Bangladesh Beat Pakistan, Reaches Final of Asia Cup

Bangladesh Beat Pakistan, Reaches Final of Asia Cup

Abu Dhabi (September 26, 2018): Pakistan’s journey in the Asia Cup 2018 came to an end on Wednesday following a 37-run defeat at the hands of Bangladesh at Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium on Wednesday night.

Pakistan failed to qualify for the Asia Cup final as its batting order fell like a house of cards in the chase of 240 runs against Bangladesh.According to the details, Pakistan managed to score 202 runs courtesy opener Imamul Haq’s 83 runs innings.

A 67-run stand between opener Imamul Haq and Shoaib Malik provided a temporary relief to the green shirts after back-to-back wickets of Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam.

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed scored 10 runs off seven balls in the match. “I am not feeling good. As a captain, I didn’t do well. So I think as a team and as a captain, I didn’t lead well. We didn’t field well, our batting collapsed and as a team we didn’t do well in any department,” he admitted.The Pakistan skipper said that the team need to play well to win against good teams.

Opener Imamul Haq’s 71 runs stand with Asif Ali again tilted the game in Pakistan’s favour before off-spinner Mehidy Hasan dismissed Ali with a quicker googly.

Bangladesh innings

After Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first, Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar opened their innings, whereas Junaid Khan and Shaheen Afridi shared the new ball for Pakistan.

Bangladesh pulled up a fighting total as the 99 run-knock by Mushfiqur Raheem neutralised the pressure created by Pakistan after taking quick three wickets within five overs of the game.

Mohammad Mithun assisted the senior player with his 60 runs off 84 balls contribution, including four boundaries on the strike rate of 71.42 before he was caught and bowled by fast bowler Hasan Ali.

Pakistan’s fiery start in the game through its back-to-back wickets was neutralised by the Tiger in the later stage of the game. Two thick edges of Mushfiqur were missed by Pakistan due to one or no slip.

Junaid Khan made a strong comeback in the place of Muhammad Aamir by taking four wickets off 19 balls in nine overs. He dismissed Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mahmudullah.

Aamir has been dropped out for going wicketless in his last five ODIs. Shaheen Shah Afridi with a seaming delivery bowled Mominul Haque at five and Mushfiqur Raheem at 99. Shadab Khan picked the wicket of Imrul Kayes.  Bangladesh had set 240 runs target for Pakistan in the match.

Over 50: Pakistan 202/9 ( Afridi 14, Junaid Khan 3)

Over 49: Pakistan 202/9 ( Afridi 14, Junaid Khan 3)

Over 48: Pakistan 199/9 ( Afridi 12, Junaid Khan 2)

Over 47: Pakistan 198/9 ( Afridi 10, Junaid Khan 1)

Over 45: Pakistan 186/8 ( Afridi 1, Mohammad Nawaz 8)

Over 44: Pakistan 182/8 ( Afridi 0, Mohammad Nawaz 6)

Over 43: Pakistan 176/7 (Hassan Ali 4, Mohammad Nawaz 4)

Over 42: Pakistan 169/7 (Hassan Ali 3, Mohammad Nawaz 2)

Over 41: Pakistan 169/7 (Imam ul Haq 82, Mohammad Nawaz 0)

Over 40: Pakistan 165/6 (Imam ul Haq 82, Mohammad Nawaz 0)

Asif Ali Out at 31

Over 39: Pakistan 165/5 (Imam ul Haq 82, Asif 31)

Over 38: Pakistan 159/5 (Imam ul Haq 78, Asif 29)

Over 37: Pakistan 154/5 (Imam ul Haq 74, Asif 28)

Over 36: Pakistan 146/5 (Imam ul Haq 69, Asif 26)

Over 35: Pakistan 140/5 (Imam ul Haq 65, Asif 24)

Over 34: Pakistan 130/5 (Imam ul Haq 56, Asif 23)

Over 33: Pakistan 128/5 (Imam ul Haq 55, Asif 22)

Drink Break

Over 32: Pakistan 120/5 (Imam ul Haq 53, Asif 16)

Imam Ul Haq Makes half century.

