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Pakistan vs Bangladesh - Super Four, Match 6

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

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

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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 rest...um! 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.

49.6
0
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?
49.5
0
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
49.4
0
Mustafizur to Shaheen Afridi, no run, the cutters keep coming from the ocean of Fizz, a swing and a miss outside off
49.3
0
Mustafizur to Shaheen Afridi, no run, smashes the full ball from off to mid-off
49.2
0
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
49.1
0
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

48.6
0
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
48.5
1
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
48.4
0
Rubel to Shaheen Afridi, no run, bumper on leg-stump, Shaheen Afridi swivels and can't connect with his pull
48.3
0
Rubel to Shaheen Afridi, no run, swats and splices it into the off-side. Mistimed that horribly
48.2
1
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
48.1
1
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.

47.6
0
Mustafizur to Junaid Khan, no run, nails the yorker, but ends up firing it onto the pads, jammed away into the covers
47.5
0
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
47.4
0
Mustafizur to Junaid Khan, no run, makes room and swings hard. Gee, that may have landed in Lahore had he connected. Only if
47.3
1
Mustafizur to Shaheen Afridi, 1 run, opens the bat face and steers it down to third man
47.2
0
Mustafizur to Shaheen Afridi, no run, another slower short delivery and Shaheen Afridi can't get anywhere near it
47.1
0
Mustafizur to Shaheen Afridi, no run, slower bouncer outside off, Shaheen Afridi arches back and sways away from it

42 from 18

46.6
0
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
46.5
1
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
46.4
1
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
46.3
1
Rubel to Shaheen Afridi, 1 run, slaps the full-toss through covers
46.2
0
Rubel to Shaheen Afridi, no run, full toss outside off, Shaheen Afridi backs away and mistimes the drive back to the bowler
46.1
6
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
45.6
1
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.
45.5
1
Mustafizur to Junaid Khan, 1 run, fetches a short and wide delivery and slices the cut behind point
45.4
0
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
45.3
0
Mustafizur to Junaid Khan, no run, no feet, Junaid Khan clears his front leg and gives it a mighty swing. Well past his bat
45.2
1
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

45.1
0
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.

44.6
1
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
44.5
1
Rubel to Shaheen Afridi, 1 run, presses on the front foot and pokes the ball into the mid-wicket pocket
44.4
1
Rubel to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, picks this full delivery off the pads and flicks it through mid-wicket
44.3
0
Rubel to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, back to pace, Nawaz charges out of his crease and swats across the line. No dice
44.2
0
Rubel to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, dishes out a slower full delivery wide of off, was so close to being called a wide. Just inside the tramline, maybe
44.2
1
Rubel to Mohammad Nawaz, wide, fires a bumper down leg, too high reckons umpire Shaun George
44.1
0
Rubel to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, throws his bat at a length ball and chops it into the off-side

Rubel Hossain [5.0-0-22-1] is back into the attack

58 required from 36 as Bangladesh crowd go bonkers

43.6
1
Mustafizur to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, guides this down to third man and keeps strike

Shaheen Afridi, left handed bat, comes to the crease

43.5
0
Mustafizur to Hasan Ali, out Caught by Mortaza!! Bangladesh just 2 away!! Fizz's not the man to try the cross bat swipes and ugly swings. A 127ks slower short delivery, dug hard into the pitch and that extra grip messes up all the timing on the pull. A booming edge and Mortaza, from mid-on, moves to his left swiftly to cling onto a sitter. Hasan Ali c Mortaza b Mustafizur 8(11) [4s-1]

Mustafizur to Hasan Ali, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

43.4
0
Mustafizur to Hasan Ali, no run, exposes his stumps and pushes with an open face in front of point, he wanted a single but his partner was never interested. Sent back
43.3
0
Mustafizur to Hasan Ali, no run, stays back and steers this off-cutter in front of backward point
43.2
4
Mustafizur to Hasan Ali, FOUR, clears his left leg and clobbers the length ball over extra cover, one bounce and over the ropes. Clean as a whistle
43.1
1
Mustafizur to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, half-hearted appeal from the Fizz, and that's missing leg. No reaction from the ump. Quite interestingly, he signals a run. Nawaz tried to flick and missed, drifts past keeper to his right

Mahmudullah may have missed out with the bat, but he's chipped in and donned Shakib's role to near perfection. 1/38 in his 10 overs. The Fizz's back as Pakistan seek 64 from the final 7 overs

42.6
1
Mahmudullah to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, angled in on middle and leg, Nawaz twirls his wrists on the flick through square leg
42.5
1
Mahmudullah to Hasan Ali, 1 run, a pokey push off the front foot to long-off
42.4
0
Mahmudullah to Hasan Ali, no run, appeal for leg before, nothing from the ump. Going down. Slides the quicker one and clonks Hasan Ali on the pads as he fails to flick, pretty obvious that's missing leg
42.4
1
Mahmudullah to Hasan Ali, wide, down leg, wided
42.3
0
Mahmudullah to Hasan Ali, no run, quicker on the stumps, Hasan Ali mistimes the flat-bat smack down the pitch
42.2
0
Mahmudullah to Hasan Ali, no run, Mashrafe pounces on the ball at cover and prevents runs. He's been outstanding in the field tonight. Flat outside off, Hasan Ali belted the punch to the left of cover
42.1
1
Mahmudullah to Mohammad Nawaz, leg byes, 1 run, fails to get bat on the flick and they sneak a leg bye as the ball dribbles behind keeper off the thigh pad

68 needed from 48. Bangladesh may have just sealed it with the wicket of Imam

41.6
1
Mehidy Hasan to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, prods across and slots the drive in the gap through cover to keep strike
41.5
0
Mehidy Hasan to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, loopy, full outside off, drives hard and straight to cover
41.4
1
Mehidy Hasan to Hasan Ali, 1 run, gets low and swipes across the line, he had no clue which way it's spinning, a thin inside edge rolls past square leg
41.3
0
Mehidy Hasan to Hasan Ali, no run, full on off, driven straight to cover
41.2
1
Mehidy Hasan to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, punched square of cover
41.1
0
Mehidy Hasan to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, tucks his bat close to pad and blocks this floaty delivery back to the bowler
40.6
2
Mahmudullah to Hasan Ali, 2 runs, soft outside edge wide of short third and a fumble there enables a second. Hasan Ali's off the mark with a couple

