Bangladesh Extend Domination Against Pakistan Winning The T20I
Bangladesh 143-3 (Shakib 57 no) beat
Pakistan 141-5 (Mukhtar 37) by seven wickets
Only T20 International in Mirpur
Shakib-Al-Hasan and Sabbir Rahman smacked sprightly half-centuries to rescue Bangladesh and beat Pakistan by seven wickets, chasing 141 in the lone T20 International between the two teams in Mirpur.
Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat. Mustafizur Rahman (2-20) started off with a wide but then got his act together.
The first four came in the fourth over, Mukhtar Ahmed (37) striking two consecutive ones off MashrafeMortaza (0-29).
Pakistan got a real move on in the next over off Arafat Sunny (1-23) when Mukhtar and Ahmed Shehzad (17) hit three fours for a 13-run over.
Mukhtar got a life on 15 when Bangladesh’s wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim couldn’t affect a stumping cleanly, off the bowling of Shakib (0-17).
The first break for Bangladesh came in the ninth over as Shehzad holed out in the deep, Mortaza taking a fine catch at long-off.
He had consumed 31 balls for his 17, affecting the momentum.
Pakistan had just reached fifty maintaining a below six run-rate.
Shahid Afridi (12) walked in at number three and tonked a flat six off Mustafizur before being given out caught behind.
He was unlucky as there was no edge as revealed by replays.
Mukhtar’s 30-ball knock came to end as he missed a quicker one, Mushfiqur redeeming himself with the stumping this time.
Pakistan reached 101 for three after 15 overs and managed another 40 in the next five overs, despite having quite a few wickets in hand.
Taskin Ahmed’s (1-29) 13-run 16thover helped them get some momentum but Mustafizur was excellent in the 18th over.
He gave away just four runs, also getting Mohammad Hafeez (26) out lbw ending a fruitful 49-run partnership off 34 balls with Haris Sohail (30 not out).
Pakistan managed just 14 runs off the last two overs from Shakib and Taskin, Haris playing a 24 ball cameo to give them something to defend.
For Bangladesh, Shakib was impressive yet again, bowling at an economy rate of 4.25.
Mustafizur too had an economy of five while also picking two big wickets.
Bangladesh started eventfully, Tamim Iqbal (14) smacking a six and two fours off Hafeez’s (0-14) first over.
However, Soumya Sarkar (0) was out in his debut game without facing a delivery, Tamim trying to sneak in a quick single to square leg and Sarkar not quick enough to respond.
Umar Gul (1-23) got one to climb on Tamim with pace, getting the in-form batsman out.
Mushfiqur Rahim (19) like always, started off aggressively with two fours, both delicious drives.
He scored two more fours off Sohail Tanvir (0-16) and Wahab Riaz (1-39) before Wahab sent his middle stump for a walk, Bangladesh in a spot of bother at 38 for three in the sixth over.
However, what followed from there on was absolute embarrassment for Pakistan as Shakib (57 not out) and Sabbir (51 not out) added an unbeaten 105 runs for the fourth wicket off just 64 balls.
Shakib started off the counter-attack getting two fours off Afridi (0-25) although one of them came off the inside edge.
Sabbir took full toll of Gul in the 11th over, smacking the fast bowler for two fours and a six, a top-edge attempting a pull.
Both Shakib and Sabbir brought up their half-centuries in the 16th over in style, Sabbir smacking two fours and Shakib following it up with one of his own in a 15-run over.
Bangladesh managed to chase down the target with 22 balls to spare, Shakib striking at 139 and Sabbir striking at 159 to see the team through.
For Pakistan Tanvir was economical and Saeed Ajmal (0-25) was about par.
However, Wahab, Afridi and Gul all went for more than eight and that made all the difference as Shakib and Sabbir never let scoreboard pressure grow on them.
Pakistan have now lost all four limited overs games played on this tour.
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