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The Kitply Cup, which took place in Bangladesh in June, 2008, was an exciting tri-series between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, full of heart stopping moments and nail-biting action. It was watched by a large number of people all over the world, who eagerly flocked to their television sets to watch the three teams in action.
When the series was announced, it generated a large amount of anticipative buzz. Newspapers with rife with speculation about whether India could continue the momentum it had garnered during its earlier tri-series down under. Add in a spirited Pakistan thirsty to prove itself, and a Bangladesh team that’s been known to pull off some shocking upsets, and the stage was set for a truly spectacular clash.
Being a series that was tightly packed into a week, non-stop action was guaranteed. And the teams did not disappoint. Bangladesh battled bravely, but in the end, amidst grey skies and the constant threat of rain playing spoilsport, it was the two big guns that were left standing.
The excitement that an India v/s Pakistan match generates, is unparalleled by anything else in the game. Speculation about the outcome was high, since the two sides were evenly matched, and had both been playing their best so far. Despite the fact that India had a psychological edge over their opponents, which they gained earlier in the series when they ended Pakistan’s 12 ODI victory run, experts warned that the Indian team shouldn’t get too complacent.
The final match was truly the icing on the Kitply Cup cake. Batting first, Pakistan’s batsmen stacked up an impressive 315 runs. The Indian team’s reply was equally scorching, but ran out of steam towards the end, and Pakistan emerged victorious, winning by 25 runs. The jubilant team lifted the Kitply Cup under the lights of the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, bringing the well-fought series to a satisfying close.
The Kitply Cup was more than merely a triangular series. After the T20 matches earlier in the year, there was talk about how the 50 over format of the game had lost its spark. But this series proved those rumours false, as it gripped the cricket-crazy nation in a frenzy and refused to let go.