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Bangladesh vs Pakistan Ball by Ball Commentary

07 Oct, 2022 07:30 (IST)

Result

New Zealand T20I Tri-Series, 2022- Match

Pakistan

167/5

20.0 overs
vs

Bangladesh

146/8

20.0 overs
Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 21 runs

Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Right then! That's all we have from this game, but we will not have to wait too long for the next game to get underway in this enticing series. The action continues on Saturday 8th October. It will be Pakistan up against the hosts, New Zealand. The match is all set to begin at 11.30 am IST (6.00 am GMT). But join us in advance for the build-up. Till then, goodbye and take care!
Nurul Hasan the captain of Bangladesh says that it is a bit disappointing to lose the game. Adds that they need to improve a few areas, especially losing wickets in the middle which is a concern for them. Mentions that Taskin Ahmed bowled really well and credits the spinners as well but still they need to get better in the next game.
Babar Azam the skipper of Pakistan says that they are happy as a team and this win will give them a lot of confidence. Adds that they started well, Mohammad Rizwan did well again, he stayed till the end and took Pakistan to a good score. He praises Shan Masood for his batting as well. Further says that they were happy with the total. Mentions that the weather is different here but as professional cricketers, they need to be ready for everything. Adds that all the bowlers were excellent. Ends by saying that they are looking forward to the game against New Zealand.
Mohammad Rizwan is the Player of the Match. He says that it is a good feeling to win the man of the match for Pakistan. Adds that he and Babar Azam planned to keep things simple. Mentions that he found the pitch good to bat on but says that they were 10-15 runs short. He praises the bowlers for the way they defended the total. Tells that he believes in hard work. Ends by saying that some of the boundaries are big here and they tried to pick their moments.
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Earlier in the game, Bangladesh put Pakistan to bat first and they put up a fighting total of 167 on the board. It was once again Mohammad Rizwan who helped Pakistan get to that total. He scored unbeaten 78 runs off 50 balls for his side, while Babar Azam and Shan Masood chipped in with vital runs. In reply, Bangladesh suffered a batting collapse in the middle overs and let the game slip away from them.
It was a collective bowling performance from Pakistan. The spinners were exceptional in the middle overs, while the seamers took control in the slog overs. Mohammad Wasim and Mohammad Nawaz took 3 and 2 wickets respectively, whereas the other bowlers grabbed a wicket apiece.
Pakistan got off to a breezy start! They got rid of the openers within the Powerplay and had their noses ahead early in the innings. Litton Das and Afif Hossain then did some sort of repair work and took the momentum away from Pakistan. They put on a stand of 50 runs and put Bangladesh well in control. However, once that partnership was broken, they faced a batting collapse. From 87 for 2 they slipped to 119 for 8 and gave the game away. Yasir Ali did play some lusty blows towards the end. He scored 42 runs, but it was not enough to take his side over the line.
It's been a rather convincing victory for Babar Azam and his men! They have kicked off this Tri-Nation series with a win and have grabbed those crucial points. They will be pretty pleased with the show they have put on here. Whereas, Bangladesh have commenced this competition on the wrong foot and will have to make amends for their next game.

Score after 20 overs : 146/8

Runs Scored

20 Runs

Y Ali

42 (21)

H Mahmud

1 (2)

H Rauf

4-0-38-1

19.6 4

FOUR! A boundary to end but that will not be enough for Bangladesh. Haris Rauf bowls this full and on off, Yasir Ali goes for the slog but gets a top edge towards the vacant third man fence for a boudnary. PAKISTAN WIN BY 21 RUNS.

19.5 6

SIX! Yasir Ali continues to gather the runs here. This is a slower one again, full and on off, Yasir Ali waits for it and lofts it towards the long off fence where Shahnawaz Dahani tries to keep it inside but he is already standing on the ropes when he leaps to keep the ball in. The replays confirm the same and the umpire signals for a maximum.

19.4 4

FOUR! Good shot! Haris Rauf serves this on a good length and on off, Yasir Ali stays there and punches it through covers for a boundary.

19.3 0

Swing and a miss! Haris Rauf bowls a slower one, on a length and on off, Yasir Ali is through his heave way too early and misses.

19.2 2

On a length and on leg, Yasir Ali flicks it off the back foot towards deep square leg for a brace.

19.1 4

FOUR! Too little too late for Bangladesh! This is pitched up, on leg, Yasir Ali makes room and drills it down the ground towards the wide long on fence for a boudnary.

Score after 19 overs : 126/8

Runs Scored

7 Runs

Y Ali

22 (15)

H Mahmud

1 (2)

M Wasim

4-0-24-3

18.6 1

A full toss, on off, Mohammad Wasim tucks it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

18.5 4

FOUR! SMASHED! Mohammad Wasim serves this full and around off, Yasir Ali clears his front leg and crunches it wide of mid off for a boundary.

18.4 1

A length ball, outside off. Hasan Mahmud dabs it towards cover and takes a single.

18.3 0

A huge shout for LBW, but the umpire says no! Another ripper from Mohammad Wasim! A fuller ball, swing in, around the leg pole. Hasan Mahmud looks to flick this one but he misses and gets pinged on his pads. That was probably sliding down leg.

18.3 wd 1

Wide! Oh, dear! Mohammad Wasim spills this one down the leg side, a full ball. Hasan Mahmud misses his flick. Wide given!

Hasan Mahmud comes to face the hat-trick ball.
18.2 W 0

OUT! TIMBER! Two in two Mohammad Wasim and this is another peach of a delivery. He nails another yorker, on middle, Nasum Ahmed moves his back leg and tries to block it but he is also too late to put his bat down and the ball goes through to shatter the stumps. Ahmed goes for a golden duck and Mohammad Wasim is on a hat-trick now.

Nasum Ahmed is the new man in.
18.1 W 0

OUT! PLUMB IN FRONT! Mohammad Wasim gets another wicket and sends Taskin Ahmed back to the hut. He bowls a brilliant yorker, on middle, Taskin Ahmed looks to play at it but is too late to put his bat down and gets rapped around his pads right in front of the stumps. There is a huge appeal for LBW and up goes the finger. Taskin Ahmed goes for the review. The UltraEdges shows no bat involved and Ball Tracking shows three reds. The original decision of Out remains and Bangladesh lose their seventh.

Mohammad Wasim comes to bowl the penultimate over of the game.

Score after 18 overs : 119/6

Runs Scored

10 Runs

Y Ali

17 (13)

T Ahmed

2 (7)

S Dahani

4-0-24-1

17.6 0

Goes a bit fuller and on off, Yasir Ali drills it back to the bowler where Shahnawaz Dahani stops it with his foot. 49 runs needed in 12 balls now.

