Pakistan Begin Defence With Victory Over Bangladesh

Pakistan Begin Defence With Victory Over Bangladesh
Pakistan Begin Defence With Victory Over Bangladesh
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Pakistan 172-3 (Salman Butt 73, Kamran Akmal 73) beat
Bangladesh 151-7 (Mohammad Ashraful 65) by 21 runs
ICC World Twenty20 Group A, Saint Lucia

Pakistan began the defence of their ICC World Twenty20 title with a 21-run win over Bangladesh in Saint Lucia in a game where they were tested and pushed hard before prevailing.

Openers Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt both scored 73 to help Pakistan reach 172 for three before Bangladesh closed on 151 for seven,

Akmal and Butt both cut loose to give Pakistan the perfect start with Akmal hammering eight fours and a six and Butt looking in sublime form by hitting eight fours and two sixes.

The pair put on 142 before Akmal was caught by Abdur Razzak off Shakib Al Hasan, who went on to take two for 27 by dismissing Shahid Afridi for nine.

Bangladesh then got off to a terrible start when Imrul Kayes (0) was caught by Misbah-ul-Haq at slip off of left-armer Mohammad Aamer and fellow opener Tamim Iqbal was caught and bowled by off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez for 19.

That brought together Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib and the pair brought their side back into the match with a pugnacious third-wicket partnership of 91.

Ashraful played a scintillating innings of 65 in 49 balls, piercing the field to hit four fours and three big sixes while the powerful Shakib thumped three fours and two sixes on his way to 47 in 31 balls before Bangladesh fell away, unable to maintain the run-rate they needed to reach their target.

Mohammad Sami marked his Twenty20 International debut with three for 29 while Aamer returned two for 16 from his four overs.

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