Pakistan in Bangladesh ODI Series - 1st ODI

Bangladesh v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 5 wickets (with 146 balls remaining)

1.25pm Shafiq (not Asad, as far as I know): "In presence of Hafeez, keeping Malik defies logic and a sin. We don't need Malik's experience, we need Asad Shafiq's batting skills."

Asad (not Shafiq, as far as I know): "Hey sid thanks for waiting. "they've picked a sensible side today" :P"

Not too big a crowd in yet. Misbah says he would have liked to bat first as well, but hopes the moisture will help Pakistan early on.

Mohammad Hafeez to bowl. Slip and leg slip in place.

1.20pm Shehreyar Khan also backs Malik's inclusion:"@Irfan: Well I think you got to appreciate Misbah for that. He knows Malik is a talented and handy ODI n T20 player. After a long time, he's coming back into the team and so he needs to battle against the increasing pressure as well. That Misbah is persisting with him to get him back into the groove is really encouraging. One good innings and Malik will start performing. I think managements need to back former senior players along with the youngsters."

The pitch has some amount of grass, unusual for Mirpur. The fast bowlers could get some movement on the track, while the spinners are likely to have lesser help, according to Ranil Abeyanake on NEO cricket.

1.15pm The first comment of the day is typically indignant about the team selection. Irfan: "Holllyyy Molllyyy ! Asad Shafiq is dropped and Shoaib Malik retains his place ! you got to be kidding me !"

Eusha: "Pakistan definitely has, quite surprisingly, the best spin attack in the world at this moment! But, historically the Pakistanis were always known for producing grand pace bowlers! That's so weird!"

The mails continue to pour in about Malik's inclusion. Not to be left behind are the Bangladesh fans. Here's Uddin: "Where is Elias Sunny of Bangladesh team???" And Ulumbush: "Why is Farhad Reza in the team. He is a mini all rounder who is neither a specialized bowler nor a specialized batsman."

I still await the day when our readers send in loads of "they've picked a sensible side today" mails after the XIs are announced.

Saeed is one of few defending Shoaib Malik, sort of. "Irfan I understand how you feel. But lets give shoaib one more chance to prove his worth in this ODI. If he can't make anything happen with bat or ball, than he should be axed. "

1.00pm Toss Bangladesh have chosen to bat. Good news for Bangladesh fans is that Tamim is fit. Nafees also plays.

For Pakistan, changes from the T20 XI are Younis Khan and Sarfraz Ahmed coming in for Asad Shafiq and Sohail Tanvir.

12.55pm Hello, we are five minutes away from the toss between Bangladesh and Pakistan. Bangladesh's strength at home has been their army of spinners, but that could be nullified as Pakistan have a formidable bunch of tweakers themselves - Saeed Ajmal is the No. 1 one-day bowler, Shahid Afridi regularly bamboozled the Sri Lankan lower order in the UAE, and Mohammad Hafeez is proving an effective third spinner.

0.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tamim Iqbal, no run, first ball is very full, carefully defended to the leg side

0.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tamim Iqbal, no run, pitched up again, driven off the front foot towards mid-off

0.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tamim Iqbal, no run, punched back towards the bowler this time

0.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, Hafeez has got the big wicket, he's off on a celebratory run after getting Tamim lbw, that was slightly full from Hafeez pitching around middle, Tamim opted to play that off the back foot instead on coming forward, the ball slides on and strikes the pads, probably would have taken leg stump, height wasn't a problem there, Hafeez can't do a thing wrong these days

Tamim Iqbal lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 0 (2m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Over the wicket to the right-hander

0.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Naeem Islam, no run, length ball outside off, defended towards cover off the front foot

0.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Naeem Islam, no run, looks to defend down the ground, gets a thick outside edge towards point

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) Bangladesh 0/1 (RR: 0.00)
Naeem Islam    0* (2b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-1-0-1
Shahriar Nafees    0* (0b)     

Umar Gul charges in

1.1

Umar Gul to Shahriar Nafees, no run, bowled on a good length outside off, got to the keeper on the bounce as Nafees let it go

1.2

Umar Gul to Shahriar Nafees, 1 wide, a wide down the leg side, landed outside leg and went a touch further down

1.2

Umar Gul to Shahriar Nafees, no run, goodish length on the off, nips back in and he gets forward to defend it back to the bowler

1.3

Umar Gul to Shahriar Nafees, no run, shortish on the off, comes back in again, gets an inside edge onto the waist

Two slips in place

1.4

Umar Gul to Shahriar Nafees, no run, good length on middle and leg, pushes it firm and straight to mid-on

1.5

Umar Gul to Shahriar Nafees, no run, back of a length on the off, knocks it down towards cover

