maqsood be caught out without even touching the ball with his bat. Not calling the 4th ball of last over wide was the most atrocious decision ever to turn match against Pakistan. Hafeez once again couldn't get plumb LBW while bowling. This is some serious stuff and needs to be addressed.

Posted by shaheen9867 on (March 4, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

Empirs are not performing their duties in the whole Asia cup as there are a lot of mistakes which are specially with Pakistan team.

Posted by CRICITICS on (March 4, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

......And Pakistani's were proud off their bowling,world's best bowlers. . :P

Posted by SaraJahanSeAchha on (March 4, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

Congratulations to Pak, Afridi at his best that too he is 34 and not getting any younger. Bad luck for Bangladesh, their hopes must have been high after posting 326. Misbah's comments however amusing ..says has a world class best bowling attack.. If that was true Bangladesh would not be able to post 300+. You have to give credit to how Bangladesh played. They needed the win especially after loosing to Afghanistan.

Posted by jaffers1 on (March 4, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

The real champion played like champions and hyped one went packing. Umpiring is poor so far without DRS and this was BCCI wish. But to no avail. BD is also a hyped team by their own media. They were cut down to size by AFG and PAK put a nail to the coffin, like last time. Now get Sanga out early in final and rest of the batsmen would follow suit. GO PAK go and Zindabad.

Posted by Hate.ME on (March 4, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Okay, so Afridi's bat is talking on highways.

If the target was even 400+, Afiridi wuld have chased it down, because the tracks are damn TOO FLAT tht any score can be chased and the dew factor is just helped him. Moreover, the quality of bowlers ...BD and Ind bowlers lol ! And add to that the shorter boundaries.

Lets see how he plays against likes of Malinga, Steyn, Johnson, Harris, Broad, Morkel etc. next year WC that will be held on Real Fast Pitches !! Till then enjoy Afridi's flat road show.

Flat Track Bully, seriously.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (March 4, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

So it appears that Afghanistan will move ahead of Bangladesh in the final standings. Told you Afghanistan was better than Bangladesh! Get them test status now along with Ireland. Do it ICC!

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

BD decimated by valiant Pakistan!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

A great gameee....a real cricket game to be honest.... very well done to bangladesh to for putting so much effort....

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

No team players should be allowed to bring god in to the game , all should learn from eng , aus, sa , sl nz and somewhat india , one owns capabilities win you the game not divine intervention other wise I am seeing the game go one way

Posted by shaheen9867 on (March 4, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Afridi is fabulous boy who always tries to play for his country........... Salam Afridid

Posted by LionsCric on (March 4, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Absolute RIPPER from Afridi .. Surely he s a game changer.. Hope bangladesh could deliver more within that huge long run chase. Also from farwad alarm . Bit of a new look n great return to the internationals . and Real n magnificent effort by Ahamed sheshad .. looks like he was the real trusted among them..

Any way great game of cricket by asian big guns.. Hoping for A BEST GAME in finals With unbeaten Lions :) well.. Congrats for LIONS and THE GREEN ARMY

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (March 4, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Resilience...Resilience....Resilience.........Resilience....Resilience...Resilience... Afridi Boom Boom the ultimate Green fire power.......Hafeez..... Fawad....Shehzad...... Welldone MEN IN GREEN. You have made us Proud. Highest run chase while tearing apart the bowling attack. No doubt Afridi is the best Power hitting batsmen. Can turn the course of match single handedly. Even umpires couldn't stop resilient PAKISTAN. Alhumdulillah.

Posted by cricketlover4ever on (March 4, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

ICC ..U C Is there any other team in the cricket work who can entertain better than PAKISTAN? NOOOOO Way ..

Posted by Mr.bhatti on (March 4, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

CONGRATULATION all PAKISTANI BROTHERS AND especialy Shaid Afradi lovers,such a great cricketer he is,when he is bating its look that Pakistan will win,thnx AFRIDI FOR PULLING OUT INDIA (ghabr singh) of cricket and as well banglaz ,INSHAH ALLAH pakistan will won

Posted by sajjadul_CricketFan on (March 4, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

I am glad that India, supposedly no 1 team in ODI, is out. Woohooo! India needs to be a host to win a tournament. Thanks for participating.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Mushfiq should resign his captaincy

Posted by ca2ca on (March 4, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

No matter of the outcome of the match, Bangla fans got lots of passion. They cheering, praying, hugging and chanting. I have never seen such a crowd for home team. MoM award should have gone to Afridi. Till he came to the crease this match was in B'desh side.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

Sensational stroke play by great Afridi and excellent innings by Shehzad, Hafeez and particularly Fawad shown his class. It was tough to play in such situation playing first game after long time under tremendous pressure kudos to Fawad Alam.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 4, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

This is the 3rd time that Afridi has reached 50+ in 18 balls. This why I just Love him. I am sad though that today he did not get any wickets, but does not matter, because if no wickets he can still do it with the team with the bat.

Today Misbah did one thing very bad, dropped JUNAID for A.Rehman. And the move exploded in his face. But the thing that he ddi good today was gave FAWAD ALAM a game, although he did not have much choice in it because SHARJEEL was injured. And boy hasnt he (Fawad) shown, why he has an average of 55+ in First class games.

In the Asia Cup MISBAH has failed in all games except one. Also regarding Talha now we see why his bowling average is around 28 in first class games. Speed is not everything !!!

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 4, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

So real best 2 teams in Asia-talent,performance wise and sportsmansmanship also-are deservedly in finals,the also rans have been packed off.They are not hyped up.Its all about perf.And players are poorly paid too.Tough luck BD-no upset.Afridi!!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

Mani, lets hope for Afghanistan Win against India ;) every true cricket lover wants that as well and that with a bonus point as well.

Posted by NP_NY on (March 4, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

@Afzal Haq Mujahid: For us Indian fans, India got eliminated after the Pak match. This match was just a formality. But the great thing about Indian cricket these days is, India haters like you can't stop talking about India even when India is not even playing. Such is the effect India has on the cricketing fan-base these days. This series is never important for India anyway. It is nothing compared to the world cup and champions trophy. That's why our main batsman/captain was rested for this series.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan. . .

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Boom boom afridi but there is a lot to improve

Posted by ilililililililililililililx on (March 4, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

what happened to Rehman?

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

Although pak won, i have to say bangladesh played excellent. They have improved immensely.A little bad luck, and much of afridi was what brought them down. Ahmad, hafeez and fawad played pretty well too. Congrat pak( from a pak fan) but goodgame bangladesh too. Lets hope pakistan wins the asia cup

Posted by PureMagic on (March 4, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

Pakistan has arrived with a Bang!

Posted by thecutiepie on (March 4, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

One request just in the next match pls remove razzak and get arafat sunny razzak has lost his dedication for the game

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Horrible Umpiring in this series.....

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

welll done Pakistan. ..... Go Greenzzzz

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

the game was changed in do or die when afridi hit the six like a boom boom all the players performed very well love afridi...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

What an innings by BOOM BOOM . Really clean hitting . All the seven sixes were huge . The thing that irritated me was the attitude of Bangladeshi wicket-keeper . He was shouting at everything . That's really immature . He should have showed Sportsman Spirit and should not have appealed for the catch on which Shoaib Maqsood got out . There was a daylight between bat and bowl . However , an epic conclusion to an epic match .

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Pakistan is the only team capable of making the match this much interesting.the young looking afridi has snatched victory from the jaws of two rivalries India and Bangladesh. Pakistan is becoming a good batting side.

