Asian Games 2010, final, Guangzhou November 26, 2010

Bangladesh get first-ever Asian Games gold

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Bangladesh 119 for 5 (Naeem 34*, Rahman 33*) beat Afghanistan 118 (Stanikzai 38*) by five wickets
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Bangladesh's cricketers won their country its first-ever gold medal in the Asian Games by beating Afghanistan in a thrilling final in Guangzhou. In a see-saw match that attracted a crowd of 2000, 19-year-old Shabbir Rahman smashed two sixes in the penultimate over to decisively swing the match Bangladesh's way and dash Afghan hopes of a gold.

A day after upsetting fancied Pakistan in the semi-finals, Afghanistan looked set for a hammering when they slid to 66 for 6 in the 13th over on choosing to bat. Youngsters Asghar Stanikzai (38*) and Shabir Noori (25) then gave Afghanistan's chances a boost with a stabilising stand that left Bangladesh needing 120 for victory.

Bangladesh almost made a mess of what should have been a straightforward chase, losing five wickets, including that of their experienced captain Mohammad Ashraful, for 75. Afghanistan were scenting another famous win but were denied by the pair of allrounder Naeem Islam, who is looking to secure a permanent spot in the Bangladesh side, and Rahman, a legspinner who was part of the squad for this year's Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. With 19 needed off the final two overs, Bangladesh were the underdogs but they clubbed 17 runs of the 19th over from offspinner Karim Sadiq, who had excellent figures of 2-0-10-2 before that, to transform the game.

"I had a good talk with Naeen before the 19th over and we went for it," Shabbir said. "Luckily, it came good. There was no pressure on me, but I am sure my team-mates in the dressing room were tense."

Ashraful admitted he had given up hope towards the end. "I was feeling a bit low but then Shabbir came and did the job for us," he said. "There was a bit of pressure because Afghanistan are a very good side and this was our first major final."

Cricket has been Bangladesh's most productive sporting discipline at the Asian Games so far - besides the men's gold, they have won silver in the women's competition. They have only one other medal in the Asian Games so far, a bronze in kabaddi.

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  • on December 1, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    if fag team brought at the final over the fast bowler the gold medal was saved for them but they do a very big mistake at the end the lost a win game of them

  • on November 30, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Congo to Bangla............but Hats off To AFGHAN team....Dey really PLayed well ...crush Hong Kong & PAKISTAN......nd den showed a good performance in final..but luckily Bangla won d match with their good performance....

    So it doesnt matter for v afghans......AFGHAN TEAM u just keep rockingggggg

  • sadSajith on November 29, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    It's true Bangladesh win the gold but Afghanistan showed real improvement.cheers for them.They deserve to be in world cup.And as a country that still to get test status they showed lot of character against Bangladesh who has test status.

  • on November 28, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    ASHraful == Mat-163, Inns-156, NO-13, Runs-3354, HS-109, Ave-23.45, SR-70.81, 100-3, 50-20,

    Sh Nafees== Mat-64, Inns-64, NO-5, Runs-1976, HS-123, Ave-33.49, SR-70.82, 100-4, 50-11,

  • on November 28, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Congrats To Bangaldesh Team and Asraful (one of my favorite player) for gold medal in Asiad but in WORLD CUP CRICKET!!! we need to think about statistics!!! confidence!!! regularity!!! as a batsman (not bowler, we've lots of spinner)!!! pls compare as below

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50

    163 156 13 3354 109 23.45 4736 70.81 3 20 ASHraful

    64 64 5 1976 123* 33.49 2790 70.82 4 11 Sh Nafees

    Forget about position of bating GOOD PLYER CAN BAT ANY LAVEL AND POSITION

  • on November 28, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    All hail to Ashrafuls!!!

  • titusgomes on November 28, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Congratulations Bangla Tigers. Wish you guys do the same in the World cup.

  • atique27 on November 27, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Bangladesh hv won 3 matches to win gold & nobody is ready to give due credit to team capt ashraful. How many of us thought we would definitely win when 17 needed fm 10 balls in a difficult batting pitch? After playing so many balls even nayeem could not connect so many balls. Ash expressed his thoughts after the match not during the match.He scored aprx 20 runs/match & got 7/8 wickets, rotated his bowlers well, team spirit & motivation was good.Those who does not like him at least be fair to him.He was player of the tournament in national league.Nafees is competing with tamim, imrul & junaed for his place not ash.Ash is competing with raqibul who is a good test player only.Better to get out than making 18 of 53 balls in one dayers.We r too emotional. Shabbir needs to perform in academy & A team to get a place in national team.

