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IND v SL, Final, Asia Cup 2008: Sri Lanka beat India by 100 runs in Asia Cup final

Ajantha Mendis broke India's back with a mesmerising six-wicket haul as Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup cricket tournament with a facile 100-run victory at Karachi.
Chasing 274, India's much-vaunted batting attack was bamboozled by Mendis' bag of tricks and the mystery spinner emerged as the wrecker-in-chief to bundle out India for 173 in just 39.3 overs. Mendis' bowling figures read an impressive 8-1-13-6 and this was the first six-wicket haul in the Asia Cup history.
India's ploy of having an additional batsman did not pay dividend and only Virender Sehwag (60 off 36) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (49) managed to salvage their reputation. The Indian batsmen thus let down their bowling colleagues, who had earlier done a decent job by bowling out Sri Lanka for 273 in 49.5 overs, a total built around Sanath Jayasuriya's 125-run knock off just 114 balls.
Chaminda Vaas started the rot by removing Gautam Gambhir (6) in the fifth over before Mendis took over. In his first over, Mendis foxed an onrushing Sehwag with a 'flicker' to get him stumped and two balls later, he flicked another through Yuvraj Singh's gates to castle him for a duck. In his third over, Mendis disturbed Suresh Raina's (16) timbers before trapping Rohit Sharma (3) plumb in front four runs later. In the 32nd over again, he scalped Irfan Pathan and RP Singh off success deliveries to complete his six-wicket haul.
Earlier, Jayasuriya looked unstoppable in a brilliant 125 runs from 114 balls that included nine fours and five sixes as he put on a face-saving 131 runs stand for the fifth wicket with Tillekaratne Dilshan who made 56. India started well as Ishant Sharma rocked the top order with three wickets while RP Singh cleaned up the tail with as many as Sri Lanka struggled to make 57 in the last 10 overs. Jayasuriya's 27th career hundred rescued Sri Lanka from a precarious 66 for four in 12 overs after India in a brave decision opted to field first.
RP Singh suffered badly in the 16th over when a blitz from Jayasuriya produced 26 runs from six balls taking him from 61 to 87. He blasted Singh over the long off area for two sixes and then drove him for two fours over covers with the final ball being dispatched over mid-wicket for another six. His partnership with Dilshan, who made his fifty from 68 balls, came at a time when the Lankans were rattled by Sharma.
After Kumar Sangakkara was run out for just four in the second over after a tragic mix-up with Jayasuriya, Sharma struck thrice. He had Mahela Jayawardene (11) caught at point cutting straight to Rohit Sharma and then in his sixth over, he first had Chamara Kapugedera (5) caught off a miscued pull shot and bowled Chamara Silva for a first ball duck.
India fought back through their spinners Pragyan Ojha, Rohit Sharma and Virender Sehwag and so tight were the Indians in their bowling and fielding that despite Jayasuriya's hundred, Sri Lanka were not able to get a boundary between the 22nd and 40th over.
IND v SL, Final, Asia Cup 2008: Sri Lanka 273 all out (49.5 overs) beat India 173 all out (39.3 overs) by 100 runs

PAK v BAN, Asia Cup 2008: Pakistan beats Bangladesh by 10 wickets in Super Four

Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 10 wickets Friday in the last Super Four match of the Asia Cup.
Pakistan finished with four points, two fewer than Sunday's finalists - defending champion Sri Lanka and India. Opening batsmen Salman Butt (56) and Nasir Jamshed (52) both scored unbeaten half centuries for Pakistan as it won with 116-0 in 19.4 overs. Earlier, Pakistan pacemen Abdur Rauf (3-24) and Rao Iftikhar (2-20) helped to dismiss Bangladesh for only 115 in 38.2 overs. Butt hit 10 fours and faced 62 balls while Jamshed smashed five fours and two sixes in his unbeaten knock off 56 deliveries.
Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful's decision to bat first after winning the toss backfired with Pakistan seamers exploiting the overcast conditions. Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal top scored with 26 and was one of Rauf's three wickets.
Iftikhar, who was hit for three boundaries in his first over, came back strongly and bowled six maiden overs in his spell of 10 steady overs. Rauf started the Bangladesh rout on his second delivery when Nazimuddin mistimed a pull shot and skied an easy catch to Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik for three.
Ashraful (14) added 41 runs with Iqbal before Bangladesh lost three wickets for three runs in eight deliveries. Ashraful hit Rauf for a six over mid-wicket before he lost his patience on the next delivery and gave an easy catch to Misbah-ul-Haq at gully.
Raqibul Hasan pulled Sohail Tanvir's first ball to Iftikhar at fine leg before Rauf found an edge off Iqbal's bat as Bangladesh slipped to 49-4. Alok Kapali, who scored a century against India last Saturday, made 17 before he became Iftikhar's first victim when he gave an easy catch in the slips while Mashrafe Mortaza was trapped leg before wicket to Iftikhar. Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal (2-19) finished off the innings when he had Farhad Reza stumped as Bangladesh was bowled out with 11.4 overs remaining.
PAK v BAN, Asia Cup 2008: Pakistan 116 for 0 (19.4 overs) beat Bangladesh 115 all out (38.2 overs) by 10 wickets

