Asia Cup, 2012
India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan - Asia CupThe ACC Asia Cup is an international men's One Day International cricket tournament. It was established in 1983 when the Asian Cricket Council was founded as a measure to promote goodwill between Asian countries. It was originally scheduled to be held every two years. The first tournament was held in 1984 in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates where the council's offices were based (until 1995). The International Cricket Council has ruled that all games played for the Asia Cup have official One Day International status. India lifted the Asia cup the most times (five) followed by Sri Lanka (four). The ACC have announced that the tournament will be held biennially from 2008 onwards.
|Date and Time||Match||Venue|
|March 12 Mon||Bangladesh vs Pakistan||Dhaka|
|March 13 Tue||India vs Sri Lanka||Dhaka|
|March 15 Thu||Pakistan vs Sri Lanka||Dhaka|
|March 16 Fri||Bangladesh vs India||Dhaka|
|March 18 Sun||India vs Pakistan||Dhaka|
|March 20 Tue||Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka||Dhaka|
|March 22 Thu||TBD vs TBD||Dhaka|
Asia Cup Final: Bangladesh vs Pakistan
Pakistan pull off a two run victory against Bangladesh in a thriller Final to take Asia Cup
March 22, 2012Bangladesh needed 4 runs from the last ball to take their first Asia Cup, but were only able to score 2 runs. Bangladesh, who won the toss and elected to field were able to restrict Pakistan to 239/9 in 50 ov. Abdul Razzak took 2 wickets conceding only 26 runs and his 10 over spell included 3 maidens. For Pakistan, Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammed Hafeez made notable contributions of 46 and 40 runs respectively.Bangladesh started off swinging, with opener Tamim Iqbal scoring 60 runs. They lost their first wicket only in the 16th over, when Nazimuddin fell to Afridi for 16. Jahurul Islam fell for no runs in the very next over. Shakib Al Hasan was the top batsman for Bangladesh scoring 68 runs. He was also named Player of the Series. For Pakistan, Cheema took 3 wickets in 7 overs giving away only 46 runs.Even though Pakistan won the Asia Cup, the memorable team of this tournament have defintely been Bangladesh, who beat both India and Sri Lanka on their way to the Final, and came very close to beating Pakistan twice.
Asia Cup Final: Pakistan 236/9 in 50 ov beat Bangladesh 234/8 in 50 ov by 2 runs
Asia Cup: Points Table
Tigers' victory over Sri Lanka eliminates India from Asia Cup
Asia Cup: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka
Bangladesh to meet Pakistan in the finals
March 20, 2012Bangladesh have reached the Asia Cup final for the first time after chasing down the revised 212 target with 17 balls and five wickets to spare against Sri Lanka. Put into bat, Sri Lanka were all out for 232 in 49.5 overs.Reported earlier: Indian cricket fans will be praying for a Sri Lankan victory when they take on hosts Bangladesh today in their last league match, the result of which will determine India's fate in the Asia Cup cricket tournament. Virat Kohli smashed a blistering 183 off 148 balls as India produced their highest ever run chase to beat Pakistan by six wickets on Sunday. But Pakistan, despite a crushing six-wicket defeat, are in the Asia Cup final, while India, with two wins, need Sri Lanka – out of the tournament – to beat Bangladesh to ensure they join their arch rivals in the finals. Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain), Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Nazimuddin, Jahurul Islam, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Elias Sunny, Nazmul Hossain, Shahadat Hossain and Anamul Haque. Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Farveez Maharoof, Sachithra Senanayake, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suranga Lakmal and Shaminda Eranga.
