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Asia Cup: Bangladesh beat Pakistan to seal final berth

Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first in their must-win match. They managed to score 129/7 in their given 20 overs.

Sarfraz Ahmed was the top scorer for the team as he remained unbeaten at 58 runs from 42 balls with five boundaries and two sixes to his name.Shoaib Malik made 41 runs from 30 balls with the help of five fours and a six.

Pakistan were struggling at 28/4 following the dismissals of Khurram Manzoor, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal when Malik and Sarfraz built-up 70-run partnership to take the total to 98, making Pakistan set a defendable target .

Apart from the two Pakistani batsmen, no other player could provide any solid contribution to the team. They put up a 70-run partnership on the 5th wicket.

Al-Amin Hossain grabbed three wickets while Arafat Sunny took two wickets.

The Bangladesh side, chasing 130 runs to win, reached the target in 19.1 overs with Soumya Sarkar being the top scorer for the team.

The hosts lost their first wicket with 13 runs on the board as Tamim Iqbal was trapped leg before after making seven runs for the team

Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar put up a 33-run partnership on the second wicket before the right hand batsman was bowled by Shahid Afridi.

The 37-run stand between Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahman was broken by Mohammad Amir as the pacer went through the opener’s defences and took out his leg stump. The left-handed batsman was dismissed on 48 runs.

The Pakistani side were seemingly coming back into the game after the dismissals of Muhfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan from the bowling of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Amir respectively.

The Bangladesh team, needing eighteen runs to win, scored 15 runs in the 19th over bowled by Mohammad Sami.

Mahmudullah hit the winning runs on the first ball of the last over delivered by Anwar Ali.



Over 19.1 (match over): Bangladesh 131/5 (win by five wickets)
Ball-by-ball: 4-
Bangladesh beat Pakistan by five wickets to qualify for the final against India on 6th March.

Afridi reacts during the Asia Cup T20

Over 19: Bangladesh 127/5 (require 3 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 1-1-1-3nb-1-2-5nb
Mohammad Sami went for 15 runs in the second last over.

Over 18: Bangladesh 112/5 (require 18 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 0-W-4-4-0-0
Mohammad Amir destroyed Shakib Al Hasan’s stumps.

WICKET: Shakib Al Hasan b Mohammad Amir 8 (23m 13b 0x4 0x6). Bangladesh 104/5 in 17.2 overs. Next batsman: Mashrafe Mortaza.

Over 17: Bangladesh 104/4 (require 26 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 1-6-0-1-1lb-0
Mahmudullah scored the six towards long-on side.

Over 16: Bangladesh 95/4 (require 35 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 0-1-1-2-1-0
Five runs taken from Mohammad Sami’s over.

Over 15: Bangladesh 90/4 (require 40 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 1-W-1-1-0-0
Shoaib Malik got a wicket and gave three singles.

Shoaib Malik (L) reacts after the dismissal of the Bangladesh cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim

WICKET: Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b Shoaib Malik 12 (15b 0x4 0x6). Bangladesh 88/4 in 14.2 overs. Next batsman: Mahmudullah

Over 14: Bangladesh 87/3 (require 43 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 1-W-0-0-wd-1-2
Mohammad Amir ripped out Soumya Sarkar’s leg stump.

Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Amir reacts after the dismissal of the Bangladesh cricketer Soumya Sarkar during the Asia Cup T20

WICKET: Soumya Sarkar b Mohammad Amir 48 (48b 5×4 1×6) . Bangladesh 83/3 in 13.2 overs. Next batsman: Shakib Al Hasan.

Over 13: Bangladesh 82/2 (require 48 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 0-1-1-1lb-1-0
Shahid Afridi gave four runs in the over.

Over 12: Bangladesh 78/2 (require 52 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 0-1-1-1-1-1
Mohammad Sami gave five singles in the over.

Over 11: Bangladesh 73/2 (require 57 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 0-4-1-0-2-0
Soumya Sarkar scored the boundary in the over bowled by Shahid Afridi.

Over 10: Bangladesh 65/2 (require 65 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 6-1-0-1-2-wd-4
Soumya Sarkar hit Anwar Ali for a huge six and a boundary in the over.

Over 9: Bangladesh 50/2 (require 80 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: W-0-1-0-2-1
Shahid Afridi bowled Sabbir Rehman and nearly dismissed Soumya Sarkar.

WICKET: Sabbir Rahman b Shahid Afridi 14 (15b 1×4 0x6). Bangladesh 46/2 in 8.1 overs. Next batsman: Mushfiqur Rahim.

Over 8: Bangladesh 46/1 (require 84 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 1-3-0-0-1-1
Mohammad Sami made a good attempt to catch Sabbir Rehman from the bowling of Anwar Ali as the batsman skied the ball.

Over 7: Bangladesh 40/1 (require 90 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 0-1lb-4-0-1-0
Shahid Afridi was struck for the boundary by Soumya Sarkar.

Over 6: Bangladesh 34/1 (require 96 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 1-0-1-1-0-1
Bangladeshi batsmen took four singles in Mohammad Irfan’s third over.

Over 5: Bangladesh 30/1 (require 130 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 4-1lb-0-0-0-1
Mohammad Sami was introduced into the bowling attack and he was hit for a boundary on the first ball by Sabbir Rehman.

Over 4: Bangladesh 24/1 (require 106 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 0-0-0-1-1-0
Two singles taken from Mohammad Irfan’s second over.

Over 3: Bangladesh 22/1 (require 108 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 0-0-4-0-1-0
Soumya Sarkar hit Mohammad Amir for the boundary.

