Asia Cup, 8th Match: Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka, Mar 4, 2014
Asia Cup - 8th match
Pakistan won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
4 March 2014 - day/night match (50-over match)

1.55 pm Imrul Kayes and Anamul Haque have strode out to the middle. It will be Mohammad Hafeez to start up again. Will he leave another left-hander in his wake? But it will be the right-hander on strike though, slip and leg-slip catching.

Mubashir: "I think including Fawad Alam in the playing XI is a good decision. He is not a big hitter of the ball but he can rotate strike very effectively. With the likes of Afridi and Akmal in the middle order we need atleast one end to be secure to avoid the collapse. For that Fawad is a good option."

1.50 pm The players troop into the field for the national anthems. It's a rather sparse crowd in Mirpur, despite the home team playing. Hope that picks up as the game goes on.

Bilal: "@Ali: I take it another way, BD might be afraid of chasing against Pakistan's Bowling attack"

"Yes, BD lost to Afganisthan. It hurts obviously but nothing shame on that as Mushfiq mentioned when a team plays better. All new team against big teams at some point. Bangaldesh missed their important players like Tamim and Shakib due to injury and suspension but that is part of the game. Currently they are low in confidence and have regroup quickly. In any sports this situation may come at any moment." says Rakib, the rare sympathetic fan

1.30 pm Bangladesh have won the toss and elect to bat Mushfiqur thinks the the pitch will be good for the entire game and chasing might actually be a bit difficult. Shakib is back, along with four other changes: Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Shafiul Islam and Al-Amin Hossain

Misbah-ul-Haq says he's had a talk with the team about the running. "Don't run until the ball goes to the boundary," he joked. Sharjeel Khan is sitting out with injury, so Fawad Alam is in. Abdur Rehman takes the place of Junaid Khan. The pitch is slow and it is turning a lot, says Misbah. Rehman is a quality bowler and we decided to give him a chance. It is a new game and momentum is important going ahead in the tournament

Ali Mumtaz: "A bold decision by BD considering dew factor. I feel they want to put Pakistan batting under pressure in a chase."

1.20 pm This is the third pitch used in three games in Mirpur and it looks darker in certain areas and not so in others, so it might be two paced. Inherently slow and low and the spinners would once again enjoy themselves. It's quite flat and well-rolled but the quicks could get some early movement. The captain might want to chase still, because of dew and would also be interested in using three spinners.

"Its better to give some rest to Talha and Pakistan should go with Bhatti or Anwar Ali to get some depth in batting...." Somehow, I suspect if he's fit he'll not agree with you, Mudassir

"So...I was just wondering: does Bangladesh have any chance of going to the finals? *just curious*" If they win this one and the next one with bonus points, they will indeed make the finals, thepavilion. Here are the scenarios

1.15 pm There is a mild fitness cloud over Mohammad Talha. He was pulled out after seven overs owing to a leg injury. But signs look good for him to keep his place in the XI. Sharjeel Khan had also sustained a knee injury on the field. So there's something to look out when the toss comes up in a few minutes

Nikhil: "I dont agree to Afridi opening.... His effectiveness is inversely proportional to the time he spends in crease... The lesser over he has to face... more effective he is.. "

1.10 pm Bangladesh are still searching for their first win in the tournament and will be buoyed by the return of Shakib Al Hasan. His return to the middle order will assist in the hosts in structuring their innings, and of course his merit with the ball cannot be underestimated. Mohammad Isam explores this and more in his preview

"Really want to see Afridi open the innings for Pakistan today ... " I'll add my support behind that as well, Arslan

Ali Raza: "Fawad Alam and Abdur Rehman should get a chance against Bangladesh rather than having them in the squad to keep the benches warm."

1.00 pm Another big game in the offing as Pakistan eye a spot in the final. Sri Lanka are already through and should Misbah's men secure a favourable result today, they will get to meet Sri Lanka on Saturday

0.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, 1 run, there was nothing but flight on it, so much that it ended up a full-toss. Nudged to long-on

0.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, tossed up and drifting in at him, Kayes stays put and works to midwicket

0.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, nice and tight on middle as he draws Kayes forward to block

Around the wicket

0.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, hint of turn and bounce with this brand new ball for Hafeez. The batsman went back and adjusted to block into the off side

0.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, edged and first slip has dropped it! Gorgeous flight and drift for Hafeez as he tosses this up on off stump. Kayes ventures forward to defend but is surprised by the turn this gets. Regulation edge but it goes to the left of slip. Ahmed Shehzad dives, gets a hand to it, but shells it.

0.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, good length ball on middle, kept out

End of over 1 (2 runs) Bangladesh 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • Anamul Haque 1 (2b)
    • Imrul Kayes 1 (4b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-2-0

Umar Gul from the other end

1.1

Umar Gul to Imrul Kayes, no run, Kayes is not looking good out there. This is a fuller delivery angled across him and he chases it. Poor choice of shot with two slips waiting for the edge. Even worse when you consider he was dropped in the previous over

1.2

Umar Gul to Imrul Kayes, no run, fuller and outside off, he leans into another drive which falls short of cover

1.3

Umar Gul to Imrul Kayes, 1 wide, 128kph, he's only just ambling in and pitches this full but on leg stump. Kayes looks to pick it away, but can only pad it to the keeper

1.3

Umar Gul to Imrul Kayes, FOUR, slashed over the cover and this time his connection is solid. The width was the mistake on that ball and Kayes doesn't look like he wants to die wondering

1.4

Umar Gul to Imrul Kayes, no run, full and pushed across him, Kayes gets a little more compact as he leaves the ball

1.5

Umar Gul to Imrul Kayes, no run, good length ball outside off, not bothered with. Doesn't carry too appreciably to the keeper

1.6

Umar Gul to Imrul Kayes, no run, solid forward defensive to the fuller delivery just outside off stump. Good discipline from both bowler and batsman there

End of over 2 (5 runs) Bangladesh 7/0 (RR: 3.50)

    • Imrul Kayes 5 (10b 1x4)
    • Anamul Haque 1 (2b)
    • Umar Gul 1-0-5-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-2-0

Brendan: "A small side-note; Hafeez's best ODI figures (3-17) were against the Bangladeshis and his economy rate against them is just a touch over 3.6."

2.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, flighted on off stump, plants his front foot across and nudges towards square leg

2.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, 1 run, eased down to long-on as he gets to the pitch of the flighted delivery on off stump

stays around the to the left-hander

2.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, this good length ball slides on with the arm and Kayes is good enough to flick to midwicket.

2.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, goes back as he sees this flatter and punches to short cover. Bit of room there

2.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, flighted on middle, met with a straight bat on the back foot

2.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, looks to push and run, but short cover is too quick. Lovely flight from Hafeez again

End of over 3 (1 run) Bangladesh 8/0 (RR: 2.66)

    • Imrul Kayes 5 (14b 1x4)
    • Anamul Haque 2 (4b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-3-0
    • Umar Gul 1-0-5-0
3.1

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, 2 runs, fullish on middle and leg, Anamul uses soft hands to knock it in front of mid-on and races across for a quick single. There is a direct hit at the bowler's end and no one is backing up in cover.

3.2

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, 1 run, pitches it up but he's a little too straight. Picked away

3.3

Umar Gul to Imrul Kayes, FOUR, bit of width and that's all Kayes needs. Flays it in front of point. Didn't bother with his feet much but his hands went through with the shot with full conviction

switches around

3.4

Umar Gul to Imrul Kayes, no run, full and angled in on off stump, Kayes knocks it back to the bowler who deflects it to mid-off

3.5

Umar Gul to Imrul Kayes, no run, goes back and punches to short cover. There was some room afforded to him there, but this time he neither hit it hard enough, nor did he find the gap

only one slip now

3.6

Umar Gul to Imrul Kayes, no run, back of a length and probing in the channel, too close to throw his bat at it so Kayes refrains from playing.

