Bangladesh v Pakistan, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

Shehzad century sets up massive win for Pakistan

The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

March 30, 2014

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Pakistan 190 for 5 (Shehzad 111*, Razzak 2-20) beat Bangladesh 140 for 7 (Shakib 38, Gul 3-30, Ajmal 2-20) by 50 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Highlights: Shehzad fires Pakistan to easy victory

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  • Ahmed Shehzad's unbeaten 111 is the first hundred by a Pakistan batsman in T20Is. Shehzad had scored Pakistan's previous highest too - an unbeaten 98 against Zimbabwe last year.
  • Four of Pakistan's top-five scores in the World T20 have now come against Bangladesh, with Umar Akmal's 94 against Australia in an earlier league match being the only non-Australia entry in the top five. Their previous highest against Bangladesh in the World T20 was 73 by both the openers - Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt -, also in a league match of the 2010 World T20.
  • Shehzad reached his fourth T20I fifty in 30 balls, the fewest deliveries he has taken in T20Is to hit a fifty. His previous fastest fifty came in 32 balls, against New Zealand in 2010.
  • Mashrafe Mortaza gave away 63 runs from his four overs, which equalled the second highest runs conceded by a bowler in a T20I. Rubel Hossain had also conceded 63 runs against West Indies in a T20I in 2012. The dubious record for conceding the most runs in a T20I is held by James Anderson and Sanath Jayasuriya, who gave away 64 runs against Australia and Pakistan, respectively.
  • Pakistan's win by 50 runs in the match equalled their eighth biggest win in terms of runs in T20 internationals. The 103-run win they achieved against New Zealand in Christchurch in 2010 is their biggest win in T20Is.

Ahmed Shehzad pummeled Pakistan's first ever T20 century, propelling his side to a 50-run win over Bangladesh and setting up a virtual quarterfinal against West Indies on Tuesday. Shehzad punished some ordinary bowling from Bangladesh's seamers - he scored 87 off 39 balls against them - to ensure Pakistan didn't suffer any long-term effects from a mid-innings dip, when they lost three wickets for 28 runs in 29 balls.

With Shahid Afridi tonking 22 off 9 balls late in the innings, Pakistan set Bangladesh 191 to win. Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque made a decent start, but Bangladesh's innings disintegrated after both fell in the space of nine balls to leave them 36 for 2 in the sixth over.

In the next 34 balls, Bangladesh lost two more wickets to the spinners and didn't find the boundary even once. With 135 needed from 52, they weren't going to get anywhere near the target, even if Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain gave the Shere Bangla National Stadium a handful of opportunities to exercise their lungs. The contest had long ended, and Australia's players, waiting for their match against India, watched on resignedly as their semi-final hopes slowly evaporated.

This process may have begun soon after Shehzad started feasting on Bangladesh's quicker bowlers. His method against them was to set himself up early, moving around his crease just as the bowler entered his delivery stride before finding a stable base by the time of release. He got into a couple of outlandish positions - he missed a paddle off Al-Amin from way outside off stump, and took a single off a leading edge after walking halfway down the pitch to Mashrafe Mortaza - but prospered when he set himself up in a semi-open position with a small jump across the stumps. From there, he had room to swat the length ball over midwicket or take an extra stride forward and carve the ball over extra cover.

Both these shots made an early appearance as he took three fours and a six in Mashrafe's second over and motored to 29 off 13. Pakistan were 34 for no loss after three overs. Bangladesh immediately pulled things back with spin. Shakib Al Hasan and Abdur Razzak conceded just 20 runs off the next four overs, which also produced the wicket of Kamran Akmal via a top-edged sweep.

Pakistan lost two more wickets to spin - Mohammad Hafeez was beaten in flight by Razzak and was stumped while Umar Akmal top-edged a slash to backward point. At the 12-over mark, Pakistan were 88 for 3, with Shehzad on 56 and Shoaib Malik on 9 off 11. The three spinners, between them, had bowled eight overs and picked up three for 40.

But the reintroduction of seam opened the floodgates. Ziaur Rahman's was just the sort of pace Shehzad liked and the over went for 22, with Shehzad cutting two fours behind point and shovelling two sixes over midwicket. The 16th over, bowler by Mashrafe, produced 16, including five wides and two fours from Shehzad.

At the start of the 19th over, Mushfiqur had one more over from his main offspinner, Mahmudullah, and also had the option of using Nasir Hossain. Instead, Mushfiqur brought back Mashrafe, who had gone for 39 in three overs. Cue the biggest over of the Pakistan innings. Shehzad pulled his first ball for six and was caught in the deep off a no-ball before Afridi joined in the fun with two sixes in two balls over extra cover.

A boundary off the last ball from Shehzad took the total for the over to 24. It took Pakistan to 180 with one over left. The spinners had kept Bangladesh in the match, till this point. Now, even before they had begun their innings, they were more or less out of it.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by majboor on (March 31, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

Shehzad has scored a century of Lucky Escapades,Many times his timber not dismantled by depleted bangladesh bowlers. Pakistan should do their homework of Batting, Catching & Feilding Practise.Come next match they should know who they are playing Against. For results just look ( Australia v/s West Indies).Batting is Still Fragile.

Posted by Zainnajam on (March 31, 2014, 14:01 GMT)

If u Think Shoaib Malik should be Dropped, I dont Think its a Great Decison, Check for urself... T20Is Mt: 58/ Runs: 957/ Hs: 57*/ Av. : 23.34 /Strike Rate: 107. That was Batting, Bowling- Wkts: 16/ Best: 2/7 / Economy: 6.91 / Average: 22.18

He is an Experinced Player. He played his Innings in Bangladesh slowly because Shehzad Was Attacking From the Other End, Do u Think he cant Produce Boundaries? Give Him Some Time, And Then Comment..

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (March 31, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

Moin and Zaheer need to use there brain, they have to be bold and replace this Malik from the team, I know Hafeez cant take action bcoz he is not performing as captain.

Posted by Mustafa7861 on (March 31, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

Well played but still can we have Imran Nazir and Abdul Razzak for the important matches, if they can be re-called then Pakistan changes are more to claim the world cup.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 31, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

BD fans and players..look at they are performing....gave strong fight to NZ and SA...against England also, they are going to post total above 150....something should BD players learn from them....

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

fawad alam is a much better player as far as stabilizing factor is concerned. 1.he is young and energetic in field 2. technically equipped and better batsman 3.he is a future prospect malik is a total waste of space. horrible batsman and now looks lethargic in field as well. as far as his bowling skills are concerned (don't even go there). still we are happy to give a run to old horses and wasting a proper all rounder hammad azam. no wonder why we are still an average team. look at dhoni how he has turned his average side into world champions. (what was indian team before dhoni?)

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (March 31, 2014, 10:02 GMT)

Moin and Zaheer need to use there brain, they have to be bold and replace this Malik from the team, I know Hafeez cant take action bcoz he is not performing as captain.

Posted by MickeyMouse1 on (March 31, 2014, 10:01 GMT)

Well in T20 its hard to imagine an anchor type batsmen in the middle (shoaib) case in point. If we require a single taking batsman, laking big shots then I would rather go for Misbah. Maqsood's role would also be a question mark in that case. Would rather be nice to have a pinch hitter (a Gayle ) upfront, Sharjeel as that thing - have to give that chap a bit of chance here.

