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

Bowlers lead Pakistan to crushing win

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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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  • g.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.

  • netcricketfan4ever 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.

  • nafdan 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 innings...as razzaq is injured keep him out dont risk him we need him against england...

  • 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,

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

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

  • on November 30, 2011, 11:24 GMT

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

  • 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

  • AnasK55 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.

  • ibbani 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.

  • on November 30, 2011, 10:03 GMT

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

  • g.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.

  • netcricketfan4ever 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.

  • nafdan 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 innings...as razzaq is injured keep him out dont risk him we need him against england...

  • 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,

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

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

  • on November 30, 2011, 11:24 GMT

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

  • 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

  • AnasK55 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.

  • ibbani 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.

  • on November 30, 2011, 10:03 GMT

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

  • khurramsch on November 30, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    good win for pak. but 2 things they need to consider, shoaib is completely out of form & SOHAIL TANVER is playing as batting allrounder & he cant even pick singles. seen in SL series as well. if razak fits he should be back & malik also not doing so should be replaced.1 thing i couldnt understand why bangladesh play 8 bowling allrounders (apart from 2/3 good batsman like shakib & other) but why cant they play professional batsman ? i mean using 8/9 bowlers isnt going to help when their batting averages are way too less.

  • mianshaukat on November 30, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Good job Pakistan! Team selection could be much better. No way Shoaib Mallik and Sohail Tanveer deserve a place in the team! Let us strengthen Pakistan by removing both of these players. And, Shoaib Mallik should have his benefit match immediately!! Good luck Team Pakistan!

  • on November 30, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    skysports is live telecasting....................................

  • Cricochat on November 30, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    Pakistan has won that is great.... and Pakistan is winning for last 5,6 months that is even greater.... but the only problem I see is that none of Pakistan top order batsmen have made big scores... and if Pakistan plays with this batting habit against solid batting countries like Australia, South Africa and India... Pakistan might face a lot of problems... So Pakistan needs to improve their... batting skills.. a lot...

  • on November 30, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Good win Pakistan.... Tanvir & Malik should be axed...otherwise they will be out after getting hammered from a good side...that will effect team as well... so better to axe them now...& Good Luck for BD brothers up coming matches....

  • on November 30, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    @anwaralam: PTV HOME telecasted the T20 match betwen PAK & BAN... also SKY SPORTS. Sohail tanvir's poor attitude needs to b dealt with. i simply dont understand that y sohail tanvir is showing soo much attitude with so little in the bag. shoaib malik is having a poor form of his life. he is a senior player, stayed out of the team for quite a long time. u can wait for his form as long as u r winning but the day u'll lose a match shoaib malik will b under xtreme fire & criticism.

  • on November 30, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    want younis khan for shoeb malik and wahab riaz for sohai tanvir

  • on November 30, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    CRICKET OR MESS OF BATSMAN!! COME ON BD!!!!!!

  • Ahsan_Shere on November 30, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    Bring on Afaq Raheem, Fawad Alam Fahad Iqbal & Shoaib Khan if you want to check your best players in domestic circuit

  • Ahsan_Shere on November 30, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Check out Noor ul Amin & Kashif Bhatti Yasir Shah as ODI replacement for Saeed Ajmal & Shahid Afridi if they aren't fit or if you gonna give them rest before important series or against weaker opponents.

  • Ahsan_Shere on November 30, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    Pak have to emphasize their second string bowling as it is their strength, don't always play your first string as we did in Zimbabwe & just as India doing with their batting against WI...bring on Saeed Bin Nasir, Usman Salahuddin,Tabish Khan, Yasir Ali, Tanvir Ahmed Sadaf Hussain, Danish Kaneria etc to check out what their best players of domestic circuit can do

  • on November 30, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Pakistan was favorite and they did perfor but poorly. score should have been around 200. Afridi is losing his chances to become an unbeatable batsman ( total runs) as far as runs are concerned. he needs to focus not on sixes only, 2 and 4's are equally good. Misbah is always upto our expectations. How they perform with England has yet to be seen.

  • kashi12345 on November 30, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    i like the way hafeez bowl....he is one of the world class spinner we have ...not forget, he is also improving his batting..he is a good option for captain after Misbah...love u pakistani team......

  • EddyEhmed on November 30, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    And this was expected.... as Tamim and Mush were praising Ajmal... which already meant they had thrown their towels even before the tour started...... Congrats to both the players for creating fear in BD team...

