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1st T20I, Mirpur, November 19, 2021, Pakistan tour of Bangladesh
(19.2/20 ov, T:128) 132/6

Pakistan won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

Full commentary

That's all from our side for this game. See you soon.

Babar Azam: The wicket was a bit difficult, not easy to bat on. So the credit goes to our middle order - Fakhar, Khushdil and how Nawaz finished. We could have bowled them earlier, we ended up conceding 15-20 runs extra but that happens in cricket.

Hasan Ali is the Player of the Match: I would like thank Allah first of all. Obviously, it's a pleasant moment for me. My performance wasn't up to the mark in the World Cup but you have ups and downs in your career. I have been here during the BPL and I know it's generally a slow pitch. So I bowled stump to stump and got wickets.

Mahmudullah: I think when we chose to bat first, it looked a pretty good wicket to bat on but there was help for bowlers too. Hopefully, we can come up with a better plan tomorrow. It would have been better to get 140 but with 127, we thought if we could get a couple of wickets early on, which our bowlers did, Taskin, Fizz, Mahedi, we were very close but the credit goes to their last two batters.

Time for the presentation ceremony.

Shihab Karim: "People can talk all about BD's lack of big hitters, consistent batters, X factor bowlers. But what's obvious is the lack of mentality in this team. They fold very easily, and in spectacular fashion"

Sumail Hussain: "This shows that Pakistan knows the conditions of Bangladesh better than other teams which struggled in recent past"

Shah Safeer: "Kids were worried that Pakistan are gonna shell this one out but legends knew that's how we PLAY cricket!!"

Rizwan Zafar: "This is the Pakistan team we , the Pak fans, have known for years and not the one we recently saw in T20 WC. Collapse, comeback and heartbreaks!"

5.40pm It turned out to be much closer than it looked like at the halfway stage. Around the 16 over mark, it even started to look like Bangladesh could pull this off but those vital hits from Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz sealed the game for Pakistan with four balls to spare. You cannot fault with Bangladesh's bowlers, their batters need to take the blame for putting up only 127.

Aminul Islam to Shadab, SIX runs

sealed with a six! Fuller on the stumps, Shadab goes down on one knee and slog-sweeps it over deep midwicket

Aminul Islam to Shadab, no run

starts with a short delivery. Finds extra cover with the cut shot

Just two needed now. Doesn't matter who bowls here. Finally here's Aminul

end of over 1915 runs
PAK: 126/6CRR: 6.63 RRR: 2.00 • Need 2 runs from 6b
Mohammad Nawaz18 (8)
Shadab Khan15 (8)
Shoriful Islam 4-0-31-1
Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-26-1

Asif: "Is that Nawaz or Asif in disguise"

Shoriful Islam to Nawaz, no run

a wide yorker and Nawaz cannot connect this time

Shoriful Islam to Nawaz, SIX runs

That all but seals the game. Another short of a length ball and Nawaz pulls it over deep midwicket. Little fuss, maximum result

Shoriful Islam to Nawaz, 2 runs

fuller outside off and drilled towards deep extra cover. A sliding stop there cannot prevent the second run

Shoriful Islam to Nawaz, SIX runs

what a shot! A length ball around off, Nawaz stands tall and smashes it over long-on and clears the fielder with ease

Raqib: "Mahmudullah took the shot on 18th over and it backfired! Poor Fizz!"

Shoriful Islam to Nawaz, no run

fuller and wider outside off. Nawaz looks to hit it through covers but misses

16 required off 11

Shoriful Islam to Shadab, 1 run

length ball outside off, guided towards backward point

end of over 1815 runs
PAK: 111/6CRR: 6.16 RRR: 8.50 • Need 17 runs from 12b
Mohammad Nawaz4 (3)
Shadab Khan14 (7)
Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-26-1
Shoriful Islam 3-0-16-1

Ahmed Badar: "Over by over comparison is probably the best addition in the recent past"

Mustafizur to Nawaz, FOUR runs

short of length, this time into the body and Nawaz connects the pull. Hits it behind square leg and fetches the boundary

Mustafizur to Nawaz, no run

short of length but he rolled his fingers over it. Nawaz went for the pull but was early into the shot and the ball went under the bat

Mustafizur to Shadab, 1 run

length ball around off, steered towards point for a quick single

Mustafizur to Shadab, SIX runs

bang! A length ball angling across. Shadab moves towards the off side and swats it over long-off. The fielder puts in the jump but it just evades him

Mustafizur to Shadab, no run

fuller, but much closer to the batter this time. Shadab attempts a pull but misses

Mustafizur to Shadab, FOUR runs

four on the first ball of the over. Fuller and wider outside off, the angle helps Shadab as he smashes it through extra cover

32 required from the last three overs. Mustafizur and Shoriful have one left each. Will Mahmudullah risk bowling the 18th? No, Mustafizur will finish early

end of over 176 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 96/6CRR: 5.64 RRR: 10.66 • Need 32 runs from 18b
Mohammad Nawaz0 (1)
Shadab Khan3 (3)
Shoriful Islam 3-0-16-1
Mustafizur Rahman 3-0-11-1
Shoriful Islam to Nawaz, no run

a bouncer to welcome him to the crease. Nawaz ducks under it

Nawaz is the new batter

Tahir: "Looks like a redemption day for Hasan Ali both with the ball and bat"

Shoriful Islam to Khushdil, OUT

Khushdil departs too. A length ball outside off, Khushdil chases it but can only get an outside edge to the keeper. The Bangladesh players are jubilant

Khushdil Shah c †Nurul Hasan b Shoriful Islam 34 (53m 35b 3x4 1x6) SR: 97.14
Shoriful Islam to Shadab, 1 run

short of length once more, this time Shadab mistimes the pull. A single to long-on

Shoriful Islam to Khushdil, 1 run

short again, much straighter this time. Khushdil mistimes the pull towards deep midwicket

Shoriful Islam to Khushdil, FOUR runs

length ball outside off, stays back and smashes it over mid-off. The deep extra cover cannot reach there in time

Shoriful Islam to Khushdil, no run

slower one bowled into the pitch and wide outside off. Khushdil had to reach out for it, gets it from the toe end of the bat towards the bowler

38 needed from four overs. Shoriful comes back into the attack

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