End of over 4 (7 runs) Bangladesh 15/0 (RR: 3.75)

    • Imrul Kayes 9 (18b 2x4)
    • Anamul Haque 5 (6b)
    • Umar Gul 2-0-12-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-3-0

Shopnil: "BD takes on PK at home, reminds me of that epic final of last Asia cup. We've lost but won a million hearts. Time has changed and ironically we're low in confidence against supremely talented PK side. But winning or losing, we're with our team- Bangladesh. Go on boys and give your best shot. We're always proud of you guys."

4.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, flighted outside off, comes forward to defend with soft hands

4.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, not as well flighted so he remains on the back foot and turns it to midwicket

4.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, flighted on middle, blocks from the crease

4.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, FOUR, that's a good hit. He's seen Hafeez is more interested in flighting the ball and skips down the track. Has no trouble reaching the pitch and swings with the spin. Neat strike to the midwicket boundary

4.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, 1 run, length ball on off stump, punched to long-on

4.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, flighted on off stump, pushed back to the bowler

Saad: "Pak decision of playing only two seamers might backfire as Gul is not 100% fit too. Ban are not that bad in playing spin"

End of over 5 (5 runs) Bangladesh 20/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • Imrul Kayes 9 (19b 2x4)
    • Anamul Haque 10 (11b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-8-0
    • Umar Gul 2-0-12-0
5.1

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, no run, 132kph, good length ball just outside off, defended

5.2

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, no run, 132kph, targets off stump with a good length ball. Anamul shuffles across and blocks

5.3

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, no run, darts in off the pitch at 129kph, Anamul whips the good length ball to square leg.

5.4

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, no run, pushes him on the back foot as this is on middle stump. Anamul is strong in defence

slip and short midwicket in

5.5

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, no run, just short of a good length and outside off, wanted to force it away but then changes his mind and bunts to mid-on

5.6

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, no run, back of a length and outside off, watchfully defended

mahbub: "This is highest first wicket partnership for Bangladesh in this Asia cup"

End of over 6 (maiden) Bangladesh 20/0 (RR: 3.33)

    • Anamul Haque 10 (17b 1x4)
    • Imrul Kayes 9 (19b 2x4)
    • Umar Gul 3-1-12-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-8-0
6.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, flighted on middle and leg, lunges forward and defends off the inside edge to midwicket

6.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, goes back and clips to the left of midwicket, but the fielder dives and keeps it to none

6.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, too short and Kayes has been quite happy to punch square on the off side. This time he cuts straight to cover

6.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, stays leg side of this tossed up delivery on middle, driven to long-off

6.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, 1 run, shortish and outside off, punched to long-on off the back foot

6.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, appeal for leg before, but this was sliding down leg. Flatter delivery, doesn't turn and just skids onto the batsman. Kayes is slow in bringing his bat down, but escapes. Oh dear, that was not missing the stumps at all! Crashing into leg stump!

Mohsin: "@mahbub : thanks to the drop catch at slip "

End of over 7 (2 runs) Bangladesh 22/0 (RR: 3.14)

    • Imrul Kayes 10 (24b 2x4)
    • Anamul Haque 11 (18b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-10-0
    • Umar Gul 3-1-12-0
7.1

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, no run, back of a length and outside off, punched to short cover. Anamul looks rather determined out there

7.2

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, no run, back of a length on middle and off, blocked

Mohammad Hafeez is still shaking his head, with reason as well. Umpire Johan Cloete has misread an lbw in the last over

7.3

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, no run, just short of a good length and in the channel, stays back and defends

no slips. Only midwicket and short cover

7.4

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, no run, good length ball on off stump, kept out

7.5

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, FOUR, slashed in front of point! Terrific wristwork! Gul offers a bit of room on this shortish delivery and the batsman was on it in a flash. Opens the face the find the gap and powers it away

7.6

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, no run, tightens his line on middle and off, Anamul pushes to mid-on

End of over 8 (4 runs) Bangladesh 26/0 (RR: 3.25)

    • Anamul Haque 15 (24b 2x4)
    • Imrul Kayes 10 (24b 2x4)
    • Umar Gul 4-1-16-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-10-0

Catch dropped in the first over, a leg before denied in his last over. Here's Hafeez again

8.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, flighted on off stump, defended off the back foot

8.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, good length ball, sliding in on middle and leg. Clipped between midwicket and mid-on

8.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, big of bounce and turn there. Flighted on middle and it rises towards his waist. Anamul keeps it down with soft hands

8.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, flighted outside off, lunges forward to defend

8.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, pushed through on middle and leg. Anamul sees this sliding down and pads up

8.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, flighted on off stump, turns it to square leg from the crease

End of over 9 (1 run) Bangladesh 27/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • Anamul Haque 15 (28b 2x4)
    • Imrul Kayes 11 (26b 2x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 5-0-11-0
    • Umar Gul 4-1-16-0
9.1

Umar Gul to Imrul Kayes, 1 run

Fine leg is up, square leg is back

9.2

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, no run, full and outside off, Anamul drives strongly to mid-off

9.3

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, no run, back of a length on off stump, Anamul lets it slide off the open face to point

9.4

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, 5 wides, 127kph, dug this in rather hard and gets considerable bounce. Sails over the batsman's head and the keeper had no chance to pull that back either.

9.4

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, SIX, whacked to the long leg boundary! He goes for another short ball, but his field is not set for this. Another bouncer, with fine leg up and Anamul takes advantage with a well-controlled pull. Got under it and helped it on its way

9.5

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, no run, good length ball on middle and leg, clipped to midwicket

9.6

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, no run, slower ball, excellent variation. The batsman was into his shot a little too soon, trying to run it down to third man with an open face. Beats the outside edge

Kapil: "With 8 batsmen, BD have started really slowly. I hope, they do not play rash shot after PP and lose a couple of wickets"

End of over 10 (12 runs) Bangladesh 39/0 (RR: 3.90)

    • Anamul Haque 21 (33b 2x4 1x6)
    • Imrul Kayes 12 (27b 2x4)
    • Umar Gul 5-1-28-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 5-0-11-0

Abdur Rehman comes in to bowl

10.1

Abdur Rehman to Imrul Kayes, 1 no ball, what is that! this one slips out of his hand and it's gone way up and way wide.. Lucky that he is a spinner

10.1

Abdur Rehman to Imrul Kayes, (no ball) 1 run, another full toss, this one is outside off and what does the batsman do, he slaps it straight to deep midwicket, Everyone is looking around to see the umpire's reaction because this could be a no-ball for height. What a filthy start! But he could get away with a wicket. This is definitely high. It's too high. It's a no ball. It's his second delivery that is too high. Last one was a beamer wide outside off. This is a beamer. This is unprecedented. He is being taken off? No, he will continue. He is fine

He comes round the wicket

10.1

Abdur Rehman to Anamul Haque, (no ball) FOUR, and a third delivery! This is definitely a beamer! Full toss on the body, slapped to midwicket boundary. But this is farcical from Rehman. First three balls, all beamer. Now he is out of the attack. Misbah's ploy of using spin has gone down the drain. Rehman's game is over. What a record this is going to be! Rehman 0-0-8-0

Fawad Alam comes in

10.1

Fawad Alam to Anamul Haque, no run, bowls a flat delivery outside off, it's defended to cover

10.2

Fawad Alam to Anamul Haque, no run, repeat of the previous delivery, the batsman punches it to the bowler

10.3

Fawad Alam to Anamul Haque, 1 run, stays in the crease and whips it to deep midwicket for a single

10.4

Fawad Alam to Imrul Kayes, no run, flatter delivery on the stumps, punched off the back foot to the bowler

10.5

Fawad Alam to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, comes forward and eases the fuller delivery to long on