  • on November 30, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    WE R THE LIONS AND NO ONE CAN STOP US EVEN INDIA AND ENGLAND

  • EddyEhmed on November 30, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    I feel if any chance world has to defeat Pakistan cricket team right now, then they should make fast tracks... slow tracks will be helping Pakistani Batsman & Pakistani Bowlers, and Fast tracks will only help their bowlers... that's just an idea, at least should be tried once...

  • birdz_eye on November 30, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Its a good practice series for Pakistan to try different tactics & combinations before the England series. For BD it would be the hard learning phase & they should try & fight it out instead of panicking when challenge gets stiffer. As for ppl who think that Pakistan is playing with minnows they need to look into their own team performance struggling to in Tests & ODIs against WI & being white washed in English tour. Bowling has always been Pakistan's strength so they will keep on wining over their strength batting is Average yes & that is why they are not # 1 yet but the way they are playing after having darkest of the controversies & loosing their big guns its truly remarkable. Pakistan have beaten porties many time in recent past, they were competitive against Aussies & England at away series in 2010 in face they beat Australia out of WC-11. If they are able to hold on to this stability they currently posses they will beat England, SA, Aus & IND comprehensively in 2012.

  • on November 30, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    stop criticising misbah.best captain in the history of pak after imran khan.

  • husey on November 30, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    just gving him last chance to show hi performance.........!!!

  • anwaralam on November 30, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    After the Pakistani batting perfomance it appeared that Bangladesh would have an easy win. But the Pakistani bowlers xswept any hopes Bangladesh had of winning the match. Well done Pakistan.

    Can anyone tell me which Sports channel is telecasting the Bangladesh vs Pakistan current matches in Bangladesh???

  • AnotherCricketer on November 30, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    @crictalia. ditto. Yes, the fact that Shoib hasn't performed is news worthy. Though what is even more disconcerting is that there is little critic in the media on his clueless play. Let's not forget, we are talking about PCB, not Cricket Australia, or even BCCI. Change only comes with a big crisis. And change is not needed since the team is winning.

  • on November 30, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    well done BD bowlers, but very dysmal performance by batters. I do not know when our batters show their responsibility and won the match which was frequently created by the bowlers. BD now getting more oportunity against big teams even at home ground but did not capitulisation the opportunity. We love our cricket but the boys are to be more alert on their duties, otherwise people lost their faith upon the boys and looking for new guys that obviously does not culminate good result. Albeit all looking for good day for BD.

  • Himad on November 30, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Gunner4life wants to know why Fawad Alam is not in the team....The answer is simple, he has got arms of a lady and cant hit sixes. He also cant take singles at well and shuffles too much at the crease. He can be tried someday in tests though once he improves his physique. Sohail Tanvir is a total failure and should be shown the door. Shoaib Malik is okey in T20 but shouldn't be tried beyond that type of cricket. Actually Pakistan's persistence with him was the main reason the names of Hafeez and Misbah remained unheard all these years. The other guy that needs to go is Imran farhat, simply because he doesn't belong to international cricket. We need to bring couple of young guys for all these sifarashi's and then I think we can beat anyone on anyday.

  • thePakistanian on November 30, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    I can't see any sensible Pakistani at this moment opposing to Misbah being in team as captain or not! He's got an outstanding average in all formats & is in great form! He's not a natural leader or greatest captain & is surely more defensive but he's bringing the team together. Not just that he has a Cool & CALM head & is thats required always, but he's the ONLY one right now who can guide the ship of Pak cricket through the storms it's passing thru! Malik's got talent &is a good Alrounder but not performing. I think we should give him this series but if he fails as he has since his return, then he shouldn't be in England tour. All those who want Younis in T20;He's retired from T20 since 2009 World T20 & I also think he should retire from ODIs too & focus on Tests! Azhar Ali is the guy who is extremely consistant in Tests & he should be given chance to settle in ODIs. As Azhar is 26 now & Younis 37, we need to look for future players! Umar Akmal, Azhar & Asad Shfieq etc are Future!

  • crictalia on November 30, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    Can someone tell me why Shoaib malik is still playing aftr such a pathetc prfrmnce agnst SriLanka

  • hasib9 on November 30, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    The current BD players should not even be allowed to play T20 format, with the only exception of Shakib. Where are players like Aftab, Nazimuddin, and bowlers like Shahadat and Mortaza? I would very much like to know who repeatedly picked players like Naeem, Raqibul, Kayes, Mahmudullah, & Mushfiq, for T20.

