Bangladesh v Pakistan, World T20 2012, Group D, Pallekele September 25, 2012

Afridi's relief, Shakib's anguish

Plays of the day from the Group D match between Bangladesh and Pakistan in Pallekele
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The reaction to a reaction
Mohammad Hafeez opened the bowling for Pakistan, and had a deep midwicket and long on for Mohammad Ashraful. Ashraful swept the fourth delivery over square for four. Hafeez reacted immediately, moving deep midwicket to deep square leg and pushing long on wider. Next ball, Ashraful swept again, this time to deep midwicket.

The declaration of intent
In Saeed Ajmal's first over, Shakib Al Hasan stepped out to a delivery on leg stump, got inside the line and lofted it over to the wide long-off boundary. Coming up against Pakistan's best bowler, it was a statement that Bangladesh were in no mood to roll over today.

The recovery
Umar Gul had a nightmare with the ball, going for 43 off three overs. He tried to make up for it on the field. In the ninth over, he dived full-length to his left at short-third man to try and stop a thick edge from Mushfiqur Rahim. He couldn't stop it, but managed to take some pace off it. Hafeez went after it from backward point. Gul got up, sprinted hard, overtook Hafeez, slid to stop the ball and ended up saving a run.

The modified celebration
Shahid Afridi's celebration is usually an uninhibited display of happiness, with a wide smile accompanying the raised arms. But Bangladesh had rattled Pakistan today with their batting, and the release of emotion showed in the way Afridi celebrated after getting Mahmudullah. The arms were raised alright, but there was no smile. Instead, he arched back and cried out, looking towards the skies.

The superman's anguish
Apart from taking a start, stopping, and leaving Tamim Iqbal with no chance of making it back to his crease, Shakib did everything right today. His magnificent 84 willed Bangladesh on to 175, he bowled economically and should have had Imran Nazir off his first ball, but the leg-before appeal was turned down. In his second over, Nazir sliced high towards sweeper cover. Abul Hasan made a reasonable effort to go for the catch, but ultimately had to stop as it fell well in front of him. All a frustrated Shakib could do was to scream in anguish and stare at the fielder.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • mrgupta on September 26, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    @starsgap1986: Best batting lineup? Didn't they recently lost to Netherlands? and what was their score against Kiwis?

  • joseyesu on September 26, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Shakib has his respect from me

  • laggard on September 26, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    The identities of A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2, D1 and D2 were decided according to seedings and were in place before the group stage began. So India Was A2 and England A1 no matter what position they finished in as long as both qualified. Among other reasons, this helps travelling fans know at which venue their team will play in the Super Eights. Had Afghanistan beat both India and England and qualified first, they would have taken the identity of the team that did not make it from Group A: A2 if India had failed to qualify, and A1 had England been knocked out.

  • dummy4fb on September 26, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    What you fail to mention is that both of Ashraful's sweeps on Hafeez were top edges

  • S.h.a.d.a.b on September 26, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    what about next world cup in UAE.. India will withdrawal themselves @ Sharjah. worst nightmares for them there.

  • dummy4fb on September 26, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    reading this article sounds like Pakistan lost the match? actually they went on to punish hapless bowlers on other side sending tremors to other teams in the tournament....a force to be reckoned with... India has already seen this display of calm chase in warm up games.

  • sawifan on September 26, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    i'm a big fan of the Bangladesh team, and am disappointed at their early exit, but @starsgap1986, to claim they have the best batting lineup in T20 in the world is a bit far-fetched. Great potential does not equate to greatness.

  • Ponsh on September 25, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    In the end only Shakib stood tall. The rest let him down to be brutally truthful. Bangladesh need to look hard at their lack of mental grit. They should have posted 200+ with the way things stood at the 10-overs stage. Sublime bit of fielding from Afridi to stop what was a certain boundary changed the pschological dimension in my opinion. The momentum shifted towards Pakistan. Banladesh's bowling has been catastrophic in this tournament and the team selction questionable on both occasions. Better days will come for BD, that's for sure. Good luck to Pakistan. Hope they win it for their people that have suffered so much lately. SA is my bet however although with T20, you never know - it could be West Indies!

  • TexanGabhru on September 25, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    pak will keep its record of losing India in WC

  • dummy4fb on September 25, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    IndiaaA here we come againn!! :D

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