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Pakistan scraped past Bangladesh by 21 runs in Asia Cup
DHAKA, Mar 11(BSS) - The match between Bangladesh and Pakistan swung like a pendulum from this end to that end but in the end experience Pakistan bowlers prevailed over to beat the Tigers by 21 runs in the inaugural Asia Cup match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here today.

Shakib al Hasan's heroic knock came end so was the
Bangladesh hopes of a remarkable win. All rounder Shakib was the
last man out for 64 off 66 balls with four boundaries.

Pakistan put to bat scored a reasonable 262 for 8 in their
allotted 50 overs, thanks to a brilliant 89 by Mohammad Hafiz and
an exciting 54 by Nasir Jamshed.

Bangladesh needed a good start to chase the winning target
of 263 and young openers -Tamim Iqbal and Nazimuddin batted the
first 10 overs to score 45 for the fist wicket stand.

Pacer Aizaz Cheema broke the partnership removing Nazimuddin
who scored 30 runs off 33 balls with four fours and a six before
giving a catch to Umar Gul.
The other opener Tamim Iqbal, who hit his 20th ODI fifty
today, continue on to form a partnership with Jahurul Islam to
add another 45 runs for the second wicket stand, but Pakistani
all rounder Shahid Afridi struck again in the Bangladesh innings
sending back Jahurul. The right handed batsman Jahurul added 23
runs off 31 balls before being clean bowled.

Opener Tamim Iqbal played a steady innings scoring a top of
64 runs off 89 balls hitting six fours and a six before being
clean bowled by Mohammed Hafeez coming on to bowl the 29th over.
He also trapped Mahmudullah Riyad in the same over for a duck.

Earlier, Bangladesh fell into a deep trouble when skipper
Mushfiqur Rahim (3) failed to take the team's responsibility
immediately after following the footprint of Jahurul.

But just as everyone thought the Tigers has thrown the
towel, world number 2 all rounder Shakib al Hasan found Nasir
Hossain willing to stop the rot with a sensational 89 runs stand
for the sixth wicket off 83 balls.
Shakib and Nasir were simply brilliant as they gathered runs
with crowd cheering with anticipation of a surprise win. Every
single run was cheered by the partisan crowd whose excitement has
reach in frenzied state.

Umar Gul struck the killer blow as he bowled Nasir for a
fighting 47 off 49 studded with three boundaries and one sixer.

Spinner Abdur Razzak failed to support Shakib and was bowled
by off spinner Saeed Ajmal for one. Even Mashrafe took was clean
bowled by Ajmal with Shakib sadly stranded at the other end.

Shafiul Islam joined Shakib with hopes fading drastically
and Umar Gul once again produced a gem of a delivery to york
Shafiul for 1.

Shakib was left to score 28 runs for victory with number 11
batsman Shahadat Hossain as his partner but Umar Gul again
produced another devastating yorker to clean bowled Shakib for 64
Bangladesh were bowled out for 241 in 48.1 overs.

Umar Gul was the pick of the Pakistan bowler with 3 for 58.
He was well supported by Mohammad Hafeez with 2/40, Saeed Ajmal
2/45 and Shahid Afridi 2 /49.

Earlier in the afternoon, the two Pakistani openers -
Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed were in brilliant form as they
batted with a flurry to chalk off the runs at a reasonable rate.
Finally Pakistan lost their first wicket of opener Jamshed at 135
and it had to be the run out which broke the stubborn first
wicket stand.

The left handed batsman Jamshed looked to be good nick as he
hit his fifth ODI fifty today, scoring 54 runs off 64 balls with
five fours and one six.

The other right-handed opener Mohammad Hafeez went on to top

score notching his thirteen ODI fifty today. He played an
anchor role of 89 runs off 126 balls with seven fours before he
was caught by Shafiul Islam off medium pacer Sahadat Hossain
delivery, after the early departure of dependable batsman Younus
Khan (12).

Two down Umar Akmal (21) off 20 balls did not last a long as
departed giving an easy catch to Abdur Razzak off Shakib Al Hasan
delivery. The right handed Akmal cracked two fours during his 20-
ball knocks.

However, local spinners managed to put shackle at the
scoring rate as Pakistan lost their five key batsmen in a
span of 29 runs.

When it was looking Pakistan innings would up between 225 to
235, two tail- ender Umar Gul and Sharfaz Ahmed batted with
disdain to add useful 53 runs partnership for the eight wicket
stand as Pakistan gather them to throw a challenging total of 262
runs The visitors added 69 runs from their last ten overs.

Pacer Umar Gul smashed 39 runs off 25 balls hitting five
fours and one six before being clean bowled by pacer Mashrafe Bin
Mortaza while wicket keeper Sarfraz Ahmed supported him with an
useful unbeaten 19 runs.

Sahadat Hossain made a good come back in the ODI format
claiming three wickets for 53 runs while Shakib Al Hasan was the
most impressive Bangladeshi bowler with two wickets for 41 runs.

Besides, Abdur Razzak and Mashrafe Mortaza took one wicket
each for 43 and 55 runs respectively.

M Hafeez for his all round performance was adjudged as man
of the match.

India will take on Sri Lanka on March 13 at the same venue
in a day-night match.
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