Hasan Ali, right handed bat, comes to the crease

40.5
0
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, out Stumped!! Is that the game for Bangladesh? Sarfraz's gesture certainly suggests so. Imam was desperate to break the shackles and it was quite evident through his approach off the previous two deliveries and that two diving stops from Bangladesh may have just created that extra pressure to force an error from the youngster. It was flat and fired rapidly outside off stump, Imam premeditated the down-the-pitch smack and there was no way he could have gotten back. Clever bowling from Mahmudullah, kept it short and second guessed the batsman there. The Tigers are roaring in the crowd. Imam-ul-Haq st Liton Das b Mahmudullah 83(105) [4s-2 6s-1]

Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!

40.4
0
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, Mortaza now. Throws himself to his right and keeps Imam calm
40.3
0
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, advances and drives to cover, a diving stop by Mahmudullah there
40.2
1
Mahmudullah to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, tucks the ball off his pads round the corner, quick single
40.1
1
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, if this shot is anything to go by, Imam will take his chances, has to. Slaps this full ball square on the off-side, full intent on this

Mahmudullah [8.0-0-31-0] is back into the attack

39.6
0
Mehidy Hasan to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, smothered away to the right of the bowler
39.5
0
Mehidy Hasan to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, flat and fired in on off, compact punch from the crease
39.4
0
Mehidy Hasan to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, targets off once again, defended
39.3
0
Mehidy Hasan to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, angled in quick on off-stump, kept out

Mohammad Nawaz, left handed bat, comes to the crease

39.2
0
Mehidy Hasan to Asif Ali, out Stumped!! Huge blow for Pakistan. Liton Das makes amends for that dropped catch earlier. He will be relieved and so can all the Bangladeshi fans. Mehidy Hasan varies his pace and loops it up outside Asif Ali's off-stump; drags him forward and extracts just ample amount of turn to rip past his outside edge. Asif Ali was on the move and couldn't quite balance himself before dragging his back foot inside the popping crease. Sharp glove-work from Liton. Asif Ali st Liton Das b Mehidy Hasan 31(47) [4s-3]

Mehidy Hasan to Asif Ali, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!

39.1
0
Mehidy Hasan to Asif Ali, no run, quicker delivery, keeps low on off and middle, Asif Ali brings his bat down in time to jam it into the off-side

Some message being passed on via the 12th man (Pakistan)

38.6
1
Rubel to Asif Ali, 1 run, curves this 132ks on and around off, Asif Ali reaps rewards for playing it with a straight bat. Nabs a quick single to mid-on. A direct hit at the bowler's end, but the batsman's well in
38.5
1
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, swivels but gets behind this nicely, pulls off the meat towards square leg
38.4
1
Rubel to Asif Ali, 1 run, uses his wristpower to hammer the flick off his pads through mid-wicket
38.3
1
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, worked away off the pads into the leg-side
38.2
2
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, mistimed pull. Short ball, hurries onto Imam and takes the splice on the swivel-pull, and much to his delight, it drops in no-man's land at mid-wicket
38.1
0
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, 129ks, skids off from back of a length and raps Imam high on the pads as he misses the tuck off the back foot

Rubel Hossain [4.0-0-16-1] is back into the attack

37.6
0
Mehidy Hasan to Asif Ali, no run, bunted back down the pitch
37.5
0
Mehidy Hasan to Asif Ali, no run, tries the cut off the back foot and gets beaten. Skiddy flat delivery outside off, it held up slightly and came tad later than Asif Ali anticipated, past the outside edge
37.4
1
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, quicker delivery, fired in on the pads, Imam opens up slightly and punches neatly towards long-on
37.3
1
Mehidy Hasan to Asif Ali, 1 run, allows the ball to rip in and taps it on its head to squeeze a single through square leg
37.2
1
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, uses his feet and punches a flatter delivery to long-on
37.1
2
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, drifting in on middle and leg, Imam whip-flicks to the left of deep square and comes racing back for the second. Excellent cricket from Pakistan

Mehidy Hasan [7.0-0-20-1] is back into the attack

36.6
1
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, keeps the strike with a flick off the pads to deep square
36.5
0
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, no dice! Hit-me half-volley on the stumps, Imam-ul-Haq goes deep and bashes it straight to mid-off
36.5
2
Mortaza to Asif Ali, no ball, 1 run, Bangladesh conceding too many singles, lot of easy ones at that. Cut away late to the left of backward point. And much to Mortaza's shock, umpire Shaun George signals a no-ball citing five fielders outside the ring. Oh dear! Free hit coming up
36.4
1
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, stays firm inside the crease, uses Mortaza's angle to glide a single down to third man
36.3
2
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, angling in on the pads, Imam clips behind square and since the fielder was deep the second was always on. Easily done
36.2
1
Mortaza to Asif Ali, 1 run, opens the bat face and sends the pushy-drive in the gap between cover and backward point. Smart cricket
36.1
1
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, the trend of third man singles continue... Nothing happening off the pitch and must say, Imam-ul-Haq is showing great maturity here
35.6
0
Mustafizur to Asif Ali, no run, that's the one. Full and entices Asif Ali into a flashy drive. No feet from the batsman and another day that might have easily snicked the edge
35.5
1
Mustafizur to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, another easy single to third man. The Fizz needs to try something different here, is becoming too predictable at the moment
35.4
1
Mustafizur to Asif Ali, 1 run, high hands, Jason Roy-esque. Makes full use of this wide-ish delivery to tick a single down to third man
35.3
1
Mustafizur to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, steers a single fine of third man
35.2
2
Mustafizur to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, inside-edge whizzes past leg peg. Looks to push a full delivery veering in towards off and he gets an edge that rolls square on the leg-side
35.1
1
Mustafizur to Asif Ali, 1 run, opens the bat face and guides this short of length delivery from outside off to third man

100 needed from 90. Game on!

