Pakistan win Asia Cup
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP):
Pakistan won their second Asia Cup cricket title when they beat Bangladesh by two runs in a thrilling final yesterday.
In a match which riveted fans to the final ball, Pakistan tallied 236-9 in their 50 overs, then stalled Bangladesh on 234-8 in a raucous Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
In a dramatic final over, Bangladesh needed nine to win. Pakistan messed up when they conceded three runs off the third-to-last ball with a wayward throw and an overthrow. That left four to win off two balls.
But then Abdur Razzak played a slower ball off fast bowler Aizaz Cheema onto his stumps, stranding the in-form Mahmadullah at the non-striker's end. New batsman Shahadat Hossain had to hit four runs off the last ball to give Bangladesh their maiden Asia Cup title, but he managed a yorker on leg stump with only a leg bye, causing the Pakistanis to jump around in joy.