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Pakistan vs Bangladesh - Super Four, Match 6

Series: Asia Cup 2018
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date & Time: 26 September 2018

Pakistan 202/9 (50 Ovs) RR: 4.04 | Bangladesh won by 37 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Fakhar Zaman c Rubel & b Mehidy Hasanc Rubel & b Mehidy Hasan1400
Imam-ul-Haq stumped Mahmudullahstumped Mahmudullah8310521
Babar Azam lbw Mustafizurlbw Mustafizur1300
Sarfraz Ahmed c Rahim & b Mustafizurc Rahim & b Mustafizur10720
Shoaib Malik c Mortaza & b Rubelc Mortaza & b Rubel305120
Shadab Khan c Liton Das & b Soumya Sarkarc Liton Das & b Soumya Sarkar42400
Asif Ali stumped Mehidy Hasanstumped Mehidy Hasan314730
Mohammad Nawaz c (sub)Hossain Shanto & b Mustafizurc (sub)Hossain Shanto & b Mustafizur81900
Hasan Ali c Mortaza & b Mustafizurc Mortaza & b Mustafizur81110
Shaheen Afridi Not OutNot Out142001
Junaid Khan Not OutNot Out31000
Extras 9 (b 1, lb 2, w 5, nb 1)
Total 202 (9 Wkts, 50 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
2-1 (Fakhar Zaman,0.5), 3-2 (Babar Azam,1.2), 18-3 (Sarfraz Ahmed,3.3), 85-4 (Shoaib Malik,20.1), 94-5 (Shadab Khan,25.1), 165-6 (Asif Ali,39.2), 167-7 (Imam-ul-Haq,40.5), 181-8 (Hasan Ali,43.5), 186-9 (Mohammad Nawaz,45.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mehidy Hasan10 1 28 2 2.80
Mustafizur Rahman10 2 43 4 4.30
Mashrafe Mortaza7 1 33 0 4.71
Rubel Hossain8 0 38 1 4.75
Mahmudullah10 0 38 1 3.80
Soumya Sarkar5 0 19 1 3.80
Liton Das0 0 0 0 0
Mominul Haque0 0 0 0 0
Mushfiqur Rahim0 0 0 0 0
Mohammad Mithun0 0 0 0 0
Imrul Kayes0 0 0 0 0


Phewf! So, India-Bangladesh final then. A repeat of the 2016 Asia Cup final. Bangladesh will be desperate for redemption, India too will shrug off all the rustiness to finish with a flourish. Stage set. A couple of my colleagues were busy rejoicing that Dhoni finish in the 2016 edition. With a maximum of course. Join us for one final time in the #AsiaCup2018 on Friday. We'll be up and early to bring you all the action. Until then, this is Raju Peethala waving goodbye on behalf of Nikhil Jadhav, Varun Dixit and Rishi Roy. Our scorer Shashikant Singh says cheerio!!

Did Pakistan miss a trick in their bowling? Bangladesh were rattled early by some outstanding spell of bowling from Shaheen and Junaid Khan. And remember there's no Shakib in the middle order. But, Pakistan have dug themselves a hole by getting carried away with spinners - although mediocre - and in the process allowed Mushfiqur and Mithun to prosper. The duo stitched a 144-run stand and laid perfect base to inch closer to 250. And besides that, the magic of Mashrafe Mortaza. That catch.

Mushfiqur Rahim, Man of the Match: With the new ball and with the quality Pakistan bowling had we knew we might lose early wickets. It's very important that I believed in myself and I spoke to Mithun that we need to build a partnership which was very crucial at that stage. The wicket was pretty good and we wanted to make sure we dig in through the first 10 overs. The credit goes to the way I practice and the preparation I do gives me a lot of self belief. Whenever you are positive you take the right decisions more often and it helps a lot in my batting. Making the right decisions help me stay calm and my posture at the crease.