Posted by ImiiJaved on (March 31, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

BTW Indian, you are right.. :p Yes, Virat Kohli is world class batsman, I always admire his game, his cricketing shots, while batting he is always cool, and in T20s he doesn't slog but still time the ball so sweetly, his inside out, clearing covers so easily that he doesn't need slogging. So offcourse there is no match between kohli and Shahzad. However his yesterday's innings was simply awesome to watch, though against minnows but still it was there home ground and our other batsmen were struggling to get runs even there. So he deserves credit. And he has scored century against SA in SA last year. And you should be pretty much aware of the quality attack of SA. Yes, consistency is missing, but he is a good prospect for Pak, and I am sure he will bring consistency in his game. And that will come with maturity, as for now he is the only Pak batsman who is technically (nearly) perfect. And I wish him good luck. May Pak win this T20 worldcup. Desperately waiting for that moment. :)

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

I think Pak should play Sharjeel as opener with Shezad, Malik is not doing any worth and so Kamra can replace him down the order.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

fawad alam is a much better player as far as stabilizing factor is concerned. 1.he is young and energetic in field 2. technically equipped and better batsman 3.he is a future prospect malik is a total waste of space. horrible batsman and now looks lethargic in field as well. as far as his bowling skills are concerned (don't even go there). still we are happy to give a run to old horses and wasting a proper all rounder hammad azam. no wonder why we are still an average team. look at dhoni how he has turned his average side into world champions. (what was indian team before dhoni?)

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

Afridi has to come higher up the order than Malik. Otherwise prepare to be doomed again versus the likes of WI and India. 20 overs are too less. In ODI the ideal time for afridi to come is in the last 10 overs. Why does he come in the last 3-4 overs here ??

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 8:24 GMT)

Hey Mashrafe, Fire up with your bowling also man not just only with mouth, Ohh sorry you are already down and out from the team

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

really can`t understand what they want from a player??? to me shoaib malik is a perfect player to play for pakistan in the middle of the innings we need a stabilizing factor which malik can provide it to the side as he did yesterday even sharjeel,afridi and maqsood in all i can never find a stabilizing factor so please stop criticizing him he is well organized batsman who anchors the innings rather through kitchen sink at every ball and it could easily be done i feel really sorry for the critics we need his experience to be there :)

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 7:43 GMT)

Shoaib Malik always play his role according to the situation, those who criticizing him, they do not know about cricket.

Posted by MickeyMouse1 on (March 31, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

Juni and Sharjeel should replace Sohail and Shoaib for WI match tomorrow. Best of luck boyz.

Posted by sssugat on (March 31, 2014, 5:28 GMT) they play tests also??

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

I find it really amusing when ppl say Shehzad looks vry much like Virat Kohli..actually he does look like Virat kohli and his batting stance is familiar to Virat kohli that's why smtimes it feels like Virat has come out bat in Pakistan jersey.. Shehzad I think emulates Virat Kohli.. That's good..but when it comes to class he's nowhere near Virat kohli.. Scoring big runs against Bangladesh(minnows) is one thing and scoring big runs against top sides consistently is another which Virat does almost everytime.. But yeah he(Shehzad) played very well yesterday and his shots were amazing to say the least..He has to keep doing it against top sides as well.. It was really refreshing to see a pakistani batsman playing proper cricketing shots all around the park.. Congratulations on your first t20 hundred..I hope he scores many more in the future in all formats of the game.. BTW..I am an Indian..

Posted by G_M_Awan on (March 31, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

One Sided game.... Nice batting by Shehzad bt with selfishness...... when he wz abt to score hundred.. Shoaib malik played his role... why some one expect bombastic innings from him... his role is to just build inning... Afridi once again performed his role well...

Posted by samramzan on (March 31, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

despite all the criticism earlier, I thought Malik was the good choice because of his ability to play Spin. We have seen that we are not able to score fluent against spin and Malik could be the saviour and may have to play his part. But he is not performing that well. failed in the first 2 matches and then almost run a ball 22 in the last match. He is not a t20 player and should be replaced

Posted by Mohammed_Syed_Indian on (March 31, 2014, 4:29 GMT)

If Pakistan has to be positive, Afridi has to come higher up the order. Granted he is not consistent but the nwhich Pakistani batsman is nowadays, except Misbah? the day Afridi fires, Pak cruises. And if he doesnt bat well, he makes up for it by sending down 10 very economical overs with a few wickets thrown in...!!

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 31, 2014, 4:04 GMT)

@WTEH & Dipesh_Pandit: BD being a test side had to play the qualifying round just due to their inconsistency nothing else..don't even think in your wildest dreams to compare BD with the associates..BD are way superior than these associates & also better than current ZIM that's reality so you ppl must follow the reality..losing 2 games against the associates recently doesn't mean they have also became like one of history its not only BD who lost to associates go see! but few other test teams also lost to them so think several times before saying negative things about BD..but yes BD's performance again getting poorer & may be its because of losing few very close games & then again lost to AFG & HK for all these they are not going well mentally but just wait & see how BD bounce back to their usual form soon...!

Posted by SenseStatement on (March 31, 2014, 4:03 GMT)

Well done AHMED SHEZAD a brillient inng and well deserve 100. But see what happen to other players we lose 3 top batsmen at 70,,,,here i want to mention a silient Hero of the game which surely SHOAIB MALIK who give a very sensible and required partnership to Ahmed otherwise we might end up somewhere around 150 which could be achiveable target for Banglades,,,,,that is why we need to keep some senior players in the team like Shoaib Malik to adjust the game as per the requirement,,,,cricket is not only hitting the ball you have to be very sensibe.

Posted by PakSerZameen on (March 31, 2014, 3:47 GMT)

BD is a good team, and they played well enough yesterday to reach even 150. But looking at the feedback / comments of Bangladesi & Indian supporters, I must say that it's strange to see that many of them thought that Team BD was a match for Team Pakistan, and some even thought that BD were better than Pakistan and would do the upset. Guys, have some cricketing sense! Or atleast look at the stats! Anyway, the criticism that Team BD has been receiving is also unfair in many ways. they're developing fast, and they're producing some very fine cricketers. ICC should keep supporting them.

Posted by criclover112 on (March 31, 2014, 2:58 GMT)

Why the hell is Shoaib Malik in the squad? And please, no more Sohail Tanveer, he is the Jade Dernbach of Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 1:01 GMT)

malik should play domestic cricket. his good days are gone. junaid is better choice than tanveer

Posted by wapuser on (March 31, 2014, 0:30 GMT)

Get rid of k akmal, guy cant bat, scratches for 8 off 12 and getsout, missed an easy stumping of shakib n shows no regret, always has dubious look about him.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 23:51 GMT)

Lool @ICKY I agree 100% on that

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 23:36 GMT)

Why we are Pakistanis are so much critic and unhappy even when we win the matches as well. Malik played beautifully according to the situation , 3 wickets down and someone had to play with calm.

Posted by Fijicricket on (March 30, 2014, 22:22 GMT)

Pakistan is riding on luck-

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 21:23 GMT)

i dont know whats hafeez and maliks role in the team and why was malik sent out before afridi.....malik proved that he can only take singles against a poor bowling attack,how does it make him a 20-20 player?