17.5 0

On a length and around off, Yasir Ali moves across and tries for the scoop but misses. He is not happy with himself there.

17.4 6

SIX! BANG! Yasir Ali conncects this time! This is another slower one, short and on middle, Yasir Ali waits for it and smokes it over the long on fence for a biggie.

17.3 0

A full toss and around off, Yasir Ali makes room but goes too far away from the ball and misses his slog.

17.2 0

Sharp bouncer! Shahnawaz Dahani bangs in a bouncer, on middle, zips through, Yasir Ali sways away from it.

17.1 4

FOUR! Good placement! This is short of a length and on middle, slower too, Yasir Ali manages to drag his pull shot wide of deep square leg for a boundary.

Score after 17 overs : 109/6

Runs Scored

5 Runs

T Ahmed

2 (7)

Y Ali

7 (7)

H Rauf

3-0-18-1

16.6 0

Haris Rauf bowls a slower one again, full and on off, Taskin Ahmed is way too early through his shot and misses.

16.5 0

Another swing and a miss! Rauf bowls a slower one, full and on off, Taskin Ahmed tries to go for the big heave again but only connects with thin air.

16.4 2

Goes fuller this time, on leg, Taskin Ahmed heaves it towards mid-wicket where the fielder lets it through. Two runs taken!

16.3 0

Swing and a miss! Haris Rauf bowls this on good length and on leg, Taskin Ahmed goes for the slog but cannot connect.

16.2 1

On a length and outside off, Yasir Ali makes room and forces it towards extra cover for a run. Shadab Khan there gathers the ball but cannot gather himself to throw the ball or else there would have been a chance of a run out.

16.1 2

This is on a good length and on off, Yasir Ali lofts it towards the vacant deep mid-wicket region for a brace.

Slight halt! Yasir Ali has been struck on the back of his helmet with the throw by the fielder. The physio is out there. He seems fine though.

Score after 16 overs : 104/6

Runs Scored

3 Runs

T Ahmed

0 (3)

Y Ali

4 (5)

M Wasim

3-0-17-1

15.6 0

Mohammad Wasim serves a yorker, on leg, Taskin Ahmed misses his flick and the ball goes off the pads towards point, Yasir Ali sets off for the run but he is sent back midway through, Shan Masood picks up the ball and has shy at the bowler's end but he hits Ali on the helmet instead.

15.5 0

Short of a length and on off, Taskin Ahmed goes for the pull shot but misses as the ball deflects off his thigh pads towards the keeper.

15.4 1

Mohammad Wasim bowls this on a hard length and on leg, Yasir Ali gets hurried and mistime his shot towards mid-wicket for a single.

15.3 0

Mohammad Wasim bangs in a bouncer, on off, Yasir Ali leaves it alone.

15.2 0

On a length and on middle, Yasir Ali pushes it back to the bowler.

15.1 2

This is on a hard length and on middle, Yasir Ali stays back and forces it wide of long on for a couple of runs.

Mohammad Wasim (2-0-14-0) is back on.

Score after 15 overs : 101/6

Runs Scored

2 Runs

T Ahmed

0 (1)

Y Ali

1 (1)

S Khan

4-0-30-1

14.6 0

Quicker, fuller, around middle. Taskin Ahmed blocks it out. Another successful over from Pakistan!

Taskin Ahmed comes out to the middle now.
14.5 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust. Bangladesh are falling like a pack of cards here. Shadab Khan serves a flighted one, slower through the air, full, around off, spinning away. Nurul Hasan gets down on his knee and slog-sweeps this one across the line. But he miscues his shot completely and finds the fielder at long on. Iftikhar Ahmed pouches it safely.

14.4 0

Swing and a miss! A fuller ball, tossed up, outside off, a leg break. Nurul Hasan looks to sweep this one but he fails to get any bat on that one.

14.3 0

Outside off, fuller in length. Nurul Hasan opens the face of the bat and taps it towards point. No run there!

14.2 1

Outside off, fuller ball. Yasir Ali leans in and drives it towards cover for another run.

14.1 1

Flighted ball, full, around off, Nurul Hasan works it away towards deep square leg for a single.

Yasir Ali walks out to bat now. Also, Shadab Khan (3-0-28-0) to finish his spell now.

Score after 14 overs : 99/5

Runs Scored

7 Runs

A Hossain

25 (23)

N Hasan

7 (5)

S Dahani

3-0-14-1

13.6 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! A good move to bring back Shahnawaz Dahani! He gets rid of a set batter here and Bangladesh are in deep trouble now. A length ball, around off. Afif Hossain walks across and looks to flick this one over mid-wicket with an angled bat. He gets only elevation on that one. Mohammad Wasim runs back and takes a good catch.

13.5 1

A length ball, outside off. Nurul Hasan guides it towards point for a single.

13.4 4

FOUR! Top shot! Short and wide of off. Nurul Hasan stays in his crease and slaps it over cover for a cracking boundary.

13.3 0

Outside off, short ball. Nurul Hasan looks to ramp it over short third man but he misses.

13.2 1

Another short ball, around middle. Afif Hossain shuffles across and pulls it towards square leg once again. Another single.

13.1 1

Back of a length, around middle. Nurul Hasan pulls it towards square leg for a single.

Shahnawaz Dahani is back on. He has conceded just 7 runs in his two overs.

Score after 13 overs : 92/4

Runs Scored

8 Runs

A Hossain

24 (21)

N Hasan

1 (1)

M Nawaz

4-0-25-2

12.6 4

FOUR! Up and over! That is a beautiful shot! Mohammad Nawaz tosses it up, full and on off, Afif Hossain chips it over extra cover for a boundary.

12.5 1

A fuller ball, around middle and off. Nurul Hasan drives it towards long off for a single. No hat-trick for Mohammad Nawaz!

12.4 W 0

OUT! LBW! Two wickets in two balls for Mohammad Nawaz and all of a sudden Bangladesh find themselves in a spot of bother! A shorter ball, this one comes in with the arm, around middle and leg. Mosaddek Hossain rocks back and looks to flick this one but he misses and gets hit on the pads. A huge shout for LBW, and the umpire raises his finger. Mosaddek Hossain opts for a review. UltraEdge shows a flat line as the ball passes through the bat. The Ball Tracking indicates three reds and Bangladesh lose their fourth wicket.

