Bangladesh in Pakistan, 3 T20I Series, 2020

Pakistan vs Bangladesh - 2nd T20I

Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Date & Time: 25 January 2020

Pakistan 137/1

RR: 8.22 | Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 9 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Babar Azam not out not out 664471
Ahsan Ali c Mahmudullah (C) & b Shafiul Islamc Mahmudullah (C) & b Shafiul Islam0700
Mohammad Hafeez not out not out 674991
Shoaib Malik
Iftikhar Ahmed
Imad Wasim
Mohammad Rizwan
Shadab Khan
Shaheen Afridi
Haris Rauf
Mohammad Hasnain
Extras 4 (b 0, lb 1, w 3, nb 0)
Total 137 (1 Wkts, 16.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
6-1 (Ahsan Ali,1.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mahedi Hasan4 0 28 0 7.00
Shafiul Islam3 0 27 1 9.00
Al-Amin Hossain3 0 17 0 5.67
Mustafizur Rahman3 0 29 0 9.67
Aminul Islam2 0 16 0 8.00
Afif Hossain1 0 16 0 16.00
Mahmudullah0.4 0 3 0 7.50
Tamim Iqbal0 0 0 0 0
Mohammad Naim0 0 0 0 0
Liton Das 0 0 0 0 0
Soumya Sarkar0 0 0 0 0

That's it from this game. The last T20I of this series is a dead rubber to be played on 27th January 2020 in The Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore at 1400 local (0900 GMT). We would love your company for that game. Till then take care and goodbye.

Man Of The Match and Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam says that he continues to play in the momentum as he says that changing the momentum brings his downfall. He also adds that he tries to give his 100% in every game. Further says that captaincy and batting are two different things. He adds that captaincy is easy to do. He also says that they are happy to get a win and will want as many as they can before the T20 World Cup. Also says that they might test their bench strength in the last T20I.

Bangladesh skipper, Mahmudullah says that it is disappointing to lose the series but says the batting let them down. Further adds that apart from Tamim no one applied themselves. Credits the Pakistan bowlers for bowling in the right areas and keeping it tight. He says that they would try to check their bench strength and play fearless cricket in the last T20I.

Mohammad Hafeez says that he is happy to get back into the side and good to be back into the playing XI straightaway. He says that there is pressure from the fans and nothing from the media. He further adds that he spoke to Shoaib Malik and that has helped him to come back stronger. He signs by saying that it always is a confidence booster to end up on the winning side. Stay tuned for presentations.

The win was actually set-up by the Pakistan bowlers, they restricted the visitors to a modest total which was easily chased down. Hafeez is down on the sidelines for a chat.

Pakistan have made a mockery of the run chase! Too easy to be honest, 137 was never going to be enough and they have chased it down without breaking a sweat. They did lose Ali early but then, Hafeez and Azam joined hands and added an unbeaten 131-run stand with both scoring half tons. That is exactly what you need, one partnership when chasing a mediocre score and that is what they got.

