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Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 1st Match at Dhaka, , Mar 11 2012 - Ball by Ball Commentary

1st Match (D/N), Mirpur, March 11, 2012, Asia Cup
(48.1/50 ov, T:263) 241

Pakistan won by 21 runs

Player Of The Match
89 (126) & 2/40
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Gul stars in an all-round effort, it was his contribution at the end of Pakistan's innings and his stand with Sarfraz Ahmed that made the difference in the end. He backed that up with 3 for 58 and it should be no surprise if he walks away with the Man-of-the-Match award. Bangladesh fought well, first picking some quick wickets after a century opening stand to put Pakistan under pressure. Then, they came out positively in the chase, Tamim, Nasir and Shakib trying hard to keep their team within reach but the pressure got to the batsmen when the required-rate crept up beyond six. Pakistan kept their cool and snatched a win in the end.

We've had an exciting start to the Asia Cup, the hosts showing they'll be no pushovers. Do stay tuned in for the presentation. Abhishek Purohit is updating his report for this match.

Mushfiqur: "We were really close, I thought we came back well in our bowling. Our batsmen did a good job at the start, the most important was Nasir's wicket at the end. We just couldn't finish well. We are not winning most of the times after getting into such situations."

Misbah: "it was tough, we should have got 300. Again, we just messed it up. The guys are not learning from their mistakes. The pitch was absolutely perfect for batting, no spin, nothing for the fast bowlers but again the bowlers did good for us. We just have to lift our performances, we need to be more positive and we can't just repeat these mistakes. The bowlers are winning games for us for the last year and a half, but we need to support them."

Mohammad Hafeez has been given the Man of the Match award, I thought it'll be Gul. But anyway, that's what the jury has decided. He made 89 and picked up two wickets.

Hafeez: "I was not having a great time in the last series, very happy with this. I worked with my batting coach, I was just thinking of spending more time at the crease. Jamshed really took the pressure off me earlier on, we gave a good start."

That's it from us, folks. Thanks for tuning in, sending us your feedback. Do join us for the next game, that's India v Sri Lanka on March 13th. See you then, cheers.

Umar Gul to Shakib, OUT

bowled'im! Pakistan have won, Gul came over the wicket, bowled it on a good length and he swung mightily at that one, had no choice, got an inside edge onto the pads and then onto the stumps. The umpires want a replay to check if that was a no-ball, it wasn't.

Shakib Al Hasan b Umar Gul 64 (66b 4x4 0x6 130m) SR: 96.96

Shakib needs to go for it now, the difference betweens balls and runs has gone up significantly. Gul to finish off his spell now. Fine leg is up, massive gap between third man and deep point

end of over 481 run
BAN: 241/9CRR: 5.02 RRR: 11.00
Shahadat Hossain0 (7b)
Shakib Al Hasan64 (65b 4x4)
Aizaz Cheema 9-0-47-1
Saeed Ajmal 10-0-45-2
Cheema to Shahadat, no run

goodish length, defended off the back foot past the bowler, doesn't take the single, Shakib has the strike for the next over

Cheema to Shahadat, no run

yorker again, keeps it out with a little more confidence this time, drops it into the leg side, he needs to see off one more ball

Cheema to Shahadat, no run

almost a yorker but not quite, Shahadat kept it out somehow, some bat and some pad, rolls over into the off side, another dot

Cheema to Shahadat, no run

short of a good length, goes through, tried to punch it off the back foot, could not connect

Cheema to Shahadat, no run

full toss on middle, Shahadat knocks it straight to midwicket

Cheema to Shakib, 1 run

ooh, that was bowled on a length on leg stump and he swings it towards deep square leg, regrets taking the single, Shahadat is on strike now

23 off 18, tension in the stands, Cheema to bowl now. They're saving Gul for a later over.

end of over 475 runs
BAN: 240/9CRR: 5.10 RRR: 7.66
Shahadat Hossain0 (2b)
Shakib Al Hasan63 (64b 4x4)
Saeed Ajmal 10-0-45-2
Umar Gul 9-0-58-2
Ajmal to Shahadat, no run

negotiates it well, big cheers from thw crowd, gets a big stride out and defends it into the leg side

Two slips

Shahadat needs to survive this ball, he has a word with his parner

Ajmal to Shakib, 1 run

picks a single, working it away towards deep square leg

Ajmal to Shakib, no run

floating it on middle, plays it gently back down the pitch

Ajmal to Shakib, no run

flighted on the off, rocks forward and defends it

Ajmal to Shakib, no run

shortish on the off, defended off the back foot into the off side

Ajmal to Shakib, FOUR runs

Shakib fights on, there is a short third and a point in place and Shakib picks the gap perfectly, full and wide and it's squeezed between those two

Four wickets gone for 11 runs, two of them lost to avoidable shots

end of over 465 runs • 1 wicket
BAN: 235/9CRR: 5.10 RRR: 7.00
Shahadat Hossain0 (1b)
Shakib Al Hasan58 (59b 3x4)
Umar Gul 9-0-58-2
Saeed Ajmal 9-0-40-2
Umar Gul to Shahadat, no run

and he does, pitched up outside off, steered towards point

Just one more wicket to go, two overs back it was Bangladesh who had the edge. All left to Shakib now. Shahadat, though, has to survive one ball

Umar Gul to Shafiul, OUT

can't keep that inswinging yorker out, superb ball from Gul, that looked out to the naked eye, swung in and Shafiul was caught on the toe, would have gone on to hit middle and leg as the replay confirms, Shafiul was too late in bringing his bat down, he has to go back

Shafiul Islam lbw b Umar Gul 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 4m) SR: 50
Umar Gul to Shakib, 1 run

swings at that full toss, gets a leading edge as he tries to go over midwicket, a single down to third man

Umar Gul to Shafiul, 1 run

ooh, was aiming for the inswinging yorker, it surely swung in, got an inside edge as he tried to play it away, just the single

I remember Shafiul helping Bangladesh beat England in a thrilling game in the World Cup

Umar Gul to Shakib, 1 run

slower one again, the offcutter, drops it in front of cover and takea a single

Umar Gul to Shakib, 2 runs

was the slower one bowled full, driven firmly wide of long-off for a couple of runs

Shafiul Islam is the new man

end of over 452 runs • 2 wickets
BAN: 230/8CRR: 5.11 RRR: 6.60
Shakib Al Hasan54 (56b 3x4)
Saeed Ajmal 9-0-40-2
Umar Gul 8-0-53-1

Two wickets in one over and Pakistan have edged ahead once again, is it too much to ask of Shakib from here on?

Ajmal to Mortaza, OUT

bowled'im, another one goes, bowled by the doosra! Shakib is being left stranded, the crowd is stunned into silence, tossed up and Mashrafe's eyes lit up, landed on middle and spun the other way, he was looking to hit that through the line but missed, it knocked back off

Mashrafe Mortaza b Saeed Ajmal 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 4m) SR: 33.33
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