Posted by n_Sid on (March 30, 2014, 21:19 GMT)

What is wrong with the pakistani fans... we needed the anchor role from Malik today 23 off 26 was perfect for the time, gave all the strike to shahzad and made sure he didn't build up pressure on him by hitting out a few times....LAYOFF the guy for once

Afrdi and maqsood could have been gone on the very first balls they faced...we needed a stabilizer to make a good score

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 21:09 GMT)

Many congrats to Shehzad and PAK team wish u all the best 3 more to go :) Make us proud one more time :)))

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 20:55 GMT)

I Love it !! Pakistan isn't a World Class team ..great quote.. they have won the World Cup and World T20 on English soil and they ain't a World Class team. looks like someone has been talking to James Faulkner to much .. well said Sammy talk is cheap ..Pakistan is a World Class Side.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 20:52 GMT)

I feel Pakistan batting is quite settled right now..their pace bowling needs strengthening...Junaid upfront with 1, 1 in the middle and 2 in the death can prove far more than worthy. Team with order for next game Sharjeel Shehzad Hafeez Umar Maqsood Kamran Afridi Gul Zulfiqar Ajmal Junaid

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 20:40 GMT)

shoaib Malik should not be in the team drop him replace him with Sharjeel he just plays for himself, and Afridi should bat at number 4 or 5 alteast give him 10 overs.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 20:36 GMT)

Pak Players played superb Cricket in all sections.Hope we get thru to the Semis.Well done Ahmed Shezad

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 20:22 GMT)

i think teams like Bangladesh, Holland and other teams who don't have test status should be kept out from events like world cups and hope for upsets from them.. and adopt the IPL format for t20 worldcup at least .. so that each team will play matches against all test playing nations . In that way we can call the winner of that tournament a true champion team !

Posted by Diaz54 on (March 30, 2014, 20:05 GMT)

Salim Malik should not play ....particularly as he is. It bowling! He drops a sitter!! Pak needs to carefully think their terms of bowling first if they win the toss or if no due factor should look to bat first....risk there is WI like chasing. So dilemma. The wicket is getting tired and so on balance may have to bat first. Good luck.,

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

Sohail tanveer.... Never impressed me. So many solid options handy.. What a waste of selection. Pakistan has talent in need to use wisely.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

Guys, I am not a Sohail Tanvir fan but come on judge a player on current performance. He wasn't bad at all today, if anything we need Sharjeel Khan in the line-up who is an explosive batsman and opponents actually fear him. So drop Malik or Kamran. I would have liked Kamran to be dropped because Shoaib Malik is a good fielder and a decent batsman when he is in form. Kamran Akmal is just not an int'l level players his technique is so bad against the moving ball, and his shots are always pre-decided. Other than that we are good. Someone please tell Shazad to stay at the creace and the runs will flow. He does work hard to get himself out as well when the bowlers can't, so please guard against complacency and reach the semis inshallah:) Go Grrreeeen.

Posted by salman_0902 on (March 30, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

wow I saw the video report, everything about the losing side nothing about the winners. not even mention of Shaezad's effort. Felt like Bangladeshi experts are talking about their own team.

Posted by Tetrapole on (March 30, 2014, 19:43 GMT)

@Joe Thompson: And which other world class team has 40 consecutive wins against Bang? None. So please dont be mad that your country cant achieve what Pak has achieved.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 19:37 GMT)

If you want to have someone like Shoaib Malik, why not bring Misbah back?

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 19:12 GMT)

errrrrr .... @kazi255 Bangladesh has lost its last 40 matches against Pakistan against Pakistan across all formats ... but, I respect your opinion

Posted by Stark62 on (March 30, 2014, 18:44 GMT)

Good win but once again, malik failed!!

A 20 off 23 won't help Pak going further because Maqsood could have played a similar innings but at least, he would have kicked on to get a 50.

The inclusion of malik is not allowing Maqsood to blossom and he is also blocking Sharjeel from the playing 11. Pak really did need a leftie today, to combat the SLA of BD today but they didn't include him and luckily, the BD pacers were awful.

Get Sharjeel in that middle order and use him as a late order hitter (might be his best game) because he has a tendency to make a quick fire 20 off 7-8 balls and get out, so he could be very handy down the order.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

Another thing, Pakistan should have won this match by 73 runs (which amazingly India beat Australia with) to cross the run rate of WI... This would have work if (God forbids) match is not possible due to any reason and WI can pass on better run-rate... Team management and Captain should also have such stats in mind... Captain Pakistan!!! Be Strategic also...

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

Why Hafeez took out of crease in the very first over of Spin Attack? He is captain of the team and should lead by example... Why Umer went up on second ball of the innings? These are the questions which should be answered by the players themselves and a handsome number of coaches should remind the team players before the next do-or-die game...

Posted by ICKY on (March 30, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

Shoaib Malik made sure Afridi does not get more than two overs to play, coz it could be dangerous for Afridi's health. He has got attention of selectors for claim for a test recall. He is actually in the team to claim stake for test recall. Good test player. Hafeez is actually to be blamed for sitting Sharjeel out and playing Malik for this lethrgic showing. What allrounder is he. Can't bowl, can't bat at the pace require, However he has proved he can playb test cricket, not ODI's or T20.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

outstanding performance Ahmed Shahzad

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

@cricketcarl, I agree with your point that Afridi needs being sent up the order....the reason he has been in the lower order for quite sometime now is 1. because he is a bowling allrounder and batting is just a bonus for or from him....2. his recent form until the Asia cup has been dismal....with that said, Afridi is a fascinating clobberer of the cricket ball...nothing but just a treat to watch...i enjoyed his stance today where he was ever so ready to take that free-hit for a GUARANTEED SIX of the cover boundary...Lala \,,/ you are METAL

Posted by Shajadul on (March 30, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

Congrats PAK and best wishes to qualify for the Semi...

Posted by drkhalidnaeem on (March 30, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

Bangladeshi people need a dose of reality.They are asking from their team too much. Bangladesh can win world cup only if they top 8 teams decide to bycott the tournament. Its not gonna happen until next millenium.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (March 30, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Well done pakistan.... BD was righly called ordinary ..they r yet to win since asia cup and more importantly they r playing in their home and stil losing to even associate teams...looking forward to indo pak final....

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

Though Pakistan has won but was unable to improve avg. run rates against West Indies. Some time weather also plays important role in the cricket. Often Bangladesh have rain. Good luck..

Posted by Fadi.Sheikh on (March 30, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

Somebody please explain the role of Sohail Tanvir in the Team taken that Junaid Khan is sitting out.

Posted by TSJ07 on (March 30, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Ishmam Rittique on (March 30, 2014, 15:29 GMT):- Keep supporting your team mate and it will happen some day!