  • realaxis2010 on November 27, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Well Played Bangla Tigers ...! Congrats from West Bengal !

  • on November 27, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    great victory,,i wish it will continue untill da world cup 2011. gud luck BD..........hurrahhh

  • on December 1, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    if fag team brought at the final over the fast bowler the gold medal was saved for them but they do a very big mistake at the end the lost a win game of them

  • on November 30, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Congo to Bangla............but Hats off To AFGHAN team....Dey really PLayed well ...crush Hong Kong & PAKISTAN......nd den showed a good performance in final..but luckily Bangla won d match with their good performance....

    So it doesnt matter for v afghans......AFGHAN TEAM u just keep rockingggggg

  • sadSajith on November 29, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    It's true Bangladesh win the gold but Afghanistan showed real improvement.cheers for them.They deserve to be in world cup.And as a country that still to get test status they showed lot of character against Bangladesh who has test status.

  • on November 28, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    ASHraful == Mat-163, Inns-156, NO-13, Runs-3354, HS-109, Ave-23.45, SR-70.81, 100-3, 50-20,

    Sh Nafees== Mat-64, Inns-64, NO-5, Runs-1976, HS-123, Ave-33.49, SR-70.82, 100-4, 50-11,

  • on November 28, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Congrats To Bangaldesh Team and Asraful (one of my favorite player) for gold medal in Asiad but in WORLD CUP CRICKET!!! we need to think about statistics!!! confidence!!! regularity!!! as a batsman (not bowler, we've lots of spinner)!!! pls compare as below

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50

    163 156 13 3354 109 23.45 4736 70.81 3 20 ASHraful

    64 64 5 1976 123* 33.49 2790 70.82 4 11 Sh Nafees

    Forget about position of bating GOOD PLYER CAN BAT ANY LAVEL AND POSITION

  • on November 28, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    All hail to Ashrafuls!!!

  • titusgomes on November 28, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Congratulations Bangla Tigers. Wish you guys do the same in the World cup.

  • atique27 on November 27, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Bangladesh hv won 3 matches to win gold & nobody is ready to give due credit to team capt ashraful. How many of us thought we would definitely win when 17 needed fm 10 balls in a difficult batting pitch? After playing so many balls even nayeem could not connect so many balls. Ash expressed his thoughts after the match not during the match.He scored aprx 20 runs/match & got 7/8 wickets, rotated his bowlers well, team spirit & motivation was good.Those who does not like him at least be fair to him.He was player of the tournament in national league.Nafees is competing with tamim, imrul & junaed for his place not ash.Ash is competing with raqibul who is a good test player only.Better to get out than making 18 of 53 balls in one dayers.We r too emotional. Shabbir needs to perform in academy & A team to get a place in national team.

  • realaxis2010 on November 27, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Well Played Bangla Tigers ...! Congrats from West Bengal !

  • on November 27, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    great victory,,i wish it will continue untill da world cup 2011. gud luck BD..........hurrahhh

  • on November 27, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Gracious win- again the young boys came better-the oldies -as usual shameless and looser- many people are up against the idea of dropping Shahriar Nafees. Ashraful may come -but not at the cost of SN.

  • on November 27, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    how cum whe never get invited 2 play test in india ? or trination series in india?

  • on November 27, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    Congrts to Bangladesh Team.....We r the best :)

  • on November 27, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    We r proud of u Bengal Tigers.........

  • tauhid_aks on November 27, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    TIGERS ROAR............... ONCE MORE........ on the Chinese city of Guangzhou. Salute to the men in green, they have made us proud yet again. but there is no room for complacency......... We struggled against AFG, which does not augur well for us. But I think Afghanistan are both physically nd mentally strong

  • on November 27, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Congrats Bangladesh from Indians. Wish your country all the very best in cricket. Once Bangladesh gets into the top teams in cricket continue sending your A team to Country Medal Competitions and dont be like the current shameless top teams sending B,C teams or not participating in the Medal competition cause A teams of these countries are cheap money hungry teams who play for money and not for their country

  • aupanna on November 27, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    well done...........Bengal Tigers

  • aupanna on November 27, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Bravo, Bangladesi Tiger........... Well done..........Keep ahead.......to joy again............