Abdullah: "That was too bizarre to forget ever in my life. Lol"

10.6

Fawad Alam to Anamul Haque, no run, comes forward and defends this one to cover

End of over 11 (10 runs) Bangladesh 49/0 (RR: 4.45)

    • Anamul Haque 26 (38b 3x4 1x6)
    • Imrul Kayes 14 (31b 2x4)
    • Fawad Alam 1-0-2-0
    • Umar Gul 5-1-28-0

Mohammad Talha has the ball now. Afridi is in his ear

Ali Murtaza : "I feel so sorry for Rehman. He's such a hard working cricketer who's been kept out for so long. But this was just bizarre! I hope it doesn't become what he's remembered for." It might be quite hard to escape this little ignominy. I saw him on the boundary throwing his head back in anguish

11.1

Mohammad Talha to Imrul Kayes, no run, good length ball directed way outside off, slashes but misses

11.2

Mohammad Talha to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, that's the fifty for Bangladesh. The new opening combination seems to be working. Length ball with width on offer, slapped to deep point

11.3

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, no run, fullish and just outside off, pushed down to mid-off

11.4

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, 1 run, slides down the leg side with a length ball, picks it off to deep square leg

11.5

Mohammad Talha to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, good bouncer from Talha, this is around head-high outside off and Kayes cannot help himself but pull. No control on the stroke, but it falls just short of the rushing deep square leg fielder

11.6

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, 1 run, fullish on middle and leg. Anamul shuffled across and was in front of all three stumps, but gets bat to this as he flicks to deep square leg

End of over 12 (4 runs) Bangladesh 53/0 (RR: 4.41)

    • Anamul Haque 28 (41b 3x4 1x6)
    • Imrul Kayes 16 (34b 2x4)
    • Mohammad Talha 1-0-4-0
    • Fawad Alam 1-0-2-0
12.1

Fawad Alam to Anamul Haque, 1 run, pushed through on off stump, eased through the covers off the back foot

Fawad was rushing in to bowl before the batsman's ready.

12.2

Fawad Alam to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, length ball on middle, backs away and punches to long-on

12.3

Fawad Alam to Anamul Haque, SIX, what a massive strike! Cleared the long-on boundary by a distance! Flatter delivery on middle and he planted his front foot beside the ball and swung freely, but more importantly hit straight.

12.4

Fawad Alam to Anamul Haque, 1 run, charges down the track and slogs to long-on. Fawad had flattened this one and pushed it outside off so he had to fetch it

12.5

Fawad Alam to Imrul Kayes, no run, goes back and nudges towards midwicket. Kayes wanted the single, hesitates, then sets off but is pushed back to his end. Never run off a misfield

12.6

Fawad Alam to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, he was looking to push down to long-on and having closed the face too soon, gets a leading edge. Rehman at mid-off throws down the stumps, but the batsmen are home. Misbah pats him on the back

End of over 13 (10 runs) Bangladesh 63/0 (RR: 4.84)

    • Imrul Kayes 18 (37b 2x4)
    • Anamul Haque 36 (44b 3x4 2x6)
    • Fawad Alam 2-0-12-0
    • Mohammad Talha 1-0-4-0

Saleemi: "Looks like Pakistan is taking Bangladesh very easy. They are already off to a very good start and will be looking to score 250 comfortably unless they do self destruction. And it will not be easy for Pak to chase considering evidences of chasing against India and Sri Lanka."

13.1

Mohammad Talha to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, 134kph, fullish on middle, Kayes gets a thick inside edge as he was coming forward to block

13.2

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, no run, back of a length and on off stump, defends off the back foot

13.3

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, FOUR, smacked over the top of the bowler! Picked it off a length and he's thumped it to the long-on boundary. Eyes firmly on the ball and his confidence must be sky high after that clean hit

13.4

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, 1 run, flicked away to deep square leg as Talha continues being too straight

13.5

Mohammad Talha to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, goes short against Kayes again and he takes it on. He miscued one in the last Talha over, but this time he gets on top of the bounce and pulls down

13.6

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, no run, 136kph, short ball on middle and leg, ducks under it

End of over 14 (7 runs) Bangladesh 70/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • Anamul Haque 41 (48b 4x4 2x6)
    • Imrul Kayes 20 (39b 2x4)
    • Mohammad Talha 2-0-11-0
    • Fawad Alam 2-0-12-0

Time for some Saeed Ajmal. Around the wicket, with a slip

14.1

Saeed Ajmal to Imrul Kayes, no run, well flighted on off stump, Kayes keeps it out

14.2

Saeed Ajmal to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, strides forward and opens the face to guide this between point and cover. Again, tantalising flight from Ajmal

14.3

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, no run, good length ball on off stump with a flatter trajectory. Anamul stays back and turns to short fine leg

14.4

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, no run, tossed up outside off, draws him forward and into a defensive push

14.5

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, no run, gets to the pitch of this tossed up offspinner and defends

14.6

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, no run, can anyone pick his doosra?! This one is on a good length just outside off, Anamul was making room expecting to cut the offspinner, but he is left soundly beaten. Ajmal has a pleased smirk on his face. When you got it, flaunt it

End of over 15 (1 run) Bangladesh 71/0 (RR: 4.73)

    • Anamul Haque 41 (52b 4x4 2x6)
    • Imrul Kayes 21 (41b 2x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 1-0-1-0
    • Mohammad Talha 2-0-11-0
15.1

Mohammad Talha to Imrul Kayes, FOUR, this was angled across him on a fuller length, Kayes steers it behind point. Sheer timing. He was playing away from the body, but met the ball nicely and the roll of his wrists gave it surprising power

15.2

Mohammad Talha to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, dabbed in front of point and he rushes through for a quick single.

15.3

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, no run, shortish and outside off, guided to point off the back foot

Pijesh: "Abdur Rehman is a bowler !!!! It seems he was throwing Jevelin :)"

15.4

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, SIX, top-edge and it sails over the long leg boundary! Talha's prowess with the bouncer is not unfounded, this one is on middle and it has risen around helmet-height. Anamul goes after it and tucks himself to a lucky boundary

15.5

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, FOUR, misfield at the deep square leg boundary fives Anamul his fifty! He was cautious early on, but after the first half hour was done, he unleashed. This was full and sliding down leg. Kept his front leg out of the way and whipped it away. Maqsood overruns it on the boundary and the Mirpur crowd erupt

15.6

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, SIX, pulled and it's got enough to clear the ropes. This is Bangladesh's best opening stand in three years! This short ball doesn't rise high enough and Anamul's already showed he is not shy of taking on the quick. Solid pull as he rocked back

End of over 16 (21 runs) Bangladesh 92/0 (RR: 5.75)

    • Anamul Haque 57 (56b 5x4 4x6)
    • Imrul Kayes 26 (43b 3x4)
    • Mohammad Talha 3-0-32-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 1-0-1-0
16.1

Saeed Ajmal to Imrul Kayes, no run, fired down the leg side on a length, runs off the front pad to short fine leg

16.2

Saeed Ajmal to Imrul Kayes, no run, tossed up outside off, pushed into the covers

16.3

Saeed Ajmal to Imrul Kayes, no run, good length ball outside off, eased into the covers

16.4

Saeed Ajmal to Imrul Kayes, no run, flighted outside off, makes some room and drives back to the bowler

16.5

Saeed Ajmal to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, opens the face and finds the gap between mid-off and cover. Lovely flight from Ajmal again

16.6

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, no run, flighted on off stump, cautious with his defence. That will be drinks

Naul: "We make things interesting... WE ARE PAKISTAN Long Live Cricket :)" And you go so far out of your way to do that...