Posted by NP_NY on (March 4, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

I see BD fans blaming Mushfiqur now. Stop looking for scapegoats! This was a good batting effort but BD just didn't have the bowling to back it up. And it is only a sport, so please stop crying in the stands. We Indians take cricket very seriously too and so do all the sub-continent fans, but it is not worth crying about!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

after overcoming India's hurdle, Pakistan batting showed great character and maturity. Fawad is a good addition especially in absence of Younus to keep score moving under pressure. And he also hit 2 sixes wow! that was a bonus

Posted by rise_of_the_ashes on (March 4, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Love Pak Team and there is no one like Afridi in whole world as on the day he can be dangerous for either of the team.... Would love to see some sportsman spirit from Bangladeshi fans, stop pretending like Aussies or South Africa who lose occasionally.

Posted by sundersingh on (March 4, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

unpredictable's vs Final chokers on march 8...........hoping the best team clinch the title

Posted by BD_Fan_forever on (March 4, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

what a game...after watching bd vs afg i was really fed up with bd openers...but they did some amazing work today...this was a match to watch...the innings by shakib was amazing...on the other hand pak did well to defend their highest total...fawad was excellent in his batinng but i gotta say it was afridi who won pak the match...without himm, pak wouldnt hav been able to chase this targt...

bd bowllers really need to work on their death overs...

i stil think mushfiq is the best cptn for bd right now, though i feel he shuld hav played zia instead of razzaq...

bd batsmen did amazing to come back from last two matches disappointmnt...

bd played brilliantly, and pak played equally brilliantlyy to chase down that target...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

cricket game is winners ..I just add

Posted by hasib9 on (March 4, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Mushfoq got it all wrong. Not using Zia even for 1 over, no bringing Al-Amin during Afridi, and for not picking Arafat Sunny instead of Razzak. Rubel might have been a better choice on a batting friendly wicket instead of Shafiul.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Who is afraid of Afridi? In his current form everyone should! Superman Afridi defeats India in TWO consecutive matches; one directly, and the next through BD!

Bangladesh also should be proud of the way they played. Please don't blame for captain for that drop. With Umar Akmal, waiting in the wings, they still might have made it.

Good show, and congrats to both the teams to showcase an absorbing ODI match, which had been under scrutiny for quite some time. Some even suggesting administering euthanasia to ODIs, saying that thee is no scope for an ODI, in between a T-20 (which is the entertaining format for the future); and Tests (which embodies everything about what cricket in its purest form is supposed to be).

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Who ever missed the match just made a big was a killer game.Afridi just cant be human...poor gotta feel for them.this is there sixth match they lost at a its SL vs Pak final. Who ever wins ,it l be a great final between the two friendly nations who are definetly the top two teams in asia. May the better team win the cup. Thank you again pakistan for the wonderful cricket. -Overwhelmed sri lankan fan

Posted by sundersingh on (March 4, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

pack and go for India, wait go with upset from Afghans...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

as an indian am so sad to pak win this match but as a cricket fan like this match gud ply by bangladesh well done hard luck but gud ply keep it up to ply like this

Posted by web_guru2003 on (March 4, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

Another team LALAfied.

BD batted really well and did not think that Pakistan will be able to pull this off but pull they did. I wish only if Afridi keep using his brain even if its to little extent.

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

Congrat to Pakistan... lala is great.... if bangla team can score 300 on batting wicket than why not Pakistan where 10 an over is easily chasable. Keep up the good work boys! Lets get the lankans out this time with a bin win.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

dear afsal mujahid so much hatred is not good for health in case you are genuine cricket fan

Posted by VJGS on (March 4, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

It definitely was great to see the Bangla batsmen bounce back after their shamefuk display against Afgans. Perhaps their Captain's comments stirred something within them to produce such a wonderful display. But it was Afridi who stole the show today. He showed that it he is capable of scoring when it matters most against any opposition, and not only against the paltry, toothless and feeble Indian bowling attack.

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

Lovely match well done BD for their batting display earlier and well done Pakistan what a great performance by lala shahzad hafeez fawad umar ....great n great ..... India hv a chance to make a record against Afghanistan ...... n practice in BD for t20 wc

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

@loks07 we Pakistani supporters appreciate ur comments. As far as Rohit Sharma's story goes I honestly think he is a very capable batsman who has not delivered up yo expectations. some of cricket experts even think that he is more talented than Kohli. but unfortunately he has had a torrid time in the last few months. But his innings against Pakistan on that pitch was commendable and speaks volume of his talent. he needs to be more consistent. perhaps drop down the order??

Posted by thecutiepie on (March 4, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

Bangladesh has put up a hell of a fight today. It was difficult for the boys to put up such a great game after the last game. They have done everything to win this, but there is only one afridi and he doesn't afraid of any bowlers of the world. So what can we accept from bd bowlers when he is on strike. Tigers are so desperate to get one win, somehow feel sorry for them. But hope they can get some confidence back from this game.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

bangladesh played very well but did have a answer to boom boom afridi

Posted by casimpk on (March 4, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

Come on! Give Pakistani team some credit too! Really amused by some comments that it was just a mere "luck", do you guys really think cricket is such an easy game? Don't forget the wrong decision made by the umpire, we were under immense pressure at the fall of third wicket. Cricket isn't a childs play that Pakistan always win by sheer luck & no talent. Pakistan are favorites for asia cup final & t20 world cup.

Posted by xylofon on (March 4, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

I just want to say one thing: I know a lot of people will say Afridi or Shehzd and they will be right but the person who played most intelligently and least egotistically was Fawad Alam. He scratched his face, fell and got treatment, hoodwinked the bowlers and did everything right. Everyone at all internet forums who have screamed his name throughout the years, pat yourselves on the back! We were right. If we would play BabarAzam, Sami Aslam, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal, FAWAD ALAM, Ahmed Shehzad, Haris Sohail no one would beat us. They cannot all play every match and most players go through lean patches but in ODI and T20 we would be kings. Then we have Afridi too, even if he is not a personal favourite.

With the bowlers Pak has this is one hell of a destructive team.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

Ahmed Shehzad, Professor, Fawad alam not but the least LALA <3 u have done it, outstanding performance in epic win, May ALLAH SUCCESS u in Final n World T20 !!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

whether bangladesh win or loose... i see a positive curve in BD cricket team. Loosing with afgan does not mean BD is a bad team rather it proves taht afgans are good to be test playing nation. Winning is not always important. being a competitive side is more important

Posted by dual.citizen on (March 4, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

It will be 4 out of 4 for BD, a clean wash, they should talk much less.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

Respect from Pakistan for Bangladesh they fought hard. In the end Pakistan kept their superiority. Afridi obliterated bangla bowlers India will play against Afghanistan planning IPL season. Pity on them, last time too they were out of tournament early. -----------Go GREEN Go-----------

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Showstopper!! Nuff Said.

Posted by Assasinator_007 on (March 4, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Salute to Afridi from an Indian Fan!!! True entertainer and match winner!!! Repeat the same in the Final.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

Now Afridi can sit Back and relax for next 6 or so games . He has done it twice in two matches. He is like a Russian Scud missile , on target once in 6 attempts but creates one heck of devastation.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

Another shameful elimination for one of Big Boss of cricket from Asia Cup. congratulation to Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

Afridi you beauty..... superb display:-D

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

Afridi has proven a point here that those two shots were not a fluke. And Pakistan has announced their arrival in the final with a bang. woww I was not expecting this from Afridi in batting atleast. no matter what the pitch was or bowling 326 was a mammoth proud of u boys.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

mushfiquer cost the match for bd what is he doing throught this series & sl series he always take away pressure from opposition when they are under pressure if he give the ball to al amin instead of razzaq when afridi was out this would be bd match as we saw in the last over i think bd should find a good captain or rahim should correct his errors gz pak but you can't beat us in the final anyway fro. a sl fan

Posted by TheProfPak on (March 4, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

As long as S. Afridi doesn't call it a day; he is and he will remain a match-changer on any day. So, there is something for Misbah's overly defensive mindset. Glad that he was out early :). Afridi put India out of Asia cup single-handed. Proud of you, Lala....

