Shehzad And Misbah See Pakistan To Win Over Hosts
Pakistan 285-9 (Ahmed Shehzad 103) beat
Bangladesh 196 (Abdul Razzaq 3-31) by 89 runs
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 warm-up, Dhaka
Twin centuries from Ahmed Shehzad and Misbah-ul-Haq put Pakistan in position to beat Bangladesh by 89 runs in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 warm-up match in Dhaka.
The venue which will host the tournament's opening match on 19th February witnessed Pakistan rack up 285 for nine before Bangladesh were dismissed for a disappointing 196 in reply.
Shehzad, who scored his maiden One-Day International century during the recent tour of New Zealand, stroked 103 in 122 balls as Pakistan overcame the loss of early wickets which left them at 58 for three after 15 overs - Mohammad Hafeez (21), Kamran Akmal (1) and Younus Khan (5) falling cheaply.
Shehzad then added 152 with Misbah for the fourth wicket, Misbah going on to hit 100 in 100 deliveries with eight fours and four sixes. Shehzad hit nine fours and one six.
Shahid Afridi (14) and Umar Gul (19) hit late cameos to push Pakistan out of Bangladesh's reach despite Rubel Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan both taking three wickets.
Bangladesh were immediately rocked when star batsman Tamim Iqbal was bowled by Abdul Razzaq for a golden duck and they never properly recovered from the hammer blow of losing a wicket from the first ball of their reply.
Unable to bulid partnership thanks to excellent bowling, Razzaq returned three for 31 by also dismissing Shakib Al Hasan (11) and Mohammad Ashraful (4).
Spinners Hafeez and Abdur Rehman grabbed a pair of wickets apiece and after Imrul Kayes (39) and Junaid Siddique (38) put on 71 for the second wicket, the batting fell away dramatically.
Only Raqibul Hasan, in at number nine as Bangladesh tried to salvage something late on, who hit 30, showed much resistance as Pakistan finished the innings in 41.4 overs.
Pakistan, now 8/1 to win the World Cup with , start their campaign against Kenya on 23rd February while Bangladesh - 40/1 ninth favourites - play India in the opening match on Saturday.
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