Mahmudullah to M Hafeez, A single and that is the end of the game! PAKISTAN WIN BY 9 WICKETS! On the pads, it is worked through square leg for one.
Mahmudullah to M Hafeez, On middle, this is pushed back to the bowler.
Mahmudullah to B Azam, SCORES LEVEL NOW! A single again as Azam eases it down to long on.
Mahmudullah to M Hafeez, Flatter and around off, this is pushed through covers for one.
A Hossain to B Azam, FOUR! Afif goes short and Babar rocks onto the back foot to punch the ball past covers and into the fence for a boundary.
A Hossain to B Azam, Full on the pads, Babar flicks it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
A Hossain to M Hafeez, Short outside off, cut towards point for a single.
A Hossain to M Hafeez, SIX! Hafeez puts on the dancing shoes here as he comes down the track and lofts this straight over the bowler's end and the ball goes over the long off fence and also over the sight screen for a huge hit.
A Hossain to B Azam, Now Babar drives this straight through mid on and gets to the other end.
A Hossain to B Azam, EDGY FOUR! Afif tosses one up outside off, Babar drives with hard hands and limited footwork. But he gets a thick outside edge that runs through short third man and into the fence behind.
A Hossain to B Azam, Outside off, it is guided down to third man for one.
A Hossain to B Azam, On a length and around off, Azam pushes it through covers for two.
A Hossain to M Hafeez, On the pads, it is worked through mid-wicket for one.
A Hossain to M Hafeez, FOUR! Up and over! Shorter and around off, Hafeez spots it early and he pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
A Hossain to B Azam, Another single as this is also clipped off the pads.
A Hossain to M Hafeez, On middle, it is worked towards mid-wicket for one.
M Rahman to B Azam, Short ball outside off, Azam guides it through third man and takes a couple.
M Rahman to M Hafeez, DROPPED! Mahmudullah is seen dejected after his keeper, Liton Das drops the easiest of the catches. Rahman bowls one outside off and on a length. Hafeez looks to cut it past point only to get an outside edge through to the keeper where Das spills the catch after the ball hits his fingers. The ball in the end rolls towards third man and the batsmen take a single. That also brings up the 100-run stand between Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez.
M Rahman to M Hafeez, Length ball down the leg side the batsman fails to lay bat on ball. A wide called in the end.
M Rahman to B Azam, 13th T20I fifty for Babar Azam. He gets to the landmark there with a guide towards the third man region for a single.
M Rahman to B Azam, SIX! Rahman goes short and Babar pulls it from the sweet part of the bat over mid-wicket the ball has enough in it to go over the ropes.
M Rahman to B Azam, back of a length ball on off, Babar pushes it towards mid on.
M Rahman to M Hafeez, Good length and outside off, pushed to point for a run.
S Islam to B Azam, Babar cuts this short one through point for a couple.
S Islam to M Hafeez, Short ball outside off and Hafeez runs it down to third man for a run. That also brings up his 11th T20I fifty.
S Islam to M Hafeez, FOUR! Now Hafeez pays it delicately as he just runs this short ball outside off past the keeper and into the third man fence for a boundary.
S Islam to M Hafeez, FOUR! Full and into the slot Hafeez clears his front leg and lofts it over the cover fielder for a one bounce boundary.
S Islam to B Azam, Outside off, this is driven square on the off side for one.
S Islam to B Azam, Fuller and on off, it is hit to covers.
M Rahman to M Hafeez, FOUR! Hafeez's eyes lit up seeing the width outside off and he throws everything behind the ball. Only to get a thick outside edge that runs past the keeper and into the third man fence for a boundary.
M Rahman to B Azam, Full outside off and this time Babar drives it through cover-point for a single.
M Rahman to B Azam, On the pads a full ball. Babar flicks it to mid-wicket.
M Rahman to B Azam, Length ball outside off, Babar looks to loft it into the universe but the ball goes past the outside edge.
M Rahman to B Azam, Babar looks to do same as Hafeez did on the previous ball but he finds the point fielder to perfection.
M Rahman to M Hafeez, Hafeez drives this full ball past point and gets to the other end.
S Islam to M Hafeez, Full ball outside off, punched down the ground for a run.
S Islam to M Hafeez, Hafeez looks to lay bat on ball on this slower one outside off but fails to do so.
S Islam to M Hafeez,Full ball on off, punched towards covers off the back foot by Hafeez.
S Islam to M Hafeez, FOUR! That's a hit and it stays a hit. Islam bowls one in the slot and Hafeez stands putt and just swings his arm as he lofts this one over the bowler and the ball rolls to the long off fence.
S Islam to M Hafeez, FOUR! Timed away! Slightly short and outside off, Hafeez just uses the pace of the bowler, he guides it past point and it races away to the fence.
S Islam to B Azam, On the pads, Azam looks to flick but it goes off the pads towards fine leg. A leg bye taken.
A Islam to M Hafeez, FOUR! Short and on middle, Hafeez gets into the position early and pulls it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary.
A Islam to B Azam, Babar drives this full ball through mid off and scampers for a run.
A Islam to B Azam, Full on middle, pushed back to the bowler.

It is game number 2 at the same stadium between the same two teams and at the same time. Barely any time to turn things around. Pakistan made heavy weather of their run chase against Bangladesh but were still well on top. The slower bowlers made merry for either side. Bangladesh will be happy that they took the game deep, but if truth be told, they need to bat better and make good use of the conditions. Their bowling was inconsistent as well, so that needs to be shaped up too. It is hard and tough to predict a winner after just one game - but Pakistan stand a good chance to go 2-0 up.

Pakistan Team Squad -Ahsan Ali,Babar Azam,Iftikhar Ahmed,Khushdil Shah,Amad Butt,Imad Wasim