IND v SL, Asia Cup 2008: India reach Asia Cup final with Sri Lanka win

Mahendra Singh Dhoni led India to a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Karachi to secure their place in the final of the Asia Cup.
Dhoni hit 67 from 62 deliveries in the Super Four match, while Suresh Raina provided decent support with 54, as India capitalised on a good start by Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, the opening batsmen who scored 68 and 42 respectively. Sri Lanka had earlier set a target of 308 for eight, thanks to Chamara Kapugedera's 75, fifties from Mahela Jayawardene and Chamara Silva and Sanath Jayasuriya's 43. India overhauled that target in 46.5 overs, with Yuvraj Sing, who hit 36, and Rohit Sharma supplying the finishing touches.
India's win renders today's match between Pakistan and Bangladesh inconsequential as the host side have no chance of making the final. Sri Lanka, who had topped the Super Four table with six points prior to this defeat, had already qualified. India's bowlers turned in a much-improved performance, with Ishant Sharma picking up early wickets, but shoddy fielding and Kapugedera's fine innings helped Sri Lanka to a challenging total.
Sehwag and Gambhir set about the chase briskly, bringing up India's 50 in only 39 deliveries. Dilhara Fernando, one of two additions made to the Sri Lanka side, in particular, was subject to some hard hitting as he conceded 28 runs in his first three overs. The departure of Sehwag gave Sri Lanka some respite, but Raina quickly found his rhythm and added 42 runs for the second wicket with Gambhir. But as with Sehwag's dismissal, the scoring rate dipped marginally after Gambhir's departure.
Dhoni then took up the chase and eased to a half-century - his second in as many days - off 49 deliveries. By the time he departed, India had victory within their grasp.
IND v SL, Asia Cup 2008: India 310 for 4 (46.5 overs) beat Sri Lanka 308 for 8 (50.0 overs) by 6 wickets

