Asia Cup, 2012 - India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan
Asia Cup: Pakistan vs India
Pakistan 150/0 in 25 ovs
March 17, 2012
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: Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat; 150/0 in 25 ovs
Asia Cup: India vs Bangladesh
Bangladesh beat India by 5 wickets despite Sachin scoring his 100th hundred.
March 16, 2012
Sachin 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, 2012
Sri 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, 2012
Pacers 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, 2012
Pakistan 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, 2012
The 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. 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.
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.