1.6

Umar Gul to Shahriar Nafees, no run, shortish on leg stump, turned past square leg, thinks of a single but it isn't there

End of over 2 (1 run) Bangladesh 1/1 (RR: 0.50)
Shahriar Nafees    0* (6b)      Umar Gul    1-0-1-0
Naeem Islam    0* (2b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-1-0-1

2.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Naeem Islam, 1 run, turns it towards midwicket off the front foot to get off the mark

A slip and a leg slip

2.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Shahriar Nafees, no run, angling in towards middle, gets forward and taps it into the leg side

2.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Shahriar Nafees, no run, shortish on the off, gets back and knocks it towards point

2.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Shahriar Nafees, no run, gets a stride out to that flighted delivery and defends it into the leg side

2.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Shahriar Nafees, no run, short of a good length outside off, turning away, knocked towards point

2.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Shahriar Nafees, no run, angling in towards middle and leg from round the wicket, defended into the leg side

End of over 3 (1 run) Bangladesh 2/1 (RR: 0.66)
Shahriar Nafees    0* (11b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-1-1-1
Naeem Islam    1* (3b)      Umar Gul    1-0-1-0

3.1

Umar Gul to Naeem Islam, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and taps it into the leg side

3.2

Umar Gul to Naeem Islam, no run, back of a length on the off, gets back and defends it solidly in front of cover

3.3

Umar Gul to Naeem Islam, no run, back of a length on the off, rocks back and turns it towards midwicket

3.4

Umar Gul to Naeem Islam, no run, a touch fuller this time, targeting a good length and on target, just in the channel outside off, Naeem moves back and taps it to cover

3.5

Umar Gul to Naeem Islam, no run, a touch short on the off, rocks back and turns the face to push it towards midwicket

3.6

Umar Gul to Naeem Islam, no run, shoulders arms to that one, short of a good length, gets some movement away from the batsman, not much swing but there is some nip off the pitch for Gul

End of over 4 (maiden) Bangladesh 2/1 (RR: 0.50)
Naeem Islam    1* (9b)      Umar Gul    2-1-1-0
Shahriar Nafees    0* (11b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-1-1-1

A slip and a short leg in place

4.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Shahriar Nafees, no run, angling in towards middle, not turning, gets down the track and tries to knock it into the leg side

4.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Shahriar Nafees, no run, bowling it flat is Hafeez, on middle and off, comes down the pitch and pads it down

4.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Shahriar Nafees, no run, ooh, just short of slip, that turned and bounced, surprised him as he came down the track, pushed at it and got an edge but it landed just short of Younis

4.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Shahriar Nafees, no run, shortish on the off, waits for it to turn away and slaps it towards cover

4.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Shahriar Nafees, no run

4.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Shahriar Nafees, no run, sharp turn once again, beats Nafees completely, flat on the off and it spits away, he played inside the line to that one and had little clue

End of over 5 (maiden) Bangladesh 2/1 (RR: 0.40)
Shahriar Nafees    0* (17b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-2-1-1
Naeem Islam    1* (9b)      Umar Gul    2-1-1-0

5.1

Umar Gul to Naeem Islam, no run, beaten, just a hint of away movement, lands on a good length and moves away to beat the outside edge as he prods at it from the back foot

5.2

Umar Gul to Naeem Islam, no run, pitched up this time, he's bowling with two slips, driven firmly and through the line but straight to mid-off

5.3

Umar Gul to Naeem Islam, FOUR, partly a misfield by Gul, a poor delivery there that's given Bangladesh a release, low full toss and it was driven back firmly, punched past Gul who made a half-hearted attempt to stop that, the first boundary for Bangladesh and their run-rate is above one an over now

5.4

Umar Gul to Naeem Islam, OUT, another one goes! After that drive, Naeem couldn't tempt poking at a full delivery outside off, just moved away a hint and took the outside edge, Misbah stood firm at slip, watching it closely and took a good, low catch

Naeem Islam c Misbah-ul-Haq b Umar Gul 5 (19m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

A wicket each for the opening bowlers, Pakistan haven't taken long to take control of proceedings here.