IND v PAK, Asia Cup 2008: Younis brilliant unbeaten century takes Pakistan home

Younis Khan hit for a century and an under-strength Pakistan beat India by eight wickets Wednesday to revive its hopes of reaching the Asia Cup final.
Younis hit an unbeaten 123 off 117 balls and stand-in captain Misbah-ul-Haq scored an undefeated 70 off 62 deliveries, enabling Pakistan to reach the 309-run target in 45.3 overs for the loss of two wickets.
Earlier, Pakistan's second-choice bowlers restricted India to 308 for seven from its 50 overs on a flat batting wicket with fast bowler Rao Iftikhar taking three for 51. Younis hit 11 fours and a six and, together with Misbah, shared a match-winning 144-run unbeaten third-wicket stand off 123 deliveries.
Playing in his 174th one-day international, Younis also became the ninth Pakistani batsmen to score 5,000 runs when he pulled leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for a boundary and reached 37.
The result left India requiring to beat defending champion Sri Lanka on Thursday to assure itself of qualifying for the final. Pakistan, which lost to India by six wickets in the group stage, faces Bangladesh in its Super Four game Friday and if India loses Thursday, the home team could qualify for the July 6 final against Sri Lanka.
Earlier, Dhoni, who won the toss and elected to bat, made 76 off 96 balls while Rohit Sharma scored 58 off 71 balls - combining for 112 for the fifth wicket. Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed took a running catch to dismiss Dhoni in the 49th over, and Sharma mistimed a pull shot and was caught in the deep.
Left-arm pacean Sohail Tanvir conceded 87 runs off his 10 overs - the highest ever by a Pakistan bowler in a one-day international against India - but took the wicket of Dhoni. Virender Sehwag scored 49 off 33 balls and Gautam Gambhir had 35 off 32 balls for India before Pakistan's bowlers claimed three wickets in space of three runs.
Shahid Afridi held onto Gambhir's fierce drive in the covers off Iftikhar before paceman Abdur Rauf - one of the three Pakistan replacements for the match - took the wickets of Sehwag and Suresh Raina in one over. Yuvraj Singh (37) hit four boundaries before he edged Iftikhar behind the wickets as India slumped to 129 for four in the 19th over.
Newcomer off-spinner Saeed Ajmal (1-47) claimed the wicket of Yusuf Pathan (0) in his last of 10 overs - a ball after dropping the batsman off his own bowling.
Irfan Pathan - playing his first match of the tournament after recovering from a side strain - hit an unbeaten 38 off 25 deliveries to take four-time Asia Cup winner India past the 300-run mark.
IND v PAK, Asia Cup 2008: Pakistan 309 for 2 (45.3 overs) beat India 308 for 7 (50.0 overs) by 8 wickets

IND v PAK, Asia Cup 2008: India look to seal spot in final

A 64-run deafeat against Sri Lanka and Pakistan are staring at imminent elimination from the on-going Asia Cup. The green brigade needs to win both their remaining matches to have a slim chance of qualifying for the final.
India is in a much better position and a win would put them in the title clash against Sri Lanka, a repeat of the 2004 final in Colombo. On the other hand, after a three-day break Team India will look to seal a place in the final against Sri Lanka with a win at Karachi against Pakistan.
The Indian players enjoyed a two-day break from cricket after captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni complained that the tournament schedule was too tight and had left the players tired. Kirsten said it was very important to give the players some time off from cricket. "We are now back to cricket, but it is very important to give guys some time off the cricket so that we did that and now guys are back and focusing on next two games," he said.
The Indian batting is solid as ever with Gambhir and Sehwag giving the explosive starts and the middle order of Raina, Yuvraj and Dhoni there to finish the job. The batting makes up for the slightly weak bowling but the biggest worry for the team has been their fielding.

SL v BAN, Asia Cup 2008: Sri Lanka enters Asia Cup finals

Defending Champion Sri Lanka stormed into the final of 9th Cricket Asia Cup when they inflicted a massive 158 runs defeat on Bangladesh in their second super four round tie at National Stadium on Monday with Muttiah Muraltharan grabbing five wickets.
Record 201 opening wickets stand between Sanath Jayasuriya (130) and Kumar Sangakkara (121) saw Sri Lanka accumulating 332 for the loss of eight wickets. Spinning wizard Muttiah Muralitharan mesmerized his opponents with his off-breaks claiming five wickets for 31.runs in ten overs as Bangladesh in reply was bowled out for 174 in 38.3 overs.
This was Murli’s first five wicket haul in four years and his ninth overall in 308 ODI which raised his tally to 472 wickets, second behind Wasim Akram (502). Sri Lanka raised their points tally to six points which included two carry forward points to assure their place in July 6 final. Leg-spinner Ajantha. Mendis extended Muralitharan good support by claiming two wickets for 29 runs in 7.3 overs.
Raqibul Hasan top-scored with 52 and Nizamuddin made 47 but rest of their batting caved against the master spinner Muralitharan and Mendis.
Raqib got his fourth ODI in his 13th match, striking seven boundaries in an enterprising knock of 63 balls and opener Nizam’s adventurous 59-balls innings contained seven 4s and one six.
SL v BAN, Asia Cup 2008: Sri Lanka 332 for 8 (50.0 overs) beat Bangladesh 174 all out (38.3 overs) by 158 runs