Posted by mdrafisaad on (March 30, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

As per BPL 2013 Bangladeshi performers following 15 should have been in current team: Mushfiqur Rahim-wK (1st, 440 r, 13 inn, a 40.00, SR 132.93), Shamsur Rahman-BAT (2nd, 421 r, 12 inn, a 42.10, SR 130.74), Shahriar Nafees-BAT (3rd, 395 r, 12 inn, a 35.90, SR 117.91), Anamul Hoque-BAT/WK (5th, 356 r, 13 inn, a 27.38, SR 133.33), Shakib al Hasan-AR (6th, 329 r, 12 inn, a 32.90, SR 164.50), (5th, 15 w, 12 inn, a 19.33, eco 6.21), Nasir Hossain-AR (7th, 314 r, 12 inn, a 31.40, SR 136.52), (13th, 9 w, 12 inn, a 32.11, eco 7.28), Naeem Islam-AR (8th, 288 r, 12 inn, a 24.00, SR 113.83), (8th, 10 w, 9 inn, a 23.70, eco 6.97), Jahurul Islam-AR (9th, 264 r, 13 inn, a 24.00, SR 126.31), Tamim Iqbal (10th, 244 r, 9 inn, a 27.11, SR 122.00), Enamul Haque jnr (1st, 18 w, 15 inn, a 17.16, e 6.20), Mosharraf Hossain (2nd, 18 w, 12 inn, a 16.00, e 6.40), Abdur Razzak (3rd, 17 w, 11 inn, avg 19.35, e 7.65), Sohag Gazi (4th, 17 w, 14 inn, avg 19.76, e 6.83), Rubel (6th in bowl) & Monir Hossain (7th)

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

Bangladesh has been playing cricket for a very long time- about 15 years. Still it is performing so badly. Wonder what is the reason.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

i think BD had sever issue with selection. far too many players are playing for just name. for example nasir and tamim. can some BD fan tell when was the last time tamim performed? this has been the case with some other players. you have talent . anam is good example of that. amazing talent. need to pick the best performers from domestic events.

2nd issue is politics and dressing room issues. at times you will feel that many players not giving their best. BD are certainly better than this. with such passionate fans, they should give their best. at the moment, its one step forward and 2 backwards.

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 30, 2014, 17:11 GMT)


"nice to see someone from Pakistan shows that we are here to play cricket not representing country not religion."

You are only half right. It's important to remember that every player represents its country when they are playing for their country. Many players of other teams kiss the flag logo of their country either on their helmet or on their shirt when they reach a landmark. That is to show that they love their country and they feel proud to represent their country. That is a nice gesture.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

I don't agree with Abdul Razzaq that shehzad is good player than each in but I accept he is one of the classical player in pak.......everyone saying pak is a strong bowling team.....but it is a good batting team too.....shehzad once missed 98(not out) his century but this time awesome.....

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

@qazi255: this " upset" is happening for last 15 years in all formats. if this is upset to you then what would you say once in a while win of BD over any top8 team.

supporting own team is ok but comments like this are funny.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

I feel really sorry and bad for Bangladesh fans in stadium who have to put up with their players dreadful embarrassing performances. They simply don't deserve this but seem their players just don't care and are too weak mentally. Its clear they need a major revamp soon i.e. management and a major improvement of domestic and infrastructure otherwise they will continue to struggle against the major teams. Losing to Pakistan nearly 50 times in a row across all forms says an awful lot how poor and pathetic Bangladesh Cricket sadly is and Pakistan is not even a world class team.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (March 30, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

Excellent knock by Ahmad Shahzad.. Pakistan can improve the side by replacing Malik and tanvir with junaid and sharjeel. Pakistan badly need a good fast bowling coach. M akram isn't good at all. So unfair with junaid to make him sit outside and giving chances to like of bhatti n tanvir.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Brilliant win and consistency by Team Pakistan. Hope they can beat West Indies and secure a place in the Semi's. Pak need to improve their fast bowling arsenal. Currently Gul is bowling well but needs either mohammed Talha or Junaid Khan. Pakistan should continue with their momentum and if they do so, they will win the tournament. They should not be complacent whatsoever

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

this tournament has good gamed. we have 1 semi finalist from each group and last group game from both groups is a quarterfinal. no ifs and buts in this .

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

I alway like the idea of playing with full time wicket keeper and Kamran akmal isn't doing a bad job at all ,because of him keeping wicket lot of players are afraid to jump out of crease and he bats well as well ..I normally don't like Shoaib Malik but bravo for his inning today ,it was a crucial time in the match and he kept rotating strike ,another wicket at that time would had been disastrous for Pakistan...I have no words for Ahmad,s knock ,I'm too small to say anything about it...only concern for pak should be the number of hafeez and second fast bowler..hafeez should drop himself down the order as he consumes too many balls and never makes up for it..fir 2nd fast bowler I would rather go with junaid than tanveer with caution to bowl full..go on Pakistan ,very important nxt match so let's all start praying now..

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

I do not understand why S.Tanveer is still given bowling... Why Shoaib Malik is still in the team... Why we say we have the best Bowling attack of the world? Look at the bowling of India today... How their fast bowlers have bowled, within the stumps and all good lengths, without doing any experiments... look at their spin attach...Their batting has choked in the tournament but their bowling isn't...

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

an extraordinaary performance by team pakistan and they truly deserve

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

Barney Trg agrre with you bro but i would still give Mushfiq a bit more time constant changing and chopping will not help.I am realistic about my teams capabilities.Still now if we beat a top 8 team it is still an upset although this should not have after playing major league cricket for 14 years.But I am hopeful that we will develop we are destined to develop no matter what the world says and we have to put honest hard work off the field build better first class structure and pitches if we can do that I do not see why we should not win the world cup.

Posted by smukhles on (March 30, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

Extremely ORDINARY bowling by the Bangladeshi toothless fast bowlers simply added to our problem today, Ziaur Rahman 1 over 22 runs given and Mashrafee Mortaza 4 overs 63 runs given. 22 + 63 = 85 runs went towards charity opened by the so called fast bowlers from the beginning. Bangladesh was never in this match anyway.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

Still makes no sense having kakmal and malik the the team. If we win this tournament it will be despite those two...

Posted by TigerRoars on (March 30, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

It was a blunder to bring back Mash in the 19th over. Mash is not a good death-over bowler. He was punished earlier and the batsmen were going to go after him and they did. This was the Captain's fault.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

Everyone played well... Other than Kamran... he had an unlucky game.. cannot blame him... Malik played according to the situation.. I dunno why people are still criticizing him

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

Ishimam...ranatunga..kapil..and imran all had united team under them(or the entire team at least considered them as the undoubted leader....very much like dhoni.....bangladesh team needs to do less talking and more focus on cricket....i feel that this bengali team has more than one captain....and ur current captain is nowhere near as strong as he should be ...

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

tanveer khatana...i would still pick shakib over shoaib malik anyday....

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 15:40 GMT)

Congratulation Team PAK well played

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

Well played Pakistan u guyzz were clearly the better team by miles .As a Bangladeshi it pains me to see that a team having a fighting spirit not less than 6 months ago are suddenly so flat .I do not know what the problem is with the team.The fans come to the stadium with high hopes and spending a huge number of money.I went to the stadium a met a person who spent almost all his salary buying tickets from blackers to watch Bangladesh play.It is the passion and love that our people show to our players and team.I saw a CNG driver who takes half the fare if Bangladesh wins.So I would like our players to play with more determination and be more patriotic when they play.But I still believe one day Bangladesh will win the world cup when our own Ranatunga ,Kapil Dev or a Imran khan wearing red and green will lift the trophy...

