Dhaka: Pakistan cricket team has won the Asia’s biggest title after twelve years as pace bowler Aizaz Cheema grabbed three wickets at key moments to help Green Shirts beat Bangladesh by two runs in a thrilling final at the Shere Bangla Cricket Stadium.
The tears were rolling down the cheeks of the Bangladeshi players, and the fans as they fought well against a team which was rather better than them.
Shakaib Al Hasan who scored 68 runs remained the top-scorer from Bangladeshi side accompanied by Tamim Iqbal 60 and Nasir Hossain 28 who helped them to fight well against a world class team. Other Bangladeshi batsmen failed to cross 20’s.
Shahid Afridi was awarded Man of the Match.
Aizaz Cheema who took three wickets remained the highest wicket-taker from Pakistani side along with Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal who shared two wickets while Shahid Afridi took one wicket.
Earlier Pakistan set a target of 236 runs due to the sensible batting by wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed who scored 46 runs.
While talking to Rameez Raja in Presentation Cermony, Bangladeshi skipper Mushfiqur said; “Before the tournament, we had great preparation but the boys stuck to the plans.”
“We played good in the tournament I thought. The wicket is a bit slowish, it’s not easy to score runs, Tamim and Shakib played well. We gave away some runs in the last over, that was crucial,” he added.
“It’s been a great tournament for Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafe, Razzak and Nasir. We fought in all the games and we achieved a lot in this tournament. Shakib and Tamim were both set batsmen and their wickets were the turning point.”
The Pakistani Captain Misbah-ul-Haq expressed his joy by saying ,”Wonderful victory, well fought by all guys, the youngsters came in and contributed well. Sarfraz’s innings was a vital one for us.”
“This wicket was a little different from the other ones, it was slow. We were hoping that around 225-230 would be a fighting a score. The spinners bowled very well, the pacers did well in the end. Bangladesh played wonderfully well, this is really a new Bangladesh team and they are really the winners,” he added.
Pakistani fans who were full of joy after the victory of Asia Cup came onto the streets and celebrated the win of their team by dancing and cheering on the roads. Some people also celebrated the victory by resorting to aerial firing.