Nurul Hasan, the skipper is the next man in for Bangladesh.
Mosaddek Hossain comes out to the middle now.
12.3 W 0

OUT! Mohammad Nawaz strikes in his final over and breaks this stand! This partnership was looking threatening. But Mohammad Nawaz has sent back the dangerous, Litton Das. A huge wicket for them. Tossed up, full, around middle and off. Litton Das gets down on his knee and goes the slog-sweep. He fails to get the desired elevation as he finds the fielder at deep square leg. Haider Ali leaps and takes a good catch over his head.

12.2 1

Short again, around middle and leg. Afif Hossain skips down the pitch and miscues his heave towards mid-wicket for a single.

12.1 2

Flatter ball, outside off, short in length. Afif Hossain chops it towards backward point for a brace.

Score after 12 overs : 84/2

Runs Scored

10 Runs

A Hossain

17 (18)

L Das

35 (25)

S Khan

3-0-28-0

11.6 lb 1

A loopy ball, slower through the air, around the leg pole. Afif Hossain gets down on his knee and to sweep this one but he misses and gets hit on his pads. The balls rolls away towards short fine leg. Litton Das wanted a single there, but he is sent back. The fielder there has a shy at the bowler's end but he misses. The batters cross ends for a leg bye. A huge shout for LBW there, but not given. Babar Azam goes up the review. No bat involved there, confirms UltraEdge. The Ball Tracking indicates it was pitching outside leg. Not Out it is!

Review time! Pakistan have taken a review for LBW against Afif Hossain.
11.5 1

A fuller ball, tossed up as well, outside off. Litton Das drives it towards cover. A fumble by Babar Azam there allows the batters to take a single.

11.4 0

Oh, a beauty by Shadab Khan! Slower through the air, this one lands around off, and spins away. Litton Das misses his flick.

11.3 0

Play and a miss! Outside off, spinning away, fuller ball. Litton Das gets down on his knee and misses sweep.

11.2 6

SIX! High and Handsome! This is good aggression by Litton Das! A leg-break, full, around off. Litton Das shimmies down the pitch and tonks it straight down the ground for a maximum.

11.1 2

A fuller ball, sliding into the pads. Litton Das flicks it towards square leg for a brace.

Score after 11 overs : 74/2

Runs Scored

10 Runs

L Das

26 (20)

A Hossain

17 (17)

M Nawaz

3-0-17-0

10.6 1

Pitched up, outside off. Litton Das strokes it down to long off for a single.

10.5 4

FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Litton Das! An action reply! Full again, outside off. Litton Das shuffles across, gets on his knee and sweeps it over short fine leg for a boundary.

10.4 4

FOUR! Good shot! A fuller one now, loopy ball, around middle. Litton Das gets down on his knee and sweeps it over the fielder at square leg for a boundary.

10.3 1

Back of a length, around middle and leg. Afif Hossain knocks it out towards long on. A single now.

10.2 0

Outside off again, tad shorter. Afif Hossain rocks back and looks to guide this one towards third man. But the ball goes off the under edge onto the boot of Mohammad Rizwan.

10.1 0

Spinning in, a short ball, around middle. Afif Hossain stays in his crease and blocks it out.

Drinks break! The game is pretty evenly poised at the halfway mark of the innings. Litton Das and Afif Hossain have done well after losing two wickets in quick succession. These two will need to stick around for a little while longer and step on the gas sooner rather than later. Pakistan on the other hand will look to grab a few quick wickets and put Bangladesh under pressure.

Score after 10 overs : 64/2

Runs Scored

6 Runs

A Hossain

16 (14)

L Das

17 (17)

S Khan

2-0-19-0

9.6 1

Another single as this short delivery is worked towards mid-wicket. Six singles in the over then.

9.5 1

Quicker one, full and on off, Litton Das opnes the face of his bat and guides it towards covers for a run.

9.4 1

A googly now, short and on middle, Afif Hossain moves back and pushes it towards long on for one more.

9.3 1

A bit short and around leg, Litton Das moves across and sweeps it past short fine leg for one.

9.2 1

A full toss and on middle, Afif Hossain smashes it towards long on for another run.

9.1 1

Looped up, full and on middle, Litton Das gets to the pitch of it and tucks it towards mid-wciekt for a single.

Score after 9 overs : 58/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

L Das

14 (14)

A Hossain

13 (11)

M Nawaz

2-0-7-0

8.6 1

Flighted, full and on off, Litton Das moves across and sweeps it hard but finds the fielder at deep backward square leg for just a run.

8.5 0

Short again and on off, Litton Das stays back and cuts it straight to point.

8.4 1

Floated, full and on middle, Afif Hossain goes for the reverse sweeps but straight to short third man. They cross.

8.3 1

Tossed up, full and on middle, Litton Das works it towards mid-wicket for a run.

8.2 1

Short again and on middle, Afif Hossain goes on his back foot and pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

8.1 0

Short and on middle, Afif Hossain moves back and pushes it back to the bowler.

Score after 8 overs : 54/2

Runs Scored

13 Runs

L Das

12 (11)

A Hossain

11 (8)

S Khan

1-0-13-0

7.6 4

FOUR! Good shot! This is short and outside off, Litton Das stays there and cuts it through point for a boundary.

7.5 1

Quicker one now, on off, Afif Hossain guides it towards backward point and sets off for the run, the fielder there fumbles and the batters complete the run. If he would have picked it up cleanly there was a chance of a run out.

7.4 1

Floated, full and on middle, Litton Das sweeps it nicely towards deep mid-wicket for a run.

7.3 1

Tossed up, full and on off, Afif Hossain eases it towards long off for a single.

7.2 6

SIX! BOOM! Afif Hossain puts this one into the stands! Shadab Khan bowls a half-tracker, on leg, Afif Hossain clears his front leg and heaves it over the deep square leg fence for a biggie.

7.1 0

Shadab Khan starts with a googly, full and on off, turning away, Afif Hossain looks to sweep it but misses.

Shadab Khan comes on to bowl.

Score after 7 overs : 41/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

A Hossain

3 (4)

L Das

7 (9)

M Nawaz

1-0-3-0

6.6 1

Quicker one, full and on middle, Afif Hossain makes room and pushes it towards point for one.

6.5 1

Looped up and around middle, Litton Das sweeps it uppishly towards deep square leg for a run.

6.4 0

Tossed up, full and on middle, Litton Das blocks it back to the bowler.

6.3 0

Floated, full and around leg, Litton Das sweeps it but straight to short fine leg.

6.2 1

A bit short and on off, Afif Hossain forces it towards long on for a single.

