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AsiaCup 2014: News

Malinga and Thirimanne guide Sri Lanka to 5th Asia Cup trophy

Sri Lanka on Saturday regained the Asia Cuptrophy with a comfortable five-wicket victory over defending champions Pakistan, riding on Lasith Malinga's five-wicket haul and opener Lahiru Thrimanne's fluent century.

SL look to play Malinga card again

Bowling at the death is an art not everyone can master. Precision, consistency and the ability to handle nerves are qualities that can desert a bowler to force a horrible twist to the script.

Asia Cup: Sri Lanka, Pak prepare for finale

The avalanche of cricket over two weeks split between Fatullah and Mirpur culminates in the Asia Cup title-decider on Saturday. The Sher-e-Bangla stadium will host Pakistan and Sri Lanka to decide the champions of Asia.

No guiding light, rudderless India continue to flounder

It was Duncan Fletcher's renowned tactical acumen and man-management skills that landed him the India job in 2011. But it is the continued failure of these qualities to make an impact that threatens to sound the death knell of his coaching career.

Asia Cup: Sri Lanka gear up for final with win over Bangladesh

Sri Lanka battled hard to beat hosts Bangladesh by three wickets in the final league match of the Asia Cup in Dhaka on Thursday, reaching the final with a perfect record.

Listless India keep Pujara, Pandey out

India's victories have simply dried up since the home series against Australia and West Indies late last year. The string of losses has marred India's reputation and reluctance to embrace change has hindered the resurrection.

India win last Asia Cup match by 8 wickets vs Afghanistan

India walked over Afghanistan on Wednesday in a manner they were expected to, before taking a Thursday morning flight back to India after another abysmal failure at challenging for the winner's prize. Scorecard

Asia Cup: Brutal Shahid Afridi ensures India’s exit

If Shahid Afridi was explosive on Sunday night, he was brutal on Tuesday. And on both occasions, he hurt India. Only a Bangladesh victory could keep India in, a result Afridi would never allow.

Kohli holds his own amid ruins

Though India’s chances of progressing have gone, Kohli has continued to impress -- the under-pressure century against Bangladesh and the thoughtful and energetic captaincy.

Fawad Alam, Afridi shoot Pakistan into Asia Cup final

Fawad Alam and Shahid Afridi bludgeoned half centuries and blasted defending champion Pakistan into the Asia Cup final with a record rundown win against Bangladesh on Tuesday.

Asia Cup: India pray for Bangladesh victory against Pak

When Bangladesh face Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium on Tuesday, India will be the most edgy team. Watching from the confines of the hotel, an hour's drive from Mirpur, the Men in Blue would hope for a miracle.

Asia Cup: Too many mistakes spoil India's show

Any Indian hopes of a smooth ride in the Asia Cup were dashed within a week of their arrival in Bangladesh. The defeats to Sri Lanka and Pakistan have exposed gaping holes, and there can't be any excuse for the dismal show.

Asia Cup: SL seal final berth with big win vs Afghanistan

Having knocked off five Sri Lanka at 158, possibility of another heroic Afghanistan triumph remained a possibility. But Mendis completed the formalities by feasting on a batting unit unaware of how to pace the innings during a chase.

India's work ethic has been pretty abysmal: Gavaskar

A livid Sunil Gavaskar has hit out at the Indian cricket team, saying the lack of a work ethic has let it down in the ongoing Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

Not shocked by loss, impressed with team's character: Kohli

His team is on the verge of being knocked out of the Asia Cup after back-to-back losses but India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli said he is not at all shocked by the prospect as his side is massively inexperienced even though it has shown "character".
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