SL v PAK, Asia Cup 2008: Sangakkara, Mendis shine in Sri Lankan win

Kumar Sangakkara hit a fighting hundred and spinner Ajanta Mendis took four wickets to power Sri Lanka to a 64-run win over Pakistan in their Asia Cup Super League clash on Sunday.
The left-hander scored 112 to lift Sri Lanka to 302-7 after Pakistani paceman Sohail Tanveer notched up career-best figures of 5-48. Mendis, who took 4-47, then unleashed his quality spin to restrict Pakistan to 238-9 in 50 overs on a slow National Stadium pitch.
For Pakistan, Misbah-ul Haq enjoyed a late flurry, smashing four sixes and three fours during his 70-ball 76 but by then the asking rate of 15 an over was beyond Pakistan's reach. Skipper Shoaib Malik also hit a subdued 52 off 79 balls with three boundaries but the Pakistani batsmen could not cope with the accurate Sri Lankan bowling.
Sri Lanka, who qualified for the Super League stage with two carry over points, boosted their chances of reaching the July 6 final with the victory. They now have four points and take on Bangladesh on Monday. The defeat left Pakistan all but out of the event. They now have to win both their matches against India (Wednesday) and Bangladesh (Friday) and hope India also lose to Sri Lanka to have a chance of qualifying for the final.
SL v PAK, Asia Cup 2008: Sri Lanka 302 for 7 (50.0 overs) beat Pakistan 238 for 9 (50.0 overs) by 64 runs

IND v BAN, Asia Cup 2008: Raina shines again as India humble Bangladesh by seven wickets

In-form Suresh Raina smashed his second century of the competition with a classy unbeaten 116 to lead India to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in a super four match of the Asia Cup at the National Stadium in Karachi on Saturday.
Opener Gautam Gambhir pitched in with a strokeful 90 off 84 balls in the top order to set up the stage for Raina who hit 11 sixes and three fours in his 107-ball innings. The superb batting by the two Indian left handers overshadowed a spectacular 115 runs from Alok Kapali who hit his maiden century to steer Bangladesh to their highest total of 283 for six against India.
India finished on a convincing 284 for three in 43.2 overs with Raina hitting the winning run, a single off Abdur Razzak, despite resting Virender Sehwag, Praveen Kumar and Piyush Chawla. It was India's fourth straight win in the six-nation competition and it brought them closer to a place in the final as they now have four points in the super league stage having carried over two from the qualifying round.
Raina, who has been in excellent form in the competition, followed up his scores of 101 (against Hong Kong) and 84 (against Pakistan) with an unbeaten 116 from 107 balls reaching his second career hundred by glancing spinner Abdul Razzak for a boundary in the 40th over. Raina and Gambhir put on a spectacular 139 from 133 balls for the third wicket while the centurion teamed up for an unbeaten stand of 89 from 70 balls with Yuvraj Singh (36) to finish off the match.
Raina's 100 from 93 balls included 10 fours and two sixes while Gambhir stroked 10 fours and one six in his 84-ball innings.
IND v BAN, Asia Cup 2008: India 284 for 3 (43.2 overs) beat Bangladesh 283 for 6 (50.0 overs) by 7 wickets

IND v PAK, Asia Cup 2008: Sehwag powers India to 6 wicket win against Pakistan

Familiar Pakistan nemesis Virender Sehwag (119) slammed a violent century while Suresh Raina (84) too matched his aggression as India cantered to a facile six-wicket win with 7.5 overs to spare against the arch-rivals in the Asia Cup cricket tournament at Karachi.
It was sweet revenge for the Indians who just two weeks ago were outclassed by Pakistan in the Kitply tri-series final in Dhaka. With Sehwag and Raina on fire, India cruised to 301 for four in only 42.1 overs after Pakistan appeared to have set a competitive target by making 299 for four.
The hosts' innings revolved around 125 from captain Shoaib Malik and Younis Khan's 59 on a good batting track. Malik didn't field after retiring with cramps while pacer Umar Gul also went off with a rib cage injury after sending down just 1.2 overs.
But under lights, Sehwag showed just how good the track was when he savaged the attack scoring his ninth hundred. He and Raina put on a record 198 runs for the second wicket from 149 balls before the stand was broken in the 28th over.
The stand was remarkable as it came after Pakistan's stand in captain Misbah-ul-Haq had brought off a spectacular one-handed catch at wide slip to get rid of Gautam Ghambir (9) in the third over and the players were on a high.
IND v PAK, Asia Cup 2008: India 301 for 4 (42.1 overs) beat Pakistan 299 for 4 (50.0 overs) by 6 wickets

