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Match Day

515dThe Report by Mohammad Isam

Sensational Afridi seals final berth

Ahmed Shehzad's fifth ODI century set it up, but Pakistan needed special innings from Fawad Alam and Shahid Afridi to pull off their highest chase in ODIs and book a place in the Asia Cup final, against Sri Lanka

515dOsman Samiuddin

The power of the unremarkable

Like Asif Mujtaba before him, Fawad Alam brings to Pakistan a much-needed eye for detail and alertness to opportunity

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Afridi's blitz helps Pakistan reach Asia Cup final

Shahid Afridi smashed the second-fastest fifty in ODI's and helped Pakistan make the Asia Cup final by beating hosts Bangladesh by three wickets - with one ball remaining - in Mirpur on Tuesday.

515dMohammad Isam in Mirpur

Bangladesh batsmen show bite

Despite the loss to Pakistan, Bangladesh's batting showed marked improvements and would need to continue if they are to finally win a match in 2014

515dMohammad Isam in Mirpur

Fielding failures galore

The Plays of the day from the Asia Cup match between Bangladesh and Pakistan

Stunning strike-rates

236

Afridi's strike-rate today, the seventh highest for a fifty-plus innings in a chase, highest also belongs to him

Fastest fifties

18

No. of balls Afridi took to pass 50 today. His third half-century off 18 deliveries in ODIs

Most expensive over

20

The runs conceded by Shakib in his 8th over; it equalled his most expensive over in ODIs

Pinch-hitter?

52.54

That's Abdur Rehman's strike-rate in ODIs before this game

Half-centuries for openers

10

No. of ODIs in which all four openers have scored fifty-plus scores, including today

Opening woes

38

No. of ODIs since Pakistan has had a century stand for the first wicket

Bangladesh flying high

1

Number of times Bangladesh have reached 200 before losing their second wicket

More opening stats

8

Number of times in ODIs Bangladesh openers both scored 50+, including today, last such occurrence in 2010

How bizarre

0-0-8-0

Abdur Rehman's figures after he bowled three consecutive high full tosses and was removed from the attack