Mushfiqur Rahim comes in

5.5

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, goodish length on middle, rocks on the back foot and taps it down into the leg side

Umar had a few words to say as he dismissed Naeem, couldn't stand the boundary he was hit for the previous ball it seems

5.6

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, goodish, driving length outside off, Mushfiqur isn't going to fall for those, leaves it alone

End of over 6 (4 runs) Bangladesh 6/2 (RR: 1.00)
Mushfiqur Rahim    0* (2b)      Umar Gul    3-1-5-1
Shahriar Nafees    0* (17b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-2-1-1

6.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Shahriar Nafees, no run, edged but doesn't carry to first slip, some amount of turn for Hafeez, batsman pokes at the ball, which lands short of a diving Younis

6.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, edged and survives again, this time it is a thick edge, and Younis dives to his left, gets his hand on it but can't latch on to a tough chance, the ball rolls away towards backward point, Nafees in all sorts of trouble against spin

6.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, no the most confident of forward defensives from Mushfiqur

6.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, blocked towards short leg

6.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, gets it past a diving short leg this time, but not far enough to get a run

6.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, risky shot for a single, opens the face to guide a ball, which was close to off stump, past slip

End of over 7 (2 runs) Bangladesh 8/2 (RR: 1.14)
Mushfiqur Rahim    1* (6b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-2-3-1
Shahriar Nafees    1* (19b)      Umar Gul    3-1-5-1

7.1

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, just outside off, defended towards cover

7.2

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, on a length and in the channel around, batsman is tentative going forward as he blocks

7.3

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 wides, that's one way for Bangladesh to increase their lethargic scoring rate, Gul bangs in the bouncer that takes off and flies high over the batsman and the keeper, that was far too short from Gul

7.3

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, better this time, short of a length and outside off, punched off the front foot towards cover

Both teams are wearing red ribbons on their shirts to mark World AIDS day.

7.4

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, 3 runs, pitched up and on the leg stump, easily worked behind square leg by Mushfiqur, that gets him three

7.5

Umar Gul to Shahriar Nafees, no run, crazy running from Shariar, someone tell him to calm down, he tucks a legstump delivery to midwicket and sets off for a suicidal single, rightly sent back by Mushfiqur, Shahriar was a goner if there was a direct hit but Hafeez misses

7.6

Umar Gul to Shahriar Nafees, no run, punches the final ball of the over back towards the bowler

End of over 8 (8 runs) Bangladesh 16/2 (RR: 2.00)
Shahriar Nafees    1* (21b)      Umar Gul    4-1-13-1
Mushfiqur Rahim    4* (10b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-2-3-1

8.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, a good looking drive past extra cover from Mushfiqur, Saeed Ajmal may be the world's best ODI bowler but he shows again why he isn't he world's best fielder, a lazy attempt to stop that allows an extra run

8.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, looks to chop that one outside off, and misses, walks away towards square leg to admonish himself

8.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, jumps down the crease and enterprisingly chips the ball over mid-on for two

8.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, on the pads, looks to work it past short fine but can't time it

8.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, again closes the face, this time to a full ball on leg stump, the ball dribbles towards short leg

8.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, makes proper contact this time as he nudges the ball towards square leg, no run

Danny: "An over that doubled their score. How often can you say that in the 8th over!"

End of over 9 (4 runs) Bangladesh 20/2 (RR: 2.22)
Mushfiqur Rahim    8* (16b)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-2-7-1
Shahriar Nafees    1* (21b)      Umar Gul    4-1-13-1

9.1

Umar Gul to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, slices this one behind backward point

9.2

Umar Gul to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, length ball on off stump, Mushfiqur drops the ball to the off side and the batsmen scamper a tight single

9.3

Umar Gul to Shahriar Nafees, no run, throws his bat at that one, looks to power it past point, can't beat the fielder

9.4

Umar Gul to Shahriar Nafees, FOUR, this time he threads it through, waits on the back foot and slams it between cover and point for four, there wasn't too much width to work with but that doesn't affect Shahriar

9.5

Umar Gul to Shahriar Nafees, no run, back of a length ball on leg stump, blocks it towards square leg

9.6

Umar Gul to Shahriar Nafees, no run, back of a length once again, on off and middle, Shahriar defends down the track

Irfan: "As Jeff Dujon would say: "Oh boy, run rate is 1 run per over. They're hammering it."

End of over 10 (6 runs) Bangladesh 26/2 (RR: 2.60)
Shahriar Nafees    6* (26b 1x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-19-1
Mushfiqur Rahim    9* (17b)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-2-7-1

Afridi takes over from Hafeez, this should be fun

10.1

Shahid Afridi to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, nearly sneaks through as Mushfiqur looks to defend to the off side, pushed out towards cover

10.2

Shahid Afridi to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, outside off and that is left alone

10.3

Shahid Afridi to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, pitched up and Mushfiqur wanted to muscle it down the ground, can't time it and the ball is easily stopped by Afridi

10.4

Shahid Afridi to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, keeps bat and pad close together as he defends to the off side

10.5

Shahid Afridi to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, massive appeal for lbw , in several stages as well, umpire seems to think that struck the batsman just outside off, Afridi doesn't though after Mushfiqur misses the cut, that was a close one