SL v UAE, Asia Cup 2008: Mendis spins Lanka to win against UAE

Ajantha Mendis shined for Sri Lanka taking career-best figures of 5 for 22 as his team cruised to a big 142-run win over United Arab Emirates in the Asia Cup cricket tournament at the Gaddafi stadium at Lahore.
Mendis spun out UAE for 148 in 36.3 overs with the minnows losing their last six wickets for only 15 runs. Sri Lanka had set a target of 291 for the UAE team after electing to bat first with Mahela Jayawardene (61) and opener Mahela Udawatte (67) sharing a second-wicket stand of 114 runs after opener Kumar Sangakkara fell for a first over duck to Zahid Shah.
Shah finished with 3 for 49 while Mohammad Tauqir and Fahad Alhashmi, both UAE locals, took two wickets each. UAE made a good start through wicketkeeper opener, Amjad Ali who hails from Lahore.
Ali smashed 77 from 79 balls with 12 fours to give UAE a solid start of 95 for one. He eventually fell to part-time offie Tillakratne Dilshan, which triggered a batting collapse. Mendis sent down only 6.3 overs to take his flattering figures that exposed the inexperience of the UAE team at the top level.
The Sri Lanka total underwent several hiccups after the first over dismissal of Kumar Sangakkara for a duck before Udawatte and Jayawardene made fifties in a second wicket stand of 114 from 82 balls. But from the strong position of 114 for one they lost wickets regularly to slip to 180 for 5 and eventually 209 for 7 before some fine rearguard action by Kaushal Weeraratne (40) and Nuwan Kulasekera (37) took them to a total that was beyond the inexperienced emirates side.
For the UAE outfit playing in their second Asia Cup, their local player, Fahad Alhashmi took two wickets while nother local Mohammad Tauqir in his fourth game also bowled well.
SL v UAE, Asia Cup 2008: Sri Lanka 290 for 9 (50.0 overs) beat UAE 148 all out (36.3 overs) by 142 runs

IND v HK, Asia Cup 2008: India beat Hong Kong by 256 runs

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina hit centuries and led India to a 256-run victory against inexperienced Hong Kong in the Asia Cup on Wednesday.
India posted the Asia Cup's biggest ever score of 374-4 off 50 overs then bowled Hong Kong for 118 in 36.5 overs. Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 109 off 96 balls while left-handed Raina entertained with his maiden century, 101 off just 68 deliveries. Dhoni then featured in three stumpings behind the wickets off legspinner Piyush Chawlam, who took 4-23.
The defeat eliminated Hong Kong, a day after it lost its first group match against Pakistan by 155 runs. India will take on archrival Pakistan in the last group match on Thursday to decide the top two finishers for the Super Four stage.
The Indian total bettered the Asia Cup's previous best total of 343-5 - made by Pakistan against Hong Kong at Colombo in 2004. Irfan Ahmed's effort of 23 runs off 43 balls was the best individual score for Hong Kong, whose bowlers struggled to contain India's strong lineup. Dhoni's fourth limited-overs century was studded with six fours and six sixes. Raina's first hundred included seven fours and five sixes.
The opening pair of Virender Sehwag (78) and Gautam Gambhir (51) gave India a strong start of 127 runs off 87 deliveries as none of the Hong Kong bowlers could stop the flurry of boundaries. Sehwag hit 13 fours and two sixes. Left-arm spinner Najeeb Amar (2-40) briefly stemmed the flow of runs when he removed both openers. Sehwag, who was twice dropped on 40 and 68, finally holed out at long-on and Gambhir was caught by Roy Lamsam.
Rohit Sharma (11) was run out in a mix-up with Dhoni at the halfway stage of the innings before Raina joined in a partnership with the captain. Raina hit five sixes - three in one over off Shkawat Ali - and achieved the century mark with another six off Afzaal Haider (1-72), but was caught two balls later.
IND v HK, Asia Cup 2008: India 374 for 4 (50.0 overs) beat Hong Kong 118 (36.4 overs) by 256 runs

SL v BAN, Asia Cup 2008: Sangakkara's century helps Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh

Kumar Sangakkara's eighth ODI century Wednesday powered defending champion Sri Lanka to a 131-run win against Bangladesh in a Group A match of the Asia Cup.
Sangakkara hit 16 boundaries for 101 off 91 balls while Chamara Kapugedera (74) and Sanath Jayasuriya (72) also put up strong batting displays in Sri Lanka's total of 357-9. Bangladesh never looked to challenge the experienced bowling attack of Sri Lanka and preferred to play out 50 overs and were restricted to 226-7.
Mushfiqur Rahim let Bangladesh with 44 while Mashrafe Mortaza remained unbeaten on 34. Despite the defeat, Bangladesh is expected to advance to the Super Four stage as it defeated United Arab Emirates by 96 runs Tuesday.
Sri Lanka takes on United Arab Emirates in the last group match Thursday and is likely to finish on top of Group A with two victories. Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful's decision to bowl first after he won the toss backfired as Jayasuriya and Sangakkara put on 116 runs off 89 balls. Left-arm spinner Abdul Razzak had Jayasuriya clean bowled but not before the left-handed hard-hitter had hit 10 boundaries and three sixes off 47 balls. Captain Mahela Jayawardene struggled for six before he too was bowled by Razzak.
However, Sangakkara hit five boundaries in Dolar Mahmud's one over before he was caught by Tamim Iqbal off Mahmudullah soon after completing his century in the 28th over. Kapugedera then played a polished innings of 74 off 67 deliveries with five boundaries and two sixes before Bangladesh hit back in the last eight overs and claimed five wickets.
Razzak had the best performance of the Bangladesh bowlers with 3-55 while Mortaza (2-53) and Shahadat Hossain (2-62) both struck late in the innings.
SL v BAN, Asia Cup 2008: Sri Lanka 357 for 9 (50.0 overs) beat Bangladesh 226 for 7 (50.0 overs) by 131 runs

PAK v HK, Asia Cup 2008: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 155 runs

Pakistan made Hong Kong realise the gruels of top-level international cricket, handing them a crushing 155-run defeat in a Group B match of the Asia Cup at National stadium on Tuesday night.
Electing to bat, Pakistan overcame early hiccups to post an imposing 288 for nine and then stopped Hong Kong at 133 for nine in 37.2 overs to make an easy winning start. Hong Kong innings folded without losing all ten wickets as Zain Abbas did not complete his innings after retiring at individual score of 26, which was also highest for them.
Hong Kong, led by Tabarak Dar, did well in the first part stopping Pakistan from reaching 300 but scoring against experienced attack was the real test of their batting line up. Sohail Tanvir put up a brilliant all round show in Pakistan's victory as he first played a crucial 59-run knock and then picked up two wickets to pile up agony for Hong Kong.
The pace trio of Tanvir (2/20), Umar Gul and Iftikhar Anjum (2/18) intimidated, bruised and then devastated the opponent batting. Tanvir, Anjum and spinning all rounder Shahid Afridi, who once again failed with the bat, shared six wickets among them.
Earlier, Fawad Alam (63 not out) and Tanvir (59) shared a crucial eight-wicket 100-run stand to propel Pakistan to 288 for nine. Pakistan, electing to bat, were struggling at 161 for seven against minnows before the spin-pace combo of Alam and Tanvir joined hands to lift the hosts from what appeared to be an embarrassing situation.
Their top-order failed to build on to good starts and surprisingly struggled to negotiate a nascent attack, which did exceptionally well to put their fancied opponents under pressure.
Nadeem Ahmed ripped apart the Pakistan middle order to return brilliant figures of four for 51 after Afzal Ahmed and Irfan Ahmed removed openers. Paceman Irfan (2/59) chipped in with two wickets. Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik (35) opened the batting with Salman Butt (0).
Malik sizzled for a while, hitting seven boundaries in his short stay, before becoming the victim of Irfan. The hosts batsmen did not build up partnerships and only Younis Khan, who struck a superb 67 showed will to stay at the crease.
Younis played crucial knock, adorned with eight fours and one six, up the order to save his team from blushes. After big hitter Shahid Afridi (4) and Misbah-ul Haq (2) failed to wield the magic of their batting prowess, Alam and Tanvir ensured they put enough runs on the board for themselves.
While Alam played patiently, building his innings ball after ball, Tanvir's knock was mixture of aggression and calm. Alam consumed 77 balls for his unbeaten 63 and helped himself with three boundaries. Tanvir contributed a useful 59, aided by six boundaries, to give his team relief.
PAK v HK, Asia Cup 2008: Pakistan 288 for 9 (50.0 overs) beat Hong Kong 133 for 9 (37.2 overs) by 155 runs

