Irresponsible batting cost Tigers in series opener

Match Report:Bangladesh got the start they desired. They dismissed Pakistan's in-form opening very early in the innings but it was not enough in this average target they set.

Irresponsible batting cost Tigers in series opener

Maksud Haque
Desk Reporter

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Highlights

  • Bangladeshi skipper decided to bat first after winning the toss.
  • Shadab and Nawaz took Pakistan to the finish line.
  • A great fight was shown by host & they surely will try to level the series in the next one.
  • Player of the Match: Hasan Ali (Pakistan)
  • Pakistan beat host Bangladesh by 4 wickets with 4 balls to spare, leading the 3 match series by 1-0. This hard fought win will boost up Pakistan’s confidence to keep the momentum they have been since the T20 world cup.
    Irresponsible batting cost Tigers another T20 defeat 
    Bangladeshi skipper Mahmudullah decided to bat first after winning the toss at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur.
    Debutant Saif Hasan opened the innings with Naim. But, he couldn’t do well. Bangladesh lost a couple of early wickets. Both the openers failed to score big, and Nazmul Hossain Shanto– Who came back in the squad after a long time, didn’t make any impact.
    The Tigers were 15-3 in the 5th over of the innings. Then, Afif and Mahmudullah recovered a bit. They added 25 runs in their partnership. Bangladesh skipper in his bad patch yet– scored 6 off 11. His departure put Bangladsh into deep trouble.
    Nurul Hasan showed his character with the bat. Afif went back at 61, this left hander scored 36 off 34 balls, hit 2 fours and sixes. Nurul Hasan and Mahedi Hasan steadied the innings for a fighting score.
    Their partnership provided 35 runs. Nurul scored 28 runs, but Mahedi played a quickfire knock. He smashed 30 off 20 balls.
    Nurul and Mahedi steadied the innings for a fighting score.
    In the end Taskin had swung the bat well –– hit a Six. He played 3 balls only, but scored vital 8 runs. End of the innings Bangladesh were 127-7.
    Pakistani pacer Hassan Ali claimed 3/22, and Mohammad Wasim Jr. took 2/24. While Spinners Shadab, Nawaz got 1 wicket each.
    Bangladesh got the start they desired. They dismissed Pakistan's in-form batsman Mohammad Rizwan very early in the innings, courtesy a beauty by Mustafizur Rahman. Their skipper Babar Azam did not stick too long either and was sent back to the pavilion.
    The Tigers did well to keep a tight lid on the scoring rate and kept on building the pressure. They were on top in the game after dismissing Fakhar Zaman and Khushdil Shah but were blown away by some power-hitting towards the end.
    A great fight was shown by Bangladesh and they surely will try to level the series in the next one.
    A great fight was shown by Bangladeshi bowlers It was a very unusual start from Pakistan with the bat. They lost both their openers cheaply and ended up losing four wickets in total inside the Power Play.
    Fakhar Zaman and Khushdil Shah set the tone in the middle for Pakistan and guided the innings gradually with their 56-run alliance.
    But it was the partnership between Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz that took Pakistan to the finish line with their pinch-hitting at the death. The duo put on an unbeaten 36-run stand off just 15 balls to take Pakistan home in the final over.
    Fakhar Zaman and Khushdil Shah both scored 34. Fakhar played 35 deliveries, while, Khushdil faced 34 balls. Shadab played a blistering knock of 21 from 10 balls, Nawaz scored 18 off 8.
    Bangladeshi pacer Taskin got 2 for 31. Mahedi, Mustafiz and Shoriful got 1 wicket each.
    There was enormous discussion on including a leggie in the playing XI. Aminul Islam was added though he bowled only 2 balls in the game.
    Score Summary:
    Toss: Bangladesh won the toss and opt to bat
    Bangladesh 127/7 (20 0v)
    Afif 36, Mahedi 30*, Sohan 28
    Hasan 22/3, Wasim 24/2, Shadab 20/1
    Pakistan 132/6 (19.2 0v)
    Fakhar 34, Khushdeel 34,
    Taskin 31/2, Mahedi 17/1, Mustafiz 26/1, Shoriful 31/1
    Player of the Match: Hasan Ali (Pakistan)
    Result: Pakistan won by 4 wkts