Posted by Gazzamonster on (March 4, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

Shame for Bangladesh….didn't deserve that. Love the Pakistan fans celebrating Afridi….they'll be back with their calls to have him dropped when he goes for another 15 innings without helping the cause.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

Once again the tigers turned out to be cats in the end

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 4, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

@Ramansilva: what science you are trying to show here, we know that PAK is a unpredictable team but it doesn't mean now you can predict because PAK playing against BD & have you predicted just for a sec that BD will score 300+ plus today before this match & BD had to come back strongly after those few loses & they batted today against the strongest bowling attack in this tournament & today made a record of highest ODI total ever...& PAK tried also hard & so they won chasing & this is their highest run chase win which science book u will show me...most of the ppl thought PAK is gonna lose but they won unpredictably! but it was for Afridi as he turned the table after coming to bat

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

fawad is good needs more time in team to establish his self . on afridi day nothing can stop him

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

it's good to see Pakistan at the final. we can watch great FINAL

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

thats the beauty of Pakistan Cricket. you never know what will happen. the day when their good bowling attack , performed the worst in years, their batsmen performed the best in years.

Complete comedy of errors while bowling. nothing went right. Drop in 1st over, lbw call gone wrong, and a main bowler taken off without even bowling a single ball. then funny fielding etc.

But in the end again unbelievable. We have seen the best of Pakistan and the comedy of Pakistani team in same match.

Afridi was amazing and also a great innings by Fawad Alam. What a comeback innings. The best thing about him was intensity. he was trying to be positive the moment he went it. Ahmed played well but needs to improve his strike rate at start.

Talha was very poor, but gul, afrid and even ajmals last 4 overs were expensive as well.

Over all good game.

Posted by sundersingh on (March 4, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

sorry to all the fans of Pakistan, that u r not able to see such a match and incredible player like afridi in Ur home ground... please take some effort to stage a match in Pakistan for the sake of the fans...

Posted by PadMarley on (March 4, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

There is a reason why he is called BOOM BOOM, and not BOOM BOOM BOOM, which means this is his last show in this series :-) .. OK, lets keep the fun away, that was some awesome stuff from Afridi, somehow he overshadowed few of the other very good performances. Bangladeshi captain's body language did not look like he wants to fight in the last ten overs of the match. My bet is on SL to win this Asia Cup, they have a more balanced and a reliable team. Mahela and Chandimal will find the form against Bangladesh, and be ready for the finals.

Posted by Dilbar786 on (March 4, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

No words for Afridi/Pakistan

Posted by Thenain on (March 4, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Credit to Afridi for much needed acceleration, however, credit goes to Shehzad and Fawad Alam for laying down the launch pad. Wishing good luck to BD

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

What a game! To all Bangladesh fans, there's heartbreak but no shame in losing like this. After the lows of losing to Afghanistan, your team came back very strong and they can be proud of that! There's not much you can do when a player like Afridi or Sangakarra is in red hot form besides giving it your all. India found it the hard way too. Well played both teams.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Another shameful loss for Bangalidesh... Isnt it....? Rahim.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Today Fawad Alam played like Mike Hussey kind of innings

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

Afridi is the man. I am sure Pakistan will take the Asia Cup 2014.

Posted by loks07 on (March 4, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

Just loved Lala's batting. Congratulations to Pakistan from India. Most of us support you over Sri Lanka, because somehow their fans have too much hatred towards India. And Yuvi! If you need any inspiration, check out Afridi's innings.

On a parting note, can anyone tell me how to get chances like Rohit Sharma in life?

Posted by JustIPL on (March 4, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

He already had ended indian journey in the asian championship and today he stamped on india's ouster certificate. Both BD and AFG were not able to bring india back rather AFG can try their luck agaisnt india and take heart from their win against BD.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

Asian Champion..!!! Huh... Whoever it may be.. The world knows who the world Champions are..

Posted by NP_NY on (March 4, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Whichever team one supports, this Afridi guy is fun to watch. The power he generates is unbelieveable. Yesterday, so many people commented about how Ashwin lost the battle with Afridi but today he showed when he is on song no bowler can contain him (he hit Shakib and Razzaq like they were league bowlers). Well done both teams today, especially Pakistan. Now go on and beat SL in the final (get Sanga out, no one else can bat in that team :) ).

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

What a match.... Missed a big business cause of match but don't care now.... It was worth missing it after match s results

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 4, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

After posting their highest total, BD allowed Pak to reach the highest total in successful chases.

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 4, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Afridi has done it Yet again. It all boils down to the toss, Batting was BD's strength and they would have been better off Chasing. The team needs to be confident of their strengths, rather than targeting the opponents weakness. Paks have many game changers and even if one or two of them fire they can scale any mountain. Paks proved once again that they deliver their best under pressure. And this was cricket at its very best. We could even notice the difference in the approach of the players of both team. Anamul, slowed down his innings when he approached his Century and took Almost 20 balls to score his final 10 runs and got out the very next ball after scoring 100. Where as Shehzad played as per the need of the hour. Even the Celebration after reaching his century shows that he is not at all interested in personal milestones, but only his team's win. A great team effort and a well deserved win. Hats off to the Pak team. Cheers

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

great match good come back of fawad alam. he has good potential would be better if he bowled more over to see him as a all rounder. poor umpiring always the the issue agaist pakistan.

Posted by Fogu on (March 4, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Great game. Congrats to PK. They chased well and it seems their batsmen are hitting form at the right time. Watch out SL. Well played by my Tigers. I was not expecting a contest after the last few days that BD had but they proved me wrong and i am happy about that. Bowling changes by Mushy surprised me. Not using Zia at all and then using Razzak late in the game baffled me but when Afridi is belligerant mood, not many can stop him. Even though we lost, I did enjoy the game. It's going to be a good final.

Posted by FighterKallis on (March 4, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Afridi kicks India away. kohli and his ducks would have been following this match tii umar akmal smacked the ball for the winning runs. He deserved this because of not playing a good player like pujara in the eleven. whats next , May be a thrashing in the hands of roaring afghanis . kohli and his busy packing his stuffs now

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Amazing... Afridi u stole the show..n a well deserved mom award...excellent come back by fawad...openers cudnt hav done better... Best of luck Pak for the final... I really feel sorry for tigers, they put a good fight.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

When will we Pakistanies be able to play in fair umpiring.... May be in final. But, win or lose does not matter any more...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

The problem is when Bangladesh batting well then their bowing couldn't show a good result and vice versa. However, Bangladesh talent bowler will join national team soon and then this type of tragedy won't happen.

In sha Allah

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

I think Fawad Alam should be kept as we really need a lefty in the lineup.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 4, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

Great thriller!!! Congrats to Pakistan on the record chase and along with Sri Lanka are clearly the 2 deserving teams to go through. Fantastic effort from Bangladesh and though lost should not be disappointed with themselves and look forward with great positives from this game. Pakistan at this moment are just the superior team to Bangladesh but what you can see be for sure at least in limited overs is good contests from these 2 teams in future. All in all a fantastic thrilling Cricket match.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

Great effort from Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

East or West Pakistan is the best

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

please change the umpires...