Over 2: Bangladesh 17/1 (require 113 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 0-4-1-W-3-1
Mohammad Irfan got the breakthrough as he dismissed Tamim Iqbal leg before.

WICKET: Tamim Iqbal lbw b Mohammad Irfan 7 (4b 0x4 1×6). Bangladesh 13/1 in 1.4 overs. Next batsman: Sabbir Rehman.

Over 1: Bangladesh 8/0 (require 122 runs to win)
Ball-by-ball: 1-0-0-1-0-6
Mohammad Amir bowled the first over while Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal were the opening batsmen. The pacer was struck for a six by the left handed batsman.


Over 20: Pakistan 129/7
Ball-by-ball: 1-6-1-2-2-W
Sarfraz Ahmed scored the six in the last over before Anwar Ali was caught at the boundary on the last ball of the Pakistani innings.

WICKET: Anwar Ali c Sabbir Rahman b Al-Amin Hossain 13 (9b 1×4 0x6). Pakistan 129/7 in 20 overs.

Over 19: Pakistan 117/6
Ball-by-ball: 1-1-1-4-1-4
Sarfraz Ahmed scored his half century in the over with a boundary while the second four was hit by Anwar Ali.

Over 18: Pakistan 105/6
Ball-by-ball: 1-0-W-1-0-2
Al-Amin Hossain got Shahid Afridi caught out.

WICKET: Shahid Afridi c Sabbir Rahman b Al-Amin Hossain 0 (2b 0x4 0x6). Pakistan 102/6 in 17.3 overs. Next batsman: Anwar Ali.

Over 17: Pakistan 101/5
Ball-by-ball: 1-2-4-W-2-1
Arafat Sunny broke the partnership between Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik.

WICKET: Shoaib Malik c Sabbir Rahman b Arafat Sunny 41 (30b 5×4 1×6). Pakistan 98/5 in 16.4 overs. Next batsman: Shahid Afridi.

Over 16: Pakistan 91/4
Ball-by-ball: 0-1-2-1-4-4
Shoaib Malik hit two consecutive fours from the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan.

Over 15: Pakistan 79/4
Ball-by-ball: 4-2-1-1-0-6
Sarfraz Ahmed came down the ground and hit Mashrafe Mortaza for a boundary on the first ball. He scored the six towards the mid wicket region on the last ball.

Over 14: Pakistan 65/4
Ball-by-ball: 1-1-1-1-1-6
Arafat Sunny conceded 11 runs in the over as Shoaib Malik hit the six straight down the ground.

Over 13: Pakistan 54/4
Ball-by-ball: 1-1-4-0-2-0
Shoaib Malik hit Mashrafe Mortaza for a boundary behind point.

Over 12: Pakistan 46/4
Ball-by-ball: 2-0-1-0-2-1
Shakib Al Hasan gave six runs in the over.

Over 11: Pakistan 40/4
Ball-by-ball: 0-0-0-1-1-4
Six runs taken from Arafat Sunny’s over. Shoaib Malik scored the boundary.

Over 10: Pakistan 34/4
Ball-by-ball: 0-1-0-0-0-4
Sarfraz Ahmed scored the boundary as five runs taken from Shakib Al Hasan’s over.

Over 9: Pakistan 29/4
Ball-by-ball: 0-W-0-0-0-1
Taskin Ahmed got his first wicket as Umar Akmal was caught as he went for the big shot.

WICKET: Umar Akmal c Shakib Al Hasan b Taskin Ahmed 4 (11b 0x4 0x6). Pakistan 28/4 in 8.2 overs. Next batsman: Shoaib Malik.

Over 8: Pakistan 28/3
Ball-by-ball: 1-0-1-1-0-0
Three runs taken from Shakib Al Hasan’s first over.

Over 7: Pakistan 25/3
Ball-by-ball: 0-0-0-1-4
Sarfraz Ahmed hit Mashrafe Mortaza towards the on side for a boundary.

Over 6: Pakistan 20/3
Ball-by-ball: 0-1-0-1-0-0
Al-Amin Hossain gave two runs in the over.

Over 5: Pakistan 18/3
Ball-by-ball: 1-0-1-0-W-0
Bangladeshi skipper Mashrafe Mortaza got the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez .

WICKET: Mohammad Hafeez lbw b Mashrafe Mortaza 2 (11b 0x4 0x6). Pakistan 18/3 in 4.5 overs. Next batsman: Umar Akmal.

Over 4: Pakistan 16/2
Ball-by-ball: 0-4-0-0-W-4
Arafat Sunny went for nine runs before bowling Sharjeel Khan in his first over.

WICKET: Sharjeel Khan b Arafat Sunny 10 (8b 1×4 1×6). Pakistan 12/2 in 3.5 overs. Next batsman: Sarfraz Ahmed.

Over 3: Pakistan 8/1
Ball-by-ball: 0-0-0-0-0-0
Taskin Ahmed bowled a maiden over.

Over 2: Pakistan 8/1
Ball-by-ball: W-0-1-0-6-0
Al-Amin Hossain dismissed Khurram Manzoor on his first ball of the match. Sharjeel Khan hit the maximum on the leg side.

WICKET: Khurram Manzoor c Mushfiqur Rahim b Al-Amin Hossain 1 (7b 0x4 0x6). Pakistan 1/1 in 1.1 overs. Next batsman: Mohammad Hafeez. 

Over 1: Pakistan 1/0
Ball-by-ball: 0-0-0-0-0-1
Khurram Manzoor and Sharjeel Khan started the batting for Pakistan while Taskin Ahmed bowled the first over for the hosts and gave a single.



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