The 2008 Asia Cup features India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and UAE.
- India vs Sri Lanka Highlights Asia Cup Final
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
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
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).
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 vs Pakistan Video (June 26)
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.
- India vs Hong Kong Video (June 25)