34.6
0
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, punched to the left of Mashrafe and he dives full length to half-stop and thereby, prevents the batsmen from stealing a single
34.5
1
Mortaza to Asif Ali, 1 run, offers width outside off, Asif Ali throws his bat and ekes a wee bit of outside edge on the cut to third man
34.4
0
Mortaza to Asif Ali, no run, 122ks, wobbles back from a length, Asif Ali gets inside the line and tucks to mid-wicket
34.3
1
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, unveils a straight bat and punch-drives crisply down to long-on
34.2
2
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, sprays this into the pads, Imam picks it away behind square and completes the second with ease
34.1
6
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, SIX, Imam shifts gears. Waltzes down the pitch, converts it into a half-volley and deposits it high and over the wide long-on fence. Generated a lot of power off the bottom hand

Mashrafe Mortaza [5.0-1-15-0] is back into the attack

33.6
1
Mustafizur to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, full, aiming for middle and leg, Imam drives past the non-striker and sneaks a quick single
33.5
1
Mustafizur to Asif Ali, 1 run, gets across and clips it away into the mid-wicket pocket
33.4
0
Mustafizur to Asif Ali, no run, shuffles back and across to block this out
33.3
0
Mustafizur to Asif Ali, no run, targets the off-stump now, Asif Ali's steady on the back foot, dabbing it into the covers
33.2
0
Mustafizur to Asif Ali, no run, opens the bat face and taps the length delivery into the off-side
33.1
0
Mustafizur to Asif Ali, no run, Mashrafe had the catch of the tournament earlier and Liton Das, now, has shelled the easiest catch of the tournament. It was steered straight into his hands, all he needed to do was grab it clean, but he bizarrely attempts to take it one-handed and fails to lock his palms while at it. Looked real shabby. It was a nice gripping away slanter from the Fizz and Asif Ali fell into the trap, ran it off the splice and ouch!

Fizz's back

32.6
0
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, forward and driven into the off-side
32.5
1
Mahmudullah to Asif Ali, 1 run, tap-and-run single in front of cover, Soumya Sarkar was late to react and thus, couldn't pick the ball cleanly
32.4
4
Mahmudullah to Asif Ali, FOUR, Asif Ali showing the other side of his game. Sits on the back foot, waits for the ball to do its bat and steers delicately behind backward point. All class
32.3
1
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, eased down to long-on
32.2
1
Mahmudullah to Asif Ali, 1 run, misfield by the fielder at mid-wicket. He slides to his left but can't put his body behind to prevent the single, a nice on-drive from Asif Ali
32.1
1
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, loads of flight on this, Imam presses forward and silks the drive through covers

Drinks! This pair will be crucial for Pakistan, but the required rate keeps swelling up with each passing over and that's something they'll have to be mindful about. As far as Bangladesh are concerned, they need to break this association and run through the rest.

31.6
1
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, sliding in towards middle and leg, Imam knocks to long-on to make it five singles off the over
31.5
1
Mehidy Hasan to Asif Ali, 1 run, brings his bat down at a straight angle and pushes it to long-on
31.4
1
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, 86ks, rounding in on middle, Imam-ul-Haq strides forward and drills the drive through covers
31.3
0
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, looks to whip-flick this full delivery and picks out mid-wicket
31.2
1
Mehidy Hasan to Asif Ali, 1 run, plants his front knee forward and drives on the move to long-off
31.1
1
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, advances, gets closer to the pitch of the delivery and extends his hands on the drive to long-off
30.6
1
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, 3rd ODI fifty for Imam-ul-Haq. Probably his best. No sign of emotions. Gets there with a drive to long-on
30.5
1
Mahmudullah to Asif Ali, 1 run, angled in with the arm, Asif Ali picked that early and bent his back knee to help the ball down to fine leg. A cheeky lil' paddle
30.4
0
Mahmudullah to Asif Ali, no run, fullish outside off, Asif Ali lunges across and taps down the pitch
30.3
0
Mahmudullah to Asif Ali, no run, comes back in slightly, Asif Ali blocks with a straight bat
30.2
4
Mahmudullah to Asif Ali, FOUR, no spin on this, it was flat and wide: Perfect recipe for Asif Ali who rocks back to slap it through covers, raced away
30.1
1
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, slides in from a full length, driven firmly towards long-off
29.6
0
Mehidy Hasan to Asif Ali, no run, fires the quicker one and hurries Asif Ali on the back foot block
29.5
0
Mehidy Hasan to Asif Ali, no run, slows it up and gets the ball to grip outside off, Asif Ali seeks to cut and gets beaten all ends up. So close
29.4
0
Mehidy Hasan to Asif Ali, no run, tosses it gently outside off, pushed with soft hands into the covers
29.3
1
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, zooms in from a fullish length, Imam-ul-Haq stays on the back foot and eases a single to long-on
29.2
1
Mehidy Hasan to Asif Ali, 1 run, stays leg-side of the flatter delivery and punch-drives past the diving left hand of cover
29.1
1
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, loopy on leg-stump, biff-driven to long-on