  • getsetgopk on November 30, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    A margin of 50 runs is too big for a T20 match, 135 was a very good score on low, slow and turning pitch, Bangla spinners bowled well and didn't give pak easy runs, but its Pak bowling that is a class apart something Bangla batters haven't seen in a while. looking at this match i can see how the rest of the series will pan out but my best wishes for our BD brothers.

  • AnotherCricketer on November 29, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    Sohail Tanveer again managed to give a mediocre performance. In his current display of form, I don't even want to imagine the outcome if Pakistan were to play an established team. Pakistan has no dearth of all rounders and yet there is continued dependence on Sohail Tanvir. At least I can't explain the reasons behind it.

  • pak78 on November 29, 2011, 22:00 GMT

    cograts team pakistan batting needs to improve hell of a lot and v cant always rely on our bowlers even though v can defend any score given and which ever team gives it to uz.

  • on November 29, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    bating side ia still poor

  • on November 29, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Pakistan is playing great at the moment and winning the series against Bangladesh would be of no surprise. But Pakistan need to groom their youngsters and need to make team selection based on performances in the domestic circuit otherwise what is the point, if performances or not rewarded. And i believe that Shoaib Malik has done nothing to justify his place (international level is not to be taken as a place to find your form- that is to be done during practice matches. And its not just Shoaib Malik who does not deserve his place there are few others such as Imran Farhat, Sohail Tanvir.

  • haq33 on November 29, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    usa pak cricket follower.....agree with you 100% re: misbah in semifinal. sachidanand....u dont know what ure talking about.....dhaka is a slow track and a spinner's paradise, difficult to get the ball away esp against the bangla battery of spinners.......it's just that pak's specialist spinners are far superior to any other nation's at the moment.....even india's pathologically uninspiring monochrome team of batting allrounders would do very well bowling on dhaka's track. 135 was a reasonable score given the conditions. pak's batting presently has actually been coming good on batting friendly tracks.....and not so good on slow tracks - which is to be expected. i doubt many teams could reach the 160's/170's on that track today, possibly RSA or Aus.

  • on November 29, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Bangladesh bowled well. Don't underestimate them, they are good at home, in the last 2 years they have whitewashed NZ 4-0, beat WI twice and England twice, unless we play every game to our potential and make sure we don't collapse while batting like we did today, Bangla can spring surprises

  • Saqib_Baig on November 29, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    @ Sachin - It is a team game. So if a team has a better bowling attack than its batting, so be it. Your comment is like e.g. India should not win because of batting as they have a better batting team or WI shouldn't have won matched because of their bowling in 1980s. PAK has 3 guys in top 10 bowling in ODIs so for sure they will win more matches due to their bowling.

  • Marahaba_Yaa_Habibi on November 29, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    I hope Pakistan would have been in trouble if there would another team like Ind, Aus. They need to review the batting strategy specifically for T20. The fighter batsmen should be given an earlier chance so that they can read the pitch and then can go for their natural instinct. Bringing player like Afridi in last overs just for few balls makes no sense, where he will be forced to hit a six on every ball. Misbah can utilize Afridi and fighters very well if he follows a pattern adopted by Y.Khan in 2009 WC when the fighters were utilized earlier and defensive batsmen were given chance later.

  • gunnerr4life on November 29, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Can somebody tell me that what has fawad alam done wrong to be out of the test side? Even after scoring 168 in his last test innings against Srilanka in Srilanka he is continuously ignored by the selectors ! SIMPLY RIDICULOUS .

  • Faircricket11220 on November 29, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    love the way the bowlers today for pakistan...bangledesh batsman lack implication of how to bat against spin eventhough playing at their own home ground...pakistan is very underestimated on any given day we can beat any team in the world as u saw in the world cup...shoib needs to get off the mark he just needs to be patient hes very talented,sohail tanvir cant swing the ball like he use to therefore his bowling is ordinary...i know there are many young batsmen in pakistan waiting for there call up for the time being but i feel this is the best squad for pakistan in t20 with adjustment of putting hammad azam as being the best choice and ahmed shahzad but other than that rameez raja junior cant perform like others on the international level only in domestic they need more grooming

  • Desihungama on November 29, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    I understand the logic when Misbah says they need to give Malik more chances to come good. So why can't you give Imran Nazir a try for the Twenty20's (ONLY)? or Nasir Jamshed? Just say it you are helpless since Malik has got a strong political backing. He was in the President house just a few a days ago and all of a sudden selected for the tour. And Asad Shafique is NOT a 20/20 player for God's sake. Next thing you know when he fails in 20/20, he'll be kicked out from Test and ODI too.