Over 31: Pakistan 115/5 (Imam ul Haq 50, Asif 14)

Over 30: Pakistan 108/5 (Imam ul Haq 48, Asif 09)

Over 29: Pakistan 105/5 (Imam ul Haq 46, Asif 08)

Over 28: Pakistan 103/5 (Imam ul Haq 45, Asif 07)

Over 27: Pakistan 98/5 (Imam ul Haq 45, Asif 02)

Over 26: Pakistan 96/5 (Imam ul Haq 45, Asif 01)

Soumya to Shadab, OUT,  top-edge through to Liton Das! Shadab’s frustrating knock comes to an end.

Over 25: Pakistan 94/4 (Imam ul Haq 44, Shadab 04)

Over 24: Pakistan 93/4 (Imam ul Haq 44, Shadab 03)

Over 23: Pakistan 91/4 (Imam ul Haq 43, Shadab 02)

Over 22: Pakistan 90/4 (Imam ul Haq 42, Shadab 02)

Over 21: Pakistan 87/4 (Imam ul Haq 39, Shadab 02)

Rubel to Malik, OUT, Mashrafe takes a stunner! Full on middle, and he attempts to chip this over midwicket, but the fielder dives like Superman and takes an amazing catch to remove Malik

Over 20: Pakistan 85/3 (Shoib Malik 30, Imam ul Haq 39)

Over 19: Pakistan 78/3 (Shoib Malik 27, Imam ul Haq 35)

Over 18: Pakistan 76/3 (Shoib Malik 26, Imam ul Haq 34)

Over 17: Pakistan 70/3 (Shoib Malik 24, Imam ul Haq 30)

Over 16: Pakistan 61/3 (Shoib Malik 23, Imam ul Haq 23)

Drink Break

Over 15: Pakistan 56/3 (Shoib Malik 21, Imam ul Haq 20)

Over 14: Pakistan 53/3 (Shoib Malik 20, Imam ul Haq 18)

Over 13: Pakistan 49/3 (Shoib Malik 18, Imam ul Haq 16)

Over 12: Pakistan 40/3 (Shoib Malik 15, Imam ul Haq 10)

Over 11: Pakistan 38/3 (Shoib Malik 14, Imam ul Haq 9)

Over 10: Pakistan 37/3 (Shoib Malik 14, Imam ul Haq 8)


Over 9: Pakistan 36/3

Over 8: Pakistan 34/3

Over 7: Pakistan 25/3

Over 6: Pakistan 21/3 (Another maiden)

Over 5: Pakistan 21/3 (A maiden over)

Over 4: Pakistan 21/3

Mustafizur to Sarfraz, OUT, the captain has to go. Sarfraz walks bac. Sarfraz tries to drive this away from his body, but the ball takes the feather-edge and the catch is gobbled by the diving keeper to his right.

Over 3: Pakistan 13/2

Mustafizur to Babar Azam, OUT, huge appeal for LBW, it’s given. It looks plumb. Babar Azam walks back to the pavilion. Doesn’t take the review.

Over 2: Pakistan 11/2

Mehidy to Fakhar, OUT, Fakhar perishes once again. Bull and wide outside off, and he drills this straight to mid on. Great catch.

Over 1: Pakistan 3/1

Bangladesh have set a 240-run target for Pakistan to chase in their crucial Asia Cup 2018 Super Four clash at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

After Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first, Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar opened their innings, whereas Junaid Khan and Shaheen Afridi shared the new ball for Pakistan.

Junaid, playing his first match of the tournament, made almost instant impact as he removed Sarkar for naught in the 3rd over.

Mominul Haq walked in to join Das but his stay at the crease didn’t last long as Afridi bowled him out in the very next over — the fourth of the innings.

Junaid tripled Bangladesh’s troubles by shattering Das’ stumps with a peach of a delivery in the 5th over, at the end of which the score stood 12-3.

