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.
A cricket video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket news as we look at the opening game in the 2012 Asia Cup between Bangladesh and Pakistan. The Asia Cup 2012 is being hosted in Bangladesh but they did not get off to the start they wanted.
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.
Bangladesh have added opening batsman Tamim Iqbal to their squad ahead of the Asia Cup, which begins on Sunday (11th March) when they take on Pakistan.
Tamim, who has recently recovered from a groin injury, was originally left out of the squad and instead named on a list of standby players.
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.
Ireland beat Kenya by ten runs inside two days in an extraordinary low-scoring, spin-dominated ICC Intercontinental Cup clash in Mombasa.
Ireland failed to reach triple figures in their first innings as they were rolled for 75. Hitting back, they dismissed Kenya for 109 and then forged ahead by scoring 152 to set Kenya 119 to win before the hosts fell for 108 in the final innings of the game.
Scotland's squad for their third match in the 2011-13 Intercontinental Cup competition against the UAE has seen young batsmen Ewan Chalmers and Freddie Coleman called up in place of the experienced duo of Kyle Coetzer - who is set to play in the Bangladesh Premier League for the Chittagong Kings - and Josh Davey - who is currently in South Africa with his county Middlesex. Pace bowler Alasdair Evans has also been added to the squad as cover.
Ireland have named a 15-man squad to tour Kenya as well as a 17-man provisional squad for the ICC World Twenty20 qualifying tournament in February.
They travel to Kenya to play a four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup match, two One-Day Internationals as well as three Twenty20 Internationals and then bid to qualify for the ICC WT20 in Sri Lanka later this year.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board have announced that the first edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will get underway on the 9th February 2012, with the tournament final pencilled in for 29th February.
Bangladesh and Pakistan were unable to begin play on the final day of the second and final Test in Dhaka on time due to bad weather.
Bangladesh faced an uphill struggle to save the game after they were reduced to 114 for five - still trailing by 18 runs - on day four.
Leicestershire batsman James Taylor will captain the England Lions squad that travels to Bangladesh to play five 50-over and two Twenty20 games in Jaunary.
The 16-man squad also includes Jonathan Bairstow, Scott Borthwick, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Staurt Meaker who have all been capped by England as well as Irish international Boyd Rankin.
Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman picked up four wicket as Pakistan completed an innings-and-184-run win over Bangladesh in the first Test in Chittagong despite half-centuries from Nazimuddin and Shakib Al Hasan.
Debutant Nazimuddin stroked 75 and Shakib 51 before the home side were dismissed for 275 in their second innings as Aizaz Cheema and Saeed Ajmal contributed a brace of wickets apiece.