Bangladesh Claim Asian Games Gold

Bangladesh Claim Asian Games Gold
Bangladesh Claim Asian Games Gold
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Bangladesh 119-5 (Naeem Islam 34) beat
Afghanistan 118-8 (Mohammad Stanikzai 38no) by five wickets
2010 Asian Games final, Guanggong

Bangladesh claimed a first-ever Asian Games gold medal when they beat Afghanistan by five wickets to win the Twenty20 cricket tournament in Guanggong, China.

Afghanistan, who had shocked Pakistan in the semi-final to reach the gold-medal game, almost pulled off another upset as it took Bangladesh until the final over to seal victory chasing 119.

Asghar Stanikzai top scored for Afghanistan with an unbeaten 38, Shabir Noori smashed 25 in 19 balls and vice-captain Karim Sadiq hit 20 before two wickets apiece for Naeem Islam, Shahadat Hossain and Mohammad Ashraful saw the Afghans restricted to 118 for eight.

Islam returned two for eight in three overs and Ashraful two for three in one over.

In reply, Bangladesh also found run-scoring difficult with Islam making an unbeaten 34 in 41 balls before they accelerated thanks to Sabbir Rahman's 33 in 18 balls and Mithun Ali's run-a-ball 22.

After slipping to 75 for five after 15 overs, Islam and Rahman steadied the innings and held their nerve when the game came down to the final over, despite the best efforts of Sadiq, who returned two for 27.

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to claim the bronze medal.

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