237 needed to make history

Published: March 22, 2012

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Pakistan scored 236 runs for nine wickets in the high-voltage match at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur Thursday.

After the fall of Shahid Afridi, who sent the run rate up with some quick boundaries, a late burst by Sarfraz Ahmed made the score a fighting one. The Pakistan squad might thank Bangladesh seamer Shahadat Hossain for conceding 19 runs in the last over.

Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza and Abdur Razzak took two wickets each while Mahmudullah and Nazmul Hossain one wicket each. Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was run out.

Tigers registered a great start removing opener Nasir Jamshed and experienced batsman Younis Khan within six overs to jolt the former world champions.

Experienced seamer Mashrafe Mortaza gave Bangladesh a flying start sending back Nasir Jamshed in the fifth over.

Jamshed tried to send a comparatively slower delivery but could not hit the ball the way he expected to and managed to give a catch to Mahmudullah in the cover. Jamshed scored 9 runs off 8 balls.

The second gift for the home side came from Nazmul Hossain, the man who destroyed Sri Lanka batting order with three top wickets in the previous match, in the sixth over.

The second ball of the over, which nipped in after pitching, hit Younis’ pad. And there were loud appeal from the bowler and his compatriots. And up goes the umpire’s finger. Out!

Younis could score just one 1 off 5 balls.

It was none other than the Pakistani skipper who had to follow Younis to the pavilion later. Pushing a delivery off seamer Shahadat Hossain, Misbah started to run and hesitated a bit before running again towards the non-striker’s end. And an excellent fielder, Nasir Hossain, picking up the ball, aimed successfully to dislodge the bails.

A big, confident appeal made the umpire signal for third umpire’s decision. And the digital scoreboard showed ‘OUT’ in red letters. A dejected Pak captain walked back scoring 13 runs off 23 balls.

It was quite long before the much-expected wicket of Mohammad Hafeez fell. Hafeez hit hard a ball off Abdur Razzak but failed to get desired elevation, ending up giving a catch to Nazmul Hossain in the 22nd over.

He scored 40 from 87 balls.

Then came another spinner, Shakib, and removed Hammad Azam in the

34th over. While trying to sweep, he saw to his dismay that the top edge landed on the bowler’s hands. A key man in rebuilding mission, Azam scored 30 off 37 balls.

Off-spinner Mahmudullah stroke in the 35th over to send back the other rebuilder, Umar Akmal, after he had scored 30. Wicketkeeper-skipper Mushfiqur Rahim took the catch.

Shakib hit again in the 42nd over to pick up a key wicket, Shahid Afridi. The pinch-hitter went for smashing the ball but ended up in miscuing it, giving catch to Nasir Hossain. He scored sour boundaries and an over-boundary in his 32-run inning off 22 balls.

Umar Gul, a seamer who has already established himself as a batsman, gave an easy catch to Shakib Al Hasan in the 45th over, bowled by Mashrafe, to return to pavilion scoring 4 runs off 6 balls.

Abdur Razzak clean bowled Saeed Ajmal in the last ball of the 46th over. He scored 4 runs off 7 balls.

The match began at 2:00pm Bangladesh time.

Earlier, winning the toss, Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim invited Pakistan to bat in quite an obvious decision expected from a side that has developed a confidence to chase.


Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Nazimuddin, Jahurul Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain and Nazmul Hossain.

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (Captain), Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Aizaz Cheema.

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3 Comments on "237 needed to make history"

  1. mostaq cox's on Thu, 22nd Mar 2012 9:30 pm 

    good.nasir.mine mine thank’s

  2. MD.SAIFUL ISLAM on Sat, 24th Mar 2012 2:12 pm 

    ohh bd hery giye mone khub kostto

  3. kamrul on Thu, 14th Jun 2012 11:25 pm 

    my live is noakhali.sador s s c 2010 & 11 2nd yer.