6.1 0

Mohammad Nawaz starts with a flatter delivery, short and on off, Afif Hossain looks to cut it but misses and it carries through to Mohammad Rizwan. There is an appeal for caught behind but turned down. Mohammad Nawaz convinces Babar Azam to take the review. The UltraEdge shows no bat involved and the onfield decision of Not Out remains.

Time for some spin as Mohammad Nawaz is brought into the attack.

Score after 6 overs : 38/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

A Hossain

1 (1)

L Das

6 (6)

H Rauf

2-0-13-1

5.6 1

A low full toss, outside off. Afif Hossain drives it wide of mid off and gets iff the mark with a single. Bangladesh are 38 for 2 at the end of the Powerplay.

Afif Hossain walks out to bat at number 4.
5.5 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Haris Rauf finally gets his man and this time he does it all by himself. He bowls this fuller in length and on middle, Sabbir Rahman looks to flick it away but closes the face of his bat a bit too early. As a result, it takes the leading edge and goes straight up in the air. Haris Rauf calls for it and takes a nice catch. He smashes the ball onto the ground in aggression. Bangladesh have lost both their openers now.

5.4 1

Haris Rauf lands this short and on middle, Litton Das mistimes his pull shot towards deep square leg for a run.

5.3 1

Goes fuller again and on middle, Sabbir Rahman flicks it through square leg for another run.

5.2 1

This is on a length and around off, Litton Das looks to play at it but gets a leading edge past point for a run.

5.1 1

Haris Rauf goes for the yorker but bowls a low full toss, on middle, Sabbir Rahman tucks it towards mid-wicket for a single.

Score after 5 overs : 33/1

Runs Scored

9 Runs

L Das

4 (4)

S Rahman

12 (15)

M Wasim

2-0-14-1

4.6 0

Outside off, a length delivery. Litton Das blocks it out off the back foot.

4.5 4

FOUR! Half a chance there! A short ball, down the leg side. Litton Das swivels and pulls it towards short fine leg. The ball goes through the hands of the fielder there for a boundary. Had he timed his jump perfectly, he could have taken the catch there.

4.4 0

Angling in, around middle and leg. Litton Das nudges it towards mid-wicket. No run there!

4.3 lb 4

FOUR LEG BYES! Down the leg side, on a length. Litton Das looks to flick this one fine but he misses. The ball brushes his thigh pad and goes past the keeper towards fine leg for a boundary.

Litton Das walks out to bat at number 3.
4.2 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Change of ends has worked for Mohammad Wasim! He draws first blood as he sends back Mehidy Hasan. A short ball, around middle. Mehidy Hasan goes for the pull shot but the ball goes off the top half of the bat towards deep square leg. Asif Ali keeps his eyes on the ball and takes a good clean catch.

4.1 1

A length ball, around middle. Sabbir Rahman works it away towards mid-wicket for a single.

Change of ends for Mohammad Wasim. He conceded 9 runs in his first over.

Score after 4 overs : 24/0

Runs Scored

8 Runs

M Hasan

10 (10)

S Rahman

11 (14)

H Rauf

1-0-8-0

3.6 0

Wide of off, very short this time. Mehidy Hasan dances down the pitch and looks to go over cover but he fails to make any connection.

3.5 0

A good-length delivery, outside off, Mehidy Hasan shuffles across and tries to scoop this one but he fails to get any bat on that one.

3.4 0

Fraction short this time, around middle. Mehidy Hasan pushes it back to the bowler.

3.3 6

SIX! BOOM! Mehidy Hasan finally gets one off the middle. A fuller ball, in the slot, around off. Mehidy Hasan gets his from leg away and thumps it over mid on all the way for a biggie.

3.2 1

In the air...and safe! A length ball, outside off. Sabbir Rahman shuffles across and tries to paddle it over short fine leg. But the ball goes off the outside off and lands short of Shahnawaz Dahani at third man. Another single.

3.1 1

Haris Rauf begins with a low full toss, around off, at 138.3 clicks. Mehidy Hasan looks to drive this one but the ball goes off the inner half wide of mid on. A single.

Haris Rauf comes into the attack now.

Score after 3 overs : 16/0

Runs Scored

5 Runs

S Rahman

10 (13)

M Hasan

3 (5)

S Dahani

2-0-7-0

2.6 2

Two now! Good shot from Sabbir Rahman! Slightly short, around off. Sabbir Rahman leans back and upper cuts it over short third man. Mohammad Wasim chases the ball and keeps it away from the boundary ropes. Two taken.

2.5 0

Another good-length delivery, outside off. Sabbir Rahman steers it towards backward point. Back-to-back dot balls.

2.4 0

On a nagging length, around off. Sabbir Rahman dabs it towards point. A dot now.

2.3 2

Outside off, fraction short. Sabbir Rahman slices it over the fielder at cover. Manages to juts clear the infield. Only a couple of runs taken.

2.2 1

Darting this one the thigh pad, a length ball. Mehidy Hasan tucks it towards square leg and takes a single.

2.1 0

Swing and a miss! Angling away this time, outside off, a length ball. Mehidy Hasan dances down the pitch and misses his slog.

Score after 2 overs : 11/0

Runs Scored

9 Runs

S Rahman

6 (9)

M Hasan

2 (3)

M Wasim

1-0-9-0

1.6 0

Another play and a miss! A length ball, around middle. Sabbir Rahman skips down the pitch and misses his pull shot. He gets beaten on the inside edge here.

1.5 4

FOUR! CRUNCHED! Slightly short now, around middle. Sabbir Rahman gets on top of this one and pulls it powerfully through mid-wicket for a cracking boundary. First boundary of the chase!

1.4 0

Another dot! A good-length delivery, around the leg pole. Sabbir Rahman looks to pull this one but he misses. The ball ballons up off his thigh pad.

1.3 0

Swing and a miss! On a length, around middle and leg, at around 134 clicks. Sabbir Rahman dances down the pitch, and swings his bat across the line to go over mid on, but he misses.

1.3 wd 1

Wide! Third wide of the over. Down the leg side, a length delivery. Sabbir Rahman misses his flick. Wided.

1.2 1

Another good-length delivery, around middle and leg. Mehidy Hasan rocks back and dabs it in front of mid on. Another run is taken.

1.1 1

A length ball now, around middle. Sabbir Rahman taps it towards mid on for a single.

1.1 wd 1

Wide! Mohammad Wasim errs in line again! He sprays it down leg. Sabbir Rahman misses his pull and a wide is called.

1.1 wd 1

Wide! Mohammad Wasim begins with a length ball, he spills it down the leg side. Sabbir Rahman lets that one go through. Wide given.