Posted by BARFI on (March 30, 2014, 15:28 GMT)

Why you guys don't talk about ZIM. ICC and other top teams also did not help them at all. Don't you think ZIM should rock by now. But ZIM and BD are being continuously ridiculed.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

Pakistan still need to drop malik and bring in sharjeel khan' the sort of innings afridi and ahmed shehzad ' if this was any other team the score could be 250 bt malik and kamran akmal as always just tried to survive and cement their place' fans might have different opinion about kamran akmal but noone wants malik in team ' hes waste of space

Posted by mxnmxn on (March 30, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

Well played. Wishing all the best to Pakistan against West Indies!

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

barfi ur over enthusiasm over a lost cause is why bangladesh is sooo.....well pathetic is the only word after being a test nation for so long....afghanistan only took a few matches to notch upon their first win maybe it would have taken longer if there was no test playing bangladesh giving afghanistan their win! could argue bangladesh has it rough because they do not have another bengali side to defeat and cushion their bad performances....

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

@qazi in wat sense is Bangladesh better than Pakistan compare a single player from Bangladesh to Pakistan team

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

Who is current fitness trainer of BD team and what is his portfolio. Why Stuart Law left before his duration as per agreement right after successful ASIA CUP by beating India and Srilanka and great performance that tournament.Why ICC tried to formulate degradation process for Bangladesh and Zimbabwe right before this World Cup and destabilized Bangladesh cricket and Cricket team. Why BPL not held this year. Why India not coming or inviting any series for them since years. Bangladesh made 1-1 in ODI in SL and white washed NZ and WI at home and India lost the series in NZ nothing to say much. INDIA should play with bangladesh cricket team not with Bangladesh cricket.

Posted by BARFI on (March 30, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

@cric4world if my feeling gets you to write a comment...I am successful MATE!!!

Posted by qazi255 on (March 30, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

It was really an upset match because from technical point of view BD team is much better than Pakistan team . Pakistan is really a weak looking team I dont think that they can win against WI

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

I will pray for Pakistan to win against West Indies and there will be on the semi final with Sri Lanka or New Zealand,

Posted by BARFI on (March 30, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

@ Bashir Uddin: Well said and constructive criticism.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

@omarrz: if catch taken then no run awarded

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

@omarrz: if catch taken then no run is awarded.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

I think BD remained quite Ok in this match. They had a strong opponent, and had less chances of winning. In the very beginning when they realized that they were not going to win, they chose a decent defeat. I believe if Hafeez had a little talent for captaincy, he would have tried a victory of 100 or more than 100. His strategy of personal survival is what made BD reach 140.

Posted by BARFI on (March 30, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

Congrats PAK winning this match. If you would have lost then now of your cricinfo fan will be posting any basing comments like this. As far as BD goes with the skill set they have at this moments I have said before (if you have read my comments before on my own team BD) they will lose 10/10 match against PAK 10/10 match against any top nations. BD will also lose 5/10 or 4/10 matches against team like IRE, Scot, Zim and Netherland. Yes BARFI is sour!

Posted by cric4world on (March 30, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

@BARFI . it doesnt really matter what u feel lol. the truth is all that matters and truth is that pakistan is ahead of sri lanka and india in head to head encounters. so if u think pakistan cant even compete against other teams u need to put aside ur ''feelings'' and see the truth that pak is the only team to reach semis in previous 4 world cups despite no home cricket. we beat ur beloved india at their home although i admit they had stronger team then pak in recent years but still pak is ahead in head to head matches. defeated nz and sa in odi series at their home. dude ur ''feelings'' are misguiding you. lol

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 30, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

I think if we analysis BD performance in this year it is very much ordinary. And after taking the position of chief selector MR Faruk has been failed totally. He should take the responsibility for not gaining the confidence from player as well his changing is not working. I think for sake of BD cricket Mr Akram should take back the position. Captain Mushfiq has also failed. The problem about him is his emotion and not calm and quite mind. I think it is time to give him some relief by appointing someone at least captain for T20 team of BD, this all started when Mushfiq talked about ICC revamp plan. professional cricketers should only concentrate about cricket and performance in the field. BD domestic cricket must be competitive with standard pitches. We need a good spin bowling coach. Fielding coach performance should be analyze. I still have faith about Shane Jurgenson. As a head coach he did his level best. We need a cricket academy with strong discipline and code of conduct.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

Pakistan played very well nd outclassed Bangladesh Nd will win final from India

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

@cricketisagame ... well its just a way to show gratitude .... players look up in the sky all the time .. thanking the higher power and so some of Pakistan players kneel to thank the Almighty .. nothing showing off about it

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

Bangladesh playing bad cricket from Srilanka series , they took much worry for not winning couple close match in T20 and first one day (SL 68/8 .....) . They have lost belief and self belief they are trying defend their prestige and image from first bowl of the match. BD team should read cricket history and story too. you should know the character of cricket to be regrouped and remain competitive.

Posted by Omarrz on (March 30, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

What happened to that single when players "crossed" during a no-ball catch? Wasn't that supposed to be called as a single since the ball was a no ball and players exchanged ends?

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

amazing batting by shehzad.this is a good sign of pakistan winning this world cup.india beaware.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

barfi...asking others to show EARN respect...not ask for it...something this finished bengali side could benefit from if they learn this small fact....

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

@Barfi If Pakistan play against India and Sirilanka a full series in their back yard, Pakistan will win forget about a single match. Did not you see the recently concluded series between Pakistan and Sirilanka where Pakistan has defeated Sirilanka in ODI and has drawn the test and T 20 series (including a famous winning of test in the fourth innings). And I also suggest you to watch last full series between Pakistan and India in India in 2012-13. So that you can get better idea of Pakistani cricket strength (I am not asking you to watch whole 60's, 70's, 80's 90's and 2000's against India.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

For me, BD are still minnows. After nearly 20 years in cricket, still they are not able to beat a team at their home conditions.

Posted by Nabs89 on (March 30, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

@BARFI lol All i can say is today "Barfi is Sour" :) Your indian team is playing right now, Go ahead and prepare your comments on them. Good luck.

Posted by Samad.Sylhet.Mitali.Raynogor on (March 30, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

We need a batting coach. I suggest Sourav Ganguly. Our batter need to learn how to bat in T20. Bangali babu wouldn't be bad choice.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

you can say whatever you want but Pakistan will win this worldcup and will shut your mouths!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

Where are those who said it will be upset?

Posted by BARFI on (March 30, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

If PAK plays against SRI and IND now they will lost 7 out of 10 matches against SRI-Lanka and 9/10 matches against IND. That's what I feel about PAK. No stats needed

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

Weldone pakistan !!

Posted by BARFI on (March 30, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

@Moazam Rashid :Best bowling side????? So you bowls only dude. I did not say you guys are not good you are unpredictable but good but you are not in the same ground like INDIA or SRI LANKA. Did you win the match against SRI LANKA. No right? it was not even competitive.

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (March 30, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

@ Yousufahmed1: Let's see how your team india does against Aussies. Dhoni lost the toss 1st time & india will loose the game & kicked out in the semis. Ciao

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

well played pakistan. shehzad does some justice for all the people supporting him! though it was against bangladesh :-P

Posted by Nabs89 on (March 30, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

I'm very disappointed on some BD players and fans. They were acting like some kinda war going on in stadium. sports supposed to bring brotherhood not hatred.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 30, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

@ ICCexpert....:Now what will you say about Ahmed Shehzad?

