September 26, 2012
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