  • Ahsan_Shere on November 29, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Bring some more young fast bowlers & middle order batsmen to play against Bangladesh for e.g. Sadaf Hussain Usman Salahuddin, Saeed bin Nasir etc. to give a bit of rest to Younis Khan & Umar Gul for England series. We can't see them injured in the upcoming important series as their spearheads of our batting & bowling departments respectively.

  • on November 29, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    It is a good start for Pakistani team, but we want more from our batsmen, there are bunch of players and they should to play a good game and give our bowlers to fight with, 135 is not a good scores, if there was another side they would get very easily. Our side should show more displan in batting, as we have very tough tour ahead against one of the best side, England

  • Stark62 on November 29, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    After seeing this result, I'm just wondering.......did we really need to play a full strength team?

    Where are the youngsters (I'm not talking about 28-30 year old)?

    I would have loved to see Sadaf Hussain, Mohammed Rameez, Nasir Jamshed, Naved Yasin, Hammad Azam and Fawad Alam (a proper chance, especially in Tests) in the playing 11 or at least in the 15 man squad.

  • on November 29, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Its funny how Misbah said that he was happy with Pak's batting performance. It sucked eggs. Your team is scoring 135 in a t20 game against the worst team in the world (in top 10 chart) and you're saying; you are happy with team's batting performance. Like always, it was Pak's well balanced and effective bowling attack which saved them from disgrace. As of this moment, there is only one champion batsman in this team, who is complete, in terms of technique, temperament and style, and i e Umar Akmal. The true future of Pak. The kid is so talented, he can shine in all formats of the game, even in Test matches, which truly make a batsman great. He is not one dimensional cricketer like Afridi, Misbah, Malik or the other Akmal.

  • on November 29, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Malik got 2 wickets giving 7 runs in 2 overs. What else you want from an all-rounder, dear guys...

  • TitooMomo on November 29, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Pakistan did it again Time is coming the combination is getting set in the team and they r rocking every one. Pakistanis r coming back to their strength Allah bless them Pakistan zindabad

  • Desihungama on November 29, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    What I saw from Nasir Hossain in the last 2 overs of the match was so disgusting as a cricket fan. He seemed he did not even want to try to win. Fine. What he was doing is taking a double in the middle and then a run at the last ball just so he can keep the strike to do what? Improve his run rate and score as many? With this attitude, Bangladesh is never going to forget win even compete.

  • BravoBravo on November 29, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    @ibbani: I don't agree with the comment. There are other teams who never did well in decades like NZ, and IND (overhyped team) which has been recently whitewashed, why they are carrying test status. If they are, then why not BD is qualified for their test/ODI status. NZ, IND has worst WIN to LOSS ratio in each format of the game (may be better than BD and SL), and these 2 teams are playing for like last 80 years. Congratulation to PAK is a very good team in reality (not just hyped team), they played better and won.@ cric_fan, which quality teams, are you referring to AUS, ENG, or some whitewashed team.

  • wnwn on November 29, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    The reason Sohail Tanveer is in the team is that Mohsin Khan rates him very highly having seen his t20 international debut 4 years ago. But he is a completely different bowler now who has lost most of his pace and rarely swings the ball which is why he shouldn't be playing for Pakistan.

  • deconstruct on November 29, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    We are indeed a strange nation! In no other country would a winning captain - and one who took over the team at its worst time and turned it around - would be criticized like Misbah is being criticized by some of our hare brained cricket experts. Those who think he should not be in this team for T20 and ODI's no NOTHING about cricket!

  • Behind_the_Wicket on November 29, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Really , We have lost a lot of matches because when Younas Khan and Misbah come they start blocking and blocking rather than make runs , then run rate increase and lower order have to take risk in this situation , in risk , they lost their wickets quickly...