Sanny: "This is the Bangladesh we know from last Asia Cup! The only worry I have is , that they might throw away their wickets in the middle overs...that would be the same procedure as every game in this Asia Cup so far! Hopefully they can reach 280+ to give PAK a good fight for their place in the finals!"

End of over 17 (1 run) Bangladesh 93/0 (RR: 5.47)

    • Anamul Haque 57 (57b 5x4 4x6)
    • Imrul Kayes 27 (48b 3x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 2-0-2-0
    • Mohammad Talha 3-0-32-0

The toast of the town is here. Shahid Afridi

17.1

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, clipped through square leg

17.2

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, no run, flatter and on a good length on off stump, but Anamul thought there was enough room to cut.

17.3

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, no run, flighted on off stump, strides forward and blocks

17.4

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, no run, Tossed up on off stump, defended

17.5

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, shortish and outside off, cut away to the sweeper

17.6

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, SIX, creamed over cow corner! His feet were quick enough to race down the track to Afridi and a clean swing of the arms sends the ball into orbit. Didn't quite reach the pitch of it, but it was in the arc for the left-hander

End of over 18 (8 runs) Bangladesh 101/0 (RR: 5.61)

    • Imrul Kayes 34 (50b 3x4 1x6)
    • Anamul Haque 58 (61b 5x4 4x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 1-0-8-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 2-0-2-0
18.1

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, 1 run, good length ball just outside off, pushed through the covers

18.2

Saeed Ajmal to Imrul Kayes, no run, waits for it as this is flighted just outside off, opens the face and finds point

18.3

Saeed Ajmal to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, flighted and angled in on off stump, pushed to long-off

18.4

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defended to mid-on

For all of you asking if Rehman has got a world record to himself, he has. Collins Obuya gave away five without bowling a ball. Mansoor Akhtar gave away one and Jimmy Adams has also given away the same amount

18.5

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, no run, lots of flight on this as he draws the batsman forward to defend

18.6

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, no run, almost a yorker on off stump, kept out

End of over 19 (2 runs) Bangladesh 103/0 (RR: 5.42)

    • Anamul Haque 59 (65b 5x4 4x6)
    • Imrul Kayes 35 (52b 3x4 1x6)
    • Saeed Ajmal 3-0-4-0
    • Shahid Afridi 1-0-8-0
19.1

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, no run, pushed through full and on leg stump, clipped to midwicket

19.2

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, still on the pads as Kayes works it through the vacant square leg region

19.3

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, no run, goes wide of the crease and angles the fuller delivery on middle, keeps it out

19.4

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 2 runs, works the angle as he waits on the fuller, flatter delivery and clips towards the long leg boundary.

19.5

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, bit of turn outside off and Anamul dabs it to the right of backward point. Waited on that nicely and opened the face to find the placement he wanted. Too short and too quick from Afridi

19.6

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, no run, does not pick the googly at all! Looked to flick this one which is a little more flighted on middle and gets a leading edge to cover

End of over 20 (4 runs) Bangladesh 107/0 (RR: 5.35)

    • Imrul Kayes 36 (55b 3x4 1x6)
    • Anamul Haque 62 (68b 5x4 4x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 2-0-12-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 3-0-4-0

Hafeez is back. Should have had at least a wicket to his name already today

20.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, hint of turn outside off, stays back and pushed to short midwicket

20.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, 1 run, this time he uses a straighter bat and picks up a single to long-on

20.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, rocks back and punches this length delivery on off stump to long-off

This is the best opening stand this asia cup

20.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, flighted on off stump, he closes the face too early and gets an edge to cover

20.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, nudged to short midwicket as this is on a good length and on off stump

20.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, 1 run, skips down the track and works this flighted delivery outside off to long-on

End of over 21 (3 runs) Bangladesh 110/0 (RR: 5.23)

    • Anamul Haque 64 (73b 5x4 4x6)
    • Imrul Kayes 37 (56b 3x4 1x6)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 6-0-14-0
    • Shahid Afridi 2-0-12-0

Yogesh: "Afridi needs two wicket to equal Brett Lee and 3 wickets to equal the great McGrath in all time ODI wicket takers list. Hope he achieves it today :)"

21.1

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, quick, flat and full on off stump. The Afridi triple threat and this is pushed down to long-on

21.2

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, SIX, he's done it again! Races down the track and hoists Afridi over long-on! Immensely quick feet from Kayes as he reaches the pitch and unleashes a full swing of the bat. This is terrific hitting

21.3

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, flighted on off stump, think this was the googly. Kayes defends with an open face into the covers

21.4

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, bit of room outside off and he dabs it in front of point

21.5

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, length ball on the pads, clipped behind the square leg ump

21.6

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, slowed this up as this length ball pitches on middle and leg. Worked away to deep square leg

End of over 22 (11 runs) Bangladesh 121/0 (RR: 5.50)

    • Anamul Haque 67 (76b 5x4 4x6)
    • Imrul Kayes 45 (59b 3x4 2x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 3-0-23-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 6-0-14-0

Sabeeh Mirza: "Is this pitch really dry and batsmen friendly? It really looks like that because of the way the Bangladeshi batsmen are batting" There is some turn out there, but Bangladesh are being very clever by using their feet

22.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, stays deep in his crease and clips behind square leg

22.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, flighted but drifting down leg, nudged to the left of midwicket

22.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, tossed up and outside off, lunges forward to block

22.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, length ball on off, dabbed into the covers but the man had come in too quickly to go through for a single

22.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, 1 run, waits on it and hits with the turn. Flighted on middle and leg and worked to the right of midwicket

22.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, tossed up and tucks him up on middle and off. Kayes defends with bat and pad close together

sunil cecil: "@Yogesh, "there is no comparision of Arfidi with them .... as the number of matches they played to secure those wickets is quite different to Afridi's.....""

End of over 23 (3 runs) Bangladesh 124/0 (RR: 5.39)

    • Imrul Kayes 46 (61b 3x4 2x6)
    • Anamul Haque 69 (80b 5x4 4x6)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 7-0-17-0
    • Shahid Afridi 3-0-23-0

Saqib Janwari: "Imagine if Bangladesh would have not lost to Afganistan .The team should give their best at the right time not when the time is gone ."

23.1

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, tossed up and targets the blockhole on leg stump, Anamul jams his bat down and directs hits to long-on

Mini convo with captain

23.2

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, 1 wide, a horribly directed googly! This was pushed way down the leg side and Kayes is happy to just watch the keeper take care of this

23.2

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, FOUR, short and wide outside off, that's his area as he rocks back and cuts behind point. Fifty for Kayes in his comeback game

goes around the wicket

23.3

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, tossed up outside off, whipped away to the left of deep long-on

23.4

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, no run, flighted outside off, strides forward to defends towards point

23.5

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, no run, loads of flight on this as Afridi temps him outside off, Anamul is forward and blocks. Gets a thick outside edge to short third man

23.6

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, shortish and on off stump, goes back and clips to deep midwicket

Waqas Sial: "@ sunil.... True.... but its a comparison between an Allrounder VS bowlers only... number of matches are not counted when we see the stats...."