Mohammad Wasim to bowl from the other end.

Score after 1 overs : 2/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

S Rahman

1 (4)

M Hasan

1 (2)

S Dahani

1-0-2-0

0.6 1

Angling in, a length ball, around middle and leg. Sabbir Rahman tucks it towards square leg and takes a single. He retains the strike. A good first over from Shahnawaz Dahani. Just two runs off it.

0.5 0

Full in length, outside off. Sabbir Rahman drives it firmly but once again finds the fielder at extra cover.

0.4 0

A good-length delivery, outside off, tailing back in, at 138.7 clicks. Sabbir Rahman leaves that alone.

0.3 0

Pitches it up again, the line is outside off. Sabbir Rahman leans in and drives it towards the fielder at cover.

0.2 1

Touch fuller this time, outside off again. Mehidy Hasan pushes it towards mid off and scampers across to the other end. Mehidy Hasan and Bangladesh are up and running.

0.1 0

Shahnawaz Dahani begins with a length ball, angling in, around off. Mehidy Hasan blocks it out.

Pakistan need their middle order to step up and this series is their last chance before the World Cup to get some runs under their belt. They do have a fiery bowling attack and with Naseem Shah and their best bowler, Shaheen Afridi back in the mix, it will be a big challenge for the opposition. Only if they are included in the XI. Bangladesh, on the other hand, are coming after a series win over UAE and this will give them the perfect platform to test their ideas and tactics before the big event. We may see both teams giving a chance to fringe players but we can still expect a good game of cricket. Let's see who comes out on top. Stay tuned for the toss and other updates.

We are back for the chase! The players are walking out to the middle. Mehidy Hasan and Sabbir Rahman are thr two openers for Bangladesh. Shahnawaz Dahani to start proccedings with the ball. Here we go...
... THE RUN CHASE ...
Right then, Pakistan have put on a good total on the board and with their bowling attack they will feel confident to defend this one. Bangladesh, on the other hand will need to bat sensibly to gun this down. Will they be able to do it? Or will Pakistan defend it? We will find out soon. Stay tuned for the second essay.
Shan Masood is down for a chat. He says that he tried to get a single away in his first six balls, but he could not get it away, once he got his first boundary, it got easier for him. Adds that wickets should be key for them, they need to take wickets upfront. On being asked why Rizwan was slipping so much, he replies that conditions and spikes are the reasons for that. But they will assess that.
Bangladesh put on a disciplined bowling effort. They managed to pick up wickets at crucial moments but gave away a bit too many at the death overs. Their spinners did very well with both Mehidy Hasan and Nasum Ahmed getting a wicket each and Taskin Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets for just 25 runs in his four overs.. They all were very economical as well. This is a perfect oppurtunity for their batters to step up and get some confidence back and start the series with a win.
Pakistan will be satisfied with their batting performance but they know that they could have gotten more. It was once again Mohammad Rizwan who guided the innings with another half-century. Babar Azam and Shan Masood chipped in with the runs too but their middle order failed to deliver once again. It is now up to their bowlers to defend this total.
Pakistan have managed to get to a decent total of 167 runs thanks to the unbeaten 78 off just 50 balls from Mohammad Rizwan. However, Bangladesh will feel that they have the quality to chase this down.

Score after 20 overs : 167/5

Runs Scored

13 Runs

M Nawaz

8 (5)

M Rizwan

78 (50)

M Rahman

4-0-48-0

19.6 2

Another full toss, around off. Mohammad Nawaz slaps this one towards cover. Only two runs this time. Pakistan end at 167 for 5!

19.5 6

SIX! Up and away! Mustafizur Rahman misses his yorker this time, he serves a full toss, around off. Mohammad Nawaz smokes this one over long off for a biggie.

19.4 0

Third yorker in a row now! Wide of off again. Mohammad Nawaz leaves it alone. No wide called.

19.3 0

Another lovely delivery! Wide of off, yorker again, swinging in. Mohammad Nawaz looks to push this away towards point but he gets an under edge onto the pitch and towards the keeper.

19.2 1

Good ball! This is a yorker now, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan makes room and squeezes it out towards mid off for a single.

19.1 4

FOUR! Put away! Good start to the over for Mohammad Rizwan and Pakistan! A short one, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan swivels and swipes it towards deep square leg for a boundary.

Mustafizur Rahman (3-0-35-0) to bowl the last over.

Score after 19 overs : 154/5

Runs Scored

10 Runs

M Nawaz

0 (1)

M Rizwan

73 (48)

T Ahmed

4-0-25-2

18.6 0

Short again, around middle. Mohammad Nawaz makes room and misses his cut. A dot to finish an excellent spell from Taskin Ahmed!

Mohammad Nawaz is the next man in.
18.5 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! This is lovely bowling from Taskin Ahmed! He has been terrific throughout the innings and now he sends back Asif Ali. He grabs his second wicket and Pakistan have lost their fifth. A bouncer now, pace on this time, at around 135 clicks, around middle. Asif Ali looks to pull this one but the ball ballons up towards the right of the bowler off his top edge. Taskin Ahmed runs to his right and takes an easy catch.

18.4 1

A slower one now, short as well, down leg. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it towards deep square leg for a single.

18.3 0

Well bowled! In the blockhole again, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan digs it out towards cover. No run there!

18.3 wd 1

Wide! A yorker-length delivery, down the leg side. Mohammad Rizwan looks to scoop this one but he misses this time. Wided!

18.2 2

Very full this time, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan whips this one through square leg for a couple of runs.

18.1 6

SIX! Oh, shot! Smart batting from Rizwan! A full toss, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan gets low and scoops it towards fine leg. It goes all the way for a maximim.

Taskin Ahmed to bowl the penultimate over. He has conceded 15 runs in his three overs ad picked up a wicket.

Score after 18 overs : 144/4

Runs Scored

12 Runs

A Ali

4 (3)

M Rizwan

64 (44)

H Mahmud

4-0-42-1

17.6 2

A full toss now, around middle. Asif Ali pulls this one towards deep mid-wicket. Falls short of the fielder there. Two taken.

17.5 2

Back of a length now, around middle and leg. Asif Ali pulls it towards cow corner for a brace this time.

17.4 3

A low full toss, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for three tuns.

17.3 lb 1

Leg bye! Short again, around his thigh pad. Asif Ali misses his pull and gets hit on his thigh pad. It rolls towards square leg and the batters grab a leg bye here!

