Bangladesh v Pakistan, only Twenty20, Mirpur November 29, 2011

Bowlers lead Pakistan to crushing win


Pakistan 135 for 7 (Hafeez 25, Kapali 2-12) beat Bangladesh 85 for 9 (Nasir 35*, Malik 2-7) by 50 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mushfiqur Rahim said before the match that it was time for Bangladesh to stop aiming for "respectable losses" and show they can compete against the best. By the interval, their spinners had laid the groundwork for a confidence-building win at the start of the series, but those hopes fizzled out as Pakistan's varied attack proved far superior. Barely seven overs into the chase, the result was a foregone conclusion.

Pakistan's ruthlessness wasn't surprising. Their bowlers, especially the spinners, downed Sri Lanka in all three formats in the UAE barely a few days before they landed in Bangladesh. That they conceded their first boundary only in the ninth over was an example of their discipline.

Pakistan had their anxious moments with the bat, struggling to post even 135 despite their brisk start, but with the ball in hand, they never gave the hosts an inch. There was an air of expectation from the packed, weekday crowd at the Shere Bangla Stadium when the Bangladesh openers walked out, but the chase had derailed once Pakistan had them struggling at 15 for 3 at the end of five overs.

Umar Gul started the slide when he trapped Naeem Islam in front in the second over. Mohammad Hafeez then had Alok Kapali chipping to midwicket for a duck, and confusion in the calling led to Imrul Kayes' run-out. Save for a drop at long-off by Umar Gul, Pakistan's fielding was sharp.

The more experienced duo of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim had a tougher task than they would have anticipated, but even they couldn't display any resilience to make the chase more competitive. They didn't have the luxury of time - the run-rate inched along at a rate comparable to modern Test cricket.

Shakib lost his offstump trying to cut Hafeez, and that increased the pressure on Mushfiqur, who struggled to combat Saeed Ajmal's parsimonious bowling from round the wicket. Mahmudullah nicked Aizaz Cheema's first ball of the match, and with the required rate crossing 11, Mushfiqur perished trying to be innovative - a reverse paddle landed just short of short third man, but Nasir wasn't interested in the single, leaving his captain stranded.

A flat-batted swat in the ninth over by Nasir off Cheema gave Bangladesh a release, but it was only momentary as Bangladesh had to wait till the 16th over for their next boundary. The result was inevitable, and the only positive for Bangladesh was the fact that they batted out 20 overs.

It wasn't the easiest outing for Pakistan's batsmen either. It was a tough initiation as Bangladesh played to their strength - spin - to restrict the tourists to 135. Pakistan started brightly after winning the toss, but the going got tough once the slower bowlers - five in all - began operating at either end on a typically dark Dhaka pitch.

The captain Mushfiqur Rahim didn't waste any time getting his spinners on, bringing in Abdur Razzak as early as the second over. The in-form Hafeez went on the attack and while he was around, Pakistan were motoring along at eight an over.

The ninth over was significant for Bangladesh as Shakib managed to keep the aggressive Hafeez quiet for five balls. Determined to break the shackles, Hafeez attempted a slog and lost his wicket. Bangladesh took control after that wicket-maiden.

Asad Shafiq and Shahid Afridi both perished in similar fashion, getting caught in the deep. The captain Misbah tried restoring some order but he kept running out of partners.

The procession of wickets continued when Bangladesh went out to bat. With spin expected to dominate this tour, Bangladesh will have to figure out how to tackle Pakistan's slower bowlers on pitches suited to their style.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • narsimha on December 1, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    BRAVOBRAVO ,Are you really serious, is INDIA REALLY over hyed team , if one white wash in alian condions is too much for you , than what about ENG which won nothing in IND for the last 2 decades , if we go with your great desire stripping so called over hyped IND team of off test staus than how could you run international cricket as so called over hyped team india generates more than 80% of revenue & besides one billion fan following.

  • Sri on November 30, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    @Zia Rehman Kindly enlighten us with the reasons other than cricket why Pak lost to India in the world cup. You seem to know a lot more than the average cricket fan here.

  • hasan on November 30, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    common pcb and misbah & co persevere with malik for this whole series pls one 50 or 30 odd innings cud bring back his confidence... pakistan really need him he is a gud allrounder and yet to turn 30 yrs of age...let him play matches conseccutively let him bat , bowl consecutively atleast for this series in order to bring bak his confidence, even if he fails to impress this series u can keep him out...the more u play the more u shine... i dont know why he is using new pair of pads and bat... common malik stick to your older ones u hav used it for more than 150 razzaq is injured keep him out dont risk him we need him against england...

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    pakistani team is doing a great job in misbah captiancy , i wud say dis pakistani team is better than any other team .. world number bowling unit and batting order is getting better t0o,

  • soha on November 30, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    what about umar gul's 50 wickets.... no one bothered to mention that why?

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    where is wahab riaz !! bring him !! and drop sohail tanvir !!!

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Yes Bangladesh must stop aiming the respectable Defeat They are no longer to be called as relatively new in world Cricket only their Performance labelled them still minnows in International Level.If we say Pakistan Hats off to them They have probably poor Domestic structure backed up by Fragile PCB,No International Cricket at Home,Players surrounded by mafia,Involvement in match fixing Spot Fixing episode They still prevail Brilliance.Bangladesh on the other hand only improved by claiming as Giant Killer or Can pull up surprise team.Common Bangladesh Grow up please for the sake of game

  • Anas on November 30, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Pakistan bowling was brilliant. Hope that Saeed Ajmal do a good job against England. Really excited to see his new mystery ball which will be introduced against England.

  • Deepak on November 30, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    @BravoBravo - Ind or NZ they win consistently everywhere, Ind won T20, in 2007, WC in 2011, They beat Aus in Australia. What about Pak or BD, True that Ind were whitewashed in Eng, but the same English team were torn in India in all 5 ODI's, hope you have a good memory ina ll these. DOnt make a mistake, SRL were like BD for 10-12 years, but they picked up so nicely, but thats not the case with the BD team, they are unfit team I can say 1000 times. Do you have any proof that they have beaten any good team in the last 3 years. Their draw against a good team itself is the one thing they can boast off. Apart then that they have nothing at all. Tey were torn away by Zim in BD itself. So do you still think they are a team, Look Rahim's comment, they missed Tamim which was negative, he is not a good player either as he is overhyped too.He could not not have the match for BD by mistake also.Pak bowling is good at the moment.Bye Bye BD, pls wait for the whitewash.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    ptv home will be telecasting this series b/w pakistan vs bangladesh ..

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