Birmingham (May 27, 2017): Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by two wickets in the first Warm up Match in Birmingham today.
After losing eight wickets at 249 the hopes of Pakistan victory in first warm match were shattered, however young Fahim Ashraf and Hassan Ali grabbed the victory with 94 runs ninth wicket stand.
Chasing 342 runs target Pakistan lost three wickets at 78. At this stage Muhamad Hafeez and Shoib Malik contributed 79 runs and live Pakistan’s hope.
following depart of Shoaib Malik,72, and Muhammad Hafeez ,49, Pakistani wickets falling immediately and lost eight wickets only at 249. AT this stage Bangladeshi bowlers on top and they were smelling the victory but after Fahim Ashraf’s entry, things changed slowly and eventually. He joined Hassan Ali and both started building the innings towards victory. Fahim Ashraf showed his class with blistering sixes and fours and made precious 64 just in 30 balls.
Finally, Pakistan get through in nail biting warm up.
Earlier, Tamim Iqbal’s brilliant century helped Bangladesh to post big total of 341 runs. Imrul Kayes 61 and Mushifqur Rahim’s 46 also paved the way for big total.
Junaid Khan took 4 and Hassan Ali and Shadab shared two wicket each.