Pakistan beat Bangladesh

Published: March 11, 2012

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Bangladesh 142 for 10 lost to pakistan by 21 runs.

The Tigers stumbled in their chase of Pakistan’s 262 as five top wickets fell when they were yet to cross halfway to their target of 263 runs in the opening match of the Asia Cup at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.

Bangladesh scored 135 runs for five wickets in 28.4 overs.

Tamim went back for 64 runs in the third ball of the 29th over.

Mushfiqur Rahim’s fall came in the 23rd over. Mushfiqur tried to cut a quicker delivery off Afridi but misjudged and saw his off stump dislodged. He scored only 3 runs.

Earlier, a confident Jahurul Islam lost his temper to lose his wicket ultimately few overs after the departure of opener Nazimuddin.

The pair, Tamim Iqbal and Jahurul, was going well before the latter misjudged line of the ball and went back to the pavilion for 23 runs.

Jahurul bent low to sweep the ball, which went straight and hit the stumps.

Bangladesh lost opener Nazimuddin early as the Tigers chase Pakistan’s 262

Bangladesh scored 77 runs in 17 overs for one wicket.

Nazimuddin’s departure came in the 11th over. He was almost home after slashing hard the fifth delivery off Aizaz Cheema on the off. But Umar Gul at third man rushed to the boundary to grab the ball, sending back Nazimuddin for 30 runs off 33 balls.

It is Nazimuddin who pushed up the run rate after a slow start. He hit four boundaries and a sixer during his stay.

Earlier, Pakistan openers flashed a sign of a massive score which could not be the case finally as the middle and lower orders failed to follow up on the brilliant opening. The Tigers returned to the match in style as picking up sight wickets in quick succession.

Winning the tow, Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim invited Pakistan to bat first.

Seamer Shahadat Hossain turned the home crowd mad dismantling the top order with three wickets after Nasir Jamshed went back, run out. Wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim was prompt to dislodge the bails as Shakib Al Hasan threw the ball brilliantly.

Shakib followed up on Shahadat’s success, picking up two wickets. And then came Abdur Razzak, another spinner, to bowl the Pak captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

Frustrated seeing the Pakistani openers scoring in ease, the crowd at the Mirpur stadium thought it was going to be another pathetic defeat for the Tigers. And they had all the reasons to think this way as more than half of the stipulated 50 overs went without any success though bowlers tried all their tricks.

The breakthrough came in the 28th over.

As Hafeez played the fifth ball of the over, bowled by Razzak, Shakib Al Hasan sent a strong throw from the point region. Jamshed, who called for a single, could nto make it on time as Mushfiqur grabbed the ball and took down the bails. Jamshed returned to the pavilion for 54 off 64 balls. He hit five boundaries and one sixer during the 135-run partnership.

Former skipper Younis Khan, who joined Hafeez on the crease later, took his way back scoring 12 runs in five overs. As he tried to flick a Shahadat delivery to square, Khan saw Razzak gripping the ball at point.

Mohammad Hafeez fell Shahadat’s second prey in the 35th over. He went back scoring 89, the highest score by any Pakistani in the match.

To turn the crowd happier further, Shahadat removed Asad Shafiq in the 37th over. He could score only 4 runs.

Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan stroke twice in the 40th over to remove Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi in the same over. As Akmal went for the slog-sweep in the third ball of the over, Razzak took the catch in the second attempt. Akmal scored 21.

Afridi could not hit the ball as strong as he anticipated. Shakib, in his follow through, tried to take the catch but managed to stop its landing in the first try, failed to catch in the second attempt and finally gripped it after it bounced off Misbah who was standing on the non-striking end.

Bangladesh’s next success came in the 42nd over when Razzak bowled Misbah clean, sending him back to pavilion for 8 runs.

Mashrafe Mortaza, who returned to Tigers squad after a long time, removed Umar Gul, a growing worry for Bangladesh, in 49th over with a legcutter. Gul scored 39 off 25 balls with five boundaries and a over boundary.

The second match between India and Sri Lanka will be held on March 13 followed by Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka on March 15, Bangladesh Vs India on March 16, India Vs Pakistan on March 18 and Bangladesh Vs Sri Lanka on March on March 20.

The final match of the tournament will take place on March 22.

This is the eleventh edition of the regional competition and has returned to the country after 12 years. Bangladesh hosted the tournament twice in 1988 and 2000 respectively.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Nazimuddin, Jahurul Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Shahadat Hossain

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema.

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