Player of the Match
Player of the Match

20 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | BDESH: 151/7 (22 runs required, RR: 7.55)

  • Sohrawordi Shuvo1 (3b)
  • Naeem Islam10 (9b)
  • Saeed Ajmal3-0-18-1
  • Mohammad Sami4-0-29-3

In the end a very good win for Pakistan, who have a lot to take away from this effort. The batting of Butt and Kamran was excellent, and I thought they did well in the end overs to not lose momentum, despite not being able to get the boundaries.

And under pressure, their main bowlers - Aamer, Sami and Ajmal - stood up and turned in great spells. But the biggest plus for Pakistan today has to be their fielding, which was close to flawless. Yes, Akmal dropped a tough one, but he also took a really good catch under pressure. Misbah's take to get Kayes, for me, was the highlight.

Bangladesh will rue the way they bowled today, though they came back reasonably in the end overs. The batsmen were always chasing atleast 20 runs more than they could manage against a strong attack. In the end, they fell short by 21. Overall, a great innings from Ashraful, but one will wonder why he keeps trying those nothing shots while he can play some really delicious text-book strokes. Shakib played well too, and his wicket was the turning point.

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Shakib: "We did not start well with the ball, though we finished well. We are confident about the next game. Ashraful and I played really well, and one of us should have stayed till the end. We will give our 100% the next time as well."

Afridi: "It was a great performance, especially from our openers. The old ball is not easy to hit on this pitch, so I thought 170 was a very good total. Shakib and Ashraful worried us a bit, but we had confidence in our fast bowlers. Sami was specially very good."

Salman Butt in Man of the Match: "The pitch was slow. Having played two games here, we knew runs are hard to come and we needed to run hard. I thank the captain and coach for backing me. I relied a lot on cricketing strokes. I liked to keep it simple."

So that winds up our coverage for today. India and Pakistan have prevailed over the minnows, but both teams have tough games coming up tomorrow. South Africa v India and Australia v Pakistan, what a mouth-watering line-up! Join us again tomorrow, until then take care and be good - this is Nitin Sundar signing off on behalf of the Cricinfo team.

Saeed Ajmal to Sohrawordi Shuvo, 1 run, fuller this time, finally gets bat on ball towards cover and he gets a single. Pakistan have won!
Saeed Ajmal to Sohrawordi Shuvo, no run, refer to the commentary for the previous ball - this was an action replay
Saeed Ajmal to Sohrawordi Shuvo, no run, shades of Saqlain, the tail-ender Shuvo has no clue what it is doing and misses the zipping offies, with his across-the-linbe hoicks
Saeed Ajmal to Mashrafe Mortaza, OUT, sells him the dummy this time! Mortaza is down the track, but well short of the pitch of the ball, which slips past him and into Akmal's gloves who gleefully whips off the bails

Mashrafe Mortaza st †Kamran Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Saeed Ajmal to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, shortens the length and gets turn and bounce from outside off. Mortaza swings and misses
Saeed Ajmal to Naeem Islam, 1 run, full this time, and driven down to long on
Saeed Ajmal to Naeem Islam, 1 wide, slides down the leg, Akmal appeals for a catch down the leg, it may have made contact too, but Asoka de Silva calls wide

19 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | BDESH: 148/6 (25 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.78, RRR: 25.00)

  • Naeem Islam9 (8b)
  • Mashrafe Mortaza1 (1b)
  • Mohammad Sami4-0-29-3
  • Mohammad Amir4-0-16-2
Mohammad Sami to Naeem Islam, 1 run, another near-perfect yorker, the batsman cannot connect well with the attempted scoop shot
Mohammad Sami to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, good yorker to Mortaza, who can only feebly dig it out to mid on for a single
Mohammad Sami to Naeem Islam, 1 run, drives hard wide of mid off to turn the strike over
Mohammad Sami to Mushfiqur Rahim, OUT, and another one bites the dust! Cool, calm death bowling and Bangladesh's batsmen are doing the rest as the noose tightens. This was short of a length on middle and the batsman goes for the swipe over the leg side, gets a top edge which balloons up to midwicket

Mushfiqur Rahim c Saeed Ajmal b Mohammad Sami 4 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Mohammad Sami to Naeem Islam, 1 run, driven without much power to cover, for a single. Bangladesh needs to find the ropes
Mohammad Sami to Mushfiqur Rahim, 3 runs, Full on leg and middle, somehow squeezed down to fine leg, where Hafeez puts in a wonderful dive to save a run

18 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | BDESH: 141/5 (32 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.83, RRR: 16.00)

  • Mushfiqur Rahim1 (1b)
  • Naeem Islam6 (5b)
  • Mohammad Amir4-0-16-2
  • Shahid Afridi4-0-37-0
Mohammad Amir to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, hoicked down to long on for a single. Great recovery this over from Aamer after conceding four of the first ball, and one suspects Bangladesh have lost their last chance
Mohammad Amir to Mohammad Ashraful, OUT, well, he can get himself out, that's what! Ashraful lives by the sword, and also dies by the sword. Maybe the situation now needed him to manufacture a boundary, he hopped across towards off stump to look for a fine lap or pull shot, but it went too fine this time. Kamran, who's put down a couple, dives to his left and takes a beauty

Mohammad Ashraful c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Amir 65 (49b 4x4 3x6) SR: 132.65

Mohammad Amir to Naeem Islam, 1 run, stupendous yorker this time from Aamer, and this time Islam manages to get it down to mid on for a single. Two balls, what can Ashraful do?
Mohammad Amir to Naeem Islam, no run, another awry shot, he walks down the track and ends up too far from the full ball outside off and falls over as he tries to make contact.
Mohammad Amir to Naeem Islam, no run, can't make contact this time though. Looks to go over the off side again, he should try and turn the strike
Mohammad Amir to Naeem Islam, FOUR runs, great shot under pressure! Islam comes down the track, opens the off side and slashes over point for a crucial boundary

38 off 18. Will be a classic if Bangladesh pull this off. Pakistan are favourites now.

17 | 12 Runs | BDESH: 135/4 (38 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.94, RRR: 12.66)

  • Naeem Islam1 (1b)
  • Mohammad Ashraful65 (48b)
  • Shahid Afridi4-0-37-0
  • Mohammad Sami3-0-22-2
Shahid Afridi to Naeem Islam, 1 run, gets forward and drives to mid on for a single that will deny Ashraful strike for the first ball of the next over
Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, another late cut, straight to Ajmal at short third man, and they get the single
Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Ashraful, no run,
Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Ashraful, 2 runs, looks to run this down to third man, it goes straight to short third man who promptly concedes an over throw
Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Ashraful, 2 runs, opens the face this time and goes inside out over the covers

Bangladesh 2nd innings Partnerships

1st1Tamim IqbalImrul Kayes
2nd30Mohammad AshrafulTamim Iqbal
3rd91Mohammad AshrafulShakib Al Hasan
4th1Mohammad AshrafulMahmudullah
5th17Mohammad AshrafulNaeem Islam
6th5Naeem IslamMushfiqur Rahim
7th5Mashrafe MortazaNaeem Islam
8th1Naeem IslamSohrawordi Shuvo