Islamabad: Pakistani cricket fans were jubilant after the country won the Asia Cup by beating Bangladesh in Dhaka on Thursday night. Thousands of young excited Pakistanis came out on the roads after Pakistan won the thrilling final that went to the last ball of the match.

Cricket fans danced to the thumping beats of traditional drums, accompanied with fireworks. They also distributed sweets to celebrate the victory, as reported.

Youth rode motorcycles and drove cars around the capital Islamabad till late at night to express their happiness over the title that came to Pakistan after 12 years. Like other parts of the country, dozens of large TV screens were installed in Islamabad where thousands of cricket fans watched the play and applauded as their team inched towards victory.

Pakistani TV channels ran special programme and transmissions after the national team grabbed the title and showed jubilant fans dancing, shouting in happiness and having parties across the country. On Friday morning, daily Urdu newspapers gave special coverage to the triumph.

"Pakistan becomes Asian cricket tiger" said a daily, while another daily's heading roared "Pakistan clinches Asian cricket crown".

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani congratulated the team and nation over the historic victory.

Pakistani cricket team captain Misbah-ul-Haq said the victory is a gift for the nation that is celebrating its national day "Pakistan Day" March 23. Pakistan won the title for second time after the 2000 Asia Cup that was also held in Bangladesh.

(Agencies)