Mehidy Hasan [5.0-0-12-1] is back into the attack

28.6
1
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, leans forward and drives with an open face through covers to keep the strike
28.5
1
Mahmudullah to Asif Ali, 1 run, spinning in from a length, Asif Ali hops back and punches to long-on
28.4
0
Mahmudullah to Asif Ali, no run, flicked hard, but straight to the fieldsman at mid-wicket
28.3
0
Mahmudullah to Asif Ali, no run, stays on the back foot and dabs it with soft hands
28.2
0
Mahmudullah to Asif Ali, no run, skids into middle and off, tucked to the left of Mehidy at square leg
28.1
0
Mahmudullah to Asif Ali, no run, tosses up on off, Asif Ali brings his bat in front of pad to block
27.6
0
Soumya Sarkar to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, jumps out of his crease and drills the full delivery to the left of mid-off. A sliding stop by the fielder there
27.5
1
Soumya Sarkar to Asif Ali, 1 run, gets inside the line of this length delivery and nudges round the corner
27.4
0
Soumya Sarkar to Asif Ali, no run, slants in sharply from back of a length and shaves the inside edge on the flick
27.3
4
Soumya Sarkar to Asif Ali, FOUR, that's feeding to Asif Ali's strengths. Short ball and he dismisses it out of his sight. Quick to transfer his weight onto the back foot and gives it a clean whack to pull it over mid-wicket for a one-bounce four
27.2
0
Soumya Sarkar to Asif Ali, no run, plays with a straight bat and punches this to mid-off
27.1
0
Soumya Sarkar to Asif Ali, no run, back of a length on the stumps, tucked straight to square leg
26.6
0
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, a better throw would have had Imam-ul-Haq in trouble. He opens the bat face and tap-drives to the right of cover, the fielder there Mehidy pounces on it quickly, but fires a wayward throw to the keeper
26.5
1
Mahmudullah to Asif Ali, 1 run, punched down the ground to long-on
26.4
1
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, byes, 1 run, quicker delivery, eerily close to off and wasn't the ideal line to execute the cut; Imam-ul-Haq goes through and gets beaten by the extra bounce. A fumble by the keeper and they steal a bye
26.3
0
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, pushed back down the pitch
26.2
0
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, flights it full on middle, Imam-ul-Haq gets across and flicks to the right of mid-wicket. A diving stop there
26.1
0
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, slider on off-stump, punched firmly to the right of backward point
25.6
0
Soumya Sarkar to Asif Ali, no run, on the back foot, stays leg-side of the delivery and punches to backward point
25.5
1
Soumya Sarkar to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, crouches as low as he can and glides this slower delivery fine of third man
25.4
1
Soumya Sarkar to Asif Ali, 1 run, bends his back knee and seeks to drive uppishly, takes the tiny outside edge and dribbles behind point square of third man
25.3
0
Soumya Sarkar to Asif Ali, no run, full and homing in on the stumps, Asif Ali shuffles across and blocks it undert his nose
25.2
0
Soumya Sarkar to Asif Ali, no run, good length angling in towards off, solid defence first up from Asif Ali

Asif Ali, right handed bat, comes to the crease

25.1
0
Soumya Sarkar to Shadab Khan, out Caught by Liton Das!! Five down. Trouble. Trouble. Trouble. Maiden ODI wicket for Soumya Sarkar. And what a time to get it. Bends his back and bowls a short one that grips off slightly before kissing the top-edge, Shadab Khan was in no position to unleash the pull, but he went through and was late on the shot. A regulation catch for the keeper. Shadab Khan c Liton Das b Soumya Sarkar 4(24)

Soumya Sarkar to Shadab Khan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

24.6
1
Mahmudullah to Shadab Khan, 1 run, fuller one tossed up on off, Shadab Khan reaches out to cut off the angle and punches it down towards long-off for a single
24.5
0
Mahmudullah to Shadab Khan, no run, sharp off-break turning in from outside off, skids, Shadab Khan defends is hastily in front of the stumps
24.4
0
Mahmudullah to Shadab Khan, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, Shadab Khan slices it towards cover-point off a forward stretch
24.3
0
Mahmudullah to Shadab Khan, no run, loopy delivery full outside off, Shadab Khan makes room to whip-drive it to short cover. Soumya puts in the dive to his right to grab it and throws it at the non-striker's end. He was gone for all money if that hit the stumps, but the bowler wasn't there to collect the ball
24.2
0
Mahmudullah to Shadab Khan, no run, tossed up on a length on leg and middle, Shadab Khan gets back in the crease to nudge it towards midwicket
24.1
0
Mahmudullah to Shadab Khan, no run, tossed up temptingly with a tight line on off, Shadab Khan reaches forward to push it towards cover
23.6
1
Soumya Sarkar to Shadab Khan, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Shadab Khan tries to punch it away off the back foot, gets a thick outside edge towards deep backward point for a single
23.5
0
Soumya Sarkar to Shadab Khan, no run, fuller length delivery, erring in line, on the pads, and that's nurdled off the pads in front of square leg
23.4
0
Soumya Sarkar to Shadab Khan, no run, slower one @126km/h outside off, fuller in length, pushed off a forward press towards mid-off
23.3
0
Soumya Sarkar to Shadab Khan, no run, fuller length delivery on middle, nudged from the crease towards short midwicket
23.2
0
Soumya Sarkar to Shadab Khan, no run, back of a length delivery on middle and off, Shadab Khan is front-on and on the back foot to defend it late towards the off-side
23.1
1
Soumya Sarkar to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length delivery angling in on the pelvis, tucked away off a hop back towards backward square leg for a single
22.6
0
Mahmudullah to Shadab Khan, no run, fuller one on middle, Shadab Khan gives himself room and drives it towards short cover, once again failing to find the gap
22.5
0
Mahmudullah to Shadab Khan, no run, flatter and faster on middle and leg, defended hastily off the back foot
22.4
0
Mahmudullah to Shadab Khan, no run, angled in on the pads this time, nudged towards short midwicket
22.3
0
Mahmudullah to Shadab Khan, no run, very full delivery on off and middle, Shadab Khan gets forward and creams a drive towards the left of cover, can't get it past the in-field though
22.2
0
Mahmudullah to Shadab Khan, no run, tossed up, lands on a yorker length on off, dug out off the toe-end towards short cover
22.1
1
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, tossed up rather full outside off, Imam-ul-Haq reaches out and runs his hands through the drive towards sweeper cover for a single

Mahmudullah [2.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

The ball's stopping on the wicket quite a bit - behaving like a two-paced strip under lights (not because of the lights, just to be clear)...

