Bangladesh Stun Pakistan With A Terrific All-Round Display
Bangladesh 329-6 (Tamim Iqbal 132) beat
Pakistan 250 (Azhar Ali 72) by 79 runs
First One-Day International in Mirpur
Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim scored blistering centuries as Bangladesh defeated Pakistan by 79 runs in the first One-Day International in Mirpur, beating their visitors for the first time in an ODI for 16 years.
Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat on a good batting track.
Tamim (132) and Soumya Sarkar (20) managed to find the boundary in most overs of the first power-play in a steady start of 44 for naught after 10 overs.
It took a run out to end the 48-run partnership, Wahab Riaz (4-59) affecting a fine one off his own bowling; Soumya the non-striker was struggling to make his ground while stealing a single.
This slowed the innings down drastically eventually resulting in the wicket of Mahmudullah (5) putting Bangladesh in a spot of bother at 67 for two after 20 overs.
Mushfiqur (106) brought some much needed urgency to the wicket.
Tamim had a stroke of luck, dropped by Saad Nasim (0-31) off his own bowling, when he was only on 47.
The real turnaround came in the 28th over when Tamim struck two sixes off consecutive balls from Haris Sohail (0-31).
Poor cricket followed from Pakistan as Mushfiqur was dropped on 35 by Junaid Khan (0-53) who also had a poor day with the ball on his comeback.
Bangladesh were nicely set up for the power-play as both batsmen took on Saeed Ajmal (0-74), who up until then had been making an impressive comeback.
Ajmal, who had only given away 11 off his first five overs, was smashed for three fours in the 35th over, Tamim bringing up his century with his second of the over.
Bangladesh were on 181 for two at the beginning of the batting power-play and thanks to another big 18-run over from Ajmal managed 55 runs in the five overs.
Tamim was eventually out caught in the covers, Mohammad Rizwan taking a brilliant catch in spite of a collision with another fielder.
Bangladesh managed 93 in their last 10 overs with Mushfiqur reaching his century in the 45th over, after several fours and sixes off Ajmal.
His innings strike-rate was a scintillating 137. This is the first time that two Bangladesh batsmen made tons in the same game and it ensured that the mammoth 178-run third-wicket partnership didn’t go to waste.
Even Shakib Al Hasan (31) managed some quick runs as Bangladesh reached 329 in their 50 overs.
For Pakistan, Wahab was expensive despite of taking wickets, but not more than Ajmal who went at 7.4 per over. Rahat Ali (1-56) went for runs too.
Pakistan started well with the bat racing to 30 for no loss in five overs and 52 for no loss at the end of 10.
However, Arafat Sunny (3-47) got Sarfraz Ahmed (24) who skied one trying to slog sweep and Mohammad Hafeez (4) was then run out.
Azhar Ali (72), who went at a strike rate of 98.63, with seven fours added 89 with Haris Sohail (51) to rescue the innings.
Haris’ four fours off Abul Hasan’s (0-42) bowling in the 29th was one of the highlights of the game.
After Azhar’s wicket, Mohammad Rizwan (67) scored a fine debut half-century with a strike-rate of 115.
However, Pakistan failed to build partnerships, first losing Haris and then Fawad Alam (14) in an effort to keep abreast of the asking rate that had crossed 10 runs per over.
Sunny’s double blow in the 40th over giving away just one run was game, set, and match for Bangladesh as Rizwan ran out of partners, no one in the bottom five reaching double digits.
Pakistan were all out for 250 in the 46th over.
Bangladesh were brilliant with the ball, young speedster Taskin Ahmed (3-42) the pick of their bowlers.
While Sunny picked up three wickets as well, Shakib (1-45) was economical.
Mushfiqur was adjudged the man of the match as Bangladesh take a 1-0 lead in the series.
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