12th Match, Pallekele, Sep 25 2012, Group D (N), ICC World Twenty20
(18.4/20 ov, target 176)
Pakistan won by 8 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
PAK Innings
Full commentary

So that concludes a very uninspiring group stage with all the matches firmly going one way. There have been glimpses of the entertainment this tournament could provide but we're yet to have that spark, that tight match to get everyone on the edge of their seats. Hopefully the Super Eights can give us that and we'll all be back after a day's break for the start of that second phase as Sri Lanka play New Zealand at 3.30 IST on Thursday. England and West Indies also in action that evening, before attentions turn to Colombo on Friday. Have a peaceful day off tomorrow, see you Thursday...

Presentation time. "The pressure was on us but Shakib played very well," says Mushfiqur Rahim "We can take some positives out of this and go home and work on a few things. We're not used to playing on these wickets."

"It's a great team effort, the boys have shown the right attitude so far in this tournament," says Mohammad Hafeez. "Our bowler's tried well but there is a little bit of a concern about the fast bowlers. But I am very happy as captain and the team are responding to me." Man of the Match is also on the Pakistan side, and it goes to Imran Nazir for his smashing 72 from 36 balls.

Just to confirm, the Super Eight stages were pre-arranged by the seedings so it doesn't matter who has won the groups, the teams in each section of the next phase were known long ago. Pakistan, therefore, take their place alongside India, Australia and South Africa in Colombo.

So Pakistan win by eight wickets and have romped home with the bat, Bangladesh were all over the place with the ball and in the field and are going home, while Pakistan go down to Colombo to play in the Super Eights. It ended up being a touch one-sided which was a shame after the excellent effort batting first, particularly Shakib-al-Hasan, but Pakistan have achieved their highest successful chase and ensure there is no upset in this year's World T20 with all the minnows going home at the group stage and realistically, looking rather out of place.

Shafiul Islam to Kamran Akmal, FOUR runs
length ball outside off and slapped past mid off to finish it in fitting style, clearing the front leg, another lovely strike
Shafiul Islam to Kamran Akmal, 1 wide
short and left outside off stump, called wide, obviously bounced too high
Shafiul Islam to Kamran Akmal, no run
full and wide, just inside the guideline so not a wide, Tim Southee-esque that delivery
Shafiul Islam to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run
slower ball onto leg stump, clipped down to long leg
Shafiul Islam to Kamran Akmal, 1 run
good yorker...too little too late...dug out past the bowler

This over then...Shafiul Islam to finish it off...

end of over 184 runs
PAK: 171/2CRR: 9.5 • RRR: 2.50 • Need 5 runs from 12b
Kamran Akmal17 (12)
Nasir Jamshed28 (13)
Abdur Razzak4-0-30-0
Abdur Razzak to Kamran Akmal, 1 run
nice and full again, dug out past the bowler for a single
Abdur Razzak to Kamran Akmal, no run
fired in full, dug out to midwicket
Abdur Razzak to Kamran Akmal, no run
length ball, down to slog sweep, miscued, comes off a bottom edge to the 45

One hit will do it...

Abdur Razzak to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run
full towards middle and off, played down to long on
Abdur Razzak to Kamran Akmal, 1 run
back to play to leg, off a leading edge past cover
Abdur Razzak to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run
back and punched down to long on

Odds on it being wrapped up this over...nine to win...Razzaq to bowl...

end of over 1717 runs
PAK: 167/2CRR: 9.82 • RRR: 3.00 • Need 9 runs from 18b
Kamran Akmal15 (8)
Nasir Jamshed26 (11)
Abul Hasan3-0-33-2

Another horrendous over really, save the toe-ended six that would have been caught by a taller man...

Mahmudullah to Kamran Akmal, FOUR runs
wide and full, slapped away past point for four more
Mahmudullah to Nasir Jamshed, 1 leg bye
angled in, runs off the front pad to short long leg
Mahmudullah to Nasir Jamshed, SIX runs
on one knee to slog sweep, comes off the toe of the bat and goes towards long on, who takes the catch! But then falls on the rope, sums it up really
Mahmudullah to Nasir Jamshed, FOUR runs
back and pulled hard past mid on, powerful strike