2nd T20I, Lahore, January 25, 2020, Bangladesh tour of Pakistan
(16.4/20 ov, T:137) 137/1

Pakistan won by 9 wickets (with 20 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
66* (44)
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Babar Azam is the Man of the Match for his unbeaten half-century.

"When you're in form, you should continue it," Babar says. "Credit for my captaincy goes to the players, the seniors and bowlers make it easy for me. The series win was much-needed, we played a lot of youngsters, the idea was to increase our talent pool to give us more options going into the World Cup. We will try to give players who haven't got a chance yet on Monday."

Mahmudullah: Disappointed to lose, didn't apply ourselves with the bat, except for Tamim. Should've scored 150-160. Intent was there, credit to Pakistan's bowlers. We didn't finish off well. Not sure yet how we'll go for the last game, maybe we'll try to play some reserves, but we need to come hard at them and win the game.

5.05pm If it was Malik yesterday, Hafeez comes up with the star-turn today. Pakistan's grand old men are far from finished yet, and if they continue to put up performances like these, they'll be hard to ignore when Misbah sits down to pick the squad for the T20 World Cup. As much as this was about their senior men, the youngsters were mighty impressive too. Hasnain and Rauf were clinical at the death, Shaheen excellent upfront.

Bangladesh's cricket-fanatic public deserves better. Unfortunately, the only noise from Bangladesh cricket has come from their board president, not the players yet. Another listless performance, on similar lines like yesterday, means they don't even challenge Pakistan. This is already proving to be a long tour, they've just been in Pakistan for three days.

Mahmudullah wasn't proactive enough early on, set defensive fields, the body language of the side in general was one of going through the motions. Lack of aggression, the bowlers were very poor in their lines and lengths. Babar and Hafeez didn't even need to get out of second and third gear. Both of them killed the bowling softly, without any real pressure being applied.

"Happy to get the opportunity and deliver for the team, won't really call it a comeback," says Mohammad Hafeez. "There is pressure, people expect a lot, once you wear the green, you have to live up to expectation of the fans, not so much the media. We missed a couple of opportunities in the last two series, but we're happy. Whoever comes into the team, they have the mindset of winning for Pakistan. I spoke to Malik, who is my best friend. He did well, so I thought i had to do something special too."

Mahmudullah to Hafeez, 1 run

nudged through square leg to bring up Pakistan's win. They win the series with one to play

Mahmudullah to Hafeez, no run

fired full on the stumps, defended

Mahmudullah to Babar Azam, 1 run

eased down to long-on

Mahmudullah to Hafeez, 1 run

punched to deep cover

end of over 1616 runs
PAK: 134/1CRR: 8.37 RRR: 0.75
Babar Azam65 (43b 7x4 1x6)
Mohammad Hafeez65 (46b 9x4 1x6)
Afif Hossain 1-0-16-0
Al-Amin Hossain 3-0-17-0
Afif to Babar Azam, FOUR runs

slapped to the cover boundary. Too short, Babar had all the time in the world to pick his spot

Afif to Babar Azam, no run

turns this to short midwicket

Afif to Hafeez, 1 run

squeezed to point for a quick single

Afif to Hafeez, SIX runs

steps out, reaches out to hit this out of the park, over the sightscreen. The ball drifted away, so Hafeez had to stretch. No worries

Afif to Babar Azam, 1 run

eased down to long-on

Afif to Babar Azam, FOUR runs

thick outside edge for four! Floated up, went for the drive but he'll get the runs

Anil: "In last 21 deliveries Hafeez scored 40 runs and now he has a strike rate of about 130 although he had a pretty slow start of 65 strike rate. Thats how you compensate. Not by scoring 65 of 50 deliveries, Tamim."

end of over 1510 runs
PAK: 118/1CRR: 7.86 RRR: 3.80
Babar Azam56 (39b 5x4 1x6)
Mohammad Hafeez58 (44b 9x4)
Al-Amin Hossain 3-0-17-0
Mustafizur Rahman 3-0-29-0

Hassan Khalid: "Why no one mention Babar's sublime fifty " -- Maybe you didn't read.

Al-Amin to Babar Azam, 1 run

tapped to third man again

Al-Amin to Babar Azam, 2 runs

driven through the line, the fielder in the deep at extra cover stops this with his boot but can't prevent the second

Al-Amin to Hafeez, 1 run

works this into the gap at midwicket

Al-Amin to Hafeez, FOUR runs

flat-bats this one bounce to the wide long-on fence. Short ball, sat up, Hafeez held his shape and put that away

Al-Amin to Babar Azam, 1 run

turns this gently into the leg side

Al-Amin to Hafeez, 1 run

gets on top of the bounce and pulls to fine leg

end of over 1412 runs
PAK: 108/1CRR: 7.71 RRR: 4.83
Babar Azam52 (36b 5x4 1x6)
Mohammad Hafeez52 (41b 8x4)
Mustafizur Rahman 3-0-29-0
Shafiul Islam 3-0-27-1
Mustafizur to Babar Azam, 2 runs

driven through the line to deep cover

Mustafizur to Hafeez, 1 run

dropped! Liton has put down a sitter. Not that it would've affected the result in any way, but it sums up the despondency in the Bangladesh camp. Looks to cut, gets a healthy edge, and he fluffs the simplest of chances

Mustafizur to Hafeez, 1 wide

slips this length ball down leg, poor ball, rebowl that, please

Mustafizur to Babar Azam, 1 run

steered to third man, another captain's knock from Babar. He's punished them softly here