  • jamesabir on November 27, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    Its nice that BD has won.....but negative thought process of Ashraful shows in his comments......from the recent development I'm hearing that he is gonna b in the national squad whereas Shahriar Nafees is going to b dropped, who has performed really well under pressure against NZ in his comeback after long years .........If Ash is still going to b included in the national squad that is not only going to b disastrous only for the Zim fixture but also for the WC as well.....I hope some good sense prevail in the selection committee......I also hope that they give another chance to Alok Kapali.

  • on November 27, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    Bravo Bangladesh Team...wining the Asian cricket....Now it's time to focus on up comming world cup 2011 and never lose momentum and spirit as we are hosting this world cup for the very first time...go and fight for it... fight like real tigers....throw what ever you have ...fight till the end...

  • urmi-alam on November 27, 2010, 2:23 GMT

    Congratulation Bangladesh Cricket team and officials for their historical win in Asian games. This win proves our prosperity and ability in the Cricket world. We are waiting and wishes for great success in the next world cup 2011.

  • on November 27, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    We r proud of u Bengal Tigers.........

  • on November 27, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    Yay.... Well done Tigers....

  • surajitkumar013 on November 26, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Congrats to Bangladesh they r shaking things a bit n good 2 c Afghanistan certainly they r looking like an upcoming big force in world cricket n congrats 4 DA new stadium in Kabul.

    Major Asian countries should support Afghanistan to develop like how England does it for European countries.

  • on November 26, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    If somebody says its Bangladesh B team then have a look at the Pak and Srilankan Teams as well... hardly any international players. In Pakistan squad only Khalid Latif has played 5 ODIs thats it...

    For Bangladesh Naeem Islam has played 37, Ashraful massive 163, Nazmul hossain 34 and Shahadat Hossain 46 being a strike bowler for Bangladesh.

    Nothing to take credit away from Bangladesh but kindly don't exaggerate and have a look at the stats. No doubt they have played well and deserved. Bangladesh team been in superb form recently, beating NZ was a great great achievement.

    Congratulations to all of you even Afghan boys has shown some great talent. Keep it up and may Allah give more success to these two teams.

  • on November 26, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    well done tigers..... hoping for better performance in the upcoming wc..

  • on November 26, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    @ Dinesh: Kabadi is not Bangladesh's national sports, it's Ha-Doo-Doo. But both of the games are same. As far I know it is a very old game and played from ancient time..

  • on November 26, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    @Andrew Simoes- Don't be ridiculuous! This is the Bangladesh B team that just won the Gold Medal- Sri Lanka and Pakistan did not even make it to the final- are they going to be stripped of their Test status too! More importantly the Bangladesh national side crushed New Zealand 4-0 - so should not New Zealand be kicked out of Test cricket first. I am just trying to point out how ridiculuous your statement is!!!!

  • on November 26, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    "---Congratulation Bangladesh---" Hip Hip Hurrayyyyyyyy

  • on November 26, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Hey Andrew Simoes, what you say? "ICC & MCC(!!!) would have in talks about taking away Bangladesh test status if they got anything short of a silver would!!!" Why? Will they talk about taking the test status of Pakistan as they have lost against Afganistan or will they talk about taking the test status Srilanka and New Zealand as they have lost against Bangladesh? You fool. I think ICC should think about the test status of England as their almost half of players origin is non-English (Like Captain A Strauss, J Trott, KP, E Morgan, M Panesar, A Shahjad etc.)!!! That day is not far away when their will be no pure English origin player in England team. Lolz

  • Didarul. on November 26, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS! CONGRATULATIONS!! CONGRATULATIONS BANGLADESH!!! It's all about team spirit, because now we know how to handles disaster Mr. Rashid Latif.

  • BD_ROCKS_jisaan on November 26, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    afghanistan is my 2nd fav team! closely follow their matches! they are a highly talented bunch. a country devoid of any infrastructural facilities, and destroyed by decades of war, it's kind of a miracle the way they are challenging stronger nations. don't think even they wud agree with the immatured comments of their coach

  • Ashique129 on November 26, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Well done boys! First gold! A great effort from both the teams who were probably the unexpected finalists.

    @ Dinesh Babu - Thanks for the cheerful words for our team. And yes, it is our national game! Surprising, isn't it? I don't know the history of Kabadi in Bangladesh. However, we were told since our childhood that Kabadi has been part of our culture, a game of our regular people for centuries. It's start in Bangladesh may well be connected with that of in India as we've become separate countries only 63 years ago.