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

Well played by Pakistan.. Dont worry BD you will rise again. Love & Respect for BD from Pakistan.

Posted by shahnoor-haque on (March 30, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

Come on guys!don't be disrespectful to bd cricket.They are going through phase at a moment and we must not act in this manner.I hope Bangladesh cricket prosper in future and inshallah they will bounce back.Love and respect from pakistan:)

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

@Barfi...Pakistan cannot compete with other teams ?? beat Australia recently...finalists in the Asia cup....former Odis and T20 world cup champions...the best bowling side in the world...i know mate that you are hurt that your team cannot win a single match...but that does not mean that you can say all these baseless things...

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:38 GMT)

Pakistan must see that they were unable to pick spin, that is the reason of their loss against India.

Posted by love_pk on (March 30, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

Well played Pakistan and very impressive inning by Ahmed Shahzad. He just provided another proof of his talent and why is he one of the best batsman of pakistan in shorter version. But I still think Pakistan is missing a trick by not including Sharjeel for not only he will provide an aggressive option at the top but will also give much needed left hand batsmen variety. Pakistan should drop shoaib malik or sohaib as both looked totally out of form and played some very unimpressive knocks.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

Good for ahmad shehzad here reviving his foam in this t20 worldcup... GOOD FOR team pakistan

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:36 GMT)

@waqs , it seems to me this is your first cricket match to watch . have ever seen any other t20 matches ? did you see how we have beaten Afghanistan ( 78/10) , did you follow how srilanka beat netherland (39/10 ) ? and what about your team Pakistan ? when they were beaten by india which was the worst game in this world cup ?

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

@cricketisgame it has nothing to do with a person being a religious if he kneels down to thank Al Mighty. It only shows how much faith these guys have on Him

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

(Australia) You simply cannot rely on a team that did not want to win anything from the beginning, they even said it... they want to lose! Ordinary pace bowling and bad captaincy once again. Also Tamim needs dropping despite being a strokeplayer, he isnt suitable for T20 as his stats suggest. These Bangladesh boys are so low on confidence that even a team like Hong Kong can beat them AT HOME also a cup at home is not easy for Bangladesh as you can see from the 2011 and 2014 debacles. All performances barring the 1st match they played was poor, this ICC curator has changed these pitches as well.... but either way Bangladesh have given a true account of themselves to the whole world... Only way to save face is if they run Australia close but i doubt they will get even close.

Posted by PakSelectorsRbad on (March 30, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

Good: Shehzad, Afridi, Umer Gul: Ajmal ( All else were riding on these guys efforts, As in every other department in Pakistan) Bad: Umer Akmal and Sohaib ( For future not bad) Ugly: Hafeez, Shoaib, Tanvir, Kamran ( Must go) Tanvir is perfect relica replacement of Bilawal. Hafeez tried to help him in giving ball tail enders but did not work this time.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:31 GMT)

what a bad attitude in the whole tournament from both BD fans and players especially their captain, crown never praised any other country's player for a fifty or hundred or if a bowler take wicket or fielder take a catch. The whole crowd goes pin drop silence for opposite player's performance. Also Mush never praise an opponent team for their efforts in post match interviews. They need to grow up before they become a strong team and country. Show some sportsmanship spirit.

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

What a disgraceful run chase by Bangladesh. This was a must-win game for BD in the hope of getting to the semi-finals.

If I was a Bangladesh fan, I would be furious with the team but particularly with Shakib al Hasan. With his experience, he should know better. His management of the run-chase was terrible. He came in after 4.2 overs and then scored 61 runs (in partnerships) in 10.4 overs at a run-rate of 5.72 leaving exactly 100 runs to get in 5 overs at a run-rate of 20 when he got out. How many times has any team scored 100 runs in the last 5 overs in a run-chase? Probably never.

It is very clear that rather than going for the win and risk being all out for 60, al Hasan has decided to stick around as long as it takes to get close to 100 runs but then be in no position to win the game.

It is far better to try to win the game and get bowled out for 60 than it is to not seriously try to win and get 140 runs. Unquestionably so when it is a must-win game in a World Cup!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

What did Bangaldeshis said before the match... was there some thing similar to what flunkner said about WI???

I got this feeling after reading some of the comments here..

Posted by BARFI on (March 30, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

Come on BD haters show some respects to BD. In Cricket we are struggling in this moment but we will bounce back. How many matches BD gets in a year. Being a full member has been a curse to us. You guys want to take our Test Status instead of helping us by coaching and giving proper schedule. This time will also change and bad time for your team is already there. PAK cannot even compete with other team, who suppose to be their equal. No wonder you will be cheering this win. What I see in this match that our players are out of form. BD did not play that bad. If we have batted earlier, the story could be different although we do not have a winning combination. Help us instead of basing us. As for the BD team goes, I would echo with one common point that everyone is asking you to do. Be humble, respectful and play good. BD, you will win again. We just need some major changes in our team.

Posted by Tetrapole on (March 30, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

Bangladesh's last 40 performances against Pakistan in all formats: Vast skill difference.


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

@ Gyanendra_Mishra: Pakistan and India played 2 matches in the first T20 WC, furthermore Fawad is not on the bench in this WC coz he's not in the team.

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

As a cricket fan it is painful to see the pain in BD fan's eyes, BD fans are filling up the stadiums even though their team is not performing cheering for each Boundary scored. BD team not performing upto mark in familiar conditions, world cup happening at home what else can motivate BD team? For the Fan's sake hope they will perform well in future. BD fans keep your passion and hope high.

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

Well played Shehzad. Its a treat to watch him in full flow. What surprised me about him is the way he celebrated the landmark unlike other Pakistanis who kneel down to give thanks. That put him as the favourite Pakistani player as far I am concerned. I haven't seen any other players (other than Pakistanis) showing their religion in the play ground. Players like Hashim Amla, Nassir Hussian, Mohd Azar, Pathans and all Bangladeshi players never ever showed the religion in the playground. Its really really nice to see someone from Pakistan shows that we are here to lay cricket not representing country not religion. Long live cricket and the spirit of it.. Cricinfo, please publish

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan team. Layoff Shoib Malik.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

I just felt for Bangladesh fans..

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

Well played by Shehzad. superb innings without mad shots. great knock. He missed a ton vs ZIM ( 98*) but got it this time. Umar Akmal missed in last game and shehzad the 1st paksitani to do so. Had been poor in last 2 games but came good. Poor by Kamran & Hafeez, slow and also poor shots. Umar Akmal played a bad one early on.

Malik did stayed long but not good enough. He is past his prime now. But have to say that he did stayed there when 3 quick wickets fell. Good last boost from Afridi by that little cameo.

In the end too many runs. Well bowled by Umar Gul. looks like he is coming in to form. which will be good for paksitam. Ajmal was good as always. Afririd & zulfiqar bowled well. over all good performance.

Should have won with more margin but in last few overs less intensity shown by paksita.