End of over 24 (8 runs) Bangladesh 132/0 (RR: 5.50)

    • Anamul Haque 71 (84b 5x4 4x6)
    • Imrul Kayes 51 (63b 4x4 2x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 4-0-31-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 7-0-17-0
24.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, the slowness of this pitch is making its presence felt. Good length on off stump, but the batsman has to wait on the back foot and nudges to midwicket

24.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defends back to the bowler

24.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, shortish and on the pads, clipped to the left of midwicket

24.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, 1 run, skips down the track to reach the pitch of this flighted offspinner and pushes to long-on

24.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, opens the face and guides this fuller delivery in front of backward point

24.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, stays put in his crease and punches the good length ball outside off to cover

saichand: "How are the boundaries looking today ? Are they still only 65 m long ?" We've moved closer to the center of the ground, so they are evenly big on all sides

End of over 25 (1 run) Bangladesh 133/0 (RR: 5.32)

    • Imrul Kayes 51 (65b 4x4 2x6)
    • Anamul Haque 72 (88b 5x4 4x6)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 8-0-18-0
    • Shahid Afridi 4-0-31-0
25.1

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, no run, flighted on off stump, strides forward to block

25.2

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, no run, looks to nudge into midwicket, but has played oto early. Leading edge but goes down to ground

25.3

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, no run, strides forward to block the flighted delivery on off stump

25.4

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, ventures down the track and pushes to long-on. Midwicket should have cut across and made a better effort, but instead Maqsood just ushers it further and further. There was confusion between the batsmen as well. Afridi is terribly miffed

25.5

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, FOUR, mid-off dives but can only get a fingertip to this. Stays leg side of the tossed up ball outside off and lashes it down the ground

25.6

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, short outside off, he rocks back and cuts to deep point

End of over 26 (6 runs) Bangladesh 139/0 (RR: 5.34)

    • Imrul Kayes 56 (67b 5x4 2x6)
    • Anamul Haque 73 (92b 5x4 4x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 5-0-37-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 8-0-18-0

Talha to have another go

26.1

Mohammad Talha to Imrul Kayes, no run, starts off with a slower one outside off, Kayes is almost deceived. No timing on this back foot punch to the covers

26.2

Mohammad Talha to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, full and sliding outside off, Kayes strides forward but made sure he has enough room to drive to the left of mid-off. Not quite as well timed as he had hoped

Widuruwan: "Bangladesh batsmen are showing how talented they are, but it doesn't mean that they are batting wisely......"

26.3

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, FOUR, races down the track and gets a top edge that beats the keeper! The bowler had switched to back of a length as he saw the batsman coming at him, but Anamul's aggression works to his advantage as the ball beats Akmal's outstretched right hand

26.4

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, no run, good length ball on off stump, kept out

26.5

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, no run, 120kph, completely deceived by the slower bouncer! He was an age into the pull shot and had to check it. The ball eventually hits bat and lobs up towards short midwicket, if it had been there

26.6

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, no run, back of a good length and outside off, steered to point

End of over 27 (5 runs) Bangladesh 144/0 (RR: 5.33)

    • Anamul Haque 77 (96b 6x4 4x6)
    • Imrul Kayes 57 (69b 5x4 2x6)
    • Mohammad Talha 4-0-37-0
    • Shahid Afridi 5-0-37-0

Farhan: "What's wrong with Pakistani bowling line-up today? Other than Ajmal and Hafeez, all are looking like club level bowlers. " Afridi continues around the wicket

27.1

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, 1 wide, tossed up and angled down the leg side. Kayes looks to tickle it away but it was too wide

27.1

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, no run, lots of turn for Afridi as this is flighted outside off and raps him on the pads in front of middle. Afridi asks the question, but the angle would have taken it down leg

27.2

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, picked away to deep backwards square leg. Kayes doing well by playing with the turn

27.3

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, stays on the back foot as he waits for this to pitch and turn and then cuts to deep point

27.4

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, no run, loopy delivery outside off, Kayes leans forward and dives to cover

27.5

Shahid Afridi to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, charges him but gets too close to the ball. Doesn't have enough leverage to heave this away.

27.6

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, carved to deep point off an open face

Akib Rubaiyat: "Everyone is saying Pakistan is bowling bad. Okay I get that. But one just has to admit that Bangladesh is batting excellent today! You have to give them the credit. They have rattled the Pakistani bowling line up. "

End of over 28 (5 runs) Bangladesh 149/0 (RR: 5.32)

    • Anamul Haque 79 (98b 6x4 4x6)
    • Imrul Kayes 59 (73b 5x4 2x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 6-0-42-0
    • Mohammad Talha 4-0-37-0

Manu: "@Farhan, This is a ploy of Misbah to concede over 300 runs and practice chasing them." You really think so, don't you?

28.1

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, no run, lovely punch, but it will not beat short cover. Stood up tall to get on top of the bounce of this shortish delivery outside off

28.2

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, 1 run, slower short ball, pulled from outside off stump to deep square leg. That's the 150 of the partnership

28.3

Mohammad Talha to Imrul Kayes, no run, 138kph, fullish on leg stump. Kayes is caught in the crease as he looks to defend.

28.4

Mohammad Talha to Imrul Kayes, OUT, takes his time, shakes his head and then gives it! Umpire Cloete, you legend! This was the slower short ball and it deceived a charging Kayes. He tries to adjust and checks his pull shot, but Pakistan finally have a wicket. Went off the back of the bat and then off the shoulder through to the keeper

Imrul Kayes c †Umar Akmal b Mohammad Talha 59 (112m 75b 5x4 2x6) SR: 78.66

28.5

Mohammad Talha to Mominul Haque, no run, length ball, slid across him. Left alone by Mominul Haque, the new batsman

28.6

Mohammad Talha to Mominul Haque, no run, full and outside off, driven to mid-off

End of over 29 (1 run) Bangladesh 150/1 (RR: 5.17)

    • Mominul Haque 0 (2b)
    • Anamul Haque 80 (100b 6x4 4x6)
    • Mohammad Talha 5-0-38-1
    • Shahid Afridi 6-0-42-0
29.1

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, angled in on a good length and it turns away, Anamul shuffles across and whips in front of midwicket

starts off around to the new batsman

29.2

Shahid Afridi to Mominul Haque, 1 run, flighted outside off, reaches forward and whips to mid-on

29.3

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, no run, good length ball outside off, punched to mid-off

29.4

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, he is forward but keeps his front leg out of the way to drill this to long-on

29.5

Shahid Afridi to Mominul Haque, 1 run, drags this flighted ball from outside off with a good, solid sweep shot

29.6

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, no run, flighted on off stump, defended into the covers

End of over 30 (4 runs) Bangladesh 154/1 (RR: 5.13)

    • Anamul Haque 82 (104b 6x4 4x6)
    • Mominul Haque 2 (4b)
    • Shahid Afridi 7-0-46-0
    • Mohammad Talha 5-0-38-1
30.1

Mohammad Talha to Mominul Haque, FOUR, full on middle, but this is all about the shot. Got forward and kept his balance while essaying a brilliant whip through midwicket.

30.2

Mohammad Talha to Mominul Haque, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, he stays deep in his crease and dabbed to third man

30.3

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, 2 runs, strong punch to the right of short cover! This was back of a length and outside off, Anamul shifts his weight forward and bottom-hands this away almost to the cover boundary

30.4

Mohammad Talha to Anamul Haque, 1 run, slower, length ball outside off. Anamul has spotted it early and clipped to deep midwicket

30.5

Mohammad Talha to Mominul Haque, no run, change of pace again, this time the length is shorter. Mominul spots it a little too late and the cut doesn't connect

30.6

Mohammad Talha to Mominul Haque, FOUR, short and wide, he slaps it behind point. Got under the ball and helped it on it's way with a whip of those wrists again. He knows third man is fine

Narendra: "Whats the point in hiding your best bowler (Ajmal) when opposition is only one down in 30 overs, is misbah expecting him to get a wicket every over from now on ?"