10.6

Shahid Afridi to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, wide outside off, chops it towards backward point for a single

End of over 11 (1 run) Bangladesh 27/2 (RR: 2.45)
Mushfiqur Rahim    10* (23b)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-1-0
Shahriar Nafees    6* (26b 1x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-19-1

Shoaib Malik, a man facing plenty of flak, comes on to bowl

11.1

Shoaib Malik to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, full delivery, almost a yorker, squeezed back towards the bowler

11.2

Shoaib Malik to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, shorter from Malik, Mushfiqur jumps away from leg and slices it towards deep backward point for a single

Round the wicket to the left-hander

11.3

Shoaib Malik to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, looks to drive that through the off, inside-edges it towards the leg side, they scamper through a single

11.4

Shoaib Malik to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, blocks this solidly off the front foot

11.5

Shoaib Malik to Mushfiqur Rahim, OUT, Mushfiqur finally falls to the cut, that one from Shoaib bounces extra, it was wide outside off, Mushfiqur throws the bat at it but can only edge it to the keeper, he is extremely disappointed with that stroke, trudges off looking skywards

Mushfiqur Rahim c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Shoaib Malik 11 (25m 27b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.74

11.6

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, slides this in towards legstump, batsman backs away and defends towards off

Not a bad start for Shoaib Malik that.

End of over 12 (2 runs) Bangladesh 29/3 (RR: 2.41)
Shakib Al Hasan    0* (1b)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-2-1
Shahriar Nafees    7* (27b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-1-0

12.1

Shahid Afridi to Shahriar Nafees, no run, this one turns in sharply as Afridi bowls from round the wicket, batsman takes a big stride forward as he blocks it

12.2

Shahid Afridi to Shahriar Nafees, OUT, Afridi joins the party, again there's a lot of bounce for the bowler, again the batsman goes for the cut, again there's a top-edge, slices it to Shoaib Malik at backward point, and that's the fourth wicket, Nafees has had a horrid time today, looked completely out of place

Shahriar Nafees c Shoaib Malik b Shahid Afridi 7 (51m 29b 1x4 0x6) SR: 24.13

Mahmudullah is the new batsman. Can he arrest the slide?

12.3

Shahid Afridi to Mahmudullah, 1 run, slides this one on to leg stump, clipped behind square leg for a single

12.4

Shahid Afridi to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, length ball outside off, Shakibul reaches for it and drives through off for a single

12.5

Shahid Afridi to Mahmudullah, OUT, this match is heading for a very early finish, plenty of spin for Afridi, length ball turning away, Mahmudullah stretches forward to defend, the outside edge results, easy for Sarfraz, five down now

Mahmudullah c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Shahid Afridi 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Spinners doing all the damage here, and Pakistan haven't even needed the world's best ODI spinner yet

12.6

Shahid Afridi to Nasir Hossain, no run, Nasir gets off the mark by easing the ball to long-on for a single

End of over 13 (2 runs) Bangladesh 31/5 (RR: 2.38)
Nasir Hossain    0* (1b)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-3-2
Shakib Al Hasan    1* (2b)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-2-1

13.1

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, length ball outside off, driven towards sweeper cover for a single

Someone named Saeed Ajmal: "Can you ask my teammates to save some wickets for me?"

13.2

Shoaib Malik to Nasir Hossain, 2 wides, that's a poor delivery, extras continue to be provide a healthy contribution to the Bangladesh total, this was way down the leg side

13.2

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, carefully defends this one outside off

13.3

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, "that's the line," screams the keeper as Malik probes around off

13.4

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, crisply driven towards extra cover, where Misbah dives to stop that one

13.5

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, pushed towards Misbah again, another dot ball

13.6

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, shortish ball, that stops on the batsman, turns away as well, Shakib doesn't try to force that one, gently taps it towards point, a rarity this, an over without a wicket

End of over 14 (3 runs) Bangladesh 34/5 (RR: 2.42)
Shakib Al Hasan    2* (8b)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-5-1
Nasir Hossain    0* (1b)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-3-2

14.1

Shahid Afridi to Nasir Hossain, no run, Afridi reacts as though he is expecting a wicket every ball, this one is defended towards cover

Mohammad Isam, our man at the ground, says: "Shahriar Nafees would want some of his younger brother's form to rub off on him. Iftekhar Nayeem struck 77 for Barisal today, having already struck 132 in the first innings."

