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Ashraf's blinder helps Pakistan chase down 342 in final over against Bangladesh

Shoaib Malik looked good for his 72 runs
Shoaib Malik looked good for his 72 runs

Pakistan 342-8 (Malik 72) beat
Bangladesh 341-9 (Tamim 102) by two wickets
Warm-up game, ICC Champions Trophy, Birmingham

A blistering unbeaten 30-ball knock of 64 from uncapped Fahim Ashraf and a 15-ball 27 from Hasan Ali proved vital as they shared 93 runs off just 41 deliveries for the ninth wicket to help Pakistan seal a thrilling two wicket win in a chase of 342 against Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy warm-up game in Birmingham.

Bangladesh opted to bat first on winning the toss. Soumya Sarkar (19) fell early in the seventh over to Junaid Khan (4-73) but Tamim Iqbal (102) along with Imrul Kayes (61) and Mushfiqur Rahim (46) laid a very solid foundation as Bangladesh crossed the 200-run mark after 30 overs.

Junaid along with Shadab Khan (2-55) ensured Bangladesh are kept in check. The late flourish did not quite come for Bangladesh with only Mosaddek Hossain (26) managing a strike-rate of over 150 but still they managed a formidable total of 341 for nine in the 50 overs.

In the chase, Pakistan lost Azhar Ali (8) and Babar Azam (1) early, but contributions from Ahmed Shehzad (44), Mohammad Hafeez (49) and Shoaib Malik (72) kept them in the hunt. However, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and was down and out in the 43rd over at the end of which they managed 249 for eight.

But this is when Ashraf (64 not out) and Hasan (27 not out) played swashbuckling innings to pull out a victory out of nowhere as they reached the target in 49.3 overs.

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