End of over 31 (12 runs) Bangladesh 166/1 (RR: 5.35)

    • Mominul Haque 11 (8b 2x4)
    • Anamul Haque 85 (106b 6x4 4x6)
    • Mohammad Talha 6-0-50-1
    • Shahid Afridi 7-0-46-0

Sajib Hawee: "The Bangladeshi batsmanship are showing a lot of improvement and passion. Hope their bowlers will do the same"

31.1

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, flighted on off stump but he stays back and dabs into the covers. Rehman is the man out there on the boundary

31.2

Shahid Afridi to Mominul Haque, 1 run, short delivery, turns in but it is slow. Mominul rides it and works through midwicket. More work for Rehman

31.3

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, no run, flighted on middle and off, he strides forward to defend

31.4

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, stays leg side of this length ball and slices to deep point. That open face of the bat has come in great use for Anamul

31.5

Shahid Afridi to Mominul Haque, no run, flighted on middle and leg, he swivels in the crease and the sweep finds short fine leg

31.6

Shahid Afridi to Mominul Haque, FOUR, this is a bit too short and Mominul has pounced! Makes a bit of room for his slashing blade to come down strongly on the ball and he's placed it well square of deep third man

End of over 32 (7 runs) Bangladesh 173/1 (RR: 5.40)

    • Mominul Haque 16 (11b 3x4)
    • Anamul Haque 87 (109b 6x4 4x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 8-0-53-0
    • Mohammad Talha 6-0-50-1

Ali Sajid: "@Narendra I am more concerned about when fawad alam would bowl his 8 overs. 18 overs left out of which 8 must come from him at a time when the batsmen would be looking to accelerate" Looks like Misbah has other ideas. here's Sohaib Maqsood from around the wicket

32.1

Sohaib Maqsood to Anamul Haque, 1 run, flatter delivery just outside off, cut away to deep third man

32.2

Sohaib Maqsood to Mominul Haque, no run, tossed up on off stump, Mominul is forward and blocks

32.3

Sohaib Maqsood to Mominul Haque, 1 run, loses his length on this one as he drags it short. Mominul is quick to pull to the man at deep square leg

32.4

Sohaib Maqsood to Anamul Haque, 1 run, punched to deep point as he waits for this length ball to come to him

32.5

Sohaib Maqsood to Mominul Haque, FOUR, hint of turn for Maqsood, but it only helps the batsman in his efforts to find the boundary. The length was a little too short again and Mominul jabs an open face at it and cuts well wide of third man

32.6

Sohaib Maqsood to Mominul Haque, no run, pushed through flatter and this doesn't turn. Mominul was looking for the late cut again but this sneaks under his bat

End of over 33 (7 runs) Bangladesh 180/1 (RR: 5.45)

    • Mominul Haque 21 (15b 4x4)
    • Anamul Haque 89 (111b 6x4 4x6)
    • Sohaib Maqsood 1-0-7-0
    • Shahid Afridi 8-0-53-0

The experienced Umar Gul has been recalled into the attack. A contingent of fans are running the Bangladesh flag from one end to the other

33.1

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, 1 run, length ball on off stump, whipped away to deep midwicket

33.2

Umar Gul to Mominul Haque, 1 run, shortish but it's too straight, Mominul works it off his hips to long leg

33.3

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, 1 run, fullish and it seems to jag back in off the pitch. Anamul defends off the front foot

33.4

Umar Gul to Mominul Haque, no run, back of a length and just outside off, blocked

33.5

Umar Gul to Mominul Haque, 1 run, runs the shortish ball off the open face behind point. Quick single taken

33.6

Umar Gul to Anamul Haque, 1 run, too full and too straight, Anamul clips to deep square leg.

End of over 34 (5 runs) Bangladesh 185/1 (RR: 5.44)

    • Anamul Haque 92 (114b 6x4 4x6)
    • Mominul Haque 23 (18b 4x4)
    • Umar Gul 6-1-33-0
    • Sohaib Maqsood 1-0-7-0

Afridi returns

34.1

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, no run, starts off with a shortish one outside off, cut to point

34.2

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, no run, length ball turning away from off stump, pushed into the covers

34.3

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, whipped into the midwicket region as he waits for this length ball, pitching outside leg to turn

34.4

Shahid Afridi to Mominul Haque, 1 run, flighted on middle, turned away through square leg

34.5

Shahid Afridi to Anamul Haque, 1 run, steered behind point as this is flat and outside off

34.6

Shahid Afridi to Mominul Haque, 1 run, drags it short and the line is down leg as well. Mominul pulls off the back foot

End of over 35 (4 runs) Bangladesh 189/1 (RR: 5.40)

    • Mominul Haque 25 (20b 4x4)
    • Anamul Haque 94 (118b 6x4 4x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 9-0-57-0
    • Umar Gul 6-1-33-0

Time for the batting powerplay and here's Saeed Ajmal

Ali Mushaf: "Ajmal looks shy of picking wickets in this tournament in the middle overs. So he might be helpful in the restricting BD from scoring freely in the end overs and in this course, he may pick wickets as well."

35.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mominul Haque, no run, quicker and flatter on middle, Mominul is back and whips to midwicket

35.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mominul Haque, no run, good length ball on off stump, Mominul is deep in his crease and cuts to short third man. Neat late cut

35.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mominul Haque, 1 run, great work from Maqsood! Mominul looks to take advantage of one that is slid a little too straight. Sweeps quite strongly but short fine leg dives to his right does quite well

35.4

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, no run, flighted on off stump, lunges forwrad to defend

35.5

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, 1 run, stays back to cut, but this one turns it quite sharply. Dabbed away between point and cover

35.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mominul Haque, 1 run, another sweep, but doesn't get hold of it as short fine leg has to move to his left to mop up. Drinks now

The Rock: "Wonder where was this Bangladesh in the last two games? This is really a refreshing effort from Bangladesh to do something different today. Totally dominating Pakistan and looking very dangerous to post a huge total."

Nafee: "Why not take a little risk and bring Ziaur up the order. He also seem to be in form. With wickets in hand, this could be a smart move."

End of over 36 (3 runs) Bangladesh 192/1 (RR: 5.33)

    • Mominul Haque 27 (24b 4x4)
    • Anamul Haque 95 (120b 6x4 4x6)
    • Saeed Ajmal 4-0-7-0
    • Shahid Afridi 9-0-57-0

Sarosh: "Hafeez should be used now. Between him and ajaml, they can really restrict the bangaldesh team from accelerating in the power play!!" Here he is from around the wicket

Jebran Ali: "@The Rock: Who hasnt dominated Pakistan in the last ten games, its just the way the turn the game somewhere somehow is what surprises us all. Hope they do it today as well."

36.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Mominul Haque, no run, tossed up on off stump, kept out

36.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Mominul Haque, 1 run, goes on with the arm as Mominul picks this away to deep square leg

36.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, 1 run, flatter delivery on the pads, worked to deep midwicket

36.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Mominul Haque, 2 runs, shortish on off stump, but Mominul makes some room as he goes back and cuts. Maqsood is the sweeper and they take his throw on

36.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Mominul Haque, 1 run, quicker and flatter on middle and leg, whipped away behind square leg

36.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, pushed down to long-on

End of over 37 (6 runs) Bangladesh 198/1 (RR: 5.35)

    • Anamul Haque 97 (122b 6x4 4x6)
    • Mominul Haque 31 (28b 4x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 9-0-24-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 4-0-7-0
37.1

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, no run, tossed up on off stump, Anamul defends off the front foot

37.2

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, no run, loopy delivery outside off, Anamul plants his front foot across and nudges to midwicket

37.3

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, no run, turns this flighted delivery on middle to square leg

37.4

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, no run, lovely flight from Ajmal again as he draws the batsman forward. Anamul still solid in defence

37.5

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, no run, length ball on middle, picked away off his hips to square leg

37.6

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, 1 run, fired in on middle and leg, whipped to deep midicket

Prasanna: "Momonul should take chances now as Anamul is nearing his century to not let the run rate drop."