14.2

Shahid Afridi to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, mistimed drive towards cover, batsmen zip through for a single

14.3

Shahid Afridi to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, length ball just outside off, Shakib shuffles across and tucks the ball towards short fine leg for a single

14.4

Shahid Afridi to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, drops it a touch short, batsman waits on the back foot for that to turn and then stabs it towards deep point

14.5

Shahid Afridi to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, watches it closely as he presents the full face of the bat to defend

14.6

Shahid Afridi to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, spins it towards off, slapped towards backward point where Malik fields

End of over 15 (3 runs) Bangladesh 37/5 (RR: 2.46)
Shakib Al Hasan    3* (11b)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-6-2
Nasir Hossain    2* (4b)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-5-1

Bowling Powerplay

15.1

Shoaib Malik to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, pitching on a length, on middle and turning in, helped behind square leg

Tariq: "Knowing that Pakistan has one of the best Spin attack in the world.. Why do Bangladeshis make such pitches which get them into so much of trouble?" Well, Bangladesh's strength has also usually been spin

15.2

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, slides this quicker, outside off, Shakib waits on the back foot and pokes it towards point

15.3

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, what a beauty that was from Malik, that drifts in, pitching around off,and spinning sharply away, past the outside edge, superb

15.4

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, big lbw appeal, looks to defend that length ball but it that one doesn;'t turn enough to convince the umpire that it would have struck leg

15.5

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, no run

15.6

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, opens the face at the last moment to guide the ball towards backward point

End of over 16 (1 run) Bangladesh 38/5 (RR: 2.37)
Shakib Al Hasan    3* (16b)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-6-1
Nasir Hossain    3* (5b)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-6-2

16.1

Shahid Afridi to Nasir Hossain, no run, works this one towards midwicket, not wide enough of the fielder to get a isngle

16.2

Shahid Afridi to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, the googly, spins in towards leg, whipped towards square leg

16.3

Shahid Afridi to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, beaten outside off, Shakib expects that one to turn in but it doesn't, he gropes for that outside off and can't get bat on it

16.4

Shahid Afridi to Shakib Al Hasan, 3 runs, a confidence-boosting stroke this, a bit short from Afridi, Shakib backs away to make room, chops this towards sweeper cover for three

16.5

Shahid Afridi to Nasir Hossain, no run, the wrong ún nearly slips through the batsman's defences, he was waiting on the back foot towards for an expansive shot towards point, is hurried into keeping the ball out

16.6

Shahid Afridi to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, gets a boundary for his efforts this time, it was overpitched by Afridi, Nasir launches the ball over mid-off, gets plenty of power on it to clear the in-field

End of over 17 (8 runs) Bangladesh 46/5 (RR: 2.70)
Nasir Hossain    8* (9b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-14-2
Shakib Al Hasan    6* (18b)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-6-1

17.1

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, slanting in towards off, defended

17.2

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, on the pads this time, gently nudged towards short fine leg for a single

17.3

Shoaib Malik to Nasir Hossain, no run, spin in after pitching on a short of a length, batsman waits for it on the back foot and blocks

17.4

Shoaib Malik to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, pitches it up this time, a length delivery around off, batsman stretches forward and guides the ball towards mid-on

17.5

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, length ball on middle stump, this is an arm ball, Shakib doesn;t have the room to power that to the off side, he manages towards cover

17.6

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, opens the face to steer the ball to short third man

Drinks Bangladesh batsmen wouldn't mind the break at all. We're only an hour into the series but Ali has already seen enough to pass his verdict: "Im seriously missing the Sri Lanka ODI series, all the matches apart from the first one were absolute crackers. The only plus BD can take from this series is watch pakistan bowl and maybe learn a few tricks. Other than that... boring!!!"

End of over 18 (2 runs) Bangladesh 48/5 (RR: 2.66)
Shakib Al Hasan    7* (22b)      Shoaib Malik    4-0-8-1
Nasir Hossain    9* (11b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-14-2

Big test coming up for Shakib and Nasir. Saeed Ajmal has the ball

18.1

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, good start as well, on a length and heading for off, defended

Orko uses a biological metaphor to make his point: "When the human body realizes there is a cut somewhere, it sends it's toughest blood cells to the cut area to clot up. Here's a lesson for Bangladesh. If you lost early wickets send in your best batsman to stop the slide. There is no point in Shakib batting right now with 5 down for 40 odd. I really don't understand why he is not moved up the order. "

18.2

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, hit low on the bat as he looks to defend off the back foot

18.3

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, this one spins in too much, on the pads, batsman stands tall and pushes it towards mid-on

18.4

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, length ball heading for the pads, four dot balls in a row, this was clipped to square leg

18.5

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, there's the doosra, the batsman was tempted by that one, flirts with it outside off, and that ball bounces a lot as well, withdraws the bat at the last moment

18.6

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, punched past Ajmal, who dives to his right to try stop that, a single to end the over, a good one from Ajmal