Asif Ali comes out to the middle now.
17.2 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! Hasan Mahmud strikes now and Iftikhar Ahmed has to depart! A good ball from Hasan Mahmud. He drops it short and takes the pace off this one. Iftikhar Ahmed pulls this one but the ball goes more off the splice of the bat. It flies high towards deep mid-wicket and Afif Hossain takes a good catch there.

17.1 4

FOUR! Up and over! Very full this time, around middle. Iftikhar Ahmed makes room and slices it over backward point. Three fielders run towards the ball, but none of them can cut that one off. A boundary.

Hasan Mahmud (3-0-31-0) to bowl out now.

Score after 17 overs : 132/3

Runs Scored

16 Runs

M Rizwan

61 (43)

I Ahmed

9 (6)

M Rahman

3-0-35-0

16.6 4

FOUR! Third boundary of the over! A lovey one for Pakistan! A short ball, down the leg side. Mohammad Rizwan just helps it past square leg for a boundary. Mohammad Rizwan slips once again while running.

16.5 1

Takes the pace off this one, serves a length ball, outside off. Iftikhar Ahmed dabs it towards point with an opened face bat for a single.

16.4 4

FOUR! UP AND JUST AWAY! A good-length delivery, outside off. Iftikhar Ahmed gets on top of this one and drives it uppishly though the hands of the fielder at cover. The ball races away for a boundary.

16.3 2

Short ball, around middle and leg. Iftikhar Ahmed swivels and pulls it towards deep square leg for a brace.

16.2 1

A length ball, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan heaves this one towards deep square leg for a single.

16.1 4

FOUR! Nicely done! Outside off, a length ball. Mohammad Rizwan throws his bat it and slices it over point for a boundary.

Mustafizur Rahman (2-0-19-0) is back on.

Score after 16 overs : 116/3

Runs Scored

5 Runs

M Rizwan

52 (40)

I Ahmed

2 (3)

N Ahmed

4-0-22-1

15.6 1

A fuller one, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan dances down the pitch and yorks himself, but the does well to push it towards long off. A single.

15.5 1

Outside off, short in length, Iftikhar Ahmed stays in his crease and cuts it past point. Only a single.

15.4 1

A low full toss, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan pushes it towards long on for a single.

15.3 1

A fuller one, outside off. Iftikhar Ahmed strokes it down to long off for a single.

15.2 0

Quicker, around the leg pole, fuller one. Iftikhar Ahmed misses his flick and gets hit on his pads.

15.1 1

A short ball, outside off. Mohammad Rizwan shuffles across and dabs it towards short third man for a single. That brings up his fifty! He continues his good form and once again proves why he is the number 1 T20I batter in the world.

Iftikhar Ahmed is the new man in.

Score after 15 overs : 111/3

Runs Scored

7 Runs

H Ali

6 (6)

M Rizwan

49 (37)

T Ahmed

3-0-15-1

14.6 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! A stunning catch in the deep and Taskin Ahmed gets his man now. He bowls this short and around off, sticks to the surface a bit, Haider Ali goes for the pull shot but mistimes it high in the air and towards deep square leg where Yasir Ali settles under it and takes a brilliant catch falling backwards.

14.5 0

A low full toss and on middle, Haider Ali hits it with no timing towards mid-wicket.

14.4 1

Taskin Ahmed bowls a brilliant yorker, on middle and leg, Mohammad Rizwan looks to flick it but misses and gets hit on the pads. There is a huge appeal for LBW but turned down. Nurul Hasan goes for the review. The UltraEdge shows a spike when the ball is passing below the bat. The on field decision of Not Out remains. A single is taken.

Review! A huge shout for LBW, but turned down. Bangladesh have opted for a review against Mohammad Rizwan.
14.3 1

Taskin Ahmed bowls this short of a length and around leg, Haider Ali mistimes his pull shot towards deep backward square leg for a single.

14.2 1

Yorker now, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan does well to flick this one away towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

14.1 4

FOUR! Up and over! A fuller ball, around the off pole. Mohammad Rizwan heaves this one across the line and wide of deep square leg for a boundary.

Score after 14 overs : 104/2

Runs Scored

10 Runs

H Ali

5 (3)

M Rizwan

43 (34)

M Hossain

2-0-17-0

13.6 4

FOUR! Oh, cracking shot! A fuller one, down the leg side. Haider Ali gets low and smashes it over shot fine leg for a boundary.

13.5 1

A fuller ball, around middle and off. Mohammad Rizwan drills this one past the bowler towards long off for a single.

13.4 1

Shorter in length and on middle, Haider Ali moves back and pulls it towards deep square leg for another run.

13.3 1

Floated, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan tucks it towards mid-wicket for one.

13.2 2

A bit short and around off, Mohammad Rizwan skips down the track and pushes it through covers for a brace.

13.1 1

Tossed up, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan flicks it wide of deep mid-wicket for couple of runs. The umpires are checking for a short run and the replay shows that Rizwan did not cross the crease. Only a single.

Score after 13 overs : 94/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

H Ali

0 (1)

M Rizwan

38 (30)

N Ahmed

3-0-17-1

12.6 0

Swing and a miss! Shorter ball, quick and outside off. Haider Ali looks to cut this one but he misses. A shout for caught behind from the keeper, but the appeal is turned down.

Haider Ali walks out to bat at number 4.
12.5 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Nasum Ahmed strikes now and the partnership is broken. He bowls this quicker, full and on middle, Shan Masood goes for the big slog but the ball takes the top edge and goes straight in the air towards backward point where Hasan Mahmud dives to his left to take the catch but fumbles and grabs it on the second attempt. Shan Masood was looking good but he has to make that long walk back and Pakistan are two down now.

12.4 1

A bit short and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan pulls it towards long on for a run.

12.3 1

A full toss and on leg, Shan Masood mistimes his slog towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

12.2 0

Tossed up, full and on off, Shan Masood drives it towards cover and Rizwan sets off for the run, the fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses and Rizwan is safe.

12.1 1

Short and around off, Mohammad Rizwan goes on his back foot and punches it towards sweeper cover for one.

Score after 12 overs : 91/1

Runs Scored

7 Runs

S Masood

30 (19)

M Rizwan

36 (28)

M Hossain

1-0-7-0

11.6 4

FOUR! A poor delivery and rightly punished! This is short and down the leg, Shan Masood pulls it past the diving short fine leg fielder for a boundary.

11.5 1

Floated, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan skips down the track and works it off the inner half through square leg for a single.

11.4 0

Fires in a yorker, on middle, Mohammad Rizwan uses his feet and knocks it back to the bowler.

