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Bangladesh break 16-year Pakistan hoodoo with emphatic win

Two scintillating centuries by opener Tamim
Iqbal (132) and wicketkeeper-batsman
Mushfiqur Rahim (106) powered the Tigers
to a daunting 329 for 6 – their highest total
in an ODI.
Taskin Ahmed led Bangladesh’s defence as
Pakistan were bundled out for 250 in 45.2
overs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket
Stadium on Friday.
The victory registered Bangladesh’s first win
against Pakistan since the 1999 World Cup
and see them take an early lead in the
three-match series.
The Tigers put up a commanding batting
display as Tamim smashed the bowlers to
all corners in a 178-run third wicket stand
with Mushfiq – their highest for any wicket.
This is also the first time that two
Bangladesh batsman have scored centuries
in a 50-over match.
After stand-in skipper Shakib Al Hasan won
the toss, the hosts were off to a good start
as Tamim and Soumya Sarkar’s (20)
opening stand brought 48 runs.
After Sarkar ran himself out, Pakistan
bowlers turned the screws on the
Bangladesh batsmen.
Mahmudullah (5), who had a great World
Cup run, survived some nervy moments at
the crease before throwing his wicket away,
castled by Rahat Ali.
Mushfiq, in at four, was in the fifth gear right
from the start as he knocked the ball around
sensibly while milking boundaries off loose
balls.
Pakistan were offered a chance soon, but
spinner Saad Nasim dropped a return catch
off Tamim on 48 in the 23rd over which
proved very costly for his team.
The duo continued to punish some lacklustre
back-up Pakistan bowling. Tamim
bludgeoned Haris Sohail for two successive
sixes in the 28th over.
Junaid Khan then dropped Mushfiq at mid-
on when the batsman top-edged Azhar Ali in
the next over.
Tamim played Saeed Ajmal down the leg
side for a boundary to bring up his fifth ODI
century off 112 balls. It was the left-
hander’s first hundred since March 2013.
The duo then knocked up 55 runs in the
batting powerplay as Tamim thrashed Ajmal
for 18 runs in the 37th over that included
two boundaries and a six by the left-hander.
Tamim’s brilliant 135-ball innings came to
end in the 42nd over when he top-edged an
attempted pull off Wahab Riaz to
Mohammad Rizwan at mid-off.
Mushfiq, however, refused to slow down at
the other end, raking up a quickfire half-
century stand with Shakib for the fourth
wicket.
Mushfiq glided Ajmal to the third man
boundary in the 45th over to get his third
ODI century off just 69 balls – Bangladesh’s
third fastest ton after Shakib’s off 63 and 68
balls.
Wahab ended Mushfiq’s onslaught when the
batsman edged to the keeper but
Bangladesh were already on their way to a
huge total.
Shakib (31), who was out in the last ball of
the innings, and Sabbir (15) continued the
late surge to take their side to a total which
later proved beyond the 1992 world
champions.
Some lusty hitting towards the death overs
saw Bangladesh rake up 93 runs in the last
10.
Wahab Riaz was the pick of the bowlers with
4 for 59.
But their trump card Ajmal took a pasting to
finish on 0 for 74 in his 10 on his return to
international cricket. It was the worst figures
in ODIs for the off-spinner. He conceded 67
runs in his last 6 overs.
Pakistan had a decent start in their chase
with the openers adding 53 runs before
spinner Arafat Sunny gave the Tigers first
breakthrough by dismissing Sarfraz Ahmed
(24).
Mohammad Hafeez (4) ran himself out
before Azhar Ali (72) and Haris Sohail’s (51)
recovery stand of 75 brought the chase back
on track.
The duo played sensibly rotating the strikes
to stop the run rate climbing much with
timely boundaries.
Taskin Ahmed came in to take out both the
batsmen within three overs and peg Pakistan
back in the huge chase.
Shakib then brought Sunny back into the
attack. The left-arm spinner spun in two
breaks in an over as the tourists slumped to
217 for 6.
Rizwan, who bludgeoned Abul Hasan for 19
runs in 29th over, offered some resistance
with a quickfire 67. But he became Rubel
Hossain’s only wicket.
The Tigers then cleaned up the Pakistan tail
with the target still 80 runs away.
Shakib gave all the credit to Tamim and
Mushfiq at the presentation ceremony saying
they ‘took the game away’.
“It became easier for us as a bowling unit to
contain them (Pakistan batsmen) who made
mistakes under pressure,” he added.
Pakistan captain Azhar Ali did not differ
with Shakib.
“We made some mistakes in the field and
dropped some catches at the wrong time
and the credit goes to the Bangladesh
batsmen.
“They got 30-40 runs extra. Rizwan batted
well, we had a few positives. We will fix the
mistakes and come strong in the next
game.”

– bdnews


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