ASIAN GAMES 2014: CRICKET IN FINE METTLE

Asian Games 2014: Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi Silver, Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne with Gold, Bangladesh's Mashrafe Mortaza with Bronze; at Yeonhui Cricket Ground, Incheon

Sri Lanka's men won cricket gold at the Incheon Asian Games, Pakistan's women doing the same. Neither team had it easy, Pakistan's women fighting back in a rain-affected final against Bangladesh, when their opponents needed just 14 runs off the last three overs, to win by 4 runs. Sri Lanka's semi-final against Bangladesh had to be abandoned because of heavy rain, Lahiru Thirimanne's side going through on the coin-toss. The following day under bright blue skies, they were made to sweat by Afghanistan before eventually winning by 68 runs, sending their fans in the capacity crowd into raptures.

Pakistan's Women celebrate their second consecutive Asian Games cricket gold in Incheon

South Korea's nascent cricketing nation experienced all that cricket had to offer in the two weeks of the event, their own cricketers, both men and women, impressed as well along with many of the other Associate and Affiliate participants. "Overall the standard of cricket was even higher than that shown in the Guangzhou Asian Games four years ago,"said ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq. "It was very clear, such was the immense joy and disappointment shown by the competing teams during the knock-out stages just how much the cricketers wished to win medals,"he added, "Sri Lanka and Pakistan were worthy champions and had to play high-class cricket to win gold."

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Filed October 4th, 2014