Heartbreak For Bangladesh In Final

March 22, 2012 by staff 

Heartbreak For Bangladesh In Final, Bangladesh suffered a heart-break as they lost the Asia Cup cricket tournament final by just two runs against Pakistan in a keenly fought encounter at the Shere Bangla National Stadium here tonight.

Chasing what should have been an easy target of 237, Bangladesh managed 234 for eight in 50 overs after opening batsman Tamim Iqbal made 60 and former skipper Shakib-al-Hasan top scored with 68.

Bangladesh gave themselves a real chance of winning the tournament in their maiden final appearance in the Asia Cup, but they faltered in the chase.

Pakistani pacer Aizaz Cheema was the pick of the bowlers with three for 46 while fast bowling spearhead Umar Gul (2-65) and Saeed Ajmal (2-40) shared four wickets. Shahid Afridi also sent down a miserly spell, giving away just 28 runs and picking one wicket from his 10 overs.

Tamim gave Bangladesh a good start but the team suddenly lost way and from 68 for no loss they were 81 for three in 23.1 overs. Tamim’s run-a-ball innings was studded with eight fours and his crucial innings came to an end after he mistimed a pull off Gul and gave a catch to Younis Khan at extra cover.

Shakib and Nasir Hossain (28), however, kept alive Bangladesh’s hopes with their 89-run stand for the fourth wicket but after they fell, the hosts lost their bearings completely.

Earlier, a spirited performance by Bangladesh bowlers restricted Pakistan to 236 for nine in 50 overs.

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