21.6
0
Soumya Sarkar to Shadab Khan, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off and hurrying on, seaming in a little too, Shadab Khan gets the back foot across to carve it away, ends up chopping it into the wicket off a massive under-edge.
21.5
0
Soumya Sarkar to Shadab Khan, no run, yorker length delivery, a tad loopy in trajectory, in line with off, and dug out towards the off-side with an angled bat
21.4
1
Soumya Sarkar to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Imam-ul-Haq deflects this with a close-to-the-body poke towards backward point for a stolen single
21.3
0
Soumya Sarkar to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, good length delivery pitching outside off and angling in towards middle and leg, tucked off the back foot towards mid-on
21.2
2
Soumya Sarkar to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, short of length delivery rising towards the thigh, tucked away off a hop towards backward square leg for a brace
21.1
0
Soumya Sarkar to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller length delivery on middle, punched from the crease towards mid-on
20.6
2
Rubel to Shadab Khan, 2 runs, fuller length delivery on the middle- and leg-stump, Shadab Khan checks a drive towards long-on for a brace to get off the mark
20.5
0
Rubel to Shadab Khan, no run, short of length delivery just outside off, tapped off the back foot into the off-side
20.4
0
Rubel to Shadab Khan, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off-stump, Shadab Khan gets on the back foot and punch it with a tall stance into the off-side
20.3
0
Rubel to Shadab Khan, no run, good length delivery marginally wide outside off, Shadab Khan lets it get through to the keeper
20.2
0
Rubel to Shadab Khan, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Shadab Khan gets across to defend off the back foot

Shadab Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease

20.1
0
Rubel to Shoaib Malik, out Caught by Mortaza! We had a Superman in AB, we had one in Russell, but here's a creaking Titan of the days gone by flying across to his left at short midwicket and plucking Bangladesh's fortunes out of thin air! A full one on the pads, a casual whip off the pads with an air of arrogance, typical of a subcontinental batsman towards midwicket, and Mortaza just throws himself at that to grab it and conjures up a wicket for his country. If ever a wicket had to be awarded to a fielder, it had to be for this dismissal. Shoaib Malik c Mortaza b Rubel 30(51) [4s-2]

Rubel to Shoaib Malik, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

19.6
1
Soumya Sarkar to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, fuller length delivery just outside off, Shoaib Malik drives it towards wide mid-off and takes off for the single. A throw at the non-striker's end, but he misses. Malik was in either way
19.5
1
Soumya Sarkar to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, slower back of a length delivery on middle and off, Imam-ul-Haq plays a cute open-faced steer towards backward point for another single
19.4
1
Soumya Sarkar to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, shortish once again just outside off, Shoaib Malik gets his back foot across and maneuvers a scythe down to backward point for a single
19.3
1
Soumya Sarkar to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, short of length but on the hips again, and he's serving them up in an area where he doesn't have to get behind the line; an easy tuck away off the hips towards fine leg for a single
19.2
2
Soumya Sarkar to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, short and not too quick, into the armpit and down leg, Imam-ul-Haq swivels on his heel and guides the pull down to fine leg for another brace
19.1
1
Soumya Sarkar to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of length delivery with little width outside off, Shoaib Malik hands on the back foot, gets the back foot across to balance himself and punches it away towards sweeper cover for a single

Soumya Sarkar, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

18.6
1
Rubel to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of length delivery on the middle stump, Shoaib Malik is forward and across, hops to get behind the line and tucks it away towards fine leg to obtain a single and retain the strike
18.5
0
Rubel to Shoaib Malik, no run, good length delivery just in that channel outside off, Shoaib Malik gets across into a more open stance, defends it back down the wicket
18.4
1
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, short one at 132km/h, surprisingly hurries him into the pull, he top-edges that off the splice, and gets less leverage on it. Goes to deep backward square leg for a single
18.3
0
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, very short again, Imam-ul-Haq ducks under it, but forgets to drop his wrists. Soars over the batsman into the keeper's gloves
18.2
0
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller length delivery just outside off, a drilled check-drive towards mid-off. Came off the toe-end
18.1
0
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length delivery angling away outside off, poked off a backfoot hop towards backward point
17.6
3
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, 3 runs, tossed up, pitching a little short, sitting up with slow turn and spinning away, Imam-ul-Haq gets low in his stance and carves it away towards deep backward point for a treble
17.5
1
Mahmudullah to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, that's a fuller one on middle, and it's punched away with a checked drive to long-on or a single
17.4
0
Mahmudullah to Shoaib Malik, no run, a tad quicker on the middle stump, Shoaib Malik angles the bat and drives it towards mid-on
17.3
1
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, tossed up above the eye-line, lands close to his feet, and that's a full-blooded drive down to long-on for a single
17.2
1
Mahmudullah to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, a tad shorter outside off, punched off the back foot towards long-on for a single
17.1
0
Mahmudullah to Shoaib Malik, no run, skids on low from outside off, Shoaib Malik chops it off a low stance towards cover. Thick under-edge
16.6
4
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, straying on the pads, straightening too much, Imam-ul-Haq just gets a tickle on the glance to deflect it away fine of the keeper towards the fine leg fence for four
16.5
0
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, a tad fuller on a good length, Imam-ul-Haq gets forward to drive through the line towards wide mid-off
16.4
0
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length delivery on leg-stump, angling towards off, Imam-ul-Haq defends it from the crease into the off-side. Tall stance, no lunge
16.4
1
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, wide, soars over the batsman's head, does the short one. The batsman ducks under it, and it's called a wide
16.3
2
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, good length delivery on the pads, nudged away in front of square leg for a brace. Should've been a single, but a misfield from Mominul allows a second
16.2
1
Rubel to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of length delivery just outside off, Shoaib Malik is already waiting outside off with a shuffle across, pokes it right in front of him, late, towards third man for a single
16.1
1
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length, hopping on, Imam-ul-Haq opens the face and glides it away towards third man for a single
15.6
1
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, tossed up to lure the batsman in, Imam-ul-Haq stretches forward and reaches out to the pitch of it with his hands, punches it away bottom-handedly to sweeper cover for a single
15.5
1
Mahmudullah to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, off-break just outside off, Shoaib Malik taps it on the head defensively off the front foot in front of point for a quick single
15.4
0
Mahmudullah to Shoaib Malik, no run, rank long-hop, Shoaib Malik slaps it off the back foot but can't get past the man at cover
15.3
1
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, a tad short, keeps going in with the arm, Imam-ul-Haq backs away just enough into the on-side to slap it away to sweeper cover for a single
15.2
1
Mahmudullah to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, perfect length but angling into the pads, Shoaib Malik uses the depth of the crease to get on the back foot and works it away towards backward square leg for a single
15.1
1
Mahmudullah to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, drops it a little short, Imam-ul-Haq pulls it away off the back foot towards long-on for a single