End of over 38 (1 run) Bangladesh 199/1 (RR: 5.23)

    • Anamul Haque 98 (128b 6x4 4x6)
    • Mominul Haque 31 (28b 4x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 5-0-8-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 9-0-24-0
38.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, no run, flighted on off stump, defends to midwicket

38.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, 1 run, Length ball on off stump, punched to long-on to bring up the Bangladesh 200 and this partnership's 50

38.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Mominul Haque, 1 run, Flighted on middle, eased to the right of short fine leg

38.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Anamul Haque, 1 run, Flighted outside off, Anamul pushes calmly to long-on and raises his hands in triumph. That's his second hundred in ODIs and Mirpur are on their feet in applause. Leaps up into the air and punches it in delight

38.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Mominul Haque, no run, Shortish and outside off, he stays back and cuts to short third man

38.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Mominul Haque, 2 leg byes, Goes down leg and he tickles this away behind long leg. They want an extra run and Mominul is rushing back to the danger end. The third umpire is called in, and it seems the keeper has not collected the ball! Mominul would have been out by a considerable distance there

End of over 39 (5 runs) Bangladesh 204/1 (RR: 5.23)

    • Mominul Haque 32 (31b 4x4)
    • Anamul Haque 100 (131b 6x4 4x6)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 10-0-27-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 5-0-8-0
39.1

Saeed Ajmal to Anamul Haque, OUT, Charges down the track and he's holed out at deep midwicket! Hasn't picked the doosra as he was looking to up the ante. Goes down the track and hacks this away, but doesn't get any timing on this.

Anamul Haque c Ahmed Shehzad b Saeed Ajmal 100 (156m 132b 6x4 4x6) SR: 75.75

Mushfiqur Rahim is in

39.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mominul Haque, no run, flighted on middle and leg, Mominul can only block

39.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mominul Haque, no run, tossed up outside off, he was looking to slice it through point and gets an inside edge.

39.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mominul Haque, 1 run, loopy offspinner outside off, cut away to point, who misfields.

Faisal Zia: "Good bowling by Pakistan spinners in batting powerplay. But Pakistan need to pick wickets here. With wickets in hand Bangladesh has the ability to score 100+ runs in the last 10 overs."

stays around to the new batsman

39.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, leaps off the rough! It was the doosra too, Mushi was looking for an easy flick through midwicket to get off strike, but has to check his shot

39.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, goes the other way again as this is a bit more flighted. Mushi was looking to run it down to third man but is beaten soundly

End of over 40 (1 run) Bangladesh 205/2 (RR: 5.12)

    • Mushfiqur Rahim 0 (2b)
    • Mominul Haque 33 (34b 4x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 6-0-9-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 10-0-27-0

Shahid Afridi again, he's been expensive today

40.1

Shahid Afridi to Mominul Haque, FOUR, short ball with ample room outside off. Mominul does not need a second invitation. That is his favourite stroke and he has placed it well wide of deep point

40.2

Shahid Afridi to Mominul Haque, 1 run, again, too much room outside off from Afridi and Mominul slaps it away behind point

40.3

Shahid Afridi to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, flighted on off stump, dabbed to short third man where Fawad pulls of a lovely, diving effort. Threw off balance, but wasn't able to stop the single

40.4

Shahid Afridi to Mominul Haque, no run, fired full and outside off, Mominul's desire to cut foils him on this occasion. Far too full for the shot

40.5

Shahid Afridi to Mominul Haque, 1 run, tossed up outside off and he brings out a sweep, gets it to go all along the ground to deep midwicket

Habib: "Game on. With 6 overs remaining from spinners (Ajmal, hafeez & Afridi) and 4 from Gulldozer, I dare predict a Bangladeshi collapse. They are not going to cross 260. Any challengers......!!!!!!!!!!!"

40.6

Shahid Afridi to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, lovely flight outside off and Mushi has gone for a sweep. Might have been better easing that through the covers. Akmal flicks the bails off and asks the question. He had dragged the back foot outside the crease, but has slid it back almost as soon. No trouble there

End of over 41 (7 runs) Bangladesh 212/2 (RR: 5.17)

    • Mushfiqur Rahim 1 (4b)
    • Mominul Haque 39 (38b 5x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 10-0-64-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 6-0-9-1

Around the wicket

41.1

Umar Gul to Mominul Haque, FOUR, he's flicked it to the right of fine leg! It was on a length and going on with the angle. All Mominul goes is pick it away off his hips

fine leg goes back now

41.2

Umar Gul to Mominul Haque, 2 runs, flicks away again as Gul persists with back of a length. The angle in works to the left-hander's advantage again

41.3

Umar Gul to Mominul Haque, 1 run, back of a length and on off stump, defended into the off side

41.4

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, lovely delivery, this was fired into the block hole. There was a bit of inswing there for him too. Mushi does well to dig it out through midwicket

41.5

Umar Gul to Mominul Haque, 1 run, low full toss outside off, Mominul lunges forward and drives to mid-off. Should have found the gap considering there are no one in the deep straight on the off side

41.6

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, shortish and just outside off, backs away and smears it just wide of mid-off. Doesn't time it well enough and has to settle for a single

Zeeshan: "@Habib..Guldozer would be easy pickings and they would cross 260 for sure..but i fancy Pak to chase it down..and get rid of the stain of not chasing 250 plus since Feb 2011"

End of over 42 (10 runs) Bangladesh 222/2 (RR: 5.28)

    • Mushfiqur Rahim 3 (6b)
    • Mominul Haque 47 (42b 6x4)
    • Umar Gul 7-1-43-0
    • Shahid Afridi 10-0-64-0

Ajmal's back

42.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 wide, flighted but it's down leg side. Mushi doesn't bother with it

42.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, good length ball sliding across him, Mushi goes deep into his crease and dabs it to short third man. Mominul calls his captain through for a tight single and makes it

42.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mominul Haque, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, swept away to deep square leg. Nice long stride forward to get to the pitch

42.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, Moqsood's day in the field is not getting any better. This was the flatter doosra but Mushi has no trouble sinking to his knees and hitting across the line. Strikes it off the middle and the slog sweep races away to the right of midwicket

42.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, turn and bounce for Ajmal and both of them are sharp, but Mushi runs it fine to the third man boundary. He adjusted very well and employed soft hands to make sure he doesn't get into any sort of tangle.

42.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, full and a little too straight, turned away to square leg

42.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mominul Haque, 2 runs, room outside off and he carves this through point off the front foot to raise his fifty. Lovely, brisk innings from Mominul, but he needs to stay there longer

End of over 43 (14 runs) Bangladesh 236/2 (RR: 5.48)

    • Mominul Haque 50 (44b 6x4)
    • Mushfiqur Rahim 13 (10b 2x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 7-0-23-1
    • Umar Gul 7-1-43-0
43.1

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, low full toss outside off, Muhsi keeps his front leg out of the way and slams it through extra cover.

43.2

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, whipped away through square leg

Oho, the leather has started to come off the ball. It's been clipped off and we're ready to go

43.3

Umar Gul to Mominul Haque, no run, bouncer angled in at him. Mominul evades it in hopes that it was over his head, but it's fine

43.4

Umar Gul to Mominul Haque, 1 run, yorker on off stump, he shovels it into the covers and since the man is on the circle, there is a single on offer

Everyone is in on the off side

43.5

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, and that proves too costly a gamble! This was an off-stump yorker, but Mushi has made room and has carved this to the left of cover. Mirpur is humming!

