Bangladesh vs Pakistan
Pak won by 21 runs
They got a bit of a scare for a moment, but in the end the batsmen had put enough runs on the board to assure Pakistan of victory in their opening game. There will be less pressure on them tomorrow when they meet Australia because of this, but they'll know there are areas they can tighten up in. Certainly Australia's bowlers will be better than Bangladesh's, because that was probably the difference in this match - the Tigers just never strung together a couple of tight overs until it was far too late. All in all it's been a pretty ordinary day in the tournament, but we have two great games lined up for tomorrow so do join us then.
Over 20 Ajmal wd-1-0-W-0-0-1
151-7 - Afridi's made some interesting choices with his bowlers, and instead of using his remaining quick he opts for Ajmal. Of course the conventional thing would have been to save Aamer and Sami for the final two overs. Anyway, the game is safe and even a poor call from Ashoka da Silva won't change that. He calls wide after Naeem appears to glove one to Akmal down the leg side. Wicket! Mortaza is out stumped two deliveries later after coming down the track, and Suhrawadi Shuvo can only manage a single from the final delivery.
Over 19 Sami 3-1-W-1-1-1
148-6 - Wicket! Mushfiqur Rahim squeezes Sami's first ball to fine leg where Hafeez's excellent dives saves a run, but then the wicketkeeper-batsman is beaten by the short ball as his pull loops up to midwicket for Ajmal to catch. That brings Mortaza to the crease, but while he can hit a cricket ball a long way he can't get under a superb yorker from Sami. One over to go, which will probably be bowled by Razzaq, and Bangladesh need a highly improbable 25.
Over 18 Aamer 4-0-0-1-W-1
141-5 - Afridi intially threw the ball to Ajmal, but then decided to give it to Aamer instead, no doubt figuring that a good over from his best pacer would seal the deal. Naeem Islam drills the first ball over the offside field for four after coming down the track, but then gets overexcited and misses with a couple of huge swings. Wicket! Game over, as Ashraful walks to the off side and tries to lift the ball over short fine leg. It hasn't worked for him once this innings out of three or four attempts, and his fortunes don't improve as he gloves one through to Akmal. It ends a fine innings that kept Bangladesh in the game for some time.
Over 17 Afridi 6-2-2-0-1-1
135-4 - Ashraful is not going to die wondering, and as Afridi tosses one up he drives straight back over the bowler's head for six. A couple more come through midwicket, and then he capitalises on an overthrow to grab another two. He's got his highest score in T20 internationals, but it's asking a lot for him to pull this off on his own. Bangladesh need another 38 runs from 18 balls.
Over 16 Sami 2-W-1-0-0-W
123-4 - Wicket! Just what Pakistan needed, and that should kill off the game. Although Ashraful is still in, Shakib has holed out at long-off after taking on Sami. Mahmudullah joins Ashraful with no time to get himself in - 10 an over is needed. However his first contribution is an inside edge that's dropped by Akmal. It wasn't the easiest chance, but a better keeper would have got two hands to it. Wicket! It doesn't prove costly though, because Mahmudullah throws his bat at a wide ball and slices it straight to backward point. The decision to bring back Sami has sealed the match for Pakistan.
Over 15 Afridi 1-0-2-2-1-0
120-2 - No big shots, but some well-run twos keep things ticking over. They also put pressure on the fielders and it shows as a couple of poor pick-ups suggest they're feeling it. Just six from a wily Afridi over keeps Pakistan out front, with Bangladesh now needing 53 to win from 30 balls.
Over 14 Ajmal 2-1-6-1-1-6
114-2 - Ashraful chips back over Ajmal's head for a couple to bring up his half-century (38 balls, 4x4s, 2x6s). He's got better and better throughout as he's realised that he's got greater reward for more conventional shots. Shakib takes on long-on and only just wins, as a flat shot clears the fielder on the rope by about a foot. Then he slog sweeps the final ball over midwicket for six to make it 17 from the over! Hello! The partnership is now 84 off 53 deliveries and we have a game on our hands. The body language in the Pakistani dugout is not so positive any more.
Over 13 Afridi 6-2-0-0-4-1
97-2 - That's a lovely shot from Ashraful, who drives with the spin over long-off for six. Superbly timed, mostly because he didn't try to hit the cover off of it. He drives two more to wide long-off, then uses a bit of bottom hand to get another one over extra cover for four. This isn't over just yet, but Pakistan will fancy that one wicket is all they need to kill this little uprising.
