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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • on September 25, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    IndiaaA here we come againn!! :D

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • on September 25, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    IndiaaA here we come againn!! :D

  • RAQ on September 25, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    It seems that Bangladesh cats can't even win a single match against pakistan

  • maqk on September 25, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    good to see Lala back in form

    we wanna see you play cricket for ever Shahid Afridi bhai, lage raho :)

  • on September 25, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Bangladesh the best T20 batting side? McCullum/Gayle/Warner as single batsmen are better than the entire bangladesh side together on most days.

  • on September 25, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Bangladesh ever bat amazing or bowl amazing....

  • billaa on September 25, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    shakib's performance was phenomenal with both bat and ball ..,he fought like a tiger..,he was hungry for runs ..,his bowling was economical...,i would give shakib man of the match award rather than nazir ...,one thing that was concern for pakistan is their bowling..,the team which was known for the best bowling attack in d world thrashed for 160 + runs in their previous 3 matches..,hafeez doing good with bat and ball..,afridi's bowling was suprb what happened to ajmal in srilanka...,he is not consistent in bowling those doosra's ..,being economical is most imp concern ...,here lies the biggest problem ..,sohail tanveer was worse...,ohh wait ...,worst in fielding ...,donno what he is upto in bowling ..,y dont they remove him and let razzack play instead of him along with yasir arafat ...,akmal brothers are dispalying gud cricket ..,with a marginof improvement in battiong ,bowling and fielding .PAKISTAN can win this T20 WC

  • on September 25, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Batting Paradise, why not bring in bowling machines and prevent bowlers from wasting energy?

  • starsgap1986 on September 25, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    For those who say Bangladesh batting is poor: they have the best batting T20 lineup in the world. Only concern is there bowling. Well played Imran and the ball was pitched outside the line and just touching the leg stump. Umpire gave batsman benefit of the doubt. Well done. Also the current batting line up for pak is great. No need to bring in razzaq. Arafat is doing just fine.

  • cricketguru55 on September 25, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    wat a great victory by pakistan they really destroyed bangladeshi bowling attack

  • Maddy_Rockstar on September 25, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Awesome batting display by Bangla tigers but they need to work a lot on their bowling unit. However, winning in T20 is all about how fearlessly you BAT and BOWL tightly length. PAK is a strong contender especially in this format and I can't wait for the coming BIG MATCHES!

  • fahadyasinkhan on September 25, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Nice little article; Bangladesh tried their best but it was Pakistan's day or has it been Pakistan's day ever since the loss in the 1999 World Cup to Bangladesh? (O,O) Anyway, good work, Team Pakistan. Off to the 'main' tournament! Super 8's, here we come! I've got a hunch that this will be the best T20 tournament ever!

  • on September 25, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Well I am glad the tigers played well. There is no shame in losing well to the team that has the potential to win the Cup. I am rooting for Pakistan now. Nasir Jamshed plays regularly in the Dhaka league as do a number of others from the Pak team. Maybe we taught u guys a thing or two about the game. Good luck Pakistan.

  • on September 25, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    and it seems from the article that Bangladesh won the match

  • on September 25, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Bangladesh's fast bowling is in a very bad state I mean apart from Mashrafe across all formats, the rest of Bangladesh fast bowlers are just plain ordinary. Fielding still needs improving and unless Bangladesh can find more good fielders of Nasir's quality, they will still fumble at times. The positive news of Bangladesh Cricket is that ther batting and spin bowling is good but yeah still an ordinary side but I honestly don't think T20 Cricket is the right way to judge a side considering that many top teams have been bowled out for 70s, 80s themselves recently. Mahmdullah shouldn't be playing T20s and instead should focus on ODIs and Tests and I would strongly advise BCB management to move Anamul Haque from Under-19 level to Senior level now just to give him a good start to his International career like Nasir Hossain besides he too is a very good fielder. But for Shakib splendid performance with both bat and ball especially when he's carrying an injury and needs an operation soon.

  • Mr. Madness on September 25, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    WELL DONE PAKISTAN! YOU WERE ABLE TO CHASE 176; NO PROBLEM. THAT SHOWS THE THE BATSMEN ARE IN OUTSTANDING TOUCH, BUT THE BOWLING UNIT IS A MAJOR CONCERN WHEN A MINNOW TEAM LIKE BANGLADESH CAN SCORE 175. NONE THE LESS WELL DONE!

