result
12th Match, Group D (N), Kandy, Sep 25 2012, ICC World Twenty20
(18.4/20 ov, target 176)178/2
Pakistan won by 8 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
player of the match
Imran Nazir
Pakistan
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• The Report by Sidharth Monga

Nazir takes Pakistan to Super Eights with super chase

Pakistan's celebrated bowling unit's rare off day put a latch on it, but their batsmen smashed down the qualification door by chasing down 176 with eight balls to spare

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Alex Winter
Scorecard summary
Bangladesh175/6(20 overs)
Pakistan178/2(18.4 overs)

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.



18.4
4
Shafiul to Kamran, FOUR runs

length ball outside off and slapped past mid off to finish it in fitting style, clearing the front leg, another lovely strike

18.4
1w
Shafiul to Kamran, 1 wide

short and left outside off stump, called wide, obviously bounced too high

18.3
Shafiul to Kamran, no run

full and wide, just inside the guideline so not a wide, Tim Southee-esque that delivery

18.2
1
Shafiul to Jamshed, 1 run

slower ball onto leg stump, clipped down to long leg

18.1
1
Shafiul to Kamran, 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: 9.50 • RRR: 2.50 • Need 5 from 12b
Kamran Akmal17 (12)
Nasir Jamshed28 (13)
Abdur Razzak4-0-30-0
Mahmudullah2-0-24-0
17.6
1
Razzak to Kamran, 1 run

nice and full again, dug out past the bowler for a single

17.5
Razzak to Kamran, no run

fired in full, dug out to midwicket

17.4
Razzak to Kamran, no run

length ball, down to slog sweep, miscued, comes off a bottom edge to the 45

One hit will do it...

17.3
1
Razzak to Jamshed, 1 run

full towards middle and off, played down to long on

17.2
1
Razzak to Kamran, 1 run

back to play to leg, off a leading edge past cover

17.1
1
Razzak to 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 from 18b
Kamran Akmal15 (8)
Nasir Jamshed26 (11)
Mahmudullah2-0-24-0
Abul Hasan3-0-33-2

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

16.6
4
Mahmudullah to Kamran, FOUR runs

wide and full, slapped away past point for four more

16.5
1lb
Mahmudullah to Jamshed, 1 leg bye

angled in, runs off the front pad to short long leg

16.4
6
Mahmudullah to 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

16.3
4
Mahmudullah to Jamshed, FOUR runs

back and pulled hard past mid on, powerful strike

16.2
1
Mahmudullah to Kamran, 1 run

reverse swept from outside leg stump to the cover sweeper

16.1
1
Mahmudullah to Jamshed, 1 run

length ball, flicked past midwicket to the man in the deep

Mahmudullah to bowl...

end of over 1619 runs
PAK: 150/2CRR: 9.37 • RRR: 6.50 • Need 26 from 24b
Kamran Akmal10 (6)
Nasir Jamshed15 (7)
Abul Hasan3-0-33-2
Shakib Al Hasan4-0-23-0

Carnage that over was, dreadful...

15.6
Abul Hasan to Kamran, no run

much better, full and driven to mid off

15.5
4
Abul Hasan to Kamran, FOUR runs

short and outside off, uppercut over backward point into the fact, that is terrible, terrible bowling, awful delivery and slapped to the fence

Two guys at the crease now in great form, good signs for Pakistan...

15.4
4
Abul Hasan to Kamran, FOUR runs

too straight to the right-hander, flicked wide of long leg, four more, well timed

Best performances - batsmen
Shakib Al Hasan portrait
Shakib Al Hasan
84 runs (54)
11 fours
2 sixes
Control67%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
18 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
154144176420
Imran Nazir
Imran Nazir
72 runs (36)
9 fours
3 sixes
Control73%
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
28 runs
2 fours
3 sixes
10146136626
Best performances - bowlers
Yasir Arafat
Yasir Arafat
O
3
M
0
R
25
W
3
ECO
8.33
Abul Hasan portrait
Abul Hasan
O
3
M
0
R
33
W
2
ECO
11
Match details
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossBangladesh, elected to bat first
SeriesICC World Twenty20
Season2012/13
Player Of The Match
Imran Nazir
Imran Nazir
Match numberT20 No. 274
Hours of play (local time)19.30 start, First Session 19.30-20.50, Interval 20.50-21.10, Second Session 21.10-22.30
Match days25 September 2012 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
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Ian Gould
Australia Image
Steve Davis
TV Umpire
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Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
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Richard Kettleborough
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe
PointsPakistan 2, Bangladesh 0