Posted by sangaTHEgreat on (March 4, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

wow what a performance by boom boom afridi and pak team. it was really sad to see faces of ban fans n sad to see how ban team always disappoint them. i think sri lanka can beat ban even without sanga malinga n anjie. btw both teams played pretty well.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

Call me what you like, but I'm still not convinced that Pakistan played well. First of all, the bowling was well below par. Secondly, some of the batting earlier on the Pakistani innings was very poor on which was clearly a batting track. I'm sorry if I have offended any Bangladeshi fan, not taking anything away from the way they batted, which was just magnificent. I just believed that Pakistan take there eye of the ball and loose sight of the situation.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

Who ever missed the match just made a big was a killer game.Afridi just cant be human...poor gotta feel for them.this is there sixth match they lost at a its SL vs Pak final. Who ever wins ,it l be a great final between the two friendly nations who are definetly the top two teams in asia. May the better team win the cup. Thank you again pakistan for the wonderful cricket. -Overwhelmed sri lankan fan

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 4, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

With this win, 3 teams (BD - 0 wins , Ind - 1 win and Afg - 1 win) are knocked-out of the Asia Cup 2014.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

afridi ricks

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

afridi is good player in history

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

Beautiful inning by Afridi

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

Only Pakistan can do this. Can't chase 250, but can chase a record 327.

Posted by sundersingh on (March 4, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

well done Pakistan!... but beware of lankans they r smarter when it comes to final and note they r under pressure to wipe their nickname "FINAL CHOKERS"

Posted by Shajadul on (March 4, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

Well done both BD and PAK....nice game....excitement to watch...

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Not bad tigers! Unfortunately it was another afridi's day..won against pak's bt lost to him

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Did Pakistan found Micheal Bevan in Fawad Alam??

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

one man show.for BD and ind salso

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

one thing i cant help but saying that Bangladesh is loosing over and again just because of bad captaincy

Posted by neanderthal on (March 4, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Players like Afridi and innings like these make even neutrals get involved in a low stakes game. What a player. Puritans may say whatever they want but the Afridis, Akhters, Gayles are possibly more crucial to Cricket's existence and popularity than technically sound and consistent but otherwise average and boring bowlers and batsmen.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

being Indian initially v thought it could favour us if Bangladesh win.....but felt lik apart from our need Bangladesh must win for their fans wen I saw te spirited girls cried.....its really an unexplainable feelin to al cricket fans from world (other den pak fans) as even true cricket lovers would hv wanted Bangladesh to win....bad luck bang mates but really wel played. ...though afridi is powerpack today Bangladesh desrved a win today wit their tremendous effort wit bat....

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 4, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Today Press Conference. BD captain - "Our bowlers did not bowl well. They have let us down. They did not took responsibility defending 320+ total."

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

well done afridi you are really great

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

well don afridi and also F.alam .afridi u beauty u have good player of crickter but still u need more matchs like this to show the world that u are the player who can finish well because u can play 380 matchs but u only won few matchs for pakistan so plz play like this for ever

Posted by Ind_Cric_Fan79 on (March 4, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

Great Game By PAK team. Deserved to be in the final. BOOM BOOM started blasting.... Love to watch the in-form BOOM BOOM....PAK has a great chance of lifting this cup and as well as T20 cup. Great show by FAWAD as well. Really like the commitment of this guy...

PAK batting is getting stronger in every match..

SHEHZAD, Haffeez, Misbah, Fawad, U.Akmal,Boom Boom - Seems to be a decent and attacking line up in any wicket

Congrats again PAK bros. Expecting a close and more nail-biting match in the ASIA cup final.

With love from an Indian fan of Cricket.

Posted by sundersingh on (March 4, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

simple theory against afridi.... dont bowl spinner if boundaries r shorter and bowl a genuine seamer with some bounce..

Posted by casimpk on (March 4, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Poor bowling by Pakistan today, we became tad bit complacent in this match. BUT boyyyy, what an amazing display of batting, we have silenced our critics! Aridi obliterated bangla bowlers, clean hitting! Congratulations Pakistan & commiseration to Bangladeshi team, you guys gave us a tough time, well played! Best of luck Pakistan & yeah Arifdi is the real deal & so is Pakistan!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Lala rocks :) great work boom boom u made us proud <3

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Unfortunately It was Afridi's day :-\ but Tiger's were also of luck against SL Tigers!!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

First of all, to my Bangladeshi brothers don't be so disappointed you guys played exceptional. It was really sad seeing those fans crying, don't lose hope. Good luck for Pakistan in the finals. #Lala4life

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

@nikhil_ind I hope you got your answer

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

Great Win Pakistan, and Well played Fawad, Lala , Shahzad and Hafeez. And feel sorry so see Poor and biased umpairing. again n again in asia cup

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

Congratulation! Pakistan..... It was such an amazing match. We are glad that Afridi is in form in the right time.... Pakstanis are now positive for final win.

Posted by likeintcricket on (March 4, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

In this form I don't see any team winning against Pakistan in the final. Bowling has an unusual off day but Boy! what a performance under so much pressure. At this time everyone is doing something for the team and Fawad and Shehzad played some innings today But Lala is Lala. We are used to see Misbah perform all the time but these three wins are without Misbah.

Posted by Retour on (March 4, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

A good comeback by BD after the game against AFG, but once again couldn't cross the line first. The scenario keeps playing again and again for BD. We saw that in the T20s against SL too.

As for Pak, Afridi delivered again with a miraculous innings. He hit like 3 or 4 sixes in the first 10 balls he faced and could have got the fastest 50 .... On the other hand, the question arises as to how long can Pak depend on Afridi's miracles to sneak a win. Unlike arch-rivals Ind, Pak has a more or less settled line up but it is hard to see the team pull through tough situations barring a miracle by players like Afridi or a bad day at the office for the opposition.

Posted by DD_f0rever on (March 4, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

Congrats to Pak. Really great hitting by Afridi. 2 most deserving teams SL and Pak have entered the finals.

But Afridi's HITTING has been against average bowlers of Ind and BD who are not known for bowling good in death overs. And the slow/ flat tracks and dew factor are just helping the batting side, I believe.(Taking no credit away from Afridi)

Malinga is one bowler who can restrict Afridi. Should be a great contest !

For T-20 WC (tht will be played on ssme grounds that have shorter boundaries too), if Afridi remains in same touch then it is not good news for opposition.

Being an Ind fan, I hope we take Yuvi back in the side and Raina(for sub-continent pitches) too for shorter formats.

Anyway, Congrats to both the finalists:) also "Well played, BD !" Wt a fight. If shakib had played all matches, BD wld have won a match or 2. And to those BD gals,cheering BD continuously ws amazing 2 see. Cricket Enthusiast NATION. Good future ahead. Mominul, A.Haque- GudFind 4 BD

Ind Fan

Posted by ispaewbi on (March 4, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

I never understood why Afridi is always charging down the pitch, when he can stay... hit out of the park AND win matches for Pakistan. Umar almost cost the match at the end.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

catches win Matches...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

Poor captaincy of BD's skipper lead to a great victory for Pakistan. Afridi is always strong against spinners. Finally both Big3 opponents selected to the final. Good respond to Big3 and it's supporters.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

well done pakistan .well done lala n wishes for Bangladesh as they played wel .they shows they are still tigers. .thanks to mirpur crowed for supporting pak against indian. .

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

India went home

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

This is a Team, today Pakistan Cricket team played like a Champion team, and i love how professional it all was (Second Innings), First was like Club Cricket Standard. Shehzad you are a great find, Lala no wonder you are a Super Star, you know how to win Impossible matches, your attitude is what everyone should aspire for, and Fawad Alam, what can i say, you have been under rated, left on the bench for such a long time, but you did not let that get to you, rather your come back performance was the best of your career. Oh and the beard thing that you have got going, make you look handsome too. And in winning we even managed being true to our selves, with Rehman's ridiculous record with bowling figures of 0-0-8-0, but as a team you all saw through it. Truly outstanding Team Work.

Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

well played BD. well batted. had luck going in their way for about 80 overs but then run out of luck when it was most required.

Well played for their record score. but had no answer to the acceleration of Fawad , Ahmed and then simply stunned by Afridi in the end.