WI vs PAK will be a quarter final now.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

Awesome game by Pakistan. I love my team. Bangladesh should concentrate on their game and not on the interviews pre-match and banning people from supporting other teams. Pakistan Zindabad!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

@Gyanendra_Mishra I think you haven't seen the first t20 WC ... Pak and Ind faced each other twice :) but bad luck to pakistan side, pakistan lost both :)

If that happen again, We will not repeat the history again :)

Posted by Waqs77 on (March 30, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

i just want to call them here those were saying its gonna b the best and closest match of the tournament as w equal standard teams playing today. Infact, this is the most one sided game in the history of T20I. I seriously doubt the credibility of cricinfo who post the comments of such lack in cricket knowledge people and does not post comments from ppl who are more realistic and genuin.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

wow! finally the bangla world XI led by sir mushfiq rahim lose to the minnows Pakistan! sir mushfiq shocked!!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

I wonder why Shamasu Rehman always get picked, what's his role in the team. He shouldn't be in The Team, Alok Kapali could av been better choice, also they wasted Zia lower down the order, I really feel for Bangladeshi Fans, they are loyal supporters.

Posted by SL_rockz on (March 30, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

I think this type of tournaments should be held in countries with more good facilities...Failing floodlights in one game is acceptable..But now in this tournament stopping the game for floodlight failure is becoming a habit... This is really below par organizing and facilities ...Mistakes like this will make no good reputation for such a huge tournament... And i believe Mushfiqur rahim should quite as captain if they unable to win at least one match in this round... It is utter humiliation to even the tournament not to see host nation win a single match... It is really discouraging for cricket in BD as well...

Posted by EnglishCricket on (March 30, 2014, 13:01 GMT)

Bangladesh should be stripped of their full status with such poor performances. Even Netherlands are playing better Cricket in super 10 than them. The stats just speak for themselves. They even can lose to associates at home. The talent is there but poor coaching, infrastructure and placid pitches is seriously damaging them and will continue to struggle. I think ICC needs to act and help otherwise Bangladesh will continue to put in these embarrassing shows and embarrass the sport itself even further. I feel bad for teams like Ireland, Nepal, Papua New Guinea etc that would've been more worthy teams if given the support and funding from ICC than Bangladesh in my opinion.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:01 GMT)

wow! finally the bangla world XI led by sir mushfiq rahim lose to the minnows Pakistan! sir mushfiq shocked!!

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

im sorry for ban fans but they should realize their players dont deserve the kind of support they get. they are just not a good enough team. should be realistic

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 30, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

Great knock by Shehzad. For starters, he looks like Virat Kohli, and today he played like him too. Jokes apart it has been a comprehensive win by Paks and with the way they are playing now, they are the favourites to make it to the semis. BD is still growing as a team, with time they will produce better performance. Cheers!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

all I can say well done #pakistan and tiger has been locked down in the cage :-)

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

The problem with Bangladesh team is their attitude. Both Musfiq and some fans treat matches with Pakistan as war. Instead of enjoying cricket and perform in the field they are under pressure to beat their opposition and prove a point. Also, according to some fans they should win all the matches in this group. But the reality is different. They should learn to respect opposition players and instead of being arrogant try to be humble.

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 30, 2014, 12:34 GMT)

This is turning out to be embarrassing to say the least. Holland was extremely competitive in 2 of the 3 games they played. BD have been thrashed in all 3 games. As I have said multiple times before, the press conferences and trash talk should stop and BD players should be honest, admit to themselves that they are not as good as the other established test teams and start working hard. Only then they will be able to compete. Once a team is competitive they will start winning at least one in five. The players of other test playing countries come from stronger first class structures and/or are much more talented and disciplined than the BD players.

Posted by RazOrFirE on (March 30, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

I guess, considering the tradition of this tournament, we might get to see more drop catches in the nest match.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

Netherlands are way better than Bangladesh. They pushed SA to the end and played a lot good than BD despite BD is playing as host nation and should be too strong. ICC should take note of this because Bangladesh is in the same league with associate nations. They finished the Asia Cup with no win and they are going in the same route in T20 World Cup.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

lone warrior shakib ul hasan in Bangladesh team

Posted by Gyanendra_Mishra on (March 30, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

Good Play Pakistan, a special congratulation to Ahmed Shehzad and thanks for him to show us a spectacular innings from bat. But many Pakistanis friends show their aggression against sohib malik which might attract selectors of Pakistan team.

In my point of view he has done a good work to support Ahmed Shehzad and made sure a partnership should built to achieve a good target on the board. But at the same time in Twenty20 Pakistani bench (serjil,fawd, etc) strength is good enough to think about resting sohib and promoting new talent forward so that a good player will be ready for 2015 main world cup.

I wish to see another encounter of India and Pakistan which never happened in any world cup ever ( 2 encounters in one WC). Hope India, Pakistan, South Africa and Newzealand move to semis round. But (Pak Vs WI) and (SL vs NZ) will be the most deciding league matches in next couple of days which will decide the other 2 semi finalists for 2014 Twenty20 WC.

Posted by passive_aggressive on (March 30, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

"Giant killers" and the perpetual "tigers" killing it. Blabbering in the pre match interviews is definitely not helping. BAN cricket is staring down an abyss. They need to talk the walk and realize why they are the underdogs. Appreciate the patience of the fans though.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

ones again disappointed performance from bd .I have wished Bd people spot Pak team like brother's

Posted by The-love on (March 30, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

Come on Bangladesh.Don't play brainless shots against champion bowlers like Gul and Ajmal. Do something for your fans. Don't disappoint them again and again,at least fight.Let them take your wicket which anyway they will do but don't gift your wickets.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (March 30, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

Pak think tank please think of crossing 200 score, for that you have to drop Malik.

Posted by WTEH on (March 30, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

Of course BD will end up 0-4 in this tournament. Remember no more associates playing. If BD fans want success, ask ICC to put BD back in to associate category (where they belong). Then once in a while BD might win.

Posted by The-love on (March 30, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

@Asjad -> If bangladesh bat to their full potential,I think they will lose by 30 runs against ajmal and hafeez.I don't know which 20 runs you are talking about.They are already 25 runs more than the par score.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:32 GMT)

Bangladesh does not deserve to play against the full members nations.. Their degree is getting very low onwards.... Loss against AFG in Asia cup and loss against hongkong have paid back their lesser wins against full members. Common Bangladesh, lets play together with Nepal,Honkong,Afg and other associates.. It was ur luck u reached super 10 beating nepal narrowly with the runrate..

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:30 GMT)

No excuse for keeping shoaib malik in the team now. ruined the momentum. fawad alam should be given a chance now. If not, then Lala should be sent in at malik's spot so he has more time.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

BD have not won any game from PAk since 1999. Pak have lost only 1 game after scoring 150+. That was semi final in 2010. Can BD break all the records today?

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:28 GMT)

Zia should play 2 down today

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

well done by Ahmed brilliant innings but I think Pakistan still 20 runs shot Good luck Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

shoaib malik surely making sure Pak does not cross 200. what he is doing in the team any body please tell me.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

@maleeha hogi pak vs ban is always unpredictable??? we havnt lost to BAN since 99. it has not been unpredictable but the other way around I m afraid.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

well played by ahmed and afridi but I think Pakistan still 15 to 20 runs shot anyway let's hope for the best Good luck

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

First congrats to Ahmed sehzad for his ton secondly now tell me ramiz raja that Ahmed is a t 20 player or not

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

another humiliating crushing defeat for Bangladesh on the card.tamim is a walking we will be playing with 9 wickets in hand.