With three wickets having tumbled in three straight overs, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun went on the defensive to plug the leak. After 10 overs, the Tigers were 27-3.

Runs were relatively easier to come by in the next five overs as the Rahim, Mithun pairing mixed singles and doubles with a boundaries every now and then. By the end of 15 overs, Bangladesh were 55-3 and somewhat recovered from the triple setbacks.Rahim, who had scored a magnificent 144 in the victory of Sri Lanka earlier in the tournament, was growing in confidence, easily dealing with whatever Pakistani spinners hurled at him.

With 20 overs gone, Bangladesh were 83-3, and Pakistan had all but spurned the impact of the three-wicket break earlier in the innings.

Pakistan bowling showed some signs of resurgence between overs 20 and 25 but it did not reaped a wicket. At the halfway mark, the Tigers were 107-3 and certainly back in the game.

The 26th over saw Rahim bring up his half-century as well as his 100 partnership with Mithun.

Hasan Ali was reintroduced into the attack in the 27th over and he should have had his breakthrough when he forced Rahim to nick one to the slip cordon, which unfortunately for him was empty as his skipper had removed the catcher prior to that over.

Junaid was also brought back as Sarfraz fished for a wicket his side badly needed but again absent was the attacking intent as the slip cordon was empty, although it may have also had something to do with Junaid’s bowling angle.

At the end of the 30th over, the Tigers were 138-3, and hoping for a score in excess of 270.

The Bangladeshi batters brought up their 150 in the 33rd over bowled by Afridi, who was the third pacer reintroduced into the attack by Sarfraz in search of the elusive breakthrough.

Hasan finally broke the Rahim, Mithun’s 144-run partnership in the 34th over when he had the latter playing an ugly hoick, and caught him on his own bowling. Mithun departed having contributed 60 off 84 balls.New man Imrul Kayes drove Afridi for a four in the 35th over, at the end of which Bangladesh were 163-4. But the southpaw did not last long as Shadab had him trapped in front of the wickets in the 37th over; he made just 9 runs.

The twin wickets dried up the runs for Bangladesh, who were now hoping that the jaded Rahim bats till the end.

At 99, Rahim was on the verge of completing his second ton of the tournament when Afridi had him caught behind in the 42nd over, giving him a heartache to go with his aching legs.

The pace trio of Junaid, Afridi and Hasan were finally bowling up to their reputations as Bangladesh were faultering. By the end of 45 overs, the Tigers were 221-6.

Junaid picked up his third wicket of the day in the 46th over, dismissing Mehidy Hasan Miraz as captain Mashrafe Mortaza walked in. The comeback kid struck again in the 48th over, this time unsettling the stumps of Mahmudullah.

In the innings’ penultimate over, Mortaza launched Hasan Ali for a six over midwicket — the first of the game.

The match is a virtual semi-final of the tournament as the winner of today’s game will take on India in the final on September 28 (Friday).

Over 48.5: Bangladesh 239/All Out

Over 48: Bangladesh 232/9

Over 47: Bangladesh 228/7

Over 46: Bangladesh 222/7

Over 45: Bangladesh 221/6

Over 44: Bangladesh 216/6

Over 43: Bangladesh 210/6

Over 42: Bangladesh 202/6

 

Over 41: Bangladesh 192/6

Over 41: Bangladesh 192/5

Over 40: Bangladesh 187/5

Over 39: Bangladesh 181/5

Over 38: Bangladesh 176/5

Over 37: Bangladesh 169/5

Over 36: Bangladesh 167/4

Over 35: Bangladesh 163/4

Over 34: Bangladesh 157/4

Over 33: Bangladesh 152/3 

Over 32: Bangladesh 148/3 

Over 31: Bangladesh 143/3 

Over 30: Bangladesh 138/3 

Over 29: Bangladesh 136/3 

Over 28: Bangladesh 126/3 

Over 27: Bangladesh 122/3 

Over 26: Bangladesh 116/3

Over 25: Bangladesh 107/3

Bangladesh are 107-3 after 25 overs in their crucial Asia Cup 2018 Super Four clash with Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

After Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first, Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar opened their innings, whereas Junaid Khan and Shaheen Afridi shared the new ball for Pakistan.

