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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Pakistan Vs Bangladesh - Asia Cup

Mohammad Hafeez(Man Of The Match): I would like to thank the Almighty Allah. I was not having a great time in the middle and today I wanted to do well, so did the whole team. I just wanted to spend more time at the wicket and that worked. The new opening partner really took the pressure off me. In the end, we could not finish it well but the start was good. Will see to it that in the coming matches, we finish well.
Misbah-ul-Haq: It was tough. The way we were batting, we should have got 300. The guys are not learning from their mistakes and we need to rectify them, else it will cost us. The pitch was perfect for batting, only in the second innings, due to the dew factor, the ball was coming on nicely. Nothing for the fast bowlers but our pacers did well. We need to lift our game against Sri Lanka and India and cannot repeat our mistakes. Gul and Ajmal are winning games for the last year and a half and we just need to support them.
Shakib Al Hasan is given an award for an outstanding performance.
Mushfiqur Rahim: We did well. Our bowlers did well but we slipped in the last 5 overs. Our batsmen batted well at the top but could not finish over the line. Definitely it is a mental block against Pakistan and hope we learn from our mistakes. We will take a lot of positives and come back stronger.
Ramiz Raza is doing the presentation honours tonight.
Interesting statistic. 7 Bangladeshi batsmen were bowled! The record in ODIs is 8 bowled by West Indian bowlers against New Zealand at Berbice in April 1985.
"I guess bangladesh need a few more shakibs to win more games like this...good game !" tweets Sanjay Manjrekar.
It was a very well-planned chase and the top order must be given credit for the way they played. Unfortunately the lower order could not step up. Shakib was the lone warrior in the end and thanks to some good bowling combined with some mindless batting, he was stranded with too much to do. The bowling was decent with every bowler picking up a wicket.
Guess, it will be fair to say that Gul was the difference between the two sides. He played a brilliant cameo earlier with the bat and then, towards the end, came back and bowled excellently at the death to finish with 3 wickets. Bangladesh got close but not close enough.


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