BAN v UAE, Asia Cup 2008: Bangladesh beat UAE by 96 runs

Skipper Mohammed Ashraful scored his second one-day hundred to lead Bangladesh to a comprehensive 96-run win against against United Arab Emirates in a Group A match of the Asia Cup cricket tournament on Tuesday.
Riding on Ashraful's superb 109-run knock and Raqibul Hasan's blazing 83, Bangladesh made 300 for eight, after deciding to bat at the Gaddafi stadium. In reply, the UAE team put up a good fight but were folded for 204 in 45.4 overs.
Khurram Habib (78) smashed a brilliant half-century but his valiant effort was not enough to eke out a win as other batsmen failed to perform. Habib took just 81-balls for his knock, studded with eight shots to the fence. Opener Arsahd Ali also batted well for his 41. Bangladesh spinner Abdur Razzak was the most successful bowler with figures of 10-2-20-3 while Mahmudullah and Alok Kapali took two wickets apiece.
Earlier, Ashraful led from the front, hitting a superb century to guide Bangladesh to 300 for eight. Ashraful smashed 109 runs and was well supported by Raquibul, who scored a breezy 63-ball 83, with the help of nine boundaries in the day and night affair.
Electing to bat, Bangladesh did not have an ideal start as opener Nazimuddin (2) fell prey to paceman Zahid Shah in the third over itself and their scoreboard read 12 for loss of one wicket but Ashraful came to the crease and began fireworks making the UAE bowlers run all around the park. Ashraful and another opener Tamim Iqbal, who contributed a worthy 40, together added 105 runs to steer the team to a safe zone but the partnership was broken when Iqbal was run out by wicketkeeper Amjad Ali in the 24th over.
Hasan, the next batsman in, matched the tempo set by his captain and got to the business from the word go. He stitched 141-run together with Ashraful before being caught behind by Amjad Ali off Zahid Shah delivery. Following Hasan's departure in 44th over, Ashraful appeared to be in the hurry to score which cost him as he also returned to pavilion in the space of couple of more balls. The captain's fall shook the confidence of subsequent batting line up as seniors like Alok Kapali (1), Mashrafe Mortaza (3) and Mushfiqur Rahim (16) also followed him. Last batsman Dollar Mahmud, however, scored a courageous 20 under pressure which came with the help of a six and a boundary off just 9 balls.
BAN v UAE, Asia Cup 2008: Bangladesh 300 for 8 (50.0 overs) beat UAE 204 all out (45.3 overs) by 96 runs

Pakistan open Asia Cup with hopes for future

Pakistan and Bangladesh both face minnows as the ninth Asia Cup begins on Tuesday, with the hosts hoping the event passes smoothly to pave the way for more international cricket in future.
Pakistan face Hong Kong in Karachi while Bangladesh play the United Arab Emirates in the first round. Defending champions Sri Lanka and India are the other teams in the six-nation event which runs until July 6. The Asia Cup serves as a dress rehearsal for Pakistan's hosting of the eight-nation ICC (International Cricket Council) Champions Trophy in September.
Several foreign teams, led by Australia who postponed a Test and one-day tour to Pakistan in March-April this year, are considering a boycott of the Champions Trophy over safety concerns. Pakistan has been hit by political upheaval and a wave of suicide bombings in the past year, which have claimed more than 1,000 lives, although the violence has tailed off in recent months.
However, if Pakistan stages the Asia Cup without any trouble then foreign teams will be left with little choice other than to take part in the ICC event. The ICC last week gave Pakistan the all-clear for the September tournament but said it will continue to monitor the situation. Pakistan, which is staging the Asia Cup for the first time since its inception in 1984, is confident of a positive start to the competition.
"We are confident that if we play tough cricket we can win the competition," said captain Shoaib Malik ahead of his team's Group B match, adding that the match against arch rivals India on Thursday will be the key to reaching the final. "We will take it match by match. First up is Hong Kong and we don't want any let ups in that match which we should win without any discomfort," said Malik.
Hong Kong's English coach Aftab Habib said his side would remember the Irish feat of upsetting Pakistan in the World Cup held in the Caribbean last year. "Cricket is a funny game and we should remember there were lots of upsets in the 2007 World Cup so we must give it our best to upset Pakistan," said Habib, who played two Tests for England in 1999.
In Lahore, Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful is eyeing a spot in the second round with a win over the UAE. "Our first target is to get a place in the second round so we should play quality cricket to beat the UAE and then focus on the bigger game against Sri Lanka," said Ashraful. For UAE they have no choice but to try to upset Bangladesh. "We have prepared well for this competition and know that the only chance to reach the second round is to beat Bangladesh," said UAE captain Saqib Ali.
The top two teams from each group will qualify for the super league where each side will play each other to decide the July 6 finalists.