Asia Cup Match 6: Bangladesh 212/5 in 37.1/40 ov beat Sri Lanka 232/10 in 49.5 ov by 5 wickets (D/L method)
Asia Cup: Pakistan vs India
Virat Kohli spearheads India's highest-ever run chase in ODIs, beat Pakistan by 6 wickets
March 18, 2012Chasing a huge target of 330 to win, India rode on Virat Kohli’s career-best 183 to reach the target in 47.5 overs losing only 4 wickets. He clobbered 183 off 148 balls with the help of 22 boundaries and a six, to help India register their highest-ever run chase in one-day cricket. Virat Kohli and Tendulkar (52 off 48) added 133 runs for the second wicket after they lost opener Gautam Gambhir in the very first over of the game. Kohli later added 172 runs for the third wicket with Rohit Sharma (68 off 83). For Pakistan, openers Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed smashed centuries as Pakistan reached a formidable 329-6 after winning the toss. Pakistan didn't lose a wicket until the 36th over, with the team on 224-1. Dhoni used eight bowlers, Ashok Dinda finishing with figures of 2-47, and Praveen Kumar taking two wickets for 77 runs. If Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka on Tuesday, then the hosts will go through to the final. Else, India will meet Pakistan.Reported earlier: The sub-continental rivals gear up for a vital clash in the Asia Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday, in which India has to defeat Pakistan to stay alive in the tournament. For Pakistan the encounter is a chance for them to avenge the World Cup semi-final defeat in Mohali (by 29 runs) on Mar 30, 2011, their last meeting. In the 2010 Asia cup too, Pakistan lost to India (by 3 wickets).
Asia Cup Match 5: India 330/4 in 47.5 (Sachin 52, Kohli 183, Rohit 68) beat Pakistan 329/6 in 50 ov (Mohammad Hafeez 105, Nasir Jamshed 112) by 6 wickets
Asia Cup: India vs Bangladesh
Bangladesh beat India by 5 wickets despite Sachin scoring his 100th hundred.
March 16, 2012Sachin Tendulkar scored his 100th international century on Friday against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup encounter at Mirpur, Dhaka. The 38-year-old completed his landmark century, his 49th in one-day cricket, in 138 balls. The right-hander, who holds the record for scoring the most Test and one-day runs, has also scored 51 Test tons.
|Jacques Kallis||South Africa||59||42||17|
|Brian Lara||West Indies||53||34||19|
India, who batted first were able to get a respectable score of 283 at the loss of 5 wickets. The Little Master's much awaited 100th hundred was definitely the highlight of the Indian innings. Virat Kohli's 66 and Raina's 51 also contributed to the total. The Bangladesh innings hit a bump when they lost opener Nazimuddin in the 4th over, but the rest of the line-up held up leading Bangladesh to their first win against India in 5 years. Though Tamim Iqbal was the top-scorer, it was some splendid batting by Shakib Al Hasan (49 off 31 balls) and Mushfiqur Rahim (46 off 25 balls, not out) that helped Bangladesh pull off this huge upset.
The next match is the highly anticipated India - Pakistan clash which will take place on March 18th. The two rivals haven't played against each other in more than a year. India need a win against Pakistan to get into the Asia Cup final, especially after this unexpected loss to Bangladesh today.
Asia Cup Match 4: Bangladesh 293/5 in 49.2 ov (Tamim Iqbal 70, Kumar 3-56) beat India 289/5 in 50 ovs (Tendulkar 114, Kohli 66, Raina 51)
Asia Cup: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka out of Asia Cup after losing to Pakistan
March 15, 2012Sri Lanka, who needed a win to keep their hopes of reaching the final alive, played poor shots and threw their wickets away as Pakistan picked up the last six for just 27 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on Wednesday. Chasing a modest victory target of 188 runs, Pakistan batted sensibly after losing three quick wickets. They were tottering at 33/3 at one stage, but skipper Misbahul Haq (76 not out off 93 balls) and young Umar Akmal (77 off 72 balls) halted further loss and steadied the innings with a 153-runs fourth wicket partnership.If India beat Bangladesh on Thursday, fans can look forward to two India-Pakistan games, the round-robin match on Sunday and then the final on Thursday.
