Today we bring you the Cricketers who picked the most wickets in Asia Cup 2012. The Asia Cup was played during March 11-22 at Bangladesh, with four teams participating including the hosts, and round robin matches were played to decide the top 2 who would go on to play the tournament final. Pakistan & Bangladesh played the tournament final with Pakistan winning their second title. Indian Batsman Virat Kohli led the batting cards. Here we detail the bowlers who grabbed the most wickets in Asia Cup 2012.
Bangladesh Right arm medium pacer Mashrafe Mortaza started his ODI career in 2001. In the ACC Asia Cup 2012, Mortaza took 6 wickets from the four matches he played at an average of 29.50. With these wickets, Mortaza featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Asia Cup 2012 . His best was 2/44 against India at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka on March 16.
Bangladesh, after winning the toss, had put India into bat first. India made 289/5 from their overs with Sachin Tendulkar’s 114, Virat Kohli’s 66 & Suresh Raina’s 51. Mashrafe picked 2, while Shafiul Islam & Abdur Razzak picked one each. Bangladesh chased down the target in the last over of the match with Tamim Iqbal’s 70, Jahurul Islam 53, Nasir Hossain’s 54, Shakib Al Hasan’s 49 & Mushfiqur Rahim’s 46 not out. Praveen Kumar picked 3 while Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin picked one each for India.
4. Abdur Razzak (Bangladesh)
The Bangladesh Left-Arm Orthodox Bowler debuted in ODI in 2004. Abdur Razzak would pick 6 wickets from the four matches he played in the ACC Asia Cup 2012 at an average of 25.66. With these wickets, Razzak featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Asia Cup 2012. His best was 2/26 against Pakistan in the tournament final at Mirpur.
Bangladesh were bowling first after winning the toss. With Mashrafe Mortaza’s 2, Abdur Razzak’s 2 and Shakib Al Hasan’s 2, Bangladesh held Pakistan to 236/9 from their 50 overs. The Bangladesh batsmen, however, couldn’t cross the final mark as they lost the match by 2 runs.
3. Aizaz Cheema (Pakistan)
The Right-arm medium-fast bowler started his ODI career in 2011. Aizaz Cheema would pick 8 wickets from the four matches he played in the ACC Asia Cup 2012 at an average of 24.50. With these wickets, Cheema featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Asia Cup 2012. His best was 4/43 against Sri Lanka in the 3rd match on March 15.
Sri Lanka were batting first after winning the toss and were bowled out for 188 despite Kumar Sangakkara’s 71 & Upul Tharanga’s 57. While Cheema took 4, Saeed Ajmal picked 3, Umar Gul picked 2 and Hammad Azam picked one. Pakistan chased down the target with just 4 wickets down. Misbah-ul-Haq scored 72 not out while Umar Akmal scored 77.
2. Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan)
The Pakistan Off-Spin Bowler debuted in ODI in 2008. Saeed Ajmal would pick 8 wickets from the four matches he played in the ACC Asia Cup 2012 at an average of 20.12. With these wickets, Ajmal featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Asia Cup 2012. His best was 3/27 against Sri Lanka on March 15, the same match Aizaz Cheema picked his 4-for.
1. Umar Gul (Pakistan)
The Pakistan Medium Pacer debuted in ODI in 2003. Umar Gul would pick 9 wickets from the four matches he played in the ACC Asia Cup 2012. With these wickets, Gul led the top 5 list of the most wickets in Asia Cup 2012. His best was 3/58 against Bangladesh on March 11 in the tournament opener. Batting first, Pakistan scored 262/8 with Mohammad Hafeez’s 89, Nasir Jamshed’s 54 and Umar Gul’s 39. Bangladesh, in reply, were bowled out for 241 as Umar Gul picked 3, Mohammad Hafeez picked 2, Saeed Ajmal picked 2, Shahid Afridi picked 2 and Aizaz Cheema picked one.
These were the top wicket-takers of ACC Asia Cup 2012. The four teams that participated in Asia Cup 2012 were India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh. Pakistan won the tournament title under Misbah-ul-Haq’s captaincy. Hope you liked the content, don’t shy away from asking your questions, commenting about the content.
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