Asia Cup Cricket Highlights | India Sri Lanka Pakistan

The 2008 Asia Cup features India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and UAE.

Matches:

  • India vs Sri Lanka Highlights Asia Cup Final
Watch highlights of India vs Sri Lanka from the Asia Cup Final. Sri Lanka won the 2008 Asia Cup quite easily in the end. Look out for counterattacking cricket by Sanath Jayasuriya in this highlights video. With Sri Lanka tottering 4 wickets down and around 40 overs to go, this is the kind of stuff Sanath and Adam Gilchrist have made their own. Ishanth Sharma who's had a torrid run since the Australian tour finally got into some semblance of his shadow.

With India announcing grandly before the game that they had plans for Ajantha Mendis, the outcome was always going to be interesting or funny. How many times have we heard big talking teams talk of plans for Tendulkar or an upcoming batsman/bowler only to see it fall flat. Sehwag who provided the only real phase that looked like a chase was the first. Mendis then got the best around - Raina, Yuvraj, Rohit Sharma to end up with 6 wickets and the Indians finished the Asia Cup still in the dark about a bowling action that seems to laud itself upon delivery by making a circle and sticking three fingers out as if to say - Soooooper.

  • India vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup Highlights Video

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These highlights feature the India vs Sri Lanka match which India won to make it to the Asia Cup Finals. Sri Lanka posted 308 - main contributors being, Sanath Jayasuriya (43 off 37), Mahela Jayawardene (50) and half centuries from Kapugedera and Silva. India got a good opening start through Virender Sehwag (42 off 34) and Gambhir (68 off 61), while player-on-a-resurgent-roll, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni got themselves 50s. In all, a win that snuffed out Pakistan's hopes of a final.

  • India vs Pakistan
India Batting Video
Pakistan Batting Video
Watch free online cricket highlights from the Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan.
Result: Pakistan won with serene comfort provided by Younis Khan (123 off 117) and Misbah Ul Haq (70 off 62).
Brief Stuff:
India batted first, reaching 308. Sehwag (49 off 33), and Gambhir (35 off 32) were pulled back by 3 quick wickets by Iftikhar Anjum and Abdur Rauf. Yuvraj Singh was as always aesthetic in his 37 while Dhoni (76 off 96) and Rohit Sharma (58 off 71) strung things together. Dhoni's knock was mostly his new-found steadying kind of thing which never really kicked off, while Rohit Sharma was once again in next-best-thing-to-watching-VVS mode. Only Irfan Pathan 38 (24) pushed the score past 300.
Pakistan opened with Salman Butt (36) and Nasir Jamshed (53 off 43) who played some shots reminiscent of the arrogance of Basit Ali and Imran Nazir in flow. How much more exciting this Pakistani team would have been with Imran and the Farhat brothers on the bench rather than hanging around the ICL.
The chase of 308 was so clinical that from a viewer point of view I'd rather have seen a Pakistan win with Misbah and Afridi going bananas. Pakistan cricket fans would perhaps disagree considering the painful last few days and last couple of seasons under Shoaib Malik. With Misbah as captain, things look better, and Afridi might just find the Saeed Anwar kind of guidance to get him out of his rut. This win however, does not mean much in the context of the tournament, unless India lose badly to Sri Lanka tomorrow.

India quite surprisingly chased down a target of 300 in just 42.1 overs. I gladly gave Shoaib Malik's knock (125) a miss, so there are very short excerpts of that here. Apologies to any Pakistan fans of his for that. Included is a super reception for Shahid Afridi as he walks in. Despite him looking frustrated with himself during his stint (9) - a good one just seems round the corner from him. India set about their chase basically with Suresh Raina 84 (69) and Virender Sehwag 119 (95) who got into his groove as the match progressed. A great catch by Misbah of Gambhir and some sledging moments are also included in the video apart from a few Yuvraj sixes.
PreMatch: Three or four years ago I'd have never thought I'd be listlessly looking forward to an encounter between the two. But as so many have pointed out, too much cricket between the two countries is to blame and the charm's gone. Spain vs Russia seems more exciting.

Watch cricket highlights from India's opening match vs Hong Kong in the Asia Cup. The video features moments from the Indian batting which collected 374 runs. Centuries by Suresh Raina (101 off 68) and MS Dhoni (109 off 96). Earlier Virender Sehwag (78 off 44) and Gautham Gambhir (51 off 54) kicked things off. The video has brief highlights until around the 38th over and more detailed highlights from that point on. So Sehwag is not really here. Nothing much else to say other than, worth watching only if you have seriously nothing else to do.