Asia Cup Match 3: Pakistan 189/4 in 39.5 ovs (Misbah-ul-Haq 72, Umar Akmal 77) beat Sri Lanka 188 in 45.4 (Sangakkara 71, Tharanga 57, Cheema 4-43) by 6 wickets
Asia Cup: India vs Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka crumbles chasing 305, lose to India
March 13, 2012Pacers Irfan Pathan (4 for 32) and Vinay Kumar (3 for 55) and spinner R Ashwin (3 for 39) scripted a middle-order collapse to bowl Sri Lanka out for 254 and earn India a 50-run victory at the Shere-e-Bangla National Stadium.Earlier Gautham Gambhir (100) and Kohli (108) put on a 205-run partnership for the second wicket after India lost Sachin for just 6. It was Kohli's 10th ODI ton in just his 80th innings, which obliterated the previous record of 99 innings set by Gordon Greenidge.
The defending champions ended up with 304 for 3 wickets in their 50 overs with the help of some lusty hits by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (46* off 26 balls) and Suresh Raina (30* off 17 balls) in the slog overs.
Asia Cup Match 2: India 304/3 in 50 ov (Gambhir 100, Kohli 108) beat Sri Lanka 254 in 45.1 ovs (Sangakkara 65, Jayawardene 78) by 50 runs
Asia Cup: Pakistan vs Bangladesh
Pakistan win despite Shakib heroics
March 12, 2012Pakistan beat a spirited Bangladeshi side by 21 runs, with 11 balls remaining. Bangladesh was all out for 241, chasing the Pakistan score of 262/8. Shakib Al Hasan top scored with 64, while Umar Gul took 3 for 58.
Asia Cup Match 1: Pakistan 262/8 in 50 ov (Hafeez 89, Jamshed 54, Gul 39, Shahadat 3-53) beat Bangladesh 241 in 48.1 ov (Shakib 64, Tamim 64, Gul 3-58) by 21 runs
Asia Cup squad: Sehwag dropped from Indian Team
Umesh, Zaheer rested, Sachin Tendulkar in Asia Cup squad
February 29, 2012The 15-member squad for the Asia Cup announced on Wednesday did not feature Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav. The Board for Control of Cricket in India said Sehwag has been rested on fitness grounds, but there are reports that this is a fallout from the Dhoni vs Sehwag spat. In a press meeting, Dhoni said his seniormost players - Sachin Tendulkar, Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir - were "slow fielders", which did not go down well with Sehwag. The general belief is that he was dropped for taking on his captain subsequently and not adhering to the peace formula suggested by the Board.Selection committee chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth however told the reporters that opener Virender Sehwag and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan were not dropped and have been "rested purely on fitness ground". Besides the two, young pacer Umesh Yadav has also been left out of the team because of injury concern. Tendulkar, who made 143 runs in 7 matches in Australia, with a best of 48 has been stuck on 99 international centuries since March 12, 2011. He will get chance to reach the unprecedented landmark in Bangladesh. Gautam Gambhir has made way for Virat Kohli in the vice-captain's seat, and with youngsters like Suresh Raina and Jadeja - who have the backing of Dhoni - retained in the team in spite of continuous failures, the captain seems to be winning the battle against the seniors. Earlier, the media had speculated that Dhoni was the reason why Saurav Ganguly lost his place in the team. He went after Dravid and Laxman in the Test team, and now it seems the two Delhi openers are next. India’s first match of the Asia Cup is on March 13 against Sri Lanka. The other participating teams are Pakistan and host, Bangladesh. The Asia Cup runs from March 12 to 22, with the final to be played in Dhaka. India Squad: MS Dhoni (Captain), Virat Kohli (Vice-Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, R Vinay, Rahul Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Ashok Dinda.
India vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup Cricket 2010 Final
Asia Cup Cricket 2010 Final
India beat Sri Lanka, regain Asia Cup
June 24, 2010Zaheer Khan (2-36) and Ashish Nehra (4-40) bowled India to a resounding 81-run win over Sri Lanka in the finals, breaking a 15-year jinx in the Asia Cup.Indian batsmen made a fighting 268/6 and in reply, Sri Lanka could only manage 187 in 44.4 overs. The win earned India its fifth Asia Cup title in the 10th edition of the tournament - they had won four titles in the 1980s and '90s.