  • on November 26, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    congrats BD. well played. critic might say, it wasnt any significant tournament, but for BD it was there first gold in asian games history.go ahed BD except ash negative comment to media. as a person, he can say what he feel but not as captain. well done AFGHAN. lots of well wish for oncomming year, when you will take high place in world cricket

  • shadeen on November 26, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    extremely happy about bangladesh performance.......funny thing is in the indo- bangla games we won gold for cricket, in the SAARC games we again won the gold for cricket and now we have repeated the feat in the Asian level........if this is a sign of whats to come in the future than we do have a reason to cheer........but i have really been impressed with the afghan team.....they have earned our respect and best of luck to them for the future.......i think they should be a very proud team right now

  • on November 26, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    well done bangladesh team.shame to you Mr. Rashid Latif

  • on November 26, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Kabadi is Bangladesh's National game?????????????? kabadi belongs to India(Tamil nadu).Can anyone tell for how long bangladesh has been aware of Kabadi...For such a small nation it punches above its weight...Well done bangladesh..

    bangladesh has all attributes to replicate the same perfomance as newzealand has done over the years..."PUNCHING THE GIANTS ABOVE ITS WEIGHT"

  • on November 26, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    COME ON BANGLADESH GIVE ALL ANS LIKE THIS WIN

  • on November 26, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Great for Bangladesh cricket and poor comments by Ash. He is whats wrong with Bangladesh cricket-MENTAL WEAKNESS! 19 runs from 12 balls is not that difficult, how he says "I was feeling low", thats the captain talking to the media, what a OXY MORON. Have we ever heard Mashrafe or Sakib talk that way infact Sakib says we can win every match, its not being caulky but having confidence. Get Ash out of Bangladesh cricket now, thats the last type of attitude the young players need to learn. Shame Asrafool!

  • on November 26, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    i am just happy..................

  • on November 26, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh.

    Despite win, I don't think Ashrafool should get chance in the National Team.

    Congrats to Afghan team too. They have got some talents.

  • on November 26, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW Shabbir and Naeem u did it

  • on November 26, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    congrats bangladesh team,thats really great job have done by bangladesh team.I hope this will be continued in upcammming game like cricket ...and others

  • on November 26, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    @Mr. Andrew.. it seems you do not keep your news updated. How about white-washing Newzealand? In next year you will see some more ...-whooping by the tigers.

  • Jahan.MS on November 26, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Well done Afghans who really showed their guts to the match but Mr. Latif don't raise your voice too high to upset Bangladeshi team. They are now a days learned how to win the matches. Cheer up Cricket Team you are giving us some entertainment others are just roaming around wasting our hard earned money.

    Hope Sport management should think not to waste money on sending big contingent to present us shame.

  • saladin3 on November 26, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Job well done by our cricketers! CONGRATS!!!! But Ashraful's comments says all about his confidence level at the moment. 19 required off last 12 balls and he lost his hope. What a captain with such low in confidence.! In T20 its quite possible , we all know.Luckily the guys Sabbir and Naeem knew that and they made it.! Come on AShraful ...get some self-belief in you or else you'll be a lost talent very soon.!!!

  • on November 26, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    At last Bangladesh has won a gold at the Asiad, and it is ironic that out national sports Kabadi could not earn this laurel in so many attempts before. Cricket is the most productive sporting discipline of Bangladesh in all respect......well done Mohammad Ashraful and your gang.

  • ishteeliton on November 26, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Well done BANGLADESH. CONGRATULATIONS. Thanks to the team and thanks to all the Bangladeshis for their whole hearted prayer and support for the team. Boys you made us proud and showed that what we can do.My regards for Afghanistan players for their resilient attitude.But I have some reservation about the same old player Ashrafool. I dont want to heart any one, but very sorry to say He should never be given captaincy in any forms of the game. The way he got out, shame!! a school level batsman will not play like that. His attitude during batting was disgusting. My heads of to SHABBIR the match winner and NAEEM.

  • on November 26, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    After pain of decades finally it come to us by holding hands of our cricketers....

    Congratulations boys..........

  • on November 26, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Congratulationz to All Bangali Brothers, wish you all the best for the future

  • on November 26, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    After pain of decades finally it come to us by holding hands of our cricketers....

    Congratulations boys..........

  • Jahan.MS on November 26, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Great Great win Bangladesh!!!!well done Shabir I am really proud of you.What happend Rashid latif Bangladesh knows how to win in this type position!!!

  • rydwan78 on November 26, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Time to Ash retires from international cricket. Go on Bangladesh.