End of over 19 (1 run) Bangladesh 49/5 (RR: 2.57)
Nasir Hossain    10* (17b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-1-0
Shakib Al Hasan    7* (22b)      Shoaib Malik    4-0-8-1

19.1

Shoaib Malik to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, driven towards long-on to get off the strike

19.2

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, sweeps a full ball towards midwicket, looks ungainly as he plays that

19.3

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, backs away and carves that towards sweeper cover

19.4

Shoaib Malik to Nasir Hossain, 2 byes, ooh, the extra count goes up, this time due to byes, outside off and that slips past the outside edge, beats the keeper as well

19.5

Shoaib Malik to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, length ball on legstump, clipped behind square leg, a misfield there by Umar Akmal

19.6

Shoaib Malik to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, stands tall and defends the final ball of the over towards cover

End of over 20 (7 runs) Bangladesh 56/5 (RR: 2.80)
Shakib Al Hasan    10* (25b)      Shoaib Malik    5-0-13-1
Nasir Hossain    12* (20b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-1-0

20.1

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, short of length ball turning in, defended back towards the bowler

Saud: "To make it interesting Bangladesh can prepare a placid batting track. Pak spin might not be that effective and atleast the crowd will get to see some 6's and 4's being hit."

20.2

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, inside-edge as Nasir looks to defend off the front foot, goes behind square leg

20.3

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, 2 runs, opens the face this time, steers the ball towards third man, skates through for two

20.4

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, gets forward and looks to turn the ball to the leg side, off the pads and towards slip

20.5

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, there's the doosra again, kept out by Nasir,defended towards the off side

20.6

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, short of length delivery on off stump to round off the over, Pakistan motoring through their overs here

End of over 21 (2 runs) Bangladesh 58/5 (RR: 2.76)
Nasir Hossain    14* (26b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-3-0
Shakib Al Hasan    10* (25b)      Shoaib Malik    5-0-13-1

Aizaz Cheema isn't going to be only a fielder today.

21.1

Aizaz Cheema to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, bowls from wide of the crease, slides it in towards off stump, helped down to fine leg for a single

21.2

Aizaz Cheema to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, short and wide, room for the batsman to free his arms and he slaps that towards sweeper cover, a little to either side and that would have been a boundary, a poor delivery that

21.3

Aizaz Cheema to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, short of length ball heading for offstump, jabbed towards extra cover

21.4

Aizaz Cheema to Nasir Hossain, no run, slants this towards the off stump, short of length ball is blocked towards point

21.5

Aizaz Cheema to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Nasir accepts the gift, stands tall and slashes it over point for a boundary

21.6

Aizaz Cheema to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, keeps it short again, a bit of width, diving stop at cover, but there's an overthrow from Misbah

End of over 22 (8 runs) Bangladesh 66/5 (RR: 3.00)
Nasir Hossain    20* (30b 2x4)      Aizaz Cheema    1-0-8-0
Shakib Al Hasan    12* (27b)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-3-0

Charbel looks long-term: "@Saud: Placid tracks are the reason why Bangladesh struggle against pace, bounce and spin. Placid tracks will affect their development adversely"

22.1

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, length ball outside off, solid forwards defence

22.2

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, tossed up by Ajmal, an lbw appeal, spins in but he is struck outside off

22.3

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, no run

22.4

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, spins in and that is punched back towards the bowler

22.5

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, length ball slides on, punched towards mid-off

22.6

Saeed Ajmal to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, inside-edge, Nasir manages to survive, the ball rolls towards square leg for a single

End of over 23 (1 run) Bangladesh 67/5 (RR: 2.91)
Nasir Hossain    21* (36b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-4-0
Shakib Al Hasan    12* (27b)      Aizaz Cheema    1-0-8-0

Sami: "@Saud: There is more to life than 4s and 6s. In today's bat heavy game, nothing is more beautiful than a low scoring - wicket falling - fielder diving cricket game! "

23.1

Aizaz Cheema to Nasir Hossain, no run, short of length ball heading for off stump, solidly defended

23.2

Aizaz Cheema to Nasir Hossain, no run, short of length and on off stump, tapped towards short extra cover

23.3

Aizaz Cheema to Nasir Hossain, no run, and again, back of a length and just outside off, pushed back to the bowler

23.4

Aizaz Cheema to Nasir Hossain, OUT, the end of Nasir, just when the partnership seemed to be steadying Bangladesh, a short ball that Nasir wanted to mow over midwicket, it strikes low on the bat and balloons towards short fine leg, the keeper calls early for it and settles under it, there's no Kamran Akmal moment either as Sarfraz calmly collects the skier

Nasir Hossain c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Aizaz Cheema 21 (42m 40b 2x4 0x6) SR: 52.50

