India won their opening game against Sri Lanka but lost their match against hosts Bangladesh coming into this very important clash against Pakistan in the 11th edition of the Asia Cup. Their loss, however, was overlooked thanks to Sachin Tendulkar's remarkable achievement of scoring his 100th century in international cricket. The defending champions needed nothing less than victory in the match to stay alive in the tournament.
On the other hand, Pakistan were in a really strong position, courtesy of their wins against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka prior to this match. The venue of the match was Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the openers Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed laid a very solid foundation for Pakistan. The first ten overs yielded 51 runs for the loss of no wickets. A further 70 runs were added to the total in the next ten overs. Both openers went on to score centuries, and the first wicket partnership (224) between them was the record for the highest partnership in the history of Asia Cup. Following the dismissals of the openers, Younis Khan (52) took charge and Pakistan reached 329/6 at the end of 50 overs.
In reply, India did not have an ideal start and India as Gautam Gambhir was dismissed with troubling the scorers. Virat Kohli joined Sachin Tendulkar, and the pair began to rebuild the innings slowly. At the end of 10 overs, India were 58/1 and looked set to match Pakistan. Tendulkar fell for 52, but Kohli continued the onslaught and brought up his century in the 30th over. He was ably supported by Rohit Sharma, who brought up his half-century in quick time.
In the last over, the asking rate had crept to 8.30 runs per over. Kohli brought up his 150 in the 42nd over and in the same over, he struck Wahab Riaz for three consecutive boundaries. He managed to score 183 runs, which was the highest individual score by a batsman in the Asia Cup. Dhoni and Suresh Raina scored the remaining runs to get India over the line. Kohli was adjudged the Man of the Match.
India won the match by six wickets, with 13 balls to spare, but could not qualify for the final. Pakistan went on to win the Asia Cup, defeating hosts Bangladesh by two runs in a gripping final.