Bangladesh through to semis after thrashing Pakistan
Mosaddek Hossain and his men are through to the semis of the Emerging Teams Asia Cup after beating Pakistan by a huge margin of 84 runs.
After a disappointing performance against UAE in the opening match, Bangladesh came back strongly to clinch two wins in a row and this time against the mighty Pakistan courtesy of an all-rounder performance from the skipper and disciplined bowling from the bowlers.
Bangladesh opted to bat first after winning the toss. Openers Mizanur Rahman (29) and Zakir Hasan (69) gave a good start to the side and brought 48 runs in the opening stand. Man in form Zakir scored yet another fifty before departing to Muhammad Musa.
Nazmul Hossain Shanto (49) missed his well deserved fifty for only one run. But it was the skipper Mosaddek, who dominated the bowlers and remained at the crease till the end and scored 85 runs off just 74 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes.
Yasir Ali also chipped in and gave assistance to the skipper with a brilliant knock of 56 off 46. And in the end, the duo guided Bangladesh to a massive score of 309 runs in their 50 overs.
In reply, Nayeem Hasan, who just flew to Pakistan after finishing his debut series with the national team removed opener Ali Imran (3) in his 2nd over. He went onto picked two more wickets and conceded only 36 runs in his 10 overs.
Shoriful Islam picked up the big wicket of Zeeshan Malik, who missed his half century for only three runs. Pakistan skiper Mohammad Rizwan was also looking good and on his way to play a big innings, but the Bangladesh captain did his magic this time with the ball and removed Rizwan for 46.
When the game was going all away from Pakistan, Khushdil Shah (61) hit some huge sixes and played a terrific innings. But experienced Shafiul Islam removed the well-set batsman and finished all hopes of the hosts.
With that, Bangladesh secure a huge win of 84 runs and it takes them to the semi-final of the Emerging Teams Asia Cup.
BAN 309/5 (50 ov) | Mosaddek 85*, Zakir 69 | Musa 2/55
PAK 225 (46.5 ov) | Khushdil 61 | Nayeem 3/36, Mosaddek 2/32
Result: Bangladesh won by 84 runs