23.5

Aizaz Cheema to Farhad Reza, no run, slides this in towards off stump, gets inside the line of that one as he defends to the off side

23.6

Aizaz Cheema to Farhad Reza, no run, Cheema sticks to the template, short of length and hurtling towards off, more defence to end the over

End of over 24 (wicket maiden) Bangladesh 67/6 (RR: 2.79)
Farhad Reza    0* (2b)      Aizaz Cheema    2-1-8-1
Shakib Al Hasan    12* (27b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-4-0

24.1

Saeed Ajmal to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, tossed up length ball, watchfully defended towards point

24.2

Saeed Ajmal to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, slides through quicker, Shakib waits on the back foot for the cut, but that was pretty close to the body, Shakib misses

24.3

Saeed Ajmal to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, drama here, has Shakib chopped that on to the boot before it popped up to the keeper? Sarfraz was confident that was out, the third umpire is called for, Shakib was looking to watchfully defend this one, the ball hits his toe before bouncing on the pitch and flying to the keeper

24.4

Saeed Ajmal to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, short of length ball and outside off, chopped towards point off the back foot

24.5

Saeed Ajmal to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, length ball sliding on, careful defence towards the bowler

24.6

Saeed Ajmal to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, spin away from Shakib, who opens the face to guide the ball towards backward point

End of over 25 (maiden) Bangladesh 67/6 (RR: 2.68)
Shakib Al Hasan    12* (33b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-1-4-0
Farhad Reza    0* (2b)      Aizaz Cheema    2-1-8-1

25.1

Aizaz Cheema to Farhad Reza, 1 run, a bit of width on offer, guided towards deep backward point for a single

Saud: "@Charbel - Your point holds true for Test cricket and first class cricket. Here it's an ODI where providing a wicket favouring the bowling will result in lack of entertainment and fun. I don't mind a similar pitch between India and Pak but with Bang it's a disadvantage for themselves."

25.2

Aizaz Cheema to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, guides this behind square leg and scrambles two, the second run was a tight one

25.3

Aizaz Cheema to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, heading for off stump, punched towards mid-off from the crease

25.4

Aizaz Cheema to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, just outside off, steers it towards deep point for a single

25.5

Aizaz Cheema to Farhad Reza, no run, length ball slanting in towards off, driven off the front foot towards mid-off

25.6

Aizaz Cheema to Farhad Reza, no run, not the wisest of strokes that, a short of length ball that Reza wants to flat bat down the ground, mistimes it badly towards mid-off

End of over 26 (4 runs) Bangladesh 71/6 (RR: 2.73)
Farhad Reza    1* (5b)      Aizaz Cheema    3-1-12-1
Shakib Al Hasan    15* (36b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-1-4-0

Afridi returns

26.1

Shahid Afridi to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, full and wide, Shakib wants to crack that through the off side for a boundary, but Misbah throws himself to his left to stop that one

26.2

Shahid Afridi to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT, how many batsmen will get out playing the cut? it was well outside off, Shakib stretches to reach that and slaps it limply to point, not the finest of strokes that, and once again that man Afridi makes an instant impact

Shakib Al Hasan c Umar Akmal b Shahid Afridi 15 (61m 38b 0x4 0x6) SR: 39.47

Abdur Razzak is the new batsman. Can Bangladesh make it to 100 at least? Their lowest total against Pakistan is 87

26.3

Shahid Afridi to Abdur Razzak, no run, outside off and that is through to the keeper after the batsman initially flirts with it

26.4

Shahid Afridi to Abdur Razzak, no run, outside off and that is left alone

26.5

Shahid Afridi to Abdur Razzak, 2 runs, punches that past the bowler to long-on, there's a direct hit from the deep but the second is easily completed

26.6

Shahid Afridi to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, backs away and taps the ball towards point, Umar Akmal moves across from backward point to stop that one

End of over 27 (3 runs) Bangladesh 74/7 (RR: 2.74)
Abdur Razzak    3* (4b)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-17-3
Farhad Reza    1* (5b)      Aizaz Cheema    3-1-12-1

27.1

Saeed Ajmal to Abdur Razzak, no run, Ajmal spins it past the outside edge

Harron points out: "With this wicket, Afridi's wickets tally matches the total number of games he has played."

27.2

Saeed Ajmal to Abdur Razzak, OUT, this is all too easy for Pakistan, Razzak closes the face of the bat too early, gets an edge to a delivery that's pitching around off, the edge flies to left of Younis, who clasps that one easily, eight down now and the crowd's mood further worsens

Abdur Razzak c Younis Khan b Saeed Ajmal 3 (4m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Kushal: "Afridi has been turning into one of the best all rounders around. Consistent wickets at a miserly economy rate even with Sri Lanka in UAE, along with quick cameos all around during all tours. Truly a gem of a cricketer whose been Pakistan's workhorse since long."

