Bangladesh v Pakistan, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 30, 2014

Shehzad century sets up massive win for Pakistan

The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

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
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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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  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • dummy4fb 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?)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. :)

  • android_user 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.

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