43.6

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 wide, Mushi was advancing and so the bowler uses a slower short ball. Ducks under it but the ball was directed down leg

43.6

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, shortish on off stump, he backs away again and taps to point

End of over 44 (12 runs) Bangladesh 248/2 (RR: 5.63)

    • Mushfiqur Rahim 23 (14b 4x4)
    • Mominul Haque 51 (46b 6x4)
    • Umar Gul 8-1-55-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 7-0-23-1
44.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 leg bye, flighted and turns away after pitching outside leg. Mushi's sweep shot doesn't connect as he wears it on the body. Mominul calls his through for a single though

44.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mominul Haque, OUT, top-edge and deep square leg swallows him up! A bit more bounce for Ajmal as the batsman goes for another sweep. The fielder dives forward to complete a simple catch. Misbah's decision to hold Ajmal back in the death seems to be working big time

Mominul Haque c Mohammad Hafeez b Saeed Ajmal 51 (69m 47b 6x4 0x6) SR: 108.51

44.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, skips down the track, but he's shorteneted his length. Mushi adjusts and presents a defensive bat

44.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, lap sweep to bring up the 250! Mushi has a big smile on his face. He liked that. This was tossed up on leg stump and he was already shuffling across to the off side and shoveled it over the keeper

44.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, short and it slides across him, it was the doosra again and though it gets a bit more bounce, Mushi rides it and cuts past short third man. Gul was unsure whether to go for the catch or protect the runs and in the end does neither

44.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, nudged into the midwicket region

End of over 45 (10 runs) Bangladesh 258/3 (RR: 5.73)

    • Mushfiqur Rahim 32 (19b 6x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 0 (0b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 8-0-32-2
    • Umar Gul 8-1-55-0

Mohammad Talha now. Wonder if his extra pace will end up assisting the batsmen

45.1

Mohammad Talha to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, seeks the blockhole outside off, Mushi flays it through extra cover and with fresh legs out there, they pick up a couple

45.2

Mohammad Talha to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run

Big roar for Shakib as he faces his first ball in this Asia Cup

45.3

Mohammad Talha to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, Full toss outside off and he's slapped it through point! All it needed was a little dab and Shakib is more than good enough

Third man is going deep now. Fine leg in

45.4

Mohammad Talha to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Short ball outside off and he pulls to deep square leg. Slower ball foils his timing

45.5

Mohammad Talha to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, Low full toss outside off again, Mushi sets himself up for a slog and heaves this to long-off. Goes off the bottom of the blade that time

45.6

Mohammad Talha to Shakib Al Hasan, 5 wides, Slower delivery, down the leg side. Shakib swings but can't connect. The keeper dives but can't rein it in. Terrible ball so late in the innings.

45.6

Mohammad Talha to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, Pulled to long leg! He has his fine leg up and bowls a short one outside leg stump! Shakib swivels on the back foot and tucks himself to a free hit

End of over 46 (18 runs) Bangladesh 276/3 (RR: 6.00)

    • Shakib Al Hasan 9 (3b 2x4)
    • Mushfiqur Rahim 36 (22b 6x4)
    • Mohammad Talha 7-0-68-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 8-0-32-2
46.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, doosra again, tossed up on middle and off. Goes back and nudges to short fine leg

46.2

Saeed Ajmal to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, Skips down the track and hoists this over the cover field. Talha was racing in off the boundary and was covering for the ball to turn into him after pitching, but it moves the other way. He stretches out his left hand but the ball dribbles away to the boundary!

46.3

Saeed Ajmal to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, Fired in full on leg stump and Shakib has smashed this through midwicket. Another doosra, but this time it's been picked and put away

46.4

Saeed Ajmal to Shakib Al Hasan, SIX, Races down the track and he's smoked Ajmal over long-off! 23 off 6 balls for the returning allrounder! That is a very short boundary there!

46.5

Saeed Ajmal to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Length ball fired in on middle and leg, defended towards the leg side and the race through for a single

46.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, Length ball on off stump, flicked into the leg side to make it 17 off the Ajmal over

End of over 47 (17 runs) Bangladesh 293/3 (RR: 6.23)

    • Mushfiqur Rahim 38 (24b 6x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 24 (7b 4x4 1x6)
    • Saeed Ajmal 9-0-49-2
    • Mohammad Talha 7-0-68-1
47.1

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, full and wide outside off, slogged to long-on

47.2

Umar Gul to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Length ball too wide outside off, slapped into the covers

47.3

Umar Gul to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, Runs acorss outside off and laps it away to the long-leg boundary. Amazing stroke! He knew it was going to be full and outside off and has outsmarted the bowler!

47.4

Umar Gul to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Full and on middle, punched to long-on. That's the fifty partnership, off only 20 balls

47.5

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, Length ball outside off, it was the slower one as well, pulled straight to midwicket

47.6

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, Full and wide outside off, good choice from the bowler as he had seen Mushi make room for himself. Cant reach with the slash

End of over 48 (6 runs) Bangladesh 299/3 (RR: 6.22)

    • Mushfiqur Rahim 39 (27b 6x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 29 (10b 5x4 1x6)
    • Umar Gul 9-1-61-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 9-0-49-2
48.1

Saeed Ajmal to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Flighted on off stump, driven to long-on

48.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, creamed down the ground! Mushi gets under this flighted delivery on middle and clubbed it straight over his head

48.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, edged and it runs away to the third man boundary! Ajmal is being dismantled! This was a quicker delivery which doesn't turn and gets a bit more bounce. Mushi was late on his pull but gets a fortuitous top edge

48.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, doosra, but it's picked and he dabs it behind point for a single

48.5

Saeed Ajmal to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, skips down the track and punches towards wide long-on. Ajmal himself pings away off the bowler's crease to field this one

48.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, jumps outside leg before the bowler has bowled so Ajmal can follow him and fires in a length ball which still cramps him up

End of over 49 (12 runs) Bangladesh 311/3 (RR: 6.34)

    • Mushfiqur Rahim 49 (31b 8x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 31 (12b 5x4 1x6)
    • Saeed Ajmal 10-0-61-2
    • Umar Gul 9-1-61-0

Ajmal's last four overs have gone for 52 runs!

49.1

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, full and wide outside off, Mushi unleashes a gorgeous cover drive for only a single, but that single raises his fifty! What an innings this has been from the Bangladesh captain! His side needed momentum and he put his hand up and how!

49.2

Umar Gul to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, yorker outside leg, perfect line to hamper the batsman who was making room for himself. Dug out into the off side

49.3

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, 123kph, lapped but he hasn't timed it well. The slower delivery works this time for Gul as this bounces a little more.

Mazahir: "Odds are opposite today like Worst bowling + worst keeping, so I hope it will turn Pakistan batting chasing this target with comfort."

49.4

Umar Gul to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, moves across outside off and he's pulled it away over square leg! Rehman hustles from long leg and employs a full length dive, but as he was pushing the ball back, his back leg touches the rope.

49.5

Umar Gul to Shakib Al Hasan, SIX, walloped over deep midwicket! Moves outside off and this time Gul presents a length delivery. Just what the batsman wants as he swings away. This is the highest score made by Bangladesh in ODIs

49.6

Umar Gul to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, full and in the slot outside off, smeared down the ground for a couple

5.30 pm A solid beginning and a dream ending for Bangladesh at this point in the game. Anamul Haque's second ODI ton and laid the platform for the lower order to make merry. Mushifiqur Rahim was nothing short of sensational. He hoodwinked Saeed Ajmal so effectively that the ace offspinner leaked 52 runs in his last four overs. Bangladesh have razed 121 in the last 10 overs with some immensely calculated hitting and some choice slogs. Join us in half an hour for the chase. It should be a cracker. Pakistan will need to score their second-highest total in an ODI chase to pull this off

Shakib says he thought they played really well and were very positive. The opening partnership set us up. Obviously the last one month was tough and hopefully today is a new start and hopefully we do well in the bowling. I was practicing hard and I knew I had to perform when I come out. I think its a very good track, but a score of 320 will put them under pressure if we pick up early wickets

Nuwan: "Shakib remained at 44 in 16 balls while fastest fifty by sanath jayasuriya Stands at 17 balls. Did any body noticed that?"

End of over 50 (15 runs) Bangladesh 326/3

    • Shakib Al Hasan 44 (16b 6x4 2x6)
    • Mushfiqur Rahim 51 (33b 8x4)
    • Umar Gul 10-1-76-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 10-0-61-2
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