Can Bangladesh Lions Really Roar!!

Bangladesh has reached the final of Asia Cup!! Probably, still unbelievable for even the hard-core fans. While the Cricket World would welcome the long-awaited and overdue rise of Bangladesh in international Cricket, Bangladesh must win to prove the lions can only roar!! They have shown in the past that they can bite anyone, but the World wants to hear the long lasting roar of the a country, that has been playing international cricket for almost 30-years now, without much success. Can they win the Asia Cup final, and let the world hear a real Roar!!

Pakistan’s ODI History

Second Time beaten Two Biggies in a Tournament
In their historical 2012 Asia Cup, Banlgadesh have matched their feat of 2007 World Cup. This is only the second time for the lions when they have beaten two test playing nations in a tournament. At West Indies in 2007, they defeated India by 5 wickets and South Africa by 67 runs. Now, they have already earned their first victory against India and Sri Lanka in Asia Cup. Interestingly, overall both the victories are only their third victories against both the countries.

History of Bangladesh in ODI
Bangladesh has played 261 ODIs, winning 72 and losing 187, 2 resulted in No Results.
Test Playing Nations
Bangladesh have played 229 ODIs, winning 50 and losing 177 against 9 test playing nations, including Zimbabwe.

Country Matches Won Loss NR
Zimbabwe 56 30 26 0
Pakistan 30 1 29 0
Sri Lanka 30 3 27 0
India 24 3 21 0
New Zealand 21 5 16 0
West Indies 20 4 14 2
Australia 19 1 18 0
England 15 2 13 0
South Africa 14 1 13 0

Against Associates
Bangladesh has played 32 ODIs against Associates, winning 22 and losing 10 matches.

Country Matches Won Loss NR
Ireland 7 5 2 0
Scotland 3 3 0 0
Canada 2 1 1 0
Bermuda 2 2 0 0
Netherlands 2 1 1 0
UAE 1 1 0 0
Hong Kong 1 1 0 0

Record of Previous Final for Bangladesh
In the Tri-Nation Tournament held in Bangladesh in 2009, they reached their only finals of any tournament. Despite defeating Lanka at group stage, they lost to them in the finals in a close match by only 2 wickets. Zimbabwe was the third team of the tournament. Bangladesh lost their group match to them by 38 runs.

Being sent to bat first, their innings folded at 152 in 49.4 overs. Tamim (18), Mushfiqur (4), Captain Ashraful (13), Shakib (9), Mahmudullah (26), Mortaza (0) and Nazmul (0) could not do much. Raquibul Hasan was the top scorer with 107-ball undefeated 43 runs.

But, the bowlers and fielders almost won them the match. If it was not Maharoof (38*) and Muralitharan (33*), Sanga’s half-century would have been in vain. Nazmul (3/30), Shakib (2/22) and Mortaza (1/18) fought a tough battle in the 2-wicket defeat.

Chances for Final
They have won only one ODI against Pakistan, and lost the first match in current Asia Cup too. But the way they lost the match from a winning position and how they went on defeating World Cup 2011 finalists, India and Sri Lanka, they stand a strong chance to be able to write their name on a trophy for the first time.

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