Pakistan clinched their second Asia Cup title with a hard-fought two-run win over Bangladesh in a fittingly thrilling finale to the tournament in Mirpur.
Needing nine to win from the final over, Bangladesh could only manage six as Aizaz Cheema held his nerve to secure a tight victory for Pakistan.
Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the final group game of the Asia Cup 2012 to secure their place in the final against Pakistan.
Sri Lanka were bowled out for 232 and after Bangladesh were set a target of 212 in 40 overs after a rain break, they reached 212 for five in 37.1 overs.
A stunning innings of 183 in 148 balls from Virat Kohli drove India to a six-wicket win over Pakistan that keeps their Asia Cup hopes alive.
Despite conceding 330 in less than 48 overs to cede defeat, Pakistan are at least safe in the knowledge that they will contest the final on 22nd March - when either India or Bangladesh will be their opponents.
Sachin Tendulkar was unable to celebrate a victory on the occasion of his 100th international century as a superb run chase from Bangladesh threw the Asia Cup 2012 wide open once again.
Tendulkar had scored 114 to help India post 289 for five but his side were defeated thanks to half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal, Jahurul Islam and Nasir Hossain as well as a blistering unbeaten 46 in 25 balls from captain Mushfiqur Rahim.
International Cricket Council Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has congratulated Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar after he reached his 100th international century.
He scored 114 against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, ending a wait of more than a year to move off of century number 99. The knock was also his 49th ODI century.
Sachin Tendulkar has ended a year-long hunt for his 100th international century by reaching three figures against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.
His 49th century in One-Day Internationals came in the 44th over of his side's effort, batting first against the tournament hosts in Mirpur.
Half-centuries from Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal dug Pakistan out of a tricky situation and carried them towards a six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup.
Chasing 189 to win, they had slipped to 33 for three in the 13th over but a 152-run partnership between the pair put Pakistan on course for a victory that all but assures them a place in the final.
Sri Lanka will have to make do without the services of key all-rounder Angelo Mathews for the remainder of the Asia Cup after he suffered a calf injury.
He is set to return to Colombo and make a bid to be fit for the England Test series, which begins in Galle on 26th March.
Twin centuries from Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli laid the foundations for India's 50-run win over Sri Lanka in both sides' opening group game in the Asia Cup in Mirpur.
Gambhir stroked 108 and Kohli 100 as India made their way to 304 for three before bowling Sri Lanka out for 254 in reply.
The Pakistan side has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the opening Asia Cup 2012 match against Bangladesh.
Despite dismissing Bangladesh for 241 in 48.1 overs on their way to a 21-run victory, Pakistan were deemed to be two overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into account.
Bangladesh and Pakistan produced a fine game of One-Day International cricket to open the 2012 Asia Cup with Pakistan emerging victorious by 21 runs.
Their score of 262 for eight proved to be enough when Bangladesh were bowled out for 241 in reply.
Pakistan have named their 14-man squad for the Asia Cup, which begins on 11th March in Bangladesh as they bid to win the title for the first time since 2000.
Misbah-ul-Haq has been retained as captain and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has handed recalls to opener Nasir Jamshed and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.
Asia Cup hosts Bangladesh have named a 13-man squad, which will continue to be captained by wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim.
The squad was originally named without a captain or vice-captain but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided against making any leadership changes.