Statistical highlights of the Asia Cup final between Pakistan and Bangladesh played in Mirpur on Thursday.
# Shakib Al Hasan's 25th half-century in ODIs is his third against Pakistan.
# Shakib has registered 25 fifties and 30 innings of fifty-plus (5 hundreds + 25 fifties) -- both records for Bangladesh in ODIs.
# Shakib's 68 off 72 balls was his highest at the Asia Cup -- his third fifty in the Asia Cup competition. The knock is the highest by a Bangladeshi batsman in a tournament final, bettering the 60 by Tamim Iqbal in the same match.
# Shakib and Tamim are the only batsmen to record fifties for Bangladesh in a tournament final.
# Shakib received the Player of the series award for the fifth time in ODIs for managing 237 at an average of 59.25 and taking six wickets at 33.16 runs apiece.
# Aizaz Cheema (3/46) produced his best performance against Bangladesh in ODIs.
# Cheema averages 17.50 in a winning cause, claiming 20 wickets in nine games, including two four-wicket hauls -- one each against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka [ Images ].
# Cheema's performance is the best by a Pakistani bowler in the Asia Cup Final, behind the 3 for 32 by Abdul Qadir against Sri Lanka at Colombo, SSC on April 6, 1986.
# Tamim Iqbal (60 off 68 balls) is the first batsman to post four consecutive fifties at the Asia Cup -- his previous three fifties were 64 against Pakistan, 70 against India [ Images ] and 59 against Sri Lanka.
# Tamim is the first Bangladeshi player to register four fifties in a row in ODIs. His fourth half-century against Pakistan is his 23rd in ODIs.
# Tamim completed 500 runs at the Asia Cup -- 517 at an average of 43.08 in 12 matches. His tally includes six fifties. Tamim is the only Bangladeshi player to manage 500 runs at the Asia Cup.
# Tamim has managed 253 runs at an average of 63.25 in four matches -- the most by a Bangladeshi batsman in the Asia Cup 2012.
# Tamim has become the first Bangladeshi batsman to make 250 runs or more in an Asia Cup competition.
# Younis Khan [ Images ] became the third Pakistani fielder to take three catches in an ODI at the Asia Cup. Imran Khan [ Images ] and Umar Akmal [ Images ] were the first two Pakistani fielders to do so.
# Pakistan's exciting two-run triumph over Bangladesh is the smallest victory-margin at the Asia Cup, outstripping India's four-run win over Sri Lanka at Colombo (RPS) on July 27, 2004.
# Pakistan's victory is their 11th against Bangladesh in as many matches at the Asia Cup. Overall, they have won 21 and lost 13 out of 35 contested at the Asia Cup.
# Pakistan, for the second time, have won the Asia Cup competition. They had first won the said tournament, beating Sri Lanka by 39 runs at Dhaka in 2000.
# Bangladesh have lost both the ODI finals -- by 2 wickets to Sri Lanka in the Tri-Nation Tournament at Mirpur on January 16, 2009 and by 2 runs to Pakistan at the Asia Cup on March 22, 2012.
# Bangladesh (234/8) have recorded their highest total in a tournament final, surpassing the 152 against Sri lanka at Dhaka on January 16, 2009.
# Younis Khan has emulated Mahela Jayawardene's [ Images ] feat of 14 catches, sharing a fielding record for most catches in the Asia Cup.
# Shahid Afridi [ Images ] has received his 29th Man of the Match award for his all-round performance, setting a Pakistan record, bettering Saeed Anwar's tally of 28 awards.
# Mohammad Hafeez [ Images ] is Pakistan's top run-scorer in the Asia Cup 2011-12, managing 245 at an average of 61.25 -- the highest for Pakistan.
# Sarfraz Ahmed (46 not out off 52 balls) recorded his career-best innings in ODIs.
# Sarfraz's innings is the highest by a number eight batsman for Pakistan at the Asia Cup. It is the second highest, behind the 55 by Mohammad Tauqir (UAE) against India at Dambulla on July 16, 2004.
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