Fakhar, Rizwan duo help Pakistan to clinch series against BD
Pakistan won the three-match T20 series against Bangladesh by wining the second match at Dhaka National Stadium. Pakistan completed the target of 109 runs in 18 overs with eight wickets remaining. Fakhar Zaman scored 57 runs and played a decisive innings.
Batting first after winning the toss, the Bangladeshi batters had no answer to some tight and tidy bowling of the Pakistani bowlers and could manage to score only 108 for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
For Pakistan, Shaheen Shah Aridi and Shadab Khan took two wickets each.
Both sides will also play a two-match Test series after the T20 series.
Pakistan is looking confident to continue its victory marathon from the start of the tournament where a good number of the crowd came to watch their favourite players. On the other hand, Bangladesh really wanted to break the jinx of consecutive six defeats including five from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in UAE.
FIRST T20 MATCH SUMMARY
Pakistan recovered from early blows in their chase to beat Bangladesh by four wickets in a closely-contested affair in the first T20 International at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka on Friday.
After being reduced to 24/4, Fakhar Zamand and Khushdil Shah's knocks of 34 each helped Pakistan rally from the early blows and pip the hosts to victory.
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah won the toss and decided to bat first. Hasan Ali, whose dropped catch cost Pakistan dearly in the T20 World Cup semi-final, was the pick of the bowlers as he took three wickets.
Mohammad Wasim picked up two wickets as the hosts could only manage to reach 127/7 in their allotted 20 overs. Afif Hossain top scored with 36 runs.
Babar Azam and his Pakistan side will be looking to continue the good run in this format which saw them reach the semi-finals of the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup.
Bangladesh vs Pakistan second T20I scoreboard
Mohammad Naim c Fakhar Zaman b Wasim 2
Saif Hassan lbw b Shaheen 0
Najmul Hossain c and b Shadab 40
Afif Hossain c Rizwan b Shadab 20
Mahmudullah Riyad c Rizwan b Haris 12
Nurul Hasan c Rizwan b Shaheen 11
Mahedi Hasan c and b Nawaz 3
Aminul Islam not out 8
Taskin Ahmed not out 2
Extras (lb 8, w2) 10
Total (seven wickets; 20 overs) 108
Did not bat: Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Saif), 2-5 (Naim), 3-51 (Afif), 4-79 (Mahmudullah), 5-82 (Najmul), 6-88 (Mahedi), 7-102 (Nurul)
Bowling: Shaheen 4-0-15-2, Wasim 3-0-9-1, Shoaib 2-0-16-0, Haris 3-0-13-1, Shadab 4-0-22-2 (w2), Nawaz 4-0-25-1
Mohammad Rizwan c Saif b Aminul 39
Babar Azam b Mustafizur Rahman 1
Fakhar Zaman not out 57
Haider Ali not out 6
Extras (lb 2, w4) 6
Total (two wickets, 18.1 overs) 109
Did not bat: Shoaib Malik, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Babar), 2-97 (Rizwan)
Bowling: Mahedi 4-0-23-0, Taskin 4-0-22-0, Mustafizur 2.1-0-12-1(w1), Shoriful 1.5-0-10-0, Aminul 4-0-30-1(w1), Najmul 1-0-3-0(w2), Afif 1-0-6-0, Saif 0.1-0-1-0