Few people were saying Afridi his mishits in last game vs India. I am sure you wont find many mishits this time. Superb and amazing innings. Hats off to that man.

Ahmed was slow starter as always. but accelerated at right time. Misbah played bad shot. Maqsood unlucky.

But What a comeback by Fawad. he injected the momentum in the game and was busy throughout his innings. Hit 3 sixes in career and 2 were in this game. Well done. Lived up to his domestic record.

and in the end it was that man again: Boom Boom. BD has got no answer really.

Better luck next time BD. it was the best chance to win a game against pak after 14 years and they couldnt.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

bad luck for of the best match between pak & bd

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

BEST ASIA CUP EVER! So many Great Games... SL vs Pak SL vs IND Afg vs BD Afg vs PAK IND vs PAK BD vs PAK

And Still, 3 more Games to go!!!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

only AFRIDI.we love our and only

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

Thanks to Almighty Allah :)

Alhamd-ul-Lillah!!! We are in Final of Asia Cup :)

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

No doubt that Pakistan played brilliantly today but Bangladesh lost because of Mushfiq! Worst captaincy ever! Mushfiq should stand down! he can't use his bowlers and to be honest, he doesnt know when to use his bowlers

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

Just Pakistan/Afridi can make other team cry by snatching the match out of their hands. What a performance by LaLa

Posted by Kh1234 on (March 4, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Haha feel sorry for the indian fans! They were dreaming for pak to get thrashed today so they can try for the final but afridi has put an end to that team! My support for srilanka in the final. Go lions! Good luck to pak as well!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Very happy that Pakistan won. Only Pakistan could have made a match this exciting both with the bat and ball. Again Misbah fell cheaply and Pakistan won.

Question to BIG 3, especially BCCI. Does the Indian team really generate 80% of the revenue when other teams like Pakistan generate much more exciting cricket than the Indian team, so much so that the entire India is forced to watch.

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

Excellent Finished by Pakistan ...a very good comeback by Fawad Alam & What do we call Afridi then Boom Boom then Lala he is amazing all the time and perfect ideal for of luck Pakitan Team from UK

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

thats why we loves afridi .good job team Pakistan

Posted by hasib9 on (March 4, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

Time for Mushfiq to step down. If you cannot defend the highest total, you might as well let someone else lead.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

Yeah. . India out. .. Meet you in t20 wc

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

welldone pakistan ...india stop dreaming to qualify for the final pack ur stuff and beready to go home...!

Posted by BARFI on (March 4, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh. This loss I can be proud of!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

Pakistan u beauty from Delhi India

Posted by Ramansilva on (March 4, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

What a thriller. For few hours Bangla team and its fans were on top of the world and getting ready to boast that they can beat nay team at home. Too bad their expectations burst like a bubble.

It will be good if Umar Akmal has some thinking to go with his skills. He almost spoilt it for Paks.

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (March 4, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

well played both team, should be a fitting final now that the two best teams in the tournament are in the final

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

Good luck to SL and PAK in finals

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. Misbah was right. Pakistan can chase!

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 4, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

BD bowling and fielding coach performance is not up to the mark. Razzak place in t20 world cup is doubt/ I never see he learned himself. similar way he is bowling like before Mushfiq should stop work with emotion and work more on depth bowling attack. Lots of time BD lost match in depth overs. bowler changing did not work properly. it was surprising that he bring razzak at the end where set left hand batsman fawad was there and he had zia or off spinner nasir or mahmudullah. Even shafiul can bowl after afridi blast. I do not know when BD can win in this year.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

superb blinder. thats amazing hitting by Afridi. Also an amazing innings by Fawad on come back

Posted by Varuna-Bhushana on (March 4, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

What a Class performance from Pakistan! All the best from UK

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

Well Done! We love you Afrid.. <3

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

Wishes for Bangladesh Team

Posted by saintsinister on (March 4, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

Be afridi.. Be very Afridi !!

Posted by Kh1234 on (March 4, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

Wow afridi back to form! Srilanka watch out!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

its surely not the day for rehman so far.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

Pakistan have done enough to book a place in the final. They will surely cross 260 and then it døesnt matter. To expect Bangladesh to win against SL with a bonus point is impossible. They havent been able to win against SL on the whole series.

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 4, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

Mushfiq should attack more sometime. he become defensive. set balance fielder inside the circle and check the singles/ That can create pressure and go for wicket. It is crucial.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

Bangladesh's 324 is the top ods's score and also in the 2014 Asia cup. They have good opportunity to get the first victory against Pakistan.

Posted by nikhil_indian_fan on (March 4, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

190 for 3 in 35 isnt a bad score, dnt write pakistan off just yet....they have big hitters in the team who can do this. no matter what looks like it will be another close match.

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 4, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

Pakistan is still in the game. Fawad and Shehzad playing well.

Posted by adeeltahir92 on (March 4, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

The level of umpiring has been very poor in this tournament .They have submitted to pressure and have made incorrect decisions at crucial stages.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

Pakistan has shown a poor display after winning the match against INDIA. If they lose this , it will be an embarrassing situations for PAKS.

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 4, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

BD captain should put some close fielders. Razzak place in the team is not good. BD might lapse the concentration/ calm down and stick to plan

Posted by nikhil_indian_fan on (March 4, 2014, 13:59 GMT)

i wonder what the pakistani fans have to say now. 2 days ago they hailed this team as the greatest ever team. even then i said that pakistan makes a big mess of chases, they barely chased 245. lets see what happens today. hats off to the BD team for playing so well.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

if you look at slow run rate that only solidify queue Jones point

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

When Pakistan has not successfully chased 240 in the last 2 years how can you expect them to chase 325? Wouldnt they be better off targeting 261 to avoid bonus point. Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan always want to bat first because they dont have the courage to absorb the pressure. India by forcing themselves to bat second have become a great chasing side. Infact a lot of the loses have come from India made to bat first. Strange.

Posted by Diaz54 on (March 4, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

Here we go another bad descion by umpire from big 3. No excuses though, Pakistan batting is so awful on a flat track that is unbelievable. Tell me one thing though is that they were playing better cricket under Whatmore then the current coach. All those who were critical of Whatmore where are they?

Posted by Ramansilva on (March 4, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

@Ammo666, If you know little bit of science you should know nothing can be proved by just one case. SL tried hard to wiin over PAK and it happened. I hope you already witness the unpredictability of PAKs that I wrote about before the match. The PAK bowlers had a off day and now they are 3 down for 106. But they are the defending champions. I guess you now got the point about their unpredictability.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

Great job by men in Reds once again as always. and it is the 1 who dont want pak to appeal at all in previous match,

Pak should realize the situation and settle for 261 now and ensure no bonus point given instead of throwing it away for 327.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (March 4, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

Shahzad is responsible for all these wickets, he is playing such an ugly innings, he needs to get out.

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (March 4, 2014, 13:41 GMT)

Danger Men Out! Keep pressure! Great captaincy, finally, to keep attacking now rather than waiting till the end and losing more initiative. good decision, good effort, Hafeez and Misbah are match winners no doubt.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

And Misbah has come and gone? He doesn't score. So do Pakistan win?

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 4, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

Well here are the universal cricketing truths that best exemply the biggest enigma in world sport-Pak cricket.The best part 1st-the bowling.Their best suit by far-the wealth of natural talent Pak has produced in spin/pace is unmatched by any team. cont..

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

i guess Ahmed Shehzad has forgotten thats its an ODI not a test...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 13:38 GMT)

agreeing @Ray Gondal point of view...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

they have started to panic. with some dot balls and hafeez has thrown it away and then Misbah coming at no3 and trying to slog mad. really poor cricket.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 13:36 GMT)

Why is Shehzad batting so slowly. I would blame him for Hafeez's dismissal. And now we have two slow starters on the crease.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 13:36 GMT)

Pakistan is targeting 261 to avoid bonus point.

