Afridi assault sinks Tigers
Afridi leads from the fron with big century against Bangladesh
Last Updated: 21/06/10 6:58pm
Afridi: Leads Pakistan celebrations
Skipper Shahid Afridi hit a blistering century to help Pakistan to a commanding 139-victory over Bangladesh in their Asia Cup clash.
Pakistan made a strong start with Imran Farhat (66) and Shahzaib Hasan (50) adding 81 for the first wicket, but it was the impact of Afridi that really made the difference.
The Pakistan skipper smacked 124 off just 60 balls to propel his team's score from a decent one to an intimidating one as they closed on 385-7 in Dambulla.
Imrul Kayes (66) and Junaid Siddique (97) got good scores for the Tigers, but they never looked like chasing down their target as they succumbed to one of their biggest one-day international defeats.
Hasan got Pakistan off to a flyer with a towering six and a four off Shafiul Islam in the first over, and Farhat followed suit and smashed a boundary off Islam to bring 50 up for his side in the eighth over.
But Hasan fell to Mahmudullah soon after completing his half-century, while Farhat reached his 50 soon after and celebrated the feat with a big maximum off Mahmudullah.
But Umar Amin was soon on his way for 22 after suffering the most bizarre of run-outs.
The batsman finished a comfortable single and but went back to the other side of the stumps as Mahmudullah was bowling round the wicket. While doing this he did not ground his bat and the bowler broke the bails with the third-umpire having no choice but to give him out.
Afridi's attacking intent then took charge, as he raced to his 31st ODI half-century with a dashing square cut, as he set about dominating his 137-run stand with Umar Akmal (50).
Afridi was finally dismissed by Islam two overs from the end, but the damage was done after hitting 17 fours and four sixes in his dashing ten over knock.
Tamim Iqbal and Kayes put on 39 runs for the first wicket to give the Tigers a slow but steady start to their chase.
Mohammad Asif removed in-form Iqbal (34) in the eighth over, but Siddique gave good support to Kayes as the duo helped the Tigers reach the 100-run mark at the end of the 23rd over.
Siddique completed his half-century as his side reached 129 at the end of the 31st over but a failure to kick on ensured they were always struggling to keep up with the run-rate.
Kayes also reached his 50 soon after but the asking rate was by now up to more than 15 runs per over.
Siddique blasted two sixes off Abdul Razzaq in the 38th over to break the shackles but then lost his wicket to Afridi while trying to repeat the show.
Mushfiqur Rahim (one) soon followed his team-mate to the pavilion, leaving the Tigers needing a massive 181 off 48 balls to win the match.
Siddique lost the chance to make his first ODI century when he hit a Shoaib Akhtar delivery straight back to the bowler. Jahurul Islam (10) remained unbeaten but the Tigers could only amass 246-5.