Junaid, playing his first match of the tournament, made almost instant impact as removed Sarkar for naught in the 3rd over.

Mominul Haq walked in to join Das but his stay at the crease didn’t last long as Afridi bowled him out in the very next over, the fourth of the innings.

Junaid tripled Bangladesh’s troubles by shattering Das’ stumps with a peach of a delivery in the 5th over, at the end of which the score stood 12-3.

With three wickets having tumbled in three straight overs, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun went on the defensive to plug the leak. After 10 overs, the Tigers were 27-3.

Runs were relatively easier to come by in the next five overs as the Rahim, Mithun pairing mixed singles and doubles with a boundaries every now and then. By the end of 15 overs, Bangladesh were 55-3 and somewhat recovered from the triple setbacks.

Rahim, who had scored a magnificent 144 in the victory of Sri Lanka earlier in the tournament, was growing in confidence, easily dealing with whatever Pakistani spinners hurled at him.

Runs were relatively easier to come by in the next five overs as the Rahim, Mithun pairing mixed singles and doubles with a boundaries every now and then. By the end of 15 overs, Bangladesh were 55-3 and somewhat recovered from the triple setbacks.

Mushfiqur Rahim reacts after playing a shot during the Asia Cup match between Pakistan and Bangladesh. — AP
Rahim, who had scored a magnificent 144 in the victory of Sri Lanka earlier in the tournament, was growing in confidence, easily dealing with whatever Pakistani spinners hurled at him.

With 20 overs gone, Bangladesh were 83-3, and Pakistan had all but spurned the impact of the three-wicket break earlier in the innings.

Over 25: Bangladesh 107/3

Over 24: Bangladesh 99/3

Over 23: Bangladesh 95/3

Over 22: Bangladesh 90/3

Over 21: Bangladesh 88/3

Over 20: Bangladesh 83/3

Over 19: Bangladesh 78/3

Over 18: Bangladesh 74/3

Over 17: Bangladesh 70/3

Over 16: Bangladesh 63/3

Over 15: Bangladesh 55/3

Over 14: Bangladesh 48/3

Over 13: Bangladesh 40/3

Over 12: Bangladesh 38/3

Over 10: Bangladesh 27/3

Over 9: Bangladesh 26/3

Over 8: Bangladesh 19/3

Over 7: Bangladesh 15/3

Over 6: Bangladesh 13/3

Over 5: Bangladesh 12/3

Junaid Khan to Liton Das, OUT, you miss and I hit. clean bowled. Liton Das falls, leaving Bangladesh in big trouble.

Over 4: Bangladesh 12/2

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Mominul Haque, OUT, clean bowled

Over 3: Bangladesh 5/1

Junaid Khan to Soumya Sarkar, in the air, OUT, Big  breakthrough for Pakistan as Sarkar falls early.

Over 2: Bangladesh 3/0

Over 1: Bangladesh 3/0

Bangladesh has decided to bat first against Pakistan in crucial match of the Asia Cup after winning the toss.

Pakistan has made one change in the team Junaid Khan is playing, Muhammad Aamir has been rested, said captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.Pakistan will have to win this match if they want to qualify for the finals. They lost their last league match against India by nine wickets. Shoaib Malik was the key performer with the bat as he scored 78 runs, but he failed to convert it into a century. The Pakistani bowling was a bit lacklustre and was unable to remove the Indian openers before the match got out of hand.Bangladesh won a thrilling encounter against Afghanistan by three runs on September 23. They bounced back in the tournament after their two successive losses against Afghanistan and India.

Bangladesh playing XI
Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Liton Das, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Momin-ul-Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain

Pakistan playing XI
Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi

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