Mashrafe Mortaza, winning captain: Normally I start with the ball, but today we changed a bit with our bowling plan today. Started with Fizz and Mehidy. The bowlers have done a good job. Mushy batted so well and Mithun also batted well. At the end, the bowlers are brilliant. We are proud of our fielding today. We haven't seen such quality in a long time. Hopefully we will continue our fielding like this. We still have to improve in our batting and bowling in some parts. I was lucky I didn't drop that catch (Shoaib Malik catch). He was in such good form and if he didn't get out, he would have carried on. We all know that India is a serious side and the number one side the world. We will be missing Shakib and Tamim but the boys have showed character and one match to go, and hopefully the boys will play hard.

All stats thanks to Deepu Narayanan

--> Pakistan's 202/9 is the third instance in 2018 of a team batting out all 50 overs without getting all out & chasing a target <= 250.

--> The last time it happened was in Mar 2012 - Ban vs Pak in Mirpur in Asia Cup 2012 final

--> Asia Cup 2018 final will be Bangladesh's ninth knockout match in international cricket - they lost all of their previous eight.

--> Four of those came against India - WC 2015 QF, Asia Cup 2016 final, CT 2017 SF & Nidahas Trophy 2018 final.

Bangladesh's third Asia Cup final in last 6 years (4 tournaments):
vs Pak in 2012
vs Ind in 2016
vs Ind in 2018

Pakistan vs Bangladesh in ODIs:
1986 - 2014: P 32; Pak 31; Ban 1 (25 of those wins in succession)
2015 onwards: P 4; Pak 0; Ban 4

Sarfraz: We are obviously not feeling good. As a team we have not done well. Our performance has been very poor. As a player, I have done really badly too. I should have done better. We were poor in every facet of the game. There were lot of batting collapses for us in the tournament. Fakhar is our main batsman, he failed to perform in this tournament and Shadab was hit by injury too. We have to play well to beat good teams. Our batting was the main reason for our defeat in this tournament. Shaheen Afridi is a talented youngster, we have given him opportunities to showcase his talent and he has done well too.

23:40 Local Time, 19:40 GMT, 01:10 IST: The scorecards of Pakistan and Bangladesh look eerily similar. Five double-digit scores and the! A total bummer. Needing 240, Pakistan - much like Bangladesh - blew themselves up in the face at the start by losing three key wickets inside five overs. And when Malik walked in to join Imam-Ul-Haq a ray of hope emerged expecting revival of sorts, but as they so often say: A moment of brilliance in the field can upend momentum and that's what skipper Mortaza did to Pakistan. Plucked out a bonzer of a catch to dismiss Malik, and although Asif Ali, along with Imam, reignited a comeback, the strangle applied by the Bangladeshi spinners proved to be too good against the inexperience of Pakistan's lower middle-order. Gotta feel for Junaid Khan and young Imam-Ul-Haq, the duo played out of their skins with ball and bat respectively but got very little, or perhaps, no support from the others to back up their commendable efforts.

Mustafizur to Shaheen Afridi, no run, blocked out and that's that. This is Bangladesh's first win over Pakistan in the 50-over format in Asia Cup. The DJ at the stadium knows his crowd and guess what's resonating across the stadium: Oh yes, it's the N-A-A-G-I-N. And the crowd go helter-skelter. Need I describe the dance moves?
Mustafizur to Shaheen Afridi, no run, 121ks, short of length on the stumps, Shaheen Afridi hops back and plays out a compact defence under his eyes
Mustafizur to Shaheen Afridi, no run, the cutters keep coming from the ocean of Fizz, a swing and a miss outside off
Mustafizur to Shaheen Afridi, no run, smashes the full ball from off to mid-off
Mustafizur to Shaheen Afridi, no run, off-cutter bowled on back of a length, Shaheen Afridi exposes his stumps and swishes. Past his top-edge
Mustafizur to Shaheen Afridi, no run, picks the slower delivery and clubs it over mid-wicket, once again the fielder in the deep picks it on the bounce