Over 12 Ajmal 1-1-0-4-2-2
84-2 - Shakib picks the full one, and drills it straight back down the ground hard enough for long-on to not get around to it. A couple of top-edged sweeps brings twos, and 10 from the over just about keeps the Tigers in the game. They need these two to stick around until the end though.
Over 11 Afridi 4-0-1-0-1-0
74-2 - Afridi brings himself on, but starts with a looped half-volley which Ashraful waits for and then whacks it over extra cover for four. There are just a couple of singles from the rest of the over though, so the required run rate is back above 10. In fact, it's up to 11.
Over 10 Ajmal 1-0-0-4-0-0
68-2 - Saeed Ajmal joins the attack, but after a decent start he throws it away with a horrible leg-side delivery that Shakib gets a gentle touch on to help it down to very fine leg for four. That's the bowler's only indiscretion though, so the pressure is still on Bangladesh.
Over 9 Razzaq 6-0-2nb-1-2-1-4
63-2 - Aaah there we go. Ashraful gets one in the slot and puts it away over wide midwicket. As Ian Chappell points out, he's got a good result because he's played a decent cricket shot, whereas much of his batting so far has seen him attempt to premeditate a shot only to get everything horribly wrong. A failed attempt at a lift over short fine leg adds further evidence to the theory, as does a nice loft over extra cover that brings a couple. It's the story of Ashraful's career so far though - great talent but not enough upstairs to use it. Shakib makes it a good over for his side by picking the final ball up and lifting it over mid-on for four.
Over 8 Hafeez 0-1-0-2-0-1
47-2 - Hafeez continues, and Ashraful gets away with a dodgy reverse sweep that take a top edge and loops just beyond short third man as he runs back. A couple of runs result, but it's another cheap over. Bangladesh now need another 126 runs from 12 overs at 10.50 per over.
Over 7 Razzaq 1-1-0-1lb-4-0
43-2 - Abdur Razzaq bustles in, and if he'd had a slip then Ashraful would have edged straight into the man's chest. Instead the ball beats Akmal and runs away for four, but Bangladesh still manage just seven from the over.
Over 6 Hafeez 0-wd-1-W-0-2-3
36-2 - Wicket! Much like India, Pakistan have plenty of batsmen who can bowl some handy spin and Mohammad Hafeez is one of them. He's asked to show his offspin abilities in the final powerplay over and gets his fourth delivery to hold up a touch, with the result that Iqbal bunts a tame catch back to the bowler. Very soft dismissal, and it brings Shakib to the middle. He walks across his stumps to lift one down to fine leg for a couple, then repeats the shot and gets it fine enough to earn three.
Over 5 Aamer 1-1-0-1-4-0
29-1 - Iqbal gives Bangladeshi fans something to shout about as he drives Aamer's overpitched delivery nicely down the ground for four. There are plenty of yorkers in the rest of the over though, as Aamer displays some good consistency. Already the required run rate is pushing 10 per over.
Over 4 Sami 1-4-0-wd-0-1-2
22-1 - Sami strays slightly wide, and Ashraful slaps him through point for four. Iqbal throws his bat at the final ball and gets a top edge over the keeper's head for four. As emailer Danish says, this is job done for Pakistan although they won't take their eye off the ball just yet. Australia will be watching this and figuring they have their work cut out for them tomorrow, although it will be interesting to see if Pakistan - who are world cricket's mavericks - can produce two strong performances in successive days.
Over 3 Aamer 0-1-0-0-0-1
13-1 - Aamer's third delivery is one hell of a yorker - speared into the batsmen's legs with such ferocity and precision that it literally takes Iqbal's feet out from under him. The bowler's consistency is equally impressive, and all Iqbal can do is scurry down the other end with a quick single to cover off the final ball.
Over 2 Sami 0-4-1-0-1-4
11-1 - Iqbal plays the slapped drive as well as anyone, and he uses it to send Mohammad Sami's second delivery past mid-off for four. Mohammad Ashraful has joined him at the crease, and he plays a great pick-up shot but only gets one as square leg runs around to field. Iqbal ends the over with a lovely pull off his hips, which he directs into a gap behind square for another boundary.
- 1st May 2010
- St Lucia
- E A R de Silva and R J Tucker
bangladesh BATTING CARD
|Kayes||c Misbah-ul-Haq b M Amir||0|
|Ashraful||c Akmal b M Amir||65|
|Al Hasan||c Akmal b Sami||47|
|Mahmuddal||c M Amir b Sami||0|
|Mortaza||st Akmal b Ajmal||1|
|Total||Close, 20.0 Overs||151 - 7|