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4th Match, Group A, Gros Islet, May 1 2010, ICC World Twenty20
(20 ov, target 173)151/7
Pakistan won by 21 runs
player of the match
Salman Butt
Pakistan
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• The Bulletin by Osman Samiuddin

Pakistan overcome Ashraful assault for 21-run win

Pakistan began their title defence with a hard-earned victory against Bangladesh at St Lucia

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Scorecard summary
Pakistan172/3(20 overs)
Bangladesh151/7(20 overs)
end of over 203 runs • 1 wicket
BDESH: 151/7CRR: 7.55 
Sohrawordi Shuvo1 (3)
Naeem Islam10 (9)
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.

19.6
1
Ajmal to Shuvo, 1 run

fuller this time, finally gets bat on ball towards cover and he gets a single. Pakistan have won!

19.5
Ajmal to Shuvo, no run

refer to the commentary for the previous ball - this was an action replay

19.4
Ajmal to 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

19.3
W
Ajmal to 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
19.2
Ajmal to Mortaza, no run

shortens the length and gets turn and bounce from outside off. Mortaza swings and misses

19.1
1
Ajmal to Md Naeem, 1 run

full this time, and driven down to long on

19.1
1w
Ajmal to Md Naeem, 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

end of over 197 runs • 1 wicket
BDESH: 148/6CRR: 7.78 • RRR: 25.00 • Need 25 from 6b
Naeem Islam9 (8)
Mashrafe Mortaza1 (1)
Mohammad Sami4-0-29-3
Mohammad Amir4-0-16-2
18.6
1
Sami to Md Naeem, 1 run

another near-perfect yorker, the batsman cannot connect well with the attempted scoop shot

18.5
1
Sami to Mortaza, 1 run

good yorker to Mortaza, who can only feebly dig it out to mid on for a single

18.4
1
Sami to Md Naeem, 1 run

drives hard wide of mid off to turn the strike over

18.3
W
Sami to Mushfiqur, 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
18.2
1
Sami to Md Naeem, 1 run

driven without much power to cover, for a single. Bangladesh needs to find the ropes

18.1
3
Sami to Mushfiqur, 3 runs

Full on leg and middle, somehow squeezed down to fine leg, where Hafeez puts in a wonderful dive to save a run

end of over 186 runs • 1 wicket
BDESH: 141/5CRR: 7.83 • RRR: 16.00 • Need 32 from 12b
Mushfiqur Rahim1 (1)
Naeem Islam6 (5)
Mohammad Amir4-0-16-2
Shahid Afridi4-0-37-0
17.6
1
Amir to Mushfiqur, 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

17.5
W
Amir to 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
17.4
1
Amir to Md Naeem, 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?

17.3
Amir to Md Naeem, 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.

17.2
Amir to Md Naeem, no run

can't make contact this time though. Looks to go over the off side again, he should try and turn the strike

17.1
4
Amir to Md Naeem, 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.

end of over 1712 runs
BDESH: 135/4CRR: 7.94 • RRR: 12.67 • Need 38 from 18b
Naeem Islam1 (1)
Mohammad Ashraful65 (48)
Shahid Afridi4-0-37-0
Mohammad Sami3-0-22-2
16.6
1
Afridi to Md Naeem, 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

Best performances - batsmen
Salman Butt portrait
Salman Butt
73 runs (46)
8 fours
2 sixes
Control89%
Productive shot
sweep
22 runs
2 fours
1 six
00514218718
Kamran Akmal portrait
Kamran Akmal
73 runs (55)
8 fours
1 six
Control75%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
25 runs
3 fours
1 six
22176211555
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammad Sami portrait
Mohammad Sami
O
4
M
0
R
29
W
3
ECO
7.25
Mohammad Amir portrait
Mohammad Amir
O
4
M
0
R
16
W
2
ECO
4
Match details
Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
SeriesICC World Twenty20
Season2010
Player Of The Match
Salman Butt
Salman Butt
Match numberT20 No. 154
Hours of play (local time)13.30 start, First Session 13.30-14.50, Interval 14.50-15.10, Second Session 15.10-16.30
Match days1 May 2010 - day match (20-over match)
T20I debut
Imrul Kayes
Imrul Kayes
Mohammad Sami
Mohammad Sami
Sohrawordi Shuvo
Sohrawordi Shuvo
Umpires
Sri Lanka Image
Asoka de Silva
Australia Image
Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
India Image
Shavir Tarapore
Reserve Umpire
South Africa Image
Marais Erasmus
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Ranjan Madugalle
PointsPakistan 2, Bangladesh 0