ASIA CUP 2014

  • Bangladesh: Will they shed minnows tag at World T20? March 11, 2014

    Bangladesh, who finished last on the points table in the Asia Cup 2014, will hope they have reasons to celebrate when they plays hosts at the ICC World Twenty20 that will allow them another shot at much needed glory that they are seeking for over several years now. The hosts will...
  • Misbah blames bowlers for Asia Cup loss to Sri Lanka March 9, 2014

    Mirpur: Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq blamed his bowlers for the team losing the Asia Cup crown to Sri Lanka, stating that they failed to create pressure on the opposition. "We need early wickets in such matches but we could not get them. Saeed (Ajmal) gave us good breakthroughs. In bowling also you...
  • Thirimanne will be perfect fit for Sanga's shoes: Mathews March 9, 2014

    Mirpur: Heaping praise on Lahiru Thirimanne for his match-winning hundred against Pakistan in the Asia Cup final, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said the youngster is shaping up to be the perfect replacement for veteran Kumar Sangakkara once he calls it a day. "You push him up the order or down,...
  • SL skipper Mathews happy to win a major title after long while March 8, 2014

    Mirpur: Sri Lanka have not won a major title for a long while and captain Angelo Mathews said that his side were happy to have broken the "barrier of finals" by defeating Pakistan in the summit clash to lift the Asia Cup here. Sri Lanka were runners-up in the 2007 and...
  • Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by five wickets to win the Asia Cup 2014 March 8, 2014

    Mirpur: Sri Lanka on Saturday regained the Asia Cup trophy with a comfortable five-wicket victory over defending champions Pakistan, riding on Lasith Malinga's five-wicket haul and opener Lahiru Thirimanne's fluent century. Sri Lanka were clinical as they restricted Pakistan to a modest 260 for five and then overhauled the target with...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, Asia Cup Final March 8, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss: Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and opted to bat first against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final. Team News: Pakistan have made two changes with Sharjeel Khan and Junaid Khan coming in, while Ajantha Mendis has been...
  • I'm sure Mahela Jayawardene will deliver in the final: Angelo Mathews March 7, 2014

    Mirpur: Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews today threw his weight behind an out-of-form Mahela Jayawardene and expressed confidence that the veteran batsman would deliver the goods in the Asia Cup summit showdown against Pakistan on Saturday. "I am confident he will come out tomorrow and take the Pakistani attack apart. I...
  • Kashmiri students charged with sedition: Reactions from across India March 7, 2014

    A group of Kashmiri university students who cheered for Pakistan during a cricket match against India have been charged with disturbing communal harmony, police in Uttar Pradesh said on Thursday. ...
  • Pakistan hope Shahid Afridi is fit for Asia Cup final March 7, 2014

    Mirpur: Defending champion Pakistan are hoping big-hitting allrounder Shahid Afridi will be fit in time to play in the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka on Saturday. Afridi, who helped pull off two dramatic last-over wins with an 18-ball 34 against India and a 25-ball 59 against Bangladesh, has a hip...
  • Misbah not worried about injury setbacks ahead of final March 7, 2014

    Mirpur: Injury setbacks are threatening to hamper defending champion Pakistan's chances but skipper Misbah-ul Haq on Friday said his team's morale is so high that last-minute changes would not make much of a difference to it in the Asia Cup summit clash against Sri Lanka here on Friday. In-form senior allrounder...
  • Asia Cup: Injury-hit Pakistan take on consistent Lankans in final March 7, 2014

    Mirpur: Defending champions Pakistan will have to contend with minor injury issues to key players Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul as they take on a consistent Sri Lanka in the final of the Asia Cup cricket tournament here on Saturday. Afridi, who has played a pivotal role in turning around the...
  • We'll come back strong in World T20: Mushfiqur Rahim March 7, 2014

    Mirpur: After ending their Asia Cup campaign with four straight defeats, Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim has vowed to come back stronger in the World Twenty20, beginning in 10 day's time here. "Obviously a win today could have given us a winning momentum and maybe we're a little bit low on confidence....
  • Kashmir students in Meerut in trouble after cheering Pak cricketers March 6, 2014

    New Delhi: A group of Kashmiri university students who cheered for Pakistan during a cricket match against India have been charged with disturbing communal harmony, police in Uttar Pradesh said on Thursday. Cricket games between rivals India and Pakistan tend to be high-voltage events, played out in a charged atmosphere with...
  • Hope Mahela Jayawardene strikes form in Asia Cup final: Thisara Perera March 6, 2014

    Mirpur: Experienced Mahela Jayawardene's prolonged lean patch is not a concern at all and Sri Lanka hope that the right-hander will live up to his reputation in the summit clash of the Asia Cup against Pakistan on Saturday, all-rounder Thisara Perera said on Thursday. "He (Jayawardene) normally bats very well it's...
  • I felt the pressure while chasing, admits Angelo Mathews March 6, 2014

