Published On: Mon, Mar 31st, 2014


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Pakistan won match by 50 runs

Points – Pakistan 2, Bangladesh 0

Player of the match – Ahmed Shehzad (Pakistan)

Umpires – IJ Gould (England) and RA Kettleborough (England)

TV umpire – HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)

Match referee – RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)

Reserve umpire – M Erasmus (South Africa)

With the help of Ahmed Shehzad’s hundred, first Pakistan set up a mammoth total of 190 runs and then their bowlers defended the total quite successfully by restricting Bangladesh at mere 140 runs.

Ahmed Shehzad pummeled Pakistan’s first ever T20 century, propelling his side to a 50-run win over Bangladesh and setting up a virtual quarterfinal against West Indies on Tuesday. Shehzad punished some ordinary bowling from Bangladesh’s seamers – he scored 87 off 39 balls against them – to ensure Pakistan didn’t suffer any long-term effects from a mid-innings dip, when they lost three wickets for 28 runs in 29 balls.

With Shahid Afridi tonking 22 off 9 balls late in the innings, Pakistan set Bangladesh 191 to win. Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque made a decent start, but Bangladesh’s innings disintegrated after both fell in the space of nine balls to leave them 36 for 2 in the sixth over.

In the next 34 balls, Bangladesh lost two more wickets to the spinners and didn’t find the boundary even once. With 135 needed from 52, they weren’t going to get anywhere near the target.

Fall of wickets continued to consistently followed, during which a total score of 91 in the Anamul Haq (18), Smsur Rahman (4), Mushfiqur Rahim (2) and Shakib (38), the wickets fell. Score of 112, followed by Nasir Hossain (23) Said to be dismissed Ajmal score of 116 Ziaur Rahman (0) Umar Gul to blow out and gave the hosts the seventh. Besides the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs, Bangladesh were 140 runs and lost the match by 50 runs.

At the start of the 19th over, Mushfiqur had one more over from his main offspinner, Mahmudullah, and also had the option of using Nasir Hossain. Instead, Mushfiqur brought back Mashrafe, who had gone for 39 in three overs. Cue the biggest over of the Pakistan innings. Shehzad pulled his first ball for six and was caught in the deep off a no-ball before Afridi joined in the fun with two sixes in two balls over extra cover.

A boundary off the last ball from Shehzad took the total for the over to 24. It took Pakistan to 180 with one over left. The spinners had kept Bangladesh in the match, till this point. Now, even before they had begun their innings, they were more or less out of it.

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