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Bangladesh v Pakistan, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

March 30, 2014

Ajmal on vacation from Hogwarts

Nitin Sundar

Must-win game for Bangladesh. Their fans brought energy and colour to Mirpur. So did their players.

Going by the law of averages, today was going to be Bangladesh's day?

It began to go belly up for the hosts quite early.

Ahmed Shehzad was in prime touch, but his opening partner took a while to get going.

Pakistan were completely out of danger once Shehzad reached 40, courtesy the broadcaster's continued problems with understanding causality.

While the conventional strokes were serving him sell, Shehzad also tried to play some cheeky shots, without much success.

Pakistan lost three quick wickets, but Shoaib Malik settled in to support Shehzad.

Batting was a breeze for Shehzad on the day, and his 100 came up with time to spare.

Shehzad celebrated quite emotionally too, a bit like Kohli.

Bangladesh wilted at the death, when Shahid Afridi came out to join the run-fest.

Bangladesh's chase got off to an average start, with most of the runs coming off Pakistan's wrong-footed seamer.

Anamul Haque showed some promise, and even sent Saeed Ajmal's first ball to the boundary. However, he couldn't survive the over.

Bangladesh's task assumed daunting proportions against Pakistan's army of slower men.

As expected, Bangladesh subsided without a whimper.

Nobody likes a boring T20 game, right?

Wrong.

Ouch.

Nitin Sundar is a social media manager at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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Posted by Sushrutdhakal on (March 31, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

Shahid Afridi's comment on free hit was most hilarious

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

Pakistan Played 8 tests 32 ODI's 7 T20''s against BD and won all except 1 ODi on Northampton in 1999 WC which enroll BD as Test Team. such an incredible record

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

Salar Ahmed:'......Can't even beat the most inconsistent team in the world, not sure how they received the test status......' @Salar Ahmed: Bangladesh got there test status by defeating the most inconsistent team in the world.

Posted by t20cric on (March 30, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

@Salar Ahmed: Its true. Pakistan dominate Bangladesh more then any team dominating another. Infact I think Pakistan have only lost once to Bangladesh ever in all 3 formats (not 1 loss for each format but 1 loss overall in all international matches played between the 2 teams).

Posted by android_user on (March 30, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

Time to change for bangladesh now. including management, selector, coach and make sure every one keep politics out of the game. few player needs to get droped.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

pakistan good team but why shoiab malik in the team y not abdul razzak

Posted by android_user on (March 30, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

Not sure whether that stat of Pakistan vs Bangladesh is true but if it is, I reckon they don't deserve the test status. Can't even beat the most inconsistent team in the world, not sure how they received the test status ahead of more worthy teams like Netherlands, Ireland and Afghanistan didn't.

Posted by Silentjan on (March 30, 2014, 13:41 GMT)

The chiseled chin of Tanvir was best and Ajmal's on vocation from Hogwarts was cool.

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