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (March 30, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

I would ask what would have been the score if Mushfiq hadn't persisted with pace attack (specially with the pacers bowling wide and short) BUT I can't - because he did persist and he did leak several... Several runs that way. This is the highest score any team did against BD in this cup AND the last 10+ matches that BD played. Good job Shezad on the 100.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

Its game over for Aussies. Great Innings by Shehzad

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Not at all impressed by BDs performance. This match needs investigation by ICC...BD had a mathematical chance if they won both their matches by big margins and if India beats Aus and Pak beat WI. Maybe they didn't mind losing this game. Pak would anyway be the favoured team but BDs lack of spirit is not worthy of a test playing nation. Hope they bat well at least. Pak of course did well but they were not tested at all.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:16 GMT)

malik has no place in pakistan team. pakistani captain carried him. its better to bring fawad alam or hammad azamhow can bowl when need it

Posted by Dixter on (March 30, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

Excellent batting by PAK openers, well done .

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

Bravo Pak version of Virat Kohli ... I always had a feeling that Shahzad would end up in being the first centurion in t20 from Pak !!! Thumbs up for a lovly knock .. however Shahzad pls dont be ABD :p be yourself you are far better player when you are being you :)

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:14 GMT)

Ahmed sahzad congratulations first T20 100 from pak we'll play

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:13 GMT)

Sohaib should have had come instead of Shoaib Malik... Malik's innings were once again were weak and slow .

Posted by ispaewbi on (March 30, 2014, 11:12 GMT)

What a knock by Shahzad and can someone please tell me what is Malik doing in the team and even then why wasn't Afridi sent before him? Scored could of been 200+

Posted by cricketcarl on (March 30, 2014, 11:11 GMT)

i am an australian cricket fan, i enjoy watching all teams play but i would like to know if any pakistan cricket fan can tell me why afridi comes in at number 6 in t20? with so much hitting talent, i would love to see him in early, im sure there would be 100s that would among the best we have ever seen, ok, just a thought

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:06 GMT)

Well played by Shehzad. superb innings without mad shots. great knock. He missed a ton vs ZIM ( 98*) but got it this time. Umar Akmal missed in last game and shehzad the 1st paksitani to do so. Had been poor in last 2 games but came good.

Jut didnt liked his 3-4 attempts for that AB shot. why do you need that if you can hit them straight.

Poor by Kamran & Hafeez, slow and also poor shots. Umar Akmal played a bad one early on.

Malik did stayed long but not good enough. He is past his prime now. no role in playing 11.

Good last boost from Afridi by that little cameo.

Sohail is a good option for Bhatti. runs on the board. Up to bowlers to get them over the line.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (March 30, 2014, 11:06 GMT)

in the middle over 26 0f 23 balls by Malik doesnt do justice, he should have scored atleast 50 of 23. there was no pressure, so he is not fit for this format.

Posted by uboatlover on (March 30, 2014, 11:02 GMT)

great knock by ahmed shahzad well done afridi and ahmed shazad go for a rampage now

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 11:02 GMT)

I think Pak have upper hand on this game . good luck for both teams . from NZ.

Posted by Diaz54 on (March 30, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

shehzad has batted brilliantly.....but sometimes his shot selection is still dubious... needs to learn to keep it simple as he has a good range of shots, Also I worry about his throwing his gloves on the floor when changing them. hopefully he will learn. as to akmal predictable result....playing a very poor stroke....not learning still mental issue!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 10:57 GMT)

most selfish innings by S.Malik I think he was just trying to cement his place in the team for upcoming matches.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (March 30, 2014, 10:56 GMT)

in the middle over 26 0f 23 balls by Malik doesnt do justice, he should have scored atleast 50 of 23. there was no pressure, so he is not fit for this format.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 10:54 GMT)

Malik needs to check his confidence and believe in himself, other wise he wud soon join the list of abondoned pakistani cricketersl list

Posted by uboatlover on (March 30, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

and akmal brothers today were in their 'usual' form

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (March 30, 2014, 10:27 GMT)

Malik needs to make way for Sharjeel

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (March 30, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

can anyone tell me what is Malik doing in the middile of this t20 team, he is not a big hitter of the ball, we need someone like Hammad or Harris Sohail who can hit the ball. What kind of PARCHI(approach) has this Malik got ?

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (March 30, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

what was the need for Hazfeez to play so slow after an aggressive start, was he trying to rebuild after just a loss of one wicket. And after wasting a few deliveries he gets out so does Umar. And then he sends in Malik, everyone know that Malik is good for nothing, when the need was to send out either Afridi or Maqsood to consolidate on the start Shahzad had given them. When will they use there heads, Zaheer Abbas, Moin, and Hafeez are all ordinary players, they have to be more adaptable like Imran used to be.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

I don,t see why Pakistan keeps playing Mailk and kamran Akmal?

Posted by uboatlover on (March 30, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

i wonder what keeps shoaib malik in the team? past? lets see if he do something good today

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

Great Start By Ahmed Shehzad and Pakistan !!!

Posted by NP_NY on (March 30, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

It takes 3 things go win a T20 game - Skill, temperament and luck. Pak is way ahead of BD in skill and temperament. If BD wins, it can only be because of pure luck. That is why it is hard to root for BD even though they are the underdogs. That and the BD fans :).

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

Schedule was really poor . 6 days gap is way to much for players & fans.

Tanvir instead of bhatti is ok selection i think. Bhatti's batting was not required so far and his bowling is not good. Good toss to win. Have to score a good total. Good luck.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 30, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

A very exciting match between two equally matches teams. Bangladesh is stronger but they are not in form coz we have thrashed them and have broken their confidence. So I will not bee surprised if PAK can cause an upset by beating Bangladesh. Best of luck to both teams.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

Any time after loosing 3 matches in a row is under pressure, but this doesn't mean Pak will win easily although they do have a plus point, but Pak Vs Ban is always unpredictable

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

Desire for revenge, recently been it deceived in. It is still alive after bamboozle in team Mushfiq that there's big two team at least one can be loss. Of those two teams one is Pakistan with whom is going to face, if can be losing today on Mirpur however the trust existence and in home ground they have minimum achievements. I think that is possible because in t20 every match start with new theme and new lines.

Bangladesh fans have provided vocal support through the tournament and desire again today that will be continue. That is a plus point for Bangladesh and the moreover Pakistan have already shown their unpredictability in their tournament although Bangladesh have three successive defeats and horror season continue. To keep back them i think Bangladesh will play a fantastic game on today. The crowds going on, and desire more today. Wining the toss Pakistan choice to bat first

Posted by uboatlover on (March 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

today pakistan must play like warrior poets and crush bngladesh cricket. in reply to the decision of banning flags, pakistan must make an apt reply to the benal cricket authorities

Posted by PakSelectorsRbad on (March 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

Sohail Tanvir for Bilawal...Does not make sense...Tanvir should be in for Gul and Bilawal should be in for Afridi..That should be the perfect losing combination..even against am associate team....

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