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Who would have predicted that: Tigers register ODI win against Pakistan after 16 years

Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal

In our new feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


Bangladesh had their first tase of an ODI win against Pakistan at the 1999 World Cup. Pakistan were flying high then, having beaten Australia and sealed their quarter-final spot. It had taken the Tigers 13 years to register their maiden ODI win against The Men in Green.


The win in discussion, their second ODI win over their opponents, came after even a longer wait of one and a half decades. It came when Pakistan were touring the country in 2015.


Match Summary


Bangladesh 329/6(50 Overs) - Mushfiqur Rahim106 (77), Tamim Iqbal132 (135); Wahab Riaz4/59 (10), Rahat Ali1/56 (10)


Pakistan 250(45.2 Overs) - Azhar Ali72 (73), Mohammad Rizwan67 (58); Arafat Sunny3/47 (10), Taskin Ahmed3/42 (8)


Result - Bangladesh won by 79 runs



Bangladesh posted their highest ODI total at that time, thanks to brilliant hundreds from Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim. Their 178-run partnership for the third wicket was a delight to watch, with Rahim firing on all cylinders. In the end, a few good hits from Shakib and Sabbir helped Bangladesh post 329 on the board.


Wahab Riaz was Pakistan's best bowler by a distance with figures of 10-59-4, but it was Saeed Ajmal, among other Pakistani bowlers, who lost the plot, leaking 74 runs from his 10 overs.


Fall of wickets: 1-48 (Soumya Sarkar, 13.2 ov), 2-67 (Mahmudullah, 19.6 ov), 3-245 (Tamim Iqbal, 41.4 ov), 4-295 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 47.2 ov), 5-325 (Sabbir Rahman, 49.4 ov), 6-329 (Shakib Al Hasan, 49.6 ov)


Even though Pakistan started off really well, putting together a 50-plus opening stand, Bangladesh picked up two wickets in quick succession to pull things back. Ali and Sohail then tried to consolidate, but Ali got out to Taskin in the 28th over. After that Rizwan and Sohail, both tried to up the ante, but Sohail too perished after reaching his fifty.


Rizwan kept batting well from one end, dispatching the bad deliveries to the fence, while keeping the good ones out. However, he didn't get much support from the other end as wickets kept tumbling. In the end Pakistan were bowled out for 250, losing their last 6 wickets for just 33 runs. 


That day, Bangladesh told the world how to celebrate.


Fall of wickets: 1-53 (Sarfaraz Ahmed, 10.2 ov), 2-59 (Mohammad Hafeez, 12.1 ov), 3-148 (Azhar Ali, 27.3 ov), 4-175 (Haris Sohail, 31.5 ov), 5-217 (Fawad Alam, 39.2 ov), 6-217 (Saad Nasim, 39.6 ov), 7-244 (Wahab Riaz, 43.6 ov), 8-249 (Mohammad Rizwan, 44.3 ov), 9-249 (Junaid Khan, 44.6 ov), 10-250 (Saeed Ajmal, 45.2 ov)




Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan (c), Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Abul Hasan, Arafat Sunny, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed 


Pakistan - Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali (c), Haris Sohail, Saad Nasim, Fawad Alam, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Rizwan, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Rahat Ali


Match Details


Match: Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Pakistan tour of Bangladesh, 2015 

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015 

Toss: Bangladesh won the toss and opt to bat 

Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka 

Umpires: Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Sharfuddoula 

Third Umpire: Nigel Llong 

Match Referee: Jeff Crowe 


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