  • ahmadz on November 29, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    shoaib and sohail tanvir should be out of the team now. shoaib had too many chances. bring some youngester in. rameez raja junior was good. ahmad shehzad, umer amin are waiting in the wings again. similarly hammad azam is much better player than sohail tanvir, almost identical to razaq.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on November 29, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Pakistan washed out the prediction and anticipation of some people about unlikely win for Bangladesh in wonderful style. Sohail Tanvir and Shoaib Malik's performance was mediocre. Sohail Tanvir was included in the team as all rounder but his batting and fielding is very ordinary. While Shoaib Malik got too many chances but unable to perform. I reckon there is no place for Sohail and Malik for ODIs.

  • on November 29, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    @awais u are right 10000% right

  • ibbani on November 29, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Bangla is an unfit team in International level. They cant beat Canada or Namibia also. They are fit for last spot as always since there is no competition. ICC must snatch the test and ODI status from them and leave them to play only T20 since their team can last only for less than 20 overs lol.

  • on November 29, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    now we should GET RID OF SHOAIB MALIK At least in upcoming odis and give HAMMAD AZAM A CHANCE LAHORE PAKISTAN

  • AteeqR on November 29, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Go Pakistan.... Great win. May Allah give them more success. Amin. Wining is the key guys. Does not matter how we get to it. Misbah, Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Gul, Afridi, Ajmal, Malik are all stars for our team. Malik is in a rough patch but support him, he still have few good years to give to this Pakistani side....

  • on November 29, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    When I saw pitch and Pak post 135 runs. I thought Bangladesh needs two innings to win that t20. Hell spiners pro pitch. This pitch and Pak bowling forget to win a match even opponents are any team of world

  • on November 29, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Pakistan might be too strong to go down on spinning tracks as they have the best spin attack in the world right now but have no other option as spin is their strong point as well.

  • hanguwal on November 29, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    now we shoulg get rid of shoaib malik there is no place for him in this team otherwise he will politics again,,,,,,,,,, like he did against younas khan

  • AtifFazal11 on November 29, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    I guess this is what the whole one-day series will be like. Low scoring and dominated by Pakistani spinners

  • kapt.slim on November 29, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Congratulations to Team Pakistan. I would like to remind all those who hate Misbah ul haq and want him out of T20 that its always the Misbah's sensible batting which saves Pakistan skin during crucial moments. Like today Misbah's 22 help Pakistan to built a fighting total of 135. Misbah does not have a star power like Afridi but he is to be appreciated for leading Team Pakistan effeciant

  • fazaian on November 29, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    It is a good omen to start a series to a win. The rest of the series is really a nice one and it is also a nice experience for the Bangla Desh also.

  • on November 29, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    @ zulfi43 i think all of you need to give misbah a break and stop being childish! misbah often insures that no collapse ensues in the batting lineup while the flashy fall to the wayside!

    the semi final against india was never going to be pakistan's due to reasons unrelated to cricket and we all know that! stop giving misbah hell for it !

    Shoaib mirza however should be dropped after this tour if he cant even perform against BD (no offence)

  • on November 29, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    in the post match ceremony i heard mushfiq ur rahim say that it will be difficult to beat pakistan on such turning tracks......this utter negative mindset will get them nowhere.....i was shocked to hear this specially from him who also happens to be their captain

  • USAPakCricFollower on November 29, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    @zulfi43 Hogwash! Misbah's batting won the T20 against Sri Lanka, without him we would have lost. And if Misbah had not held his end in the WC Semi then Pak would have been bundled out for 30 runs less than they score. The problem in WC Semi was not Misbah but the lack of scoring from others, including the captain Afridi. Misbah has proven his leadership and calming effect is needed in all forms of cricket for Pakistan to be consistently successful. Period, end of story.

  • on November 29, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    I just can't understand why people always keep saying only one thing that get rid of misbah.what's the problem with people.he is a Guy who plays according to situation.pakistan would have not won against srilanka in last odi and t20 with out misbah.infact Sohail tanveer and Malik should be axed forever.

  • ajmal1988 on November 29, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Poor performance by Bangladesh, what are they doing in international cricket? ICC has just wasted their money for so many years.

  • on November 29, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    MISBAH is the back bone of this team he always stand up in crucial time afridi throws his wicket again!!!!!! not a huge shock hafeez is going gr8 along with awl the bowlers!! well done PAKISTAN!!!!

  • on November 29, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    Bangladesh must must work harder to fight for wins instead of respactable losses

  • on November 29, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    wicket waz soo poor,if Bangladesh wants to improve their stander they shd prepare track where their batsman can put some score on the board,i dont know wat they are trying to do?????

