Bangladesh fans would be expecting a lot from their side in the Asia Cup final © AFP
By CricketCountry Staff
Mirpur: Mar 22, 2012
Bangladesh will face an uphill task when they take on Pakistan in the final match of the four-nation Asia Cup tournament at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Thursday.
The giant-killers, Bangladesh thrashed India, chasing down a mammoth 290, but that was seen merely as one of the rare stunners that the Tigers are so well known to throw up in multi-national events.
However, the determined side proved the critics wrong by beating an already demoralised Sri Lanka as well, a result that knocked India out of the final.
“It’s a great achievement for the country, so far the biggest. We realise it’s still not over, we have another very important game. We’ll enjoy, we’ll party, but tomorrow we’ll be back to business. I hope we will fire on the 22nd,” said opener Tamim Iqbal, the hero of the win over Sri Lanka with a half century.
The triumph last night triggered wild celebrations through the country and the team itself was in a delirious huddle much after the presentations were done with.
“I think when we talk in the dressing room its like, 100 runs in 20 overs is no problem. This is the sort of confidence that we have now,” said in-form all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Nazimuddin, Jahurul Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim (c&wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Nazmul Hossain.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema.
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