Posted by coolboy_prd on (March 4, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

Superb batting by bangladesh. . .

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

Without Shakib BD was looking like a club team. Now it looks like an international team. BD needs to stop this dependencies.

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 4, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

Pak openers have laid a good foundation 89/0 19 overs, they should continue the way they are playing no need to panic, and try to extend this partnership as long as they could. 160-170 in last 20 overs like T20 on this batting paradise with 9-10 wkts in hand is still chaseabale.

Posted by Yunzi on (March 4, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

Pakistanis are laying typical test match... whatever you all guys say..nobody in pakistani team has the instincts of Virat Kholi... Who comes to bet in very pressure situations..and never give the ballers an upper hand... even for an unplayable delivery he will pickup a single or will made up with a 4 runs following the balls he defended...but pakistani...poor very poor bating display.. Chasing 300 + runs...we are in to 20th over with 05 maidnes overs.. Goda Save Pakistanis!!!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

I agree with @Steve Jones nothing is real any more and we have to be skeptical about every thing. Just like Zulqarnain (the keeper) Pakistan were supposed to lose the match but he refused to oblige and now probably Afridi for his religious reasons doesn't follow the same script. Rahman bowling full tosses and Bangladesh scoring 326 doesn't make sense at all. Pakistan will lose today it seemed it has been scripted that way.

Posted by alcapoon on (March 4, 2014, 13:01 GMT)

Well pakistan bowling was off color today no doubt about that but that is once in a blue moon so nothing to worry about. There is nothing on the pitch for bowlers no swing no turn no bounce. Simply a batsmen paradise. Should be a good practice for Pakistan before final if they only keep their heads and don't give away wickets playing irresponsible shots. Bangladesh played well but can they take Pakistan wickets only time will tell. its 57/0 in 11 and if Pakistan chases this target it will be a huge morale booster for them before final and T20 world cup..

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (March 4, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

Today's BD batting performance against PK showed that BD's defeat to AFG was due to psychological reason rather than injury, lack of skill, form etc. BD have lost to underdogs in 1st encounter several times (e.g. IRE, NED, CAN). But then BD thrashed those sides in a dominating way in following encounters. They whitewashed IRE twice convincingly after defeat to them in their 1st encounter in 2 formats. They easily won vs CAN & NED also. So it'll b wrong if we think AFG is better side than BD. BD always fear defeat against any underdog (more than all other top 10 teams). Otherwise they wouldn't lose to IRE, NED, AFG, CAN etc in 1st encounter. I'm sure AFG will struggle against full strength BD in next encounter.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

Pak bowling used to be the best but this is not the case now. Umar gul is not the same as he was b4... he concedes so many runs. Moreover, Afridi and ajmal were economical and wicket taking bowlers but batmsen are used to them now which have greatly reduced their effectiveness. Talha and junaid good prospects for pakistan.. I must praise shot selection by bangladesh... Great batting. Good Luck Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

all the teams have some sort of excitement about them EXCEPT guess guys.let me give you a clue.they are the most boring side of the world and Pakistan is definitely not cos they are unpredictable so they are opposite to that

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

If Bangladesh wins today & India wins tomoro against Afghanistan with a Bonus Point, will India qualify ?

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

Only half job is done tigers, go ahead. 326 is a huge total to chase no matter where you are playing. If BD lose today, it would be worse than the Afghanistan match.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

You guys serious about the performance today and the poor fielding. lol. This is pakistan v bangladesh, well known for their shenanigans. i wonder what the odds were of bangladesh scoring over 300. moreover imagine the odds of a spinner bowling 3 waist high no balls. Someones making some serious dough somewhere. Pakistan also tried their best to lose the india game, but someone forgot to include honest mr afridi who was playing for his country. Enjoy the tournament and then enjoy the ipl 20/20 world cup. Its just entertainment a but like WWE and well rehearsed. Business as usual.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (March 4, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

Unfortunately the world's best spinner (according to Rameez Raja) conceded 52 runs in last 4 overs. It sums up the story of PK bowling today. Btw, congrats BD for scoring their best ever ODI total. I'm feeling pity for Shakib. Few more deliveries could give him a chance of breaking Bangladeshi record of Ashraful's 21 ball 50 or even a 6 could allow him to share the Jayasurya's world record of 17 ball 50!

Posted by Umersubhani on (March 4, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

Atleast bangalis has something to be proud of today thanks to Misbah for poor team selection. Even after playing trillions of years banglis are still there from where they have started their cricket, even Afghanistan side is better. Anyways wait for the rest of the match i am sure Pakistan will kick them out. And for Indians ha ha ha ha ha

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

what a spectacular come back BD team. Pakistanis were stunned by the terrific batting performance of Bangladesh cricket team, as a result their bowling attack looked very helpless and dull. Having said that, sakib the match winner came back with style. what a performance by the entire BD team. Some sloppy fielding has cost around 20 odd runs to pakistanis. Hats off to Anamul Houque Bijoy for his century, What a cricket team they are turning to be when you their age average will be 25+

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

Only the Best Team Wins, Although I am a Pakistani But I wish Best of Luck to the People who Play Well :) This is special response to my Brother Afzal M Faridi.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

realy they play very well through the innings very well played bangladesh

Posted by JustIPL on (March 4, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

May India get a chance now if BD win. Certainly AFG have given new life to asian cricket spurring BD to the fullest and they have blossomed against PAk. Hopefully, pakistan will not mess up the chase but pak cannot have another bonus point now and might achieve the total in 50 overs itself.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

Wow the least likely team to put on a such a high total against the least likely team to give so many runs (No offense to Bangladesh fans as amongst Ind SL and itself it is understood that Bangla would be least likely to post such a high total. . Shakib has been especially good with 44 vital runs yes we need Bangladesh to perform like this .

Posted by kingrossy on (March 4, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

Awesome batting. waiting for an equally good bowling performance !!

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 4, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

MISBAH deserves it !

Remove a wicket taker like JUNAID and this is what you get. And why is MISBAH so desparate about A.Rehman. He has so many spinning options with Afridi, Hafeez & Ajmal. Especially today he also had Fawad ALAM. They why one more specialist spinner ?

Posted by Blade-Runner on (March 4, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

Well, Pakistan could only take 2 wickets until 34th over against Afghanistan. So, this is not a surprise. Pakistan bowling is massively overrated and this is a prime example for it.

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 4, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

When BD opted to bat first after winning the toss, it seemed to be a negative tactic, due to the reputation of the Pak bowlers. BD's forte is their batting and one would definitely fancy their chances of securing the bonus point to be better while Chasing. But the Fireworks that we got to see today tells us about determination of the BD team. They have come out with a plan and their Batsmen executed it well. Hats off to Shaqib, the way he belted Ajmal in his first match after the ban, shows that his place is on the field and not in the dressing room. Had he got to play the first two matches, who knows maybe BD would have already secured a berth in the finals. Now their bowlers need to restrict Paks to less than 260 and that will open up the chances for all teams to reach the finals.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 4, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

Bangladesh reached a good total due to good batting, flattest wicket and very poor umpiring. I hope Pakistan makes a history today. Best of luck to both the teams.

Posted by Great_Lion on (March 4, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

brilliant batting by bangladesh.This is how professional cricket team reply to criticisms.All the best bangladesh and btw I hope my 2nd favourite team pakistan will chase this target.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

I am really impressed by bd today . hope they will do good performance in bowl as well . Good luck

Posted by likeintcricket on (March 4, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

Everyone knows about BD batting so it is useless to comment on the Pak bowling today. This is most unusual bowling performance ever when we think Pakistan just beat BD with ease after such a morale boosting win against the Indians. But there must be something wrong with Abdul Rehman. I don't think any street bowler can bowl three beamers in a row. Most unusual. Specially when someone is a spinner and a very high class spinner. There should be an inquiry. Well, Pakistan can do whatever they want and they did it again. Out of nowhere they allowed BD to score their highest and now they might loose it with a bonus point to BD. Recalling the memories of 1999 world when they lost to BD ( i think that is the only time they lost in 20 years) after winning impressively against all teams. They went on to loose the most one sided final in my memories.

