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Tigers humble Pakistan again


bd-sports-tigerHalf centuries from Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman led Bangladesh to a seven-wicket victory over Pakistan on Friday as the Tigers replicated their superb ODI form to down the traditional super powers in the only T20 match of the tour.

Chasing Pakistan’s 141, the hosts did lose openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar early, but Shakib and Sabbir stood strong after Mushfiqur Rahim’s 15-ball 19 runs helped resist early debacle.

Shakib’s 57 came in just 41 balls courtesy of nine fours, but Sabbir was more brutal on the Pakistan bowlers, hitting seven fours and a six in his 51 that came off 32 deliveries.

Earlier, debutant Mustafizur Rahman stole the show as Bangladesh bowlers dominated the scene yet again, restricting Pakistan to only 140 runs.

The 19-year-old left-handed fast bowler picked the wickets of Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez, two of the visitors’ most experienced players, conceding only 20 runs in his four overs.

Winning the toss, Afridi opted to bat first, but the Pakistan top order failed to make winning the toss count.

Ahmed Shehzad made a dismal 17 in 31 balls while one-down Afridi’s innings was cut short at nine only. The veteran was unlucky though, as the umpire declared him caught behind despite the ball not hitting the bat. Mustafizur cared little, as it was his first T20 wicket.

Opener Mukhtar Ahmed, also making his debut, was the odd one out for Pakistan, hitting 37 off 30 deliveries courtesy of five fours and a six.

Shakib Al Hasan was instrumental in containing the runs, conceding only 17 in four overs, although he had no wickets to show for the day.

Hafeez’s 26 and 30 from Haris Sohail helped the visitors avoid further embarrassment, but they were never looked like posing a real threat to the in-form hosts.

Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed took one wicket each for the hosts, who also handed debut to Soumya Sarkar while Pakistan had Rizwan Ahmed making his debut as well.

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