  • BowledYa on September 25, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Tigers or cats? The jury is in. Well played Pakistan. For me the big concern is the lack of performance from the Pak seam bowlers. What on earth is going on with Umar Gul? T20I and bowling at the death was his specialty. Granted this pitch was no help for the bowlers but that effort does not even qualify as sub-par. Maybe the selectors were right in dropping him from test and ODI. For his sake I hope he shakes it off and comes through in the rest of the tournament, if Pak is to win.

  • Paklsthan on September 25, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    pathetic pitch for a T20 game when the ground is already so small

  • Zahidsaltin on September 25, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    WOULD SOME ONE EXPLAIN WHY ALL GROUP WINNERS ARE IN ONE SUPER 8 GROUP AND RUNNER UPS IN THE OTHER. IS IT FAIR????

  • on September 25, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    "Shakib...should have had Imran Nazir off his first ball, but the leg-before appeal was turned down." -- should have had him, only the ball was missing the stumps? humph...

  • IndianROCKstars_2011_ODIchamps on September 25, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    The supreme Pakistan bowling attack leaked runs. Big runs..... Against BD?... The win will mask that weakness

  • i_witnessed_2011 on September 25, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Shakib is the most consistent in BD team. Rest of the team produce their brilliance once in a blue moon.

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  • i_witnessed_2011 on September 25, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Shakib is the most consistent in BD team. Rest of the team produce their brilliance once in a blue moon.

  • IndianROCKstars_2011_ODIchamps on September 25, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    The supreme Pakistan bowling attack leaked runs. Big runs..... Against BD?... The win will mask that weakness

  • on September 25, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    "Shakib...should have had Imran Nazir off his first ball, but the leg-before appeal was turned down." -- should have had him, only the ball was missing the stumps? humph...

  • Zahidsaltin on September 25, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    WOULD SOME ONE EXPLAIN WHY ALL GROUP WINNERS ARE IN ONE SUPER 8 GROUP AND RUNNER UPS IN THE OTHER. IS IT FAIR????

  • Paklsthan on September 25, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    pathetic pitch for a T20 game when the ground is already so small

  • BowledYa on September 25, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Tigers or cats? The jury is in. Well played Pakistan. For me the big concern is the lack of performance from the Pak seam bowlers. What on earth is going on with Umar Gul? T20I and bowling at the death was his specialty. Granted this pitch was no help for the bowlers but that effort does not even qualify as sub-par. Maybe the selectors were right in dropping him from test and ODI. For his sake I hope he shakes it off and comes through in the rest of the tournament, if Pak is to win.

  • Mr. Madness on September 25, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    WELL DONE PAKISTAN! YOU WERE ABLE TO CHASE 176; NO PROBLEM. THAT SHOWS THE THE BATSMEN ARE IN OUTSTANDING TOUCH, BUT THE BOWLING UNIT IS A MAJOR CONCERN WHEN A MINNOW TEAM LIKE BANGLADESH CAN SCORE 175. NONE THE LESS WELL DONE!

  • on September 25, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Bangladesh's fast bowling is in a very bad state I mean apart from Mashrafe across all formats, the rest of Bangladesh fast bowlers are just plain ordinary. Fielding still needs improving and unless Bangladesh can find more good fielders of Nasir's quality, they will still fumble at times. The positive news of Bangladesh Cricket is that ther batting and spin bowling is good but yeah still an ordinary side but I honestly don't think T20 Cricket is the right way to judge a side considering that many top teams have been bowled out for 70s, 80s themselves recently. Mahmdullah shouldn't be playing T20s and instead should focus on ODIs and Tests and I would strongly advise BCB management to move Anamul Haque from Under-19 level to Senior level now just to give him a good start to his International career like Nasir Hossain besides he too is a very good fielder. But for Shakib splendid performance with both bat and ball especially when he's carrying an injury and needs an operation soon.

  • on September 25, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    and it seems from the article that Bangladesh won the match

  • on September 25, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Well I am glad the tigers played well. There is no shame in losing well to the team that has the potential to win the Cup. I am rooting for Pakistan now. Nasir Jamshed plays regularly in the Dhaka league as do a number of others from the Pak team. Maybe we taught u guys a thing or two about the game. Good luck Pakistan.