Posted by pull_shot on (March 4, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

@TheKeeper I don't think so, as i am india i saw both ajmal and herath in action against us i rate much much higher than any spinner going around because he has got tick to everything that a spinner need accuracy,ability to turn,variations in flight and speed but herath is all about accuracy that's it, these kind of days happen now and then because of surfaces provided and with batsman mentality same with batsman for difficult surface

Posted by krishna_cricketfan on (March 4, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

I am surprised by this score of 326 against Pakistan bowlers. It is superb effort by young batsman. These guys are in their early 20's and getting good scores. I am surprised by BD batting depth. I am not too sure though of BD bowling and whether they can contain Pakistan. Yes it will be tough for Pakistan, but the target is achievable given BD bowling.

Posted by BIG3_Down on (March 4, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

Andddd India is BACK! Pak is gonna lose and lose big only if BD could beat SL India will be through which is quite possible seeing what happened to so called best bowling attack today, But if they also lose big willingly to get a weaker opposition in final that could be their another negative tactic.

Posted by Ikram.Yousefzai on (March 4, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

What a Funny Game is Cricket That's maybe true or not But what a Funny team Pakistan is 100% true.They can do the best and the worst at the same time.. They did the worse with the bowl but need to do the best with the bat today.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

The scorecard says it all. What a batting, what a batting. Shakib boosted it in the end

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

really well batting in first innings hope to win this match

Posted by Mobin_My_Name on (March 4, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

Dun know this is the same wicket where 250 was diff to get but 326 iz a good score on any wicket. Well em driving back home hoping pakistan chased down in style. Last 5 overs 70 runs sum batting

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 4, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

What a show from BD batsmen, fantastic, this will boost the moral will BD fans at most. Well done. Poor show by Pakistan.

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (March 4, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

Why can't BD take pressure? They always succumb when there are expectations when clearly there is talent in the side. The Afganistan game is just inexcusable - Afganistan did great with their effort - but they mis fielded, they missed catches, they are very good growing but still inexperieced side and we lost the match. Like the great Mr. Wasim Akram said, no one should mind losing but losing underclass and without an effort is simply inexcusable.

Posted by _IndiaRocks on (March 4, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

All Indians and Afghanistan fans must be cheering for Bangladesh today, and if Bangladesh wins today then the remaining both matches also becomes very important as India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh can qualify for finals. If Pakistan goes out of the tournament then it will be there own mistake to be complacent and took Bangladesh game lightly.

Posted by blthndr on (March 4, 2014, 11:42 GMT)

If Bangladesh win today with a bonus point then the tournament will be wide open and also give Bangladesh a good chance to make it to the finals as they play the last league match....

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

@PAK : lol, even our Indian attack was better than so called good PAK bowling attack against BD? Haha, what a shame, thanks to your old is gold Afridi to winning the match against our new inexperienced bowling attack by 2 sixes, otherwise your team is mediacore and stands no where compared to experienced teams (or when Dhoni or Zaheer was leading the Indian team) and even to BD, haha! i can't stop laughing!

Posted by BIG3_Down on (March 4, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

Reality check for Pakistan! refused to train yesterday, Pathetic cricket all rounders Pakistani cricketers. Marvelous, brilliant, outstanding, mind blowing, fantastic by BD, I am running out of words guys plz add something. pakistan had the chance to show and satisfy their unpredictability but they went too far with that. with chances to thrown out of final.

Posted by Nuwas on (March 4, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

It was a funny day for Pak on field. Bowling was less than par. Lets not jump into conclusions so early & have a look at how Pak would go with their batting.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

Opportunity for Bangladesh to win and if they win then a window of opportunity for India. What's wrong with Pakistan after such a splendid show against India ? On any ground and on any pitch 326 is a huge total to chase.

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 4, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

Half job done. Stick to plan. More attacking field or approach from Captain. Spinner should ball with slow delivery. Spinners should have strong roll in this match. Be brave and ball with strong line and length. BCB should hire a full time quality spin coach. Our spinners like Razzak, Gazi. Arafat, and Shakib need asist from someone. It is must for BD cricket future.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 4, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

BAN did an amazing amazing job. Their highest ever ODI score and PAKs highest EVER chase. Hmmm... can BAN dare to think of a bonus point and victory!

Brilliant comeback from BAN in response to the issues over the last few weeks. Mushfiqur has been vindicated regardless of what happens moving forward.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

good batting by BD. all batsmen contributed and played really well. they played really attacking and caught pakistan off guard. Top order was good but finishing touch by Mushi and Shakib was the master stroke.

poor from pakistan. only hafeez bowled well. ajmal bolwed ok early on and poor in the last overs.

nothing worked well for pak. catch drop in 1st over, lbw call gone wrong early on.

full time bowler taken out without bowling a single legal ball. part time keeper missing a run out .

poor in fielding. misfields. even failing to reach to ball. edges fot 4s.

talha has been poor. no way near what he showed vs india. afridi and gul also expensive.

over all a poor day for pakistan in field and that is the part of gamr where mostly they are ok. batting has always been poor so it will be a big test to chase this big total or atleast not losing by big margin.

BD's best chance to win against pak after 14 years or so.

Posted by romirom on (March 4, 2014, 10:56 GMT)

i don't understand playing to many spinners. Needless having these spinner. Should be one out of 3 seam bowler siting in the bench.

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (March 4, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

mominul seems to be a very good player, technically very organized. i hope we get more players like this from bangladesh in future. very impressive indeed

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 4, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

Anamul was very tired as he kept asking for water. A very good knock, which must have lifted the team spirits. In fact Imrul's knock as the other opener was also heart warming. They drop in run rate was due to the wickets going and the respect to Ajmal. All the other bowling has been taken to the cleaners. Mushfiqur is in now with Mominul which has been a very fruitful partnership previously should lead to 290!

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 4, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

BD should increase the scoring rate. Now it is time to play some shots. keep your concentration and change the plan, Do not be happy and lapse your concentration.300+ target

Posted by Nuwas on (March 4, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

@Hammad Khalid Khan : Dude DO NOT make false statements here. Where did you take that "Rule" of yours? UMPIRE WAS CORRECT.Here' the current Rule regarding that matter; 42.4.2 law 42.6 (b) Bowling of high Full pitched Balls law 42.6 (b) shall be replaced by the following: a) any delivery, which passes or would have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is deemed unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker. b) in the event of a bowler bowling a high full pitched ball as defined in clause 42.4.2 (a) above, the umpire at the bowler's end shall call and signal no ball. c) Should there be any further instance (where a high full pitched ball is bowled and is considered likely to inflict physical injury on the batsman) by the same bowler in that innings, the umpire shall in addition to calling and signalling no ball, when the ball is dead, direct the captain to take the bowler off forthwith.

Posted by Mobin_My_Name on (March 4, 2014, 10:15 GMT)

180/1 in 33 overs looks like 300+ on da card.

Pakistan need to finish well

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 4, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

In this match BD's body language & spirit clearly shows they want to stay alive in this tournament with a bonus point win & Imrul should have score a hundred after getting a life...but what ever anything can happen as we know BD has the habit of losing sometimes from a must win game..but i wish they BD gets back to their original form after (so many drama) as this promising start shows...

@The keeper don't forget even in your dreams that today BD playing against the strongest bowling attack team in this Asia Cup & also with no doubt Ajmal is enough better than your Herath in all formats...