38 from 6 balls then

Rubel to Junaid Khan, no run, chips the fullish delivery from off-stump, on the bounce to the fielder at mid-off. Rubel has a wry smile as he completes his spell with 1/38 off 8 overs
Rubel to Shaheen Afridi, 1 run, makes room and drills the full ball to mid-off. Mortaza puts in the dive once again, this is commitment of the highest class from the Bangladeshi skipper
Rubel to Shaheen Afridi, no run, bumper on leg-stump, Shaheen Afridi swivels and can't connect with his pull
Rubel to Shaheen Afridi, no run, swats and splices it into the off-side. Mistimed that horribly
Rubel to Junaid Khan, 1 run, fiery short ball at the body, Junaid Khan takes his eyes off and ends up gloving it into the off-side. Must have stung, surely
Rubel to Shaheen Afridi, 1 run, spears it very full outside off, Shaheen Afridi slices it past backward point and calls for two. The fielder in the deep is quick to get there and forcing the batsmen to decide against the second

41 required off 12.

Mustafizur to Junaid Khan, no run, nails the yorker, but ends up firing it onto the pads, jammed away into the covers
Mustafizur to Junaid Khan, no run, Junaid Khan is throwing every ounce of his energy into the slogs and poor lad, isn't able to read the Fizz's variations. Swing and a miss outside off
Mustafizur to Junaid Khan, no run, makes room and swings hard. Gee, that may have landed in Lahore had he connected. Only if
Mustafizur to Shaheen Afridi, 1 run, opens the bat face and steers it down to third man
Mustafizur to Shaheen Afridi, no run, another slower short delivery and Shaheen Afridi can't get anywhere near it
Mustafizur to Shaheen Afridi, no run, slower bouncer outside off, Shaheen Afridi arches back and sways away from it

42 from 18

Rubel to Junaid Khan, no run, driven nice and straight past the bowler. Shaheen Afridi says no straightaway assuming it to be a single, but the fielder was quite deep and they could have easily squeezed a couple there
Rubel to Shaheen Afridi, 1 run, generates a lot of bottom hand power on this attempted slog and all he could manage was a miscue into the leg-side
Rubel to Junaid Khan, 1 run, biffs the full ball to mid-off and a direct hit would have been curtains for Junaid Khan and Pakistan. Soumya Sarkar aims and misses at the bowler's end
Rubel to Shaheen Afridi, 1 run, slaps the full-toss through covers
Rubel to Shaheen Afridi, no run, full toss outside off, Shaheen Afridi backs away and mistimes the drive back to the bowler
Rubel to Shaheen Afridi, SIX, Shaheen Afridi is not done yet. He does what the other famous Afridi used to do. Gives full room outside off and clouts ths slower length delivery over cow corner. Tonk
Mustafizur to Shaheen Afridi, 1 run, another drop by Liton Das. This could have been the game for Bangladesh, but wasn't to be. A classic Test match fiddle outside off from Shaheen and the edge was found, only to be dropped a couple of seconds later. Liton dives to his left and shells. Straight in and straight out.
Mustafizur to Junaid Khan, 1 run, fetches a short and wide delivery and slices the cut behind point
Mustafizur to Junaid Khan, no run, appeal. First from the keeper and then the bowler but umpire Chettithody Shamsuddin shakes his head. Fair call. A corker of a delivery from Mustafizur; pitches in line with middle and straightens past Junaid Khan's outside edge and misses the off-stump by a whisker
Mustafizur to Junaid Khan, no run, no feet, Junaid Khan clears his front leg and gives it a mighty swing. Well past his bat
Mustafizur to Shaheen Afridi, 1 run, gets an inside-edge on the push and sneaks a quick single backwards of square leg

Junaid Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Mustafizur to Mohammad Nawaz, out Caught by (sub)Hossain Shanto!! The Fizz has four. Mickey Arthur is stunned into silence. A deceptive slower delivery, bowled on a juicy length and Nawaz thought he had all of it; mows high into the air and hands the simplest of catches to deep mid-wicket. Mohammad Nawaz c (sub)Hossain Shanto b Mustafizur 8(19)

Mustafizur to Mohammad Nawaz, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

54 from 5 overs.

Rubel to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, sits on one knee and looks to flay that over mid-off, there's no pace and therefore, he under-edges it to the left of the keeper. A fine diving stop by Liton behind the stumps


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