Pakistan beat Bangladesh in second T20I to clinch series
DHAKA – Pakistan take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the T20I series against Bangladesh by winning the second match at Dhaka National Stadium on Saturday.
Babar Azam-led squad completed the target of 109 runs in 18 overs with eight wickets remaining. Fakhar Zaman scored 57 runs and played a decisive inning.
Mustafizur Rahman-led squad set an easy target of 109 runs for Green Shirts to win the second T20 International.
Pakistani skipper Babar Azam bowled after scoring 1 run in the second T20 match Saturday, while Bangladesh also failed to impress in their innings against the strong bowling line-up of Pakistan, managing only 108/7.
Opening batsman Rizwan along with Fakhar Zaman is playing steadily for team green on course to win the second game of the three-match series.
The duo played their shots to perfection so far. Zaman (13*) and Mohammad Rizwan (18).
After deciding to bat first in a back-to-back T20I, Bangladesh lost their openers for just five runs. Najmul Hussain Shanto and Afif Hossian supported the home side’s sinking ship and scored 47 runs together to take them to 51-2 in eight overs.
Young talent Najmul Hossain Shanto scored the most runs for the Tigers, 40 off 34 balls, while Pakistani pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shadab Khan took two wickets each to deal frequent blows to the hosts.
Mohammad Wasim also dismissed left-handed Bangladeshi opener Naim, who was caught at slip, and new addition Nawaz, and star player Haris Rauf also pitched in with one wicket each.
Pakistan earlier lost the toss and was put in to bat by the hosts as the two sides lock horns in the second T20I of the series.
Babar-led squad, already 1-0 up in the T20 series against Bangladesh, will be eyeing a series victory today at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka.
Bangladesh on Saturday won the toss for the second time and elected to bat first in the second T20 International against Pakistan being played in Dhaka.
The fixture will start at 1 pm at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium today. The Tigers lost the first game but that was not too without a fight.
Babar-led squad is looking confident to continue the momentum from the start of the tournament where a large number of cricket fans flocked to watch their favorite players.
Despite the failure of the top batsman, the middle and lower order put their hands up to give Shaheens a 1-0 lead in the limited over series. Meanwhile, Bangladesh wanted to break the jinx of consecutive six defeats including five from the T20 World Cup.
The Tigers, with several new faces, put up a tremendous fight but will be ruing the missed opportunity having had Pakistan's backs against the walls at 24/4 chasing 128.
The hosts' bowling side performed well in yesterday’s match, but the batters crumbled without much resistance and the team might do some changes to strengthen a batting order on a good batting surface.
Skipper Babar Azam, after the first win, said the wicket was a bit difficult, not easy to bat on. Fakhar, Khushdil, and how Nawaz finished. We could have bowled them earlier, we ended up conceding 15-20 runs extra but that happens in cricket.
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Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Nawaz, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jr
Bangladesh: Mahmudullah Riyad (capt), Mohammad Naim, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed
Nov 19 – First T20I, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Nov 20 – Second T20I, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Nov 22 – Third T20I, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Nov 26-30 – First Test, Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
Dec 4-8 – Second Test, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
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