Asian Games 2010, final, Guangzhou November 26, 2010

Bangladesh get first-ever Asian Games gold

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh 119 for 5 (Naeem 34*, Rahman 33*) beat Afghanistan 118 (Stanikzai 38*) by five wickets

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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  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Sajitha 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.

  • Dummy4 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,

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    All hail to Ashrafuls!!!

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

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

  • atique 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.

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

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

  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2010, 16:31 GMT

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

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