Mahmudullah, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Drinks are on the field now. Early wickets for Bangladesh, three of them, only for two of Pakistan's more reliable players to grind it out in the middle and play for time. And they've done it well. For now. They've certainly got to carry on though, for Pakistan to have any hope tonight. The new ball has certainly moved around a lot tonight - and no, not because of the lights. It moved around a lot in the first innings too *smirks*. Now, they'll have to work hard for their wickets, and Pakistan will have to work for their runs too. We have a juicy contest on our hands...

14.6
1
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length delivery, coming back in off the seam, not enough to negate the angle though, Imam-ul-Haq gets low and just squeezes a deft late-cut behind backward point for another single to retain the strike
14.5
0
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller length delivery angling outside off, Imam-ul-Haq walks into another off-drive, doesn't get it off the meat, more off the outer half, towards the man at short cover
14.4
1
Rubel to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of length delivery just outside off, Shoaib Malik hangs back in the crease and punches it off a tall stance towards cover for another scampered single
14.3
0
Rubel to Shoaib Malik, no run, fuller length delivery just outside off, Shoaib Malik shuffles across into a front-on stance and pushes it towards mid-on from the crease
14.2
1
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, half-volley served up on off, Imam-ul-Haq checks the drive towards mid-off for a quick single as the fielder, Soumya Sarkar, dives to cut it off
14.1
0
Rubel to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length delivery and just seaming away towards the off-side, no width on offer, Imam-ul-Haq just opens the face of the bat towards backward point

Rubel Hossain, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

13.6
0
Mehidy Hasan to Shoaib Malik, no run, tossed up outside off, lands a little shorter than intended, Shoaib Malik crouches down low to shape up for the cut, and executes it in front of point. Fails to pierce the in-field though
13.5
1
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, dropped a little short and angling towards leg, Imam-ul-Haq gets onto the back foot and short-arm punches it down to long-on for yet another single
13.4
1
Mehidy Hasan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, another full one outside off, and another on-the-walk drive towards long-on for a single
13.3
1
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, Imam-ul-Haq checks the drive down to long-on for another single
13.2
0
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fired in full on middle, Imam-ul-Haq shimmies down to cut off the angle and smother the turn
13.1
1
Mehidy Hasan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, tossed up full outside off, Malik walks down towards the pitch of it and punches it down to long-on for a single
12.6
2
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, good length delivery just in the channel outside off, Imam-ul-Haq steers it down fine towards third man for a brace
12.5
4
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, fuller length delivery outside off, but does it matter? Imam-ul-Haq was charging down the wicket, simultaneously giving himself width and backing away towards leg, and slaps it over the fielder at cover for four
12.4
1
Mortaza to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, good length delivery just outside off, punched on the up towards deep extra cover for a single
12.3
0
Mortaza to Shoaib Malik, no run, back of a length once again, seams in towards off and middle, and that's defended off the back foot down the wicket
12.2
2
Mortaza to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, back of a length and skidding on towards the pad-line, deflected away with a glance towards backward square leg for a couple
12.1
0
Mortaza to Shoaib Malik, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Shoaib Malik taps it late on the head to dab it towards backward point
11.6
0
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, more flight and no width, full and heading towards off from round the wicket, Imam-ul-Haq gets forward and taps it towards cover-point
11.5
1
Mehidy Hasan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, fuller length and flat outside off, nudged away towards long-on for a single. An on-the-walk whip
11.4
0
Mehidy Hasan to Shoaib Malik, no run, flatter and fuller on off, Shoaib Malik gets forward and whips it back to the bowler
11.3
1
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, loopy delivery dropping on a fuller length from above the eye-line, Imam-ul-Haq waits for it and gets forward to check a drive towards long-off for a single
11.2
0
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller and quicker outside off, Imam-ul-Haq stretches forward to reach the pitch and pushes it towards cover point
11.1
0
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, straightening off a back of a length, tossed up, and punched off the back foot towards the bowler
10.6
0
Mortaza to Shoaib Malik, no run, back of a length delivery on off, blocked off the back foot after a shuffle across towards mid-on. They decide against the single. Malik is lazy getting back into his crease, and is hurried by the direct-hit by the man at mid-on at the striker's end. He's made his return safely though...
10.5
0
Mortaza to Shoaib Malik, no run, perfect length outside off once again, good length and angling in, seaming in too, and that's punched late towards short extra cover off a half-forward stance
10.4
0
Mortaza to Shoaib Malik, no run, good length delivery just outside off and seaming in just a tad, Shoaib Malik lets it reach him and taps it on the head off a half-cocked stance towards point
10.3
1
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length, not much width, Imam-ul-Haq charges down the wicket, backing away towards the on-side in the process, and slaps it away to sweeper cover for a single
10.2
0
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller length delivery on middle, nudged away towards short midwicket from the crease
10.1
0
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, good length delivery on middle and leg, Imam-ul-Haq is advancing down the wicket, but realizes that there is no width to free his arms, ends up defending it back to the bowler
9.6
0
Mehidy Hasan to Shoaib Malik, no run, skids on from a length and keeps low in line with off-stump, Shoaib Malik is on the back foot and jabs his bat down late to keep it from hitting the stumps
9.5
0
Mehidy Hasan to Shoaib Malik, no run, tossed up temptingly outside off, Shoaib Malik gets forward to defend, manages a thick dying inside edge towards short third man
9.4
1
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, another straightener that goes on with the arm, Imam-ul-Haq tries to off-drive it off the front foot, gets a thick inside edge towards square leg for a quick single
9.3
0
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller one outside off, Imam-ul-Haq punches it towards cover
9.2
0
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, tossed up outside off, Imam-ul-Haq tries to push it with the turn towards cover, gets an inside edge towards the on-side as it straightens
9.1
0
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, tossed up from round the wicket on middle and leg, defended from the crease

