Pakistan sail into Super Eights

September 26, 2012
Shahid Afridi

by Harrias

ICC World Twenty20, Pallekele
Pakistan 178-2 (18.4 overs) beat Bangladesh 175-6 (20 overs) by eight wickets

Pakistan put in a superb batting performance in Pallekele yesterday in beating Bangladesh and ensuring their place in the Super Eight stage of the tournament.

Batting first, Bangladesh posted a very competitive 175-6 from their 20 overs. This was largely thanks to a superb 84 from Shakib Al Hasan. The left handed batsman’s runs came from just 54 balls and included 11 fours and 2 sixes. Shahid Afridi was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers conceding just 20 runs from 4 overs, taking one wicket.

In reply Pakistan were under pressure as although they needed 176 to win the match, they knew if they didn’t reach a total of 140 they would be knocked out of the tournament.

Pakistan went on to win the match with 8 balls to spare and with 8 wickets in hand, progressing to the next stage of the competition with some ease. Imran Nazir made a blistering 72 from 36 balls which helped to settle the Pakistani nerves.

Pakistan go into Group B of the Super Eight stage of the competition where they will face Australia, South Africa, and old enemy India.

Defeat means Bangladesh head home early and proves they still have a long way to go before they are able to compete with the top teams in world cricket on a big stage.

The Scoop 26/09/12

3 Comments to “Pakistan sail into Super Eights”

  1. Was
    September 26th, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    Superb batting indeed from Pakistan. But watch out for our bowlers. We have the 3 leading wicket takers in international T20 cricket – Ajmal, Afridi and Gul.

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  2. Andrew Pradesh
    September 27th, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    Oh dear! Only one England player (Swann) ranked in any of the 3 ICC T20 top ten lists for batting, bowling and all rounders. Get ready to hand over the cup.

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  3. Lord’s view
    September 27th, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    We don’t have individual stars – now we’ve lost KP! We’re a team! Go England.

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