Maharoof ruled out of Asia Cup

Sri Lankan all-rounder Farveez Maharoof has been ruled out of the Asia Cup tournament in Pakistan due to an abdominal strain he sustained during training.
Young left-arm medium pacer Thilan Thushara will replace him. Maharoof, who missed Sri Lanka's recent tour to the West Indies, also due to a muscle strain, suffered the injury while bowling in a practice match here.
An initial scan failed to reveal the injury, but a second scan showed that he had strained the muscles on the left side of his abdomen.
"Maharoof requires rest. He will be out of action for six weeks," said team physio Ranjith Nanayakkarawasam. Maharoof has had an impressive ODI career, taking 104 wickets in 79 matches at an average of 24. Thushara made his international debut in West Indies early this year. He played all the three Tests, taking eight wickets, and returned figures of 1 for 12 from 5.2 overs in his only ODI.

Pakistan drops wicketkeeper Akmal for Asia Cup

Pakistan dropped wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal from its 20-member squad for cricket's upcoming Asia Cup, the chief selector said Thursday.
Selector Salahuddin Ahmed said Akmal was rested to give youngster Sarfraz Ahmad a chance in the six-nation tournament, starting in Pakistan on June 24.
"Akmal is still our first-choice wicketkeeper, but he needs to sharpen his skills behind the wickets," Ahmed told The Associated Press. Pakistan is placed in Group B for the Asia Cup with archrival India and minnows Hong Kong, while Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates are in Group A.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the second round. The final was scheduled for Karachi on July 6. Pakistan will be without its two ace pacemen — Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Asif.
Akhtar was serving an 18-month ban imposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board for a number of violations of discipline. Asif had been in detention in Dubai since June 1 when authorities allegedly found an illegal substance in the fast bowler's wallet as he traveled though the international airport while returning to Pakistan after playing in the Indian domestic Twenty20 competition. Pakistan Team: Shoaib Malik, Salman Butt, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam, Sohail Tanvir, Sarfraz Ahmad, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz, Nasir Jamshed, Yasir Hameed, Bazid Khan, Nomanullah, Mansoor Amjad, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rauf.

Sreesanth has been ruled out of the Asia Cup

India medium pacer Manpreet Gony will keep his place in the one-day side for the Asia Cup after Sri Sreesanth was ruled out due to injury.
Sreesanth, who played for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League, suffered a side strain in their final league match against Rajasthan Royals.
He was replaced by Gony for the recent tri-series against Pakistan and Bangladesh, but has now failed a further fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
Although Gony joined the team just before India's first match against Pakistan in the one-day tournament in Dhaka, he did not play a match and has yet to make his one-day debut. Pakistan will host the Asia Cup, which will take place from June 24 to July 6 and also includes Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.

Pakistan selectors to meet on June 19 for Asia Cup team

The national selection committee will meet on June 19 at Lahore to select the Pakistan cricket team for the Asia Cup.
Chief of the selection committee Salahuddin Sallu told Geo News that captain Shoaib Malik, coach Geoff Lawson and selector Shafqat Rana are arriving from Bangladesh on Monday and on their returning home the team selection would be discussed. He said that the number of players would be determined after consulting with the team management and the Pakistan Cricket Board. The chief selector told that the training camp of the team would be held in Karachi.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.