11.3 1

Darts this one down the leg, follows the batter well here, Shan Masood gets cramped and digs it out towards long on for a run.

11.2 1

Quicker, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan drives it towards long on for a single.

11.1 0

Flatter, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan works it to mid-wicket.

Mosaddek Hossain is introduced into the attack.

Score after 11 overs : 84/1

Runs Scored

13 Runs

S Masood

25 (17)

M Rizwan

34 (24)

H Mahmud

3-0-31-0

10.6 4

FOUR! Beautiful shot! This is short of a length and on middle, Shan Masood picks up the length early and pulls it towards the deep mid-wicket fence for a boundary.

10.5 2

Good running! Hasan Mahmud lands this short and around leg, Shan Masood pulls it wide of deep mid-wicket for a brace.

10.4 1

Full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan drills it down to long on for one.

10.3 1

Short and on middle, Shan Masood pulls it towards deep square leg for a run.

10.2 4

FOUR! Deft touch! Hasan Mahmud bowls this on a good length and around off, Shan Masood waits for it and opens the face of his bat at the last moment to guide it towards the wide third man fence for a boundary.

10.1 1

This is on a hard length and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan taps off the inner half to the leg side for a quick single.

Drinks! Pakistan are in a good position at the halfway stage and they have the perfect platform to launch from here. Their middle order will need to step up whenever they get the chance. Bangladesh need wickets to make things more interesting, An exciting session awaits us. Also, Hasan Mahmud to bowl after the break.

Score after 10 overs : 71/1

Runs Scored

11 Runs

M Rizwan

32 (22)

S Masood

14 (13)

M Hasan

2-0-12-1

9.6 1

Fuller this time, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan dances down the pitch and strokes it down to long on. A single! Pakistan are 71 for 1 at the halfway mark!

9.5 1

Wide of off now, a shortish ball. Shan Masood makes it room and cuts it towards deep cover for a single.

9.4 1

Around middle and leg, short in length. Mohammad Rizwan swipes it along the ground towards deep square leg for a single.

9.3 1

Back of a length, outside off. Shan Masood punches it towards cover and scampers across to the other end. A little fumble there by the fielder allows the batters to complete the run easily.

9.2 6

SIX! Up and away! Lovely shot! Slightly shorter, around middle. Shan Masood shimmies down the pitch and dispatches this one over long on for a biggie.

9.1 1

Fuller, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan knocks it down to long on for a single.

Score after 9 overs : 60/1

Runs Scored

7 Runs

M Rizwan

29 (19)

S Masood

6 (10)

N Ahmed

2-0-14-0

8.6 1

A fuller one from 'round the wicket now, outside off. Mohammad Rizwan pushes it towards cover and takes a run.

8.5 1

Quicker, darting it on the pads. Shan Masood nudges it towards mid-wicket and takes a single.

8.4 4

FOUR! Shan Masood puts this one away! Short one, around middle and leg. Shan Masood gets low, swivels and pulls it towards deep square leg for a boundary.

8.3 0

Outside off this time, a fuller one. Shan Masood back away and drives it firmly but straight to the fielder at cover.

8.2 0

A fuller ball, around the leg pole. Shan Masood makes room and sweeps it towards the fielder at short fine leg.

8.2 wd 1

Wide! Nasum Ahmed spills this one down the leg side, fuller one. Shan Masood misses his sweep. Wide called.

8.1 0

Swing and a miss! Wide of off, short in length. Shan Masood backs away and misses his cut.

Nasum Ahmed (1-0-7-0) is back on.

Score after 8 overs : 53/1

Runs Scored

1 Runs

S Masood

1 (5)

M Rizwan

28 (18)

M Hasan

1-0-1-1

7.6 1

Nope, a single off the last ball! Short, around middle and leg. Shan Masood flicks it towards square leg and gets off the mark with a single.

7.5 0

Quicker, back of a length, around the leg pole. Shan Masood makes room and dabs it towards mid-wicket. Can Mehidy Hasan start off with a maiden?

7.4 0

Tad shorter, around middle, quick as well. Shan Masood plays it back to the bowler off the back foot.

7.3 0

Tosses this one up, serves it full, around middle and leg. Shan Masood makes room and blocks it out.

7.2 0

Pitched up, around middle. Shan Masood pushes it back to the bowler.

Shan Masood walks out to bat at number 3.
7.1 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Mehidy Hasan strikes on his very first delivery! He gets rid of the Pakistani skipper, Babar Azam. Bangladesh have finally drawn first blood. He begins with a loopy one, full in length, around middle. Babar Azam gets down on his knee and looks to sweep this one. But the ball goes off the top edge towards short fine leg. Mustafizur Rahman runs forward and takes a good catch.

Mehidy Hasan comes into the attack now.

Score after 7 overs : 52/0

Runs Scored

9 Runs

B Azam

22 (24)

M Rizwan

28 (18)

H Mahmud

2-0-18-0

6.6 1

Another short one, around off. Babar Azam miscues his pull towards long on for a singe. He retains the strike.

6.5 0

Short this time, around middle. Babar Azam ducks underneath it.

6.4 1

Angling in, a fuller ball, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan works it away towards mid-wicket for a single.

6.3 2

Overthrows! Short now, wide of off. Mohammad Rizwan dabs it towards gully and sets off for a quick single. There is a throw at the striker's end, but the ball misses the stumps and rolls away. Another run is taken.

6.2 4

FOUR! Top shot! A length ball, outside off. Mohammad Rizwan gets on top of that one and slashes it past point. The ball races away to the left of the sweeper fielder for a boundary.

6.1 1

A good-length delivery, nipping back in, around off. Babar Azam rocks back and looks to block this one but the ball goes off the under edge towards short third man.

Hasan Mahmud comes back into the attack. He conceded 9 runs in his first over.

Score after 6 overs : 43/0

Runs Scored

9 Runs

B Azam

20 (21)

M Rizwan

21 (15)

M Rahman

2-0-19-0

5.6 1

Pulls his length back a tad, the line is around the leg pole. Babar Azam dabs it towards square leg and takes a single. At the end of the Powerplay, Pakistan are 43 for 0.

5.5 1

Angling in, fuller one, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan flicks it through square leg and rotates the strike.

5.5 wd 1

Wide! Slower one, down the leg side. Mohammad Rizwan misses his flick. Wide called.

5.4 4

FOUR! Nicely done! A length ball, offers width as well on this occasion. Mohammad Rizwan stays in her crease and cuts it past point for a boundary.

5.3 1

Pitches it up, around the off pole again. Babar Azam looks to drive but the ball goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket. Another run is taken.

