Bangladesh knocked Pakistan out of the Asia Cup 2018 and booked final berth against India with an emphatic 37-run victory in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
After opting to bat first in the virtual semi-final, Bangladesh registered 239 in 48.5 overs, courtesy sublime 99 from wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim.
For Pakistan, left-arm pacer Junaid Khan was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed figures of 4-19.
In reply, the Men in Green never get going and eventually managed to score just 202 in their full quota of 50 overs.
Opener Imam-ul-Haq was the top-scorer for Pakistan with 83 runs (105 balls), whereas left-armer Mustafizur Rahman claimed figures of 4/43 for Bangladesh.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:
No one is an underdog. Not quite what fans would have wanted, many had anticipated an India vs Pak final but Bangladesh were just superb on the day, The 5 M’s Mushfiqur, Mithun, Mustafizur ,Mahmudullah & Mehidy had brilliant performances and hard luck to Pakistan. #BANvPAK
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 26, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 26, 2018
Congratulations Bangladesh🇧🇩Disappointed by Pakistani team’s overall performance. Lacked attacking play of cricket in all fields. Its a young side who performed well in the last tournaments&set r expectations high.More focus n practice is needed4a stronger comeback #HopeNotOut
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 26, 2018
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 26, 2018
Congratulation to @BCBtigers on making it to the Asia Cup Final. Excellent performance despite the absence of two major players – Tamim and Shakib. Have to admire Mashrafe's leadership skills too. He is a tactical genius. #AsiaCup2018
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) September 26, 2018
A great win for @bcbtigers over @TheRealPCB. Congratulations to the Bangladesh team and my @MIPaltan team mate @mustafiz90 for making it into the finals of the #AsiaCup2018. #PAKvBAN pic.twitter.com/85wGm8tC8t
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) September 27, 2018
What a superb cricketer Mehidy Hasan is! Packed with all round talent & self confidence to boot. 👏👏🙏#AsiaCup
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) September 26, 2018
Brilliant team performance by Bangladesh to reach the finals. They have shown great character to win 2 must-win matches in a row. #PAKvBAN
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 26, 2018
Asghar and Sarfaraz captaincy leaving a lot to be desired. Arguably the main reason their teams arent playing the Asia Cup final vs India. Congrats Bangladesh
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) September 26, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 26, 2018
He might have just missed out on a century, but Mushiqur Rahim still claimed the Player of the Match award and also helped Bangladesh claim a place in the Asia Cup final.#PAKvBAN #AsiaCup pic.twitter.com/BR00TDPzXw
— ICC (@ICC) September 26, 2018
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 26, 2018
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) September 27, 2018
Great effort by Imam-ul-Haq but reality check for Pak leading into the Wc next year! #pakvban
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) September 26, 2018
This is what happens when you play with Zimbabwe the whole year. #PakvBan
— Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) September 26, 2018
They were Heroes in #CT17 and we praised them.
Selection must be based on Specialist for ODIs and also Saife must put focus on his batting and play in top order. #PAKvBAN
— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) September 26, 2018