27.3

Saeed Ajmal to Shafiul Islam, no run, flat and full, defended off the front foot

27.4

Saeed Ajmal to Shafiul Islam, no run, inside-edged towards short leg as he looks to block that to the off side

Two slips in place

27.5

Saeed Ajmal to Shafiul Islam, no run, length ball just outside off, blocked by the batsman

27.6

Saeed Ajmal to Shafiul Islam, no run, spins in after pitching well outside off, Shafiul looks to drive through the off, struck on the pad but outside off, a stifled appeal for lbw

End of over 28 (wicket maiden) Bangladesh 74/8 (RR: 2.64)
Shafiul Islam    0* (4b)      Saeed Ajmal    5-2-4-1
Farhad Reza    1* (5b)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-17-3

28.1

Shahid Afridi to Farhad Reza, OUT, and another one for Afridi, Reza is lbw, he was stretching forward to defend that one down the track, it spins past the inside edge and strikes the pads, that looked to be heading for legstump, the umpire thought so as well, Bangladesh are falling like nine pins, and Afridi hasn't even brought out his star-man celebration yet, perhaps if he gets a fifth

Farhad Reza lbw b Shahid Afridi 1 (21m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

28.2

Shahid Afridi to Rubel Hossain, no run, another lbw appeal, as this goes straight on, that was heading down leg

28.3

Shahid Afridi to Rubel Hossain, no run, a touch nervously defended by Rubel off the front foot

28.4

Shahid Afridi to Rubel Hossain, FOUR, this one was a wrong ún, th No. 11 doesn't care, not does he care that the cut has proved a dangerous stroke today, he manages to get bat on it and steer past slip for four

28.5

Shahid Afridi to Rubel Hossain, 1 run, worked to midwicket for a single

28.6

Shahid Afridi to Shafiul Islam, 2 leg byes, quicker and down the leg side, helped towards fine leg for a couple

End of over 29 (7 runs) Bangladesh 81/9 (RR: 2.79)
Shafiul Islam    0* (5b)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-22-4
Rubel Hossain    5* (4b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-2-4-1

29.1

Saeed Ajmal to Rubel Hossain, no run, Ajmal looking to finish this off, a length ball that doesn't spin in much is defended down the track

29.2

Saeed Ajmal to Rubel Hossain, FOUR, pitched up and outside off, a muscular hit over cover for four, no point hanging around now and looking to defend, the crowd loves it

29.3

Saeed Ajmal to Rubel Hossain, no run, from round the wicket now, short of a length and heading for off, somehow the batsman gets the ball towards point

29.4

Saeed Ajmal to Rubel Hossain, FOUR, Bangladesh avoid the embarrassment of making their lowest score against Pakistan, a streaky boundary here, a flat and fast one from Ajmal, inside-edged towards fine leg

29.5

Saeed Ajmal to Rubel Hossain, 1 run, worked towards square leg for a single this time, the crowd seem to be enjoying themselves despite the trouble Bangladesh are in

29.6

Saeed Ajmal to Shafiul Islam, no run, fumbles for the ball outside off and is beaten

End of over 30 (9 runs) Bangladesh 90/9 (RR: 3.00)
Shafiul Islam    0* (6b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-2-13-1
Rubel Hossain    14* (9b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-22-4

Five for Afridi?

30.1

Shahid Afridi to Rubel Hossain, 1 run, too wide outside off, slapped towards deep point for a single

30.2

Shahid Afridi to Shafiul Islam, no run, wrong ún, spins in towards off, batsman opts to cut it again, he survives, gets the ball towards backward point

30.3

Shahid Afridi to Shafiul Islam, OUT, there's the five-for, Afridi doesn't bother celebrating, this one slides on, batsman looks to defend, inside-edges it on to his pad, the ball pops up for the keeper to come round in front of the stumps and collect that, Bangladesh rolled over for 91

Shafiul Islam c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Shahid Afridi 0 (12m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

After that performance, Afridi says there's still room for improvement in his bowling. "The atmosphere is great and we are enjoying our cricket, last 3-4 years I'm focusing on my bowling, am the leading wicket-taker in last few years for Pakistan. Am enjoying myself."

Don't go anywhere, the Pakistan chase will start shortly.

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Umar Gul is pumped up after taking a wicket, Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Mirpur, December 1, 2011

Umar Gul is pumped up after taking a wicket

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Misbah-ul-Haq weaves out of the way of a short ball, Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Mirpur, December 1, 2011

Misbah-ul-Haq weaves out of the way of a short ball

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