  • on November 26, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    You Bangladesh criceters did what you had to do. Anything short of a silver would have had the MCC and the ICC in talks about taking away your test status. This idea has been around ever since you got a beating in England. Limited overs cricket is where you should try to do something decent.

  • on November 26, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    ashraf00l cant even play against the 2nd string teams and cant lead from the front (yet again)... he is a proven failure now

  • dr.sakil on November 26, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    thanks bangladesh..............thanks those guys who make us proud n also shed tears of joy.......

  • on November 26, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    It is great win for bangladesh.sabash tigre...

  • Third_Gear on November 26, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Congrats To Bangaldesh Team. Players coming from under 19 team has a great level skill, stamina n spirit. Mithun ali ,Sabbir Rahman,Shuvo amongst them. There moe good results waiting for the nation ahead.

  • on November 26, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    well done bangladesh plz dont leave it so late next time!comiserations to afgans.

  • BD_ROCKS_jisaan on November 26, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    the afghans surely have got some talent. they are going to be the next big thing from asia.... sorry UAE

  • on November 26, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    great stuff there guys!!!!!!

  • on November 26, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Yes, We can and We will do the same result in the World cup cricket in Bangladesh.

  • on November 26, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Well done Tigers. The results are as expected but it was a little bit tense game for us. But Afganishtan is not a good side at all but they played really really well...

  • on November 26, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    Hey Mr.Rashid Latif ( Afgan Coach ).how r u? what feelings now?we r BANGLADESHI.we r not Pakistani.we cant fix match.ur team Afghanistan cant beat us anymore. Remember it please.u know Lie cant beat Tiger.we r Royal Bengal Tiger. Good luck for ur Silver medal.

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  • on November 26, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    GREAT VICTORY BANGLADESH-PROUD TO BA INDIAN-PROUD TO BE AN ASIAN-INDIA,PAKISTAN,SRI LANKA,BANGLADSH ALL PART OF THE ASAIN CONTINGENT....

  • anver777 on November 26, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Well played !!!!! Bangladesh for the 1st major achievement in your cricketing history.... hope there will be some more surprise wins in limited over editions in future.....GOOD LUCK !!!!!!

  • on November 26, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Time to get Ash out of Bangladesh national team.

  • on November 26, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Shabash Bangladesh!!..We proud of You.......

  • on November 26, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Bangladesh A top team in cricketing World

  • on November 26, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh cubs! Great to finally have a Gold Medal. This team has done us all proud. Afghanistan are a fantastic side with many talented cricketers. Look forward to seeing more of them in the future. And Shabbir Rahman is a good striker of the ball. Good head on young shoulders. Hope he is given a chance to play at international level.

  • aRahmanS29 on November 26, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Congrats to Bangladesh Cricket Team :D And better luck for Afghanistan on next time. They also played very well :)

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  • aRahmanS29 on November 26, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Congrats to Bangladesh Cricket Team :D And better luck for Afghanistan on next time. They also played very well :)

  • on November 26, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh cubs! Great to finally have a Gold Medal. This team has done us all proud. Afghanistan are a fantastic side with many talented cricketers. Look forward to seeing more of them in the future. And Shabbir Rahman is a good striker of the ball. Good head on young shoulders. Hope he is given a chance to play at international level.

  • on November 26, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Bangladesh A top team in cricketing World

  • on November 26, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Shabash Bangladesh!!..We proud of You.......

  • on November 26, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Time to get Ash out of Bangladesh national team.

  • anver777 on November 26, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Well played !!!!! Bangladesh for the 1st major achievement in your cricketing history.... hope there will be some more surprise wins in limited over editions in future.....GOOD LUCK !!!!!!

  • on November 26, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    GREAT VICTORY BANGLADESH-PROUD TO BA INDIAN-PROUD TO BE AN ASIAN-INDIA,PAKISTAN,SRI LANKA,BANGLADSH ALL PART OF THE ASAIN CONTINGENT....

  • on November 26, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    Hey Mr.Rashid Latif ( Afgan Coach ).how r u? what feelings now?we r BANGLADESHI.we r not Pakistani.we cant fix match.ur team Afghanistan cant beat us anymore. Remember it please.u know Lie cant beat Tiger.we r Royal Bengal Tiger. Good luck for ur Silver medal.

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  • on November 26, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Well done Tigers. The results are as expected but it was a little bit tense game for us. But Afganishtan is not a good side at all but they played really really well...

  • on November 26, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Yes, We can and We will do the same result in the World cup cricket in Bangladesh.