  • on November 29, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    we will give a fight obviously.... Its just started.

  • Behind_the_Wicket on November 29, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Hard Luck for Bangladesh , Pakistani Team is proving better and better these days but there is many useless players in this team, Shoaib Malik , Sohail Tanveer , Cheema , Younas Khan and captain Misbah , But I think luck is with them therefore Afridi and Hafeez both are saving the team every time..

  • on November 29, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Those demanding Misbah to be sidelined must be disregarded for their naivete. Pakistan team is like no other team. As soo as you appoint someone else as captain of T-20 and ODI team the scheming will start and rival groups will form. Misbah's contribution for this team is all there for everyone to see and some of it also happens behind the scenes where he keeps the dressing room calm. We do not need hot heads like Afridi or occasional performers like Hafeez as captain. I will have Misbah as Captain in all formats at least till the T-20 WC.

  • mustufa on November 29, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Please stop being selectors, and watch the game.

  • on November 29, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    afidi should be captain int20........................................

  • on November 29, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    To all Bangladeshi Fans out there, IT IS NOT A WEST INDIES TEAM, So clean sweep is ON but from Pakistan to Bangladesh.. You don't have skill to cope with Immense Talent of Pakistan yet.

  • cric_fan__ on November 29, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    once again poor batting performance from pakistan... their bowling can save them against small teams.. but against quality teams they can't win with bowling only....

  • on November 29, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    easy win....looking forward 2 boring series.....3-0...............i think malik should be given a chance..he is returning after a long gap...and afridi should ba appointed as captain of t20format

  • on November 29, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Awsm game by pakistan and was expected and only pakistan will have losen if pakistan have played very bad boom boom afridi ajmal and hafeez

  • on November 29, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    cant believe !!!! well played pakistan !! Allahu Akbar !!

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    instead of a contest wot we got was a really dull one sided match as a pakistani fan im hoping bangladesh would be alot more competitive in the one days this was too easy and bangladesh is alot better than this

  • LeftBrain on November 29, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    It was on the card. Bangladesh is not good enough team to challenge Pakistan. Normally talent is the basic criteria for a player to be selected in any international team, in Bangladeshs case, I think thier basic criteria is ability to panic easily. In all those years they have played at highest level, the constant factor with Bangladesh is they panic in almost every match and almost never ever convert any good starts given to them.

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    I think Shoaib Malik and Tanvir should be replaced by Younis and Junaid.....

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    excellent performance Pakistan keep it up Muhammad Hafeez always rocks

  • G4rgoyle on November 29, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    @zulfi43 - I think your commnets about Misbah might be a bit harsh. Considering the situation, and the quality of bowling he saved his wicket to play through the allotted overs and put up a defendable total. Overall a great performance by Pakistanis, it is great to see the team increasingly getting better. Goodluck for the rest of the tour.

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    itz all bcz ov spin pitch bd forget tht pak spin attack is far better than them

  • adnan_rifat84 on November 29, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    well done pakistan ..keep winning like that..because slowly and steady wins the race

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    misbah rocks pakistan will win the series frm bangla desh as well as england

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    pak bowling is awsome............................................

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Well Done Pakistan!! You Have To Win All The Formats ... To Clean The Stain Of Spot Fixing on you ...! Good Luck

  • tick on November 29, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    last time pakistan played odi in bangladesh they torn westindies apart by 10 wkts after bowling them out for 112...so bangladesh needs to produce high scoring consistent pitches to make a contest out of series. surely they know pakistan is no newzeland...

  • Sprit_of_Cricket on November 29, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    Good comprehensive win specially by bowlers of Pakistan. Umer akmal need to work on his short selection and Malik seem to me as lost his faith to be a good hand for Pakistan. I would also like Imran ferhat to show sportsman sprit and walkout instead of leaving decision on umpire. Good to see some nice shots by Nasir Hosain as he seems to be a future star of Bangladesh. Good luck both teams to have a good contest in ODI's

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    agree with zulfi..........

  • Afridipak on November 29, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    misbah is good for T20 this is Thanks to him that We won the T20 against sri lanka and even today his 20 runs were crucial good performance by pak but Please No more sohail tanvir!!!!!!!!!

  • AsadCricFan on November 29, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Still don't understand the inclusion of Shoaib Malik and Sohail Tanvir.