Mehidy Hasan [2.0-0-5-1] is back into the attack

8.6
0
Mortaza to Shoaib Malik, no run, a tad fuller in length and maintaining the line outside off, Shoaib Malik gets his weight forward to defend it compactly once again
8.5
0
Mortaza to Shoaib Malik, no run, another one on a good length just outside off, Shoaib Malik is already on the front foot and waits to defend it under his eyes
8.4
0
Mortaza to Shoaib Malik, no run, good length delivery just outside off, Shoaib Malik gets a good stride in to defend it off the front foot
8.3
1
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, good length delivery angling in towards off, Imam-ul-Haq just opens the face of the bat under his eyes to divert it away towards third man for a single
8.2
0
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller length delivery on middle and off, Imam-ul-Haq walks forward and across and taps it on the head towards mid-on. A solid block
8.1
1
Mortaza to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, full and on the pads, Shoaib Malik gets across towards off, and then has to drag his feet back towards leg-stump to whip it away towards deep backward square leg for a single
7.6
1
Mustafizur to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, back of a length delivery on the hips, punched with an angled bat off the back foot towards mid-on for a single
7.5
0
Mustafizur to Shoaib Malik, no run, short of length delivery just outside off, Shoaib Malik punches it on the up with a high elbow and a tall stance towards point. The fielder collects and swiftly scores a direct hit at the non-striker's end; but he's in
7.4
4
Mustafizur to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, pulls the length back and offers some width, Shoaib Malik, who seemingly has no measurable upper body strength, absolutely slaps that through the gap in the covers through to the deep extra cover fence for four
7.3
4
Mustafizur to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, fuller length delivery in the drivable zone, Shoaib Malik doesn't even need to reach the pitch of it, just leans into a check-drive to nutmeg his partner at the non-striker's end and away she goes to the long-off boundary for four
7.2
0
Mustafizur to Shoaib Malik, no run, straightens off the deck after pitching on a back of a length and zipping on, Shoaib Malik gets forward and defends solidly
7.1
0
Mustafizur to Shoaib Malik, no run, good length delivery outside off, angling away, and asking him to drive; drive he does, on the up, transfers his weight onto the cover drive but fails to split the gap
6.6
0
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, good length delivery with minimal width just outside off, defended compactly without a bat-pad gap. Picture-perfect
6.5
0
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length delivery heading for middle and leg, and this one keeps very low, Imam-ul-Haq hops to tuck it away into the on-side, but adjusts at the last moment for the low bounce to toe-end the checked defence
6.4
1
Mortaza to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off, straightening off the seam, Shoaib Malik tries to punch it in front of square on the off-side, ends up getting a thick outside edge towards third man for a single
6.3
0
Mortaza to Shoaib Malik, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, hitting the seam, and jagging back in suddenly, Shoaib Malik delays the defence off the back foot and ends up middling it
6.2
2
Mortaza to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, a tad fuller, on a good length, angling into the pads, turned away towards deep square leg for a quick brace
6.1
1
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, leg byes, 1 run, length delivery angling down leg-side, Imam-ul-Haq misses the glance, strikes his pads, massive appeal, but that is going at least a set of stumps down the leg side. A leg-bye stolen
5.6
0
Mustafizur to Shoaib Malik, no run, zipping through quickly once again from a good length on middle, Shoaib Malik is hurried into the defence from the crease. He's working up a good pace - 137km/h
5.5
0
Mustafizur to Shoaib Malik, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, in the driving zone, Shoaib Malik nails the drive with a transfer of weight forward, but can't find the gap through cover
5.4
0
Mustafizur to Shoaib Malik, no run, good length delivery on middle, skidding on low, Shoaib Malik defends it hastily towards mid-on. A late block

Mushy struggling with cramps. Helped out by Mehidy.

5.3
0
Mustafizur to Shoaib Malik, no run, good length delivery just outside off, Shoaib Malik shuffles across with his trigger and defends it late down the wicket
5.2
0
Mustafizur to Shoaib Malik, no run, fired in on a back of a length, no width at all, lands on the seam and jumps at the batsman who is cut in half. Sneaks between bat and body towards the keeper after seaming back in. Practically unplayable
5.1
0
Mustafizur to Shoaib Malik, no run, good length delivery angling just outside off, Shoaib Malik gets half-forward and defends it into the off-side
4.6
0
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller length delivery just outside off, driven to mid-off
4.5
0
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length and very wide outside off, Imam-ul-Haq picks up the length late and delays his slap towards point. Misses
4.4
0
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length delivery with very little width, seams back in, Imam-ul-Haq is cramped on the cut and ends up squeezing it towards backward point off the back foot
4.3
0
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller length delivery skidding on towards middle and leg, punched hastily back down the wicket off the front foot
4.2
0
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length and wide outside off, skidding on a little low, Imam-ul-Haq stays low to cut, ends up mistiming the chop in front of point
4.1
0
Mortaza to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller length delivery on off-stump, check-driven on the walk towards mid-off