    Mirpur: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews on Thursday admitted that he felt the pressure after losing quite a few wickets while chasing a modest 205-run target in an inconsequential match of the Asia Cup against Bangladesh. Chasing Bangladesh's 204 for nine, Sri Lanka were in a spot of bother at 75...
  • Asia Cup: Mathews guides Sri Lanka to three-wicket win over Bangladesh March 6, 2014

    Mirpur: Skipper Angelo Mathews held his nerve under pressure and led from the front with an unbeaten half-century as Sri Lanka registered a three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the concluding league fixture of the Asia Cup on Thursday. Sri Lanka chased down the 205-run target with an over to spare, thereby...
  • Has Team India's touring think-tank defied national selectors? March 6, 2014

    More than two months into 2014 and less than a year from their World Cup title defence, India have beaten just Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The fact that they have conceded the No. 1 ODI rank and No. 2 Test rank to Australia adds insult to injury. But the team isn't...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup March 6, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss: Bangladesh win the toss and will bat On a rampaging run with three wins in as many matches, table-toppers Sri Lanka will look to continue their unbeaten streak when they take on a demoralised Bangladesh in an inconsequential one-dayer of...
  • Some tips for Shapoor Zadran from legendary Wasim Akram March 5, 2014

    Mirpur: Known to have shaped careers of many, Pakistan legend Wasim Akram on Wednesday gave some valuable tips to mercurial Afghanistani leftarm pacer Shapoor Zadran. Akram was seen showing Shapoor how to deliver the ball from a high arm action as the Afghan pacer listened to him with rapt attention. The Pakistani...
  • Virat Kohli laments mistakes that cost India heavily in Asia Cup March 5, 2014

    Mirpur: India skipper Virat Kohli said it was difficult to keep the motivation level high coming into an inconsequential contest against Afghanistan and lamented crucial mistakes in the matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan that cost them heavily in the Asia Cup. "It was a complete performance. It was hard to...
  • India hammer Afghanistan to end a disappointing Asia Cup campaign March 5, 2014

    Eliminated from the race to the final, India wrapped up their Asia Cup campaign finishing third among the five teams after a thumping eight-wicket win over lowly Afghanistan at Mirpur on Wednesday. The match was rendered dead after Pakistan's historic chase to beat Bangladesh on Tuesday, which closed out any outside...
  • Rampaging Sri Lanka take on lowly Bangladesh in Asia Cup March 5, 2014

    Mirpur: On a rampaging run with three wins in as many matches, table-toppers Sri Lanka will look to continue their unbeaten streak when they take on a demoralised Bangladesh in an inconsequential one-dayer of the Asia Cup cricket tournament here on Thursday. Four-time champions, Sri Lanka cruised into the finals of...
  • Sunil Gavaskar accuses Team India of 'favouritism' March 5, 2014

    Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar lashed out at the Indian think-tank, accusing the team of 'favouritism', after it refused to give any of the players on the bench a chance in the inconsequential Asia Cup game against Afghanistan at Mirpur on Wednesday. After losing to Sri Lanka and Pakistan, India are...
  • As it happened: India vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup, Match 9 March 5, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Out of the race to the final, India wrapped up their campaign ending third among the five teams after a thumping eight-wicket over lowly Afghanistan. After opening the tournament with a win over Bangladesh, India lost consecutive games against Sri Lanka...
  • Misbah-ul-Haq predicts Shahid Afridi will light up World T20 March 4, 2014

    Mirpur: With the World Twenty20 beginning here in less than a fortnight's time, explosive allrounder Shahid Afridi's ominous form augurs well for the Pakistan side, skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said on Tuesday. "The biggest plus has been Afridi. Not only in the Asia Cup but with Worldy T20 coming it's good for Pak...
  • It was my kind of situation: Shahid Afridi March 4, 2014

    Mirpur: His blistering 25-ball 59 helped Pakistan beat Bangladesh by three wickets and reach the finals of the Asia Cup and Shahid Afridi on Tuesday said he was always confident of scoring the required runs as the situation gave him the license to play shots. Afridi blasted seven sixes and two...
  • Asia Cup: Battered India face hungry Afghanistan in dead rubber March 4, 2014

    India now play for pride when they take on Afghanistan in their last league match of the Asia Cup on Wednesday. After two successive defeats against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, the Virat Kohli-led team were virtually out until Pakistan chased down Bangladesh's target of 327 to reach the final. Without MS...
  • India out of Asia Cup after Pakistan beat Bangladesh March 4, 2014

    Mirpur: Pakistan on Tuesday pulled off a thrilling three-wicket victory over hosts Bangladesh to storm into the finals of the Asia Cup cricket tournament, completely knocking India out of the title race. Opener Ahmed Shehzad blasted a 123-ball 103 to set the foundation for a record chase but it was Shahid...