  • wnwn on November 29, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Good captaincy by Mushfiqur Rahim to keep rotating his bowlers. If he didn't i reckon Pakistan would have got 150 but 135 on that track was worth a lot more especially with our spinners. Why wasn't Tamim Iqbal playing? The Bangladesh batsmen need to forget this defensive mentality and go for their shots.

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    i feel sad for our brothers.. GL BD for rest of the tour :((((

  • Rakim on November 29, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Woah, That was a spinners' dream pitch. Pak spinners dominated them. Although things would've been different if they had Tamim. Anyways, so happy for Pak. Boom Boom!! ^^

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Pakistan played well and carry on there winning momentm

  • BRAVEPAKISTAN on November 29, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan :D this is the begining of bangladesh white wash :D bangladesh dreaming to high before the start of series ,so now wake up banlgadesh :P this is not Westindies .Good luck Pakistan for ODI's .Pakistan ROcks :)

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    ds spin bowlng of afridi, hafeez, ajmal, malik.....can lead pakistan to 1st position in all formats....

  • Green_Shirts on November 29, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    In the end it was all Pakistan...........nice captaincy by Misbah.........Malik should be axed !!!

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    A really nice win for Pakistan, but would say it was inevitable. Amazed to see how high Bangladeshi commentators spoke of their team when Pakistan was batting, get reasonable people. Now, what is Shoaib Malik and Shoail Tanveer doing in the team? Either they are there to bat (which they can't) or ball (if tanveer doesn't ball within 10 overs than he ain't a bowler). Replacement should be found for that and some justice should be done, I am afraid but they both had their time now it aint there. Shoaib didn't even perform in domestic too!!!COME ON!!!!

    I see another clean sweep win for Pakistan, nice that they will end the year on a high to face a competitive team like England.

  • hadeed on November 29, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Malik has done well in past he needs one big inning to come on top. he will prove he still has enough in him

  • honestno2 on November 29, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Oh Ya .......Pak All the way.......and for bangladesh....this tactics nt gona work...atleas against Pak... ;) but still all da best

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    bangladesh u r lllllllllllooooooooooooollllllllllllllzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • sabee66 on November 29, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Pakistan should send their B team against BENGALIs.. They are good for few shots they are still learning, they should play agains Afghanistan

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    wohhooo malik rockeddd !!

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    wonnnnnnnnnnnn,,, go go pakistan. Long live Pakistan

  • on November 29, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    @ Ahmed A Rahman Bangladesh will win? May be you predicted it too early. Bangladesh 23-5 lol Pakistan's bowling attack is one of the best bowling attacks right now.

  • zulfi43 on November 29, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    shoab malik and misbah must expel from t 20 misbah is good for one day and test. his bating always a copy of wc semi fina.

  • on November 29, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    we will win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • on November 29, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    we will win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • zulfi43 on November 29, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    shoab malik and misbah must expel from t 20 misbah is good for one day and test. his bating always a copy of wc semi fina.

  • on November 29, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    @ Ahmed A Rahman Bangladesh will win? May be you predicted it too early. Bangladesh 23-5 lol Pakistan's bowling attack is one of the best bowling attacks right now.

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    wonnnnnnnnnnnn,,, go go pakistan. Long live Pakistan

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    wohhooo malik rockeddd !!

  • sabee66 on November 29, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Pakistan should send their B team against BENGALIs.. They are good for few shots they are still learning, they should play agains Afghanistan

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    bangladesh u r lllllllllllooooooooooooollllllllllllllzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • honestno2 on November 29, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Oh Ya .......Pak All the way.......and for bangladesh....this tactics nt gona work...atleas against Pak... ;) but still all da best

  • hadeed on November 29, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Malik has done well in past he needs one big inning to come on top. he will prove he still has enough in him

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    A really nice win for Pakistan, but would say it was inevitable. Amazed to see how high Bangladeshi commentators spoke of their team when Pakistan was batting, get reasonable people. Now, what is Shoaib Malik and Shoail Tanveer doing in the team? Either they are there to bat (which they can't) or ball (if tanveer doesn't ball within 10 overs than he ain't a bowler). Replacement should be found for that and some justice should be done, I am afraid but they both had their time now it aint there. Shoaib didn't even perform in domestic too!!!COME ON!!!!

    I see another clean sweep win for Pakistan, nice that they will end the year on a high to face a competitive team like England.