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Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 5 wickets

01 December, 2011

Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 5 wickets after slipping a bit chasing the 92 runs target given to it by host BD which was all out for 91 runs in 30.3 overs.

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The first of the three ODI match series played out at Sher-e-Bengal Stadium at Mirpur has given added boost to Pakistan which won the only T20 a few days ago.

Pakistan managed to score the winning 93 runs in 25.4 overs after losing first four wickets in quick succession by 44 runs- Imran Farhat (12 runs in 23 balls) at 36; Muhammed Hafeez (22 runs including 5 fours in 38 balls) at 42; Younis Khan (2 runs in 8 ball) at 42 and Sarfraz Ahmed (2 runs in 3 balls) again at 44 runs. Umar Akmal, the last Pakistani wicket to fall, was bowled by Shakib Al Hasan at 7 runs of 13 balls.

Shahid Afridi was not out at 24 runs including 4 fours of 23 balls while Misbah ul Haq`s unbeaten 16 runs of 46 included one four and i six.

Shahid Afridi who took 5 wickets for 13 runs in 6.3 overs was declared the man of the match.  

Earlier Bangladesh was all out at paltry 91 in their first one day international match against Pakistan at Mirpur stadium. All rounder Nasir Hossain was the top scorer with 21 runs as Afridi grabbed another five wickets haul for Pakistan.

Nothing went right for Bangladesh after Mushfiqur Rahim chose to bat. There was little doubt that Hafeez would take the first new ball, especially with a left-hand batsman on strike, and he had success immediately. Tamim Iqbal, having recovered from his knee injury, moved too far across his stumps and was trapped on the back foot by a delivery that darted into him from round the wicket. Hafeez`s wicket maiden set the tone for the next hour.

Umar Gul had first use of the other new ball, and though there was little assistance from the pitch for him, the Bangladesh batsmen couldn`t get the ball off the square. They had scored only 2 after 5.2 overs when Naeem Islam hit one past Gul to the straight boundary. He edged the next ball to slip.

Against spin, Bangladesh were simply stagnant. Hafeez tormented Shahriar Nafees, who would score only 2 off his first 23 deliveries. He found the left-hand batsman`s outside edge three times - two fell short of Younis Khan at first slip, and one flew wide.

Misbah made a double bowling change, bringing on the legspinner Afridi and the offspinner Malik. It was Malik who struck first, getting Mushfiqur to edge an attempted cut to the wicketkeeper Sarfaz Ahmed. It was the extra bounce that was the Bangladesh captain`s undoing. Afridi then struck twice. In his second over, the 13th of the innings, Afridi used the extra bounce to have Nafees caught at point while trying to cut off the back foot. Two balls later he bowled a legbreak that spun sharply and took the outside edge of Mahmudullah`s forward defence. Bangladesh were 31 for 5 at a point.

Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain began to repair the substantial damage but they had miles to go to get the job done. They didn`t. Their partnership was worth 36 when Hossain attempted to pull a delivery from Cheema that wasn`t that short. He was unbalanced as he made contact and the top edge swirled towards square leg, where Sarfraz held it.

After that performance, Afridi says there`s still room for improvement in his bowling. "The atmosphere is great and we are enjoying our cricket, last 3-4 years I`m focusing on my bowling, am the leading wicket-taker in last few years for Pakistan. Am enjoying myself."


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