Asia Cup 2012: Aizaz Cheema halts Sri Lanka’s progress – Cricket News Update

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Asia Cup 2012: halts Sri Lanka’s progress – Cricket News Update
Right-arm pacer, Aizaz Cheema, bowled Pakistan to victory in the third match of the Asia Cup played against Sri Lanka at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.
The 32-year-old produced his career best bowling figures, as to 188. Chasing a minute total, Pakistani cruised to victory in 39.5 overs with six wickets in hand.
As a result of this win with a bonus point, the Men in Green are a sure shot to reach the finals.
Cheema was awarded with man of the match award for taking four wickets. Delighted with his efforts, he said, “I am very happy with my performance today because the way the opposition started today I thought it wouldn't be my day. With the newer ball I thought
it will come onto the bat even if I bowl the slower deliveries so I kept that for the end.”
Sri Lankan skipper,, won the toss and decided to bat first. The Lankans started their innings in a blazing fashion, scoring 25 runs off Cheema’s first two over.
Cheema came under tremendous pressure after going for a few runs. But the Pakistani skipper,, kept confidence with the bowler and his decision was vindicated.
Cheema removed the Sri Lankan skipper in his third over and in his fourth over he dismissed the dangerous – who had smashed four boundaries off his bowling. Dilshan (20) got out playing a well directed bouncer, presenting an easy catch
The aging bowler credited his performance to Misbah and, who encouraged him to bowl aggressively. He said, “I was under a lot of pressure but the captain came to me and asked me not to get defensive and to continue to attack. Afridi and the
captain asked me to bowl with aggression and bowl some bouncers so that really helped me.”
Pakistan’s next meeting is against The match will take place at Mirpur on Sunday, March 18. It could be a possible rehearsal for the final and both teams will want to emerge victorious.



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