Mashrafe Mortaza, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

3.6
1
Mustafizur to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, flicks the length delivery down to fine leg and retains the strike
3.6
1
Mustafizur to Imam-ul-Haq, wide, drifting down the leg side, it's a flick and a miss
3.5
1
Mustafizur to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Pakistan could have been four down! What a mistake by Mahmudullah. All he needed to do is collect the ball and throw it at the striker's end. Malik had tapped the length delivery in front of mid-off and he was almost at the bowler's end with his partner ball watching
3.4
0
Mustafizur to Shoaib Malik, no run, solid in defence as Fizz slants this away, back of a length and outside off. If Pakistan are to win this, Malik needs to play a crucial knock tonight. He's their most reliable batsman after all

Shoaib Malik, right handed bat, comes to the crease

3.3
0
Mustafizur to Sarfraz, out Caught by Rahim! Fired in on a length, cutting away from the right-hander, Sarfraz is drawn into the drive on the up, and he gets a thick edge on it; flies towards the keeper's right who dives and just about holds on to it. Smiles whilst on the ground, thanking his heavens that he didn't drop that. Excellent catch by the keeper to dismiss his opposite number. Sarfraz c Rahim b Mustafizur 10(7) [4s-2]

Mustafizur to Sarfraz, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

3.2
4
Mustafizur to Sarfraz, FOUR, back of a length delivery but a poor line onto the hips, tucked away easily towards the fine leg fence for a boundary. The Fizz looks disappointed in himself, and understandably so

Sarfraz standing outside the crease to disturb his length...

Sarfraz standing outside the crease to disturb his length...

3.1
1
Mustafizur to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length delivery on the thighs, Imam-ul-Haq tucks it away towards backward square leg for a single
2.6
0
Mehidy Hasan to Sarfraz, no run, a bit of air angling in towards middle and leg, pitches on a shortish length, Sarfraz lunges forward, then suddenly stands tall to adjust for the misjudged length and punches it towards mid-on
2.5
1
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, fired into the pads on a length, and worked away off the front foot in front of square leg for a single
2.4
0
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller and in the driving zone, Imam-ul-Haq clobbers it towards cover but Liton Das dives to his left to cut it off. Can't clear the in-field
2.3
0
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, marginally outside off, pitching on a length and zipping on quickly, Imam-ul-Haq defends it into the off-side
2.2
1
Mehidy Hasan to Sarfraz, 1 run, tossed up enticingly outside off, Sarfraz stretches out and steers it with the weight on the front foot towards cover-point for a quick single
2.1
0
Mehidy Hasan to Sarfraz, no run, given some air and angling towards middle, punched from the crease towards mid-on
1.6
0
Mustafizur to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, good length delivery, just outside off, skids on a little quickly, Imam-ul-Haq is hurried into a compact defensive shot on the walk
1.5
2
Mustafizur to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, back of a length and angling in, strays on the pads again, the batsman just stands tall and works it away off his pads towards deep square leg for a brace
1.4
1
Mustafizur to Sarfraz, 1 run, short of length delivery on the thighs, Sarfraz gets across and tucks it away towards deep square leg for a single
1.3
4
Mustafizur to Sarfraz, FOUR, back of a length delivery angling just outside off, minimal width, Sarfraz trusts the bounce to punch it on the up towards sweeper cover for four. Crisp timing on that...

Umpire's call on hitting for Babar's dismissal. Just clipping off-stump.

1.3
1
Mustafizur to Sarfraz, wide, good length delivery angling down leg-side, Sarfraz misses the glance after shuffling across, misses. Wide called as it goes down leg

Sarfraz Ahmed, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Pakistan opening stands:
in Zim - 113, 119, 0, 304, 168
in Asia Cup - 41, 2, 0, 24 & 2

1.2
0
Mustafizur to Babar Azam, out Lbw! Pakistan in deep trouble! The seam-up delivery angling across after pitching on a length, skidding on a little off the seam, and Babar Azam is late in bringing the bat down. He gets trapped in front. That might have been missing off, but the batsmen have a discussion. They're not going to review it. Pakistan's best ODI batsman departs. Babar Azam lbw b Mustafizur 1(3)

Mustafizur to Babar Azam, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Is that out? Are they going to review? The umpire gives it out. And they don't review!

1.1
0
Mustafizur to Babar Azam, no run, back of a length and angling outside off, grips on the surface, Babar Azam miscues a horizontal-batted tap back down the wicket

Mustafizur Rahman, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
1
Mehidy Hasan to Babar Azam, 1 run, flat one on a good length outside off and turning back in towards middle and leg, punched off the back foot towards long-on for a single

Babar Azam, right handed bat, comes to the crease

0.5
0
Mehidy Hasan to Fakhar Zaman, out Caught by Rubel! What a stunning catch! Acrobatic Rubel! A tad slow through the air and pitching full outside off, Zaman goes for his release shot: a quicky shimmy down, head falling over, and an attempted loft over mid-on. Rubel, though, is vigilant, and leaps to grab that over his head and ensures that it is safely in his grasp such that it doesn't dribble out upon landing. Fakhar's poor form continues. He's just finding ways to get dismissed. Fakhar Zaman c Rubel b Mehidy Hasan 1(4)

Mehidy Hasan to Fakhar Zaman, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

0.4
1
Mehidy Hasan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, fired in towards middle and leg, Imam-ul-Haq defends off the front foot, gets a thick inside edge behind square leg for a single
0.3
1
Mehidy Hasan to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, a tad shorter than intended outside off, Fakhar Zaman manages to get on the back foot and punches it towards long-off to get off the mark with a single
0.2
0
Mehidy Hasan to Fakhar Zaman, no run, good length delivery tossed up outside off and straightening, Fakhar Zaman defends it from the crease into the off-side
0.1
0
Mehidy Hasan to Fakhar Zaman, no run, tossed up outside off, pitching on a good length, chopped away towards point off a low stance

Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq are at the crease. Fakhar Zaman is on strike. Mehidy Hasan will open the attack