5.2 0

On a length now, around off. Babar Azam knocks it back to the bowler.

5.1 1

A fuller ball, darting it on the pads. Mohammad Rizwan works it away towards deep square leg. Only a single.

Score after 5 overs : 34/0

Runs Scored

7 Runs

B Azam

18 (18)

M Rizwan

15 (12)

T Ahmed

2-0-8-0

4.6 0

Taskin Ahmed bowls this on a good length and on off, Babar Azam punches it with good timing but straight to mid off.

4.5 2

Fuller in length again and on leg, Babar Azam clips it wide of deep sqaure leg for a brace.

4.4 0

On a length and around leg, Babar Azam looks to flick it away but misses and gets hit on the thigh pads.

4.3 1

Full again and on the leg stump line, Mohammad Rizwan tucks it towards fine leg for a single.

4.2 4

EDGED AND FOUR! Taskin Ahmed serves another full delivery, on middle, Mohammad Rizwan looks to flick it away but gets a top edge over the short third man fielder for a boundary.

4.1 0

Full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan blocks it to the leg side.

Taskin Ahmed comes back on!

Score after 4 overs : 27/0

Runs Scored

7 Runs

B Azam

16 (15)

M Rizwan

10 (9)

N Ahmed

1-0-7-0

3.6 0

Tossed up, full and on off, Babar Azam pushes it back to the bowler.

3.5 0

Oh..chance of a run out but it goes begging! This is floated, full and middle, Babar Azam knocks it to the leg side and Mohammad Rizwan sets off for the run but he is sent back midway through. The fielder from covers runs but cannot collect the ball cleanly and the chance goes begging.

3.4 0

Quicker one again, full and around off, Babar Azam looks to cut it but misses and the keeper takes the bails off. The umpires sends it upsatairs to check for the stumping. The replays show that Azam is safe.

3.3 1

Flatter, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan eases it towards long on for a single.

3.2 6

SIX! BANG! This is tossed up, full and around off, Mohammad Rizwan skips down the track and smokes it over the long off fence for a biggie.

3.1 0

Nasum Ahmed starts with a quicker delivery, full and on off, Mohammad Rizwan goes back and knocks it towards covers.

Another bowling change! Nasum Ahmed is brought into the attack.

Score after 3 overs : 20/0

Runs Scored

9 Runs

B Azam

16 (12)

M Rizwan

3 (6)

H Mahmud

1-0-9-0

2.6 4

FOUR! Babar Azam looks in good touch here! Hasan Mahmud bowls this short again and on off, Babar Azam stays back and punches it through covers for a beautiful boundary.

2.5 0

On a length and on off, Babar Azam pushes it towards point.

2.4 4

FOUR! Easy pickings for Babar Azam! This is short and outside off, Babar Azam stays there and slashes it over point for a boudnary.

2.3 0

Another full delivery, on off, Babar Azam knocks it towards mid off.

2.2 1

Touch fuller and on off, Mohammad Rizwan drives it towards covers where the fielder makes a half stop and the batters take a single. Mohammad Rizwan slips again while turning for the second run and the batters decides against it.

2.1 0

Hasan Mahmud starts with a good-length delivery, on off, Mohammad Rizwan guides it towards point.

Hasan Mahmud comes into the attack. He replaces Taskin Ahmed.

Score after 2 overs : 11/0

Runs Scored

10 Runs

B Azam

8 (8)

M Rizwan

2 (4)

M Rahman

1-0-10-0

1.6 0

BEATEN! This is on a hard length and outside off, angling away, Babar Azam slashes at it but gets beaten on the outside edge.

1.5 4

FOUR! Nice shot! Mustafizur Rahman lands this short and on middle, Babar Azam gets on top of the bounce and pulls it away towards the vacant deep mid-wicket fence for a boundary.

1.4 0

This is pitched up and around off, Babar Azam strokes it nicely but straight to point.

Slight halt! Mohammad Rizwan slipped while running between the wickets and the physio is out there to check on him.
1.3 4

FOUR! That is the first boundary for Pakistan! Mustafizur Rahman bowls this full again and on off, Babar Azam mistimes his drive uppishly just over mid off and the ball races away to the boundary.

1.2 0

Full and on middle, Babar Azam drills it towards mid on.

1.2 wd 1

WIDE! Mustafizur Rahman loses his line a bit and serves this down the leg side, Babar Azam misses his flick. Wided. There is an appeal for caught behind as there seems to be a sound but it is turned down.

1.1 1

Mustafizur Rahman starts with a full delivery, on off, swinging in just a bit, Mohammad Rizwan drives it towards mid off for a single.

Mustafizur Rahman will bowl from the other end.

Score after 1 overs : 1/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

B Azam

0 (3)

M Rizwan

1 (3)

T Ahmed

1-0-1-0

0.6 0

Fuller in length and on off, Babar Azam mistimes his drive towards cover-point on the bounce. Only 1 run from the first over then.

0.5 0

Pulls his length back a bit and around off, Babar Azam stays back and pushes it towards point.

0.4 0

Goes a bit fuller and on off, Babar Azam blocks it to the off side.

0.3 1

On a length and on off, Mohammad Rizwan knocks it uppishly towards third man for a single. Pakistan are underway!

0.2 0

This is on a good length and around off, shaping away again, Mohammad Rizwan leaves it alone.

0.1 0

A beauty to start with! Taskin Ahmed begins with a full delivery, on off, swinging away, Mohammad Rizwan looks to play at it but misses.

We are all ready for action to get underway! The players of Bangladesh are seen in a huddle near the boundary ropes. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan walk out to bat for Pakistan. Taskin Ahmed will begin with the ball. Let's play!
The players of both teams have made their way out in the middle for the national anthems. It will be Pakistan's first followed by Bangladesh's.
Pakistan (Playing XI) - Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani.
Bangladesh (Playing XI) - Mehidy Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Litton Das, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan (C/WK), Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed.
TOSS - Bangladesh have won the toss and they have elected to BOWL first!
Pakistan need their middle order to step up and this series is their last chance before the World Cup to get some runs under their belt. They do have a fiery bowling attack and with Naseem Shah and their best bowler, Shaheen Afridi back in the mix, it will be a big challenge for the opposition. Only if they are included in the XI. Bangladesh, on the other hand, are coming after a series win over UAE and this will give them the perfect platform to test their ideas and tactics before the big event. We may see both teams giving a chance to fringe players but we can still expect a good game of cricket. Let's see who comes out on top. Stay tuned for the toss and other updates.

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