Posted by Mobin_My_Name on (March 4, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

150/1 one down may be that wicket slow things down

Posted by saintsinister on (March 4, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

Whatever BG makes Pakistan will make one more. We love dangling the carrot infront of BG :) always.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 4, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

Imrul Kaye's OUT for ball hitting his shoulder ...???! He has had a bit of good luck previously but this is seriously bad officiating. Let's just hope Mominul, Mushfiqu andShakib can take us through to 280 plus.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

this pitch is playing completely is a high scoring pitch

Posted by ksquared on (March 4, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

This asia cup has really shown up the so called best batting (IND) and bowling (PAK) lineup as nothing more than hype and myth created by the media and fans. If a team is willing to apply themselves and stick to basics they can be tackled quite easily as shown by BD today!!!!!!

Posted by Mobin_My_Name on (March 4, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

139/0 in 26 overs we r in trouble:(

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

This is gr8 bating by Bangladesh...we want this to be continued till the end and take a sweet revenge of last year's Asia cup final.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

ban should win

Posted by marlboro19 on (March 4, 2014, 9:36 GMT)

I have been critical of BD in past, but if Bd pulls this off , I will be a Bangla supporter for next five years :). Looking good right now.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

india made bangladesh event to play second frequent asia cup without opposing. where pak wins over india , n bangladesh currently hitting and chasing pakistani bowlers in todays match. last time pak finally won bangladesh in last year final match.

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 4, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

India could have batted like this with their famed batting. Must have been nerves - crunch match and Ind v Pak clash.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

well done tigers.........

Posted by Mobin_My_Name on (March 4, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

107/0 in 20 overs Pakistan badly need a breakthrough

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

Unfortunately, even the ICC elite panel of umpires knows nothing about cricket. Technically Rehman got a wicket on his second ball which was not a No ball but was wrongly called as one.

ICC Laws of Cricket (Law 42.6): (b) Bowling of high full pitched balls

(i) Any delivery, other than a slow paced one, which passes or would have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.

(ii) A slow delivery which passes or would have passed on the full above shoulder height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

some pak fan from punjab XI was suggesting they should play abdur rahman and give rest to junaid.i thought that smell of prejudice and what a surprise,same thing what does that tell you about Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

It would have been more fun if we had gone without ajmal

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

@the keeper wake up boy herath is the poorest bowler i d ever seen ajmal ranks higher than herath in all 3 formats

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

Ridiculous bowling display and captaincy..

Posted by TheKeeper on (March 4, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

Pakistan bowling looks really pathetic today - all over the shop. If BAN get more than 250 PAK will lose for sure.

Posted by ksquared on (March 4, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

Now Pakistan have been reduced to ten players and one passenger!!!! Maybe Rahman can fake an injury and get better a fielder in there ;) ........or maybe he can make up with the bat but then Pakistan will be in real trouble if has to do that job

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

nice to see bd playing such uninhibited cricket.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

dont know whn herath guy is but everyone knows whn saeed ajmal is.why Sri lankan fans are so boring i guess that reflects in their cricket

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

@TheKeeper on (March 4, 2014, 9:03 GMT): Rangana is also a good spinner and i would rate him also good. but regarding rankings, i suggest you better again have a look. Tests: Ajmal : 5th - Herath : 6 ODI: Ajmal : 1 - Herath : 8 T20: Ajmal 2 and herath doesnt play much t20 so no where.

So that is what rameez meant . rankings are based on a specific period. 1 series or 2 series result is not enough. And whenever they bowl bad, their points are deducted.

Plus this is odi game so Rameez was talking about odi.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (March 4, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

BA is going to teach a lesson to PA that AF taught BA few days ago. This is good because IN will have a chance to get into final which will make SL scared. GO BA GO.

Posted by Mobin_My_Name on (March 4, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

Good start for Bd Pakistan need to bounce back

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 4, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

@TheKeeper:Where is Herath btw? If he is such a great bowler,why is he not playing in ODI or T20's?

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

Mohammad Talha Nailed by Bijoy....You Beauty...Good bating from Bangladesh...Good Start

Posted by wackwella on (March 4, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

Abdur Rehman is an experienced bowler and there is no dew in the afternoon session, his full tosses looked intentional to me. Any internal confrontations in the Pak side?

Posted by TheKeeper on (March 4, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

Ramiz Raja thinks that Ajmal is the best spinner in the world, but Rangana Herath is ranked higher than Ajmal in the ICC rankings. Just look at how many wickets Ajmal has in this series. Also, look how many wickets Ajmal got in the PAK v SL series. This chap is a highly over-rated and totally washed-up.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

I wish Bangladesh wins today against pakistan, n india gets a chance for 2nd place

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 4, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

@Ramansilva then it proves PAK's loss to SL was also due to PAK's unpredictability right or else SL would it??

Posted by Blade-Runner on (March 4, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

Abdur Rehman's figures today read as 0-8-0 . LOL Scarcely have i seen anything funnier. LOL And yet, they say Pakistan have the best bowling attack around here. "Face-palm"

Posted by ksquared on (March 4, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

What a bizarre passage of play Abdhur Rehman sending 3 beamers and that too in his first 3 deliveries and can't bowl again. I wonder if it has happened before in any form of international or list A cricket. Poor Rehman he'll probably be remembered for this bizarre incident for long time to come

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

Hard luck Abdur Rahman.

Posted by Pindia on (March 4, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

I love Pakistan and Pakistan under Misbah but why oh why play Rehman when you have Ajmal, Hafeez and Afridi??? Rehman had one great series against England. He is nothing to speak of with the bat. Junaid, Bilawal or Ali would have been a much better choice. Also not good to drop Junaid after his crafty single gave Afridi the chance to make some history...

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 4, 2014, 8:48 GMT)

and today I hope with Rehman being taken out of bowling, Misbah will give chance to Soahib maqsood too to do few overs. I think this happend for good. at least fawad alam got chance to do an over and may be few more.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

incredible drama going on with in 10 overs. A drop catch A lbw call not given and a bowler going for 6 runs without bowling a legal ball and off the attack for rest of the game.

what more left???

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 4, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

BD off to a good start... The bowling of PAK is the best part of their game and if BD can do well in a higher run, the pressure is on PAK. Also Mominul, in my opinion has been unfairly criticised, and is looking good at position 3. Shakib has actually hidden behind his bowling to an extent. BD has normally been bowling and because of Shakib has got so many wickets he tends to throw his bat away. Now he is in a position where he will need to bat first and give a good account of himself. Also we have the powerhouse Ziaur who could come handy for a few boundaries..

Posted by Malik_Murad on (March 4, 2014, 8:35 GMT)

Correct decision by BD, they know that PAK always hesitant while chasing. They should score atleast 280 and put PAK in pressure..... Lets see the wholesale changes in the BD Team works well for them or not !

Posted by sami333 on (March 4, 2014, 8:34 GMT)

Poor decision from team management, dropping arafat sunny, opting to bat first, bet they will mention "dew" as the reason for poor bowling performance after they are defeated by pak. Inexplicably poor....

Posted by Ramansilva on (March 4, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

BD team does not have bowling and batting fire power to match with PAK team. But it can hope for the unpredictability of the PAKs.

Posted by wapuser on (March 4, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

Player change idea is right but batting decision bad.

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 4, 2014, 8:00 GMT)

By winning the toss BD is not taking any kind of advantage of the dew factor batting second!! everyone must see this that BD doesn't take advantage of the condition only..they have a plan & this time i hope it works & even if they don't win this time but if BD wins then i hope they win with the bonus points but its really doubtful the way BD going with so much pressure by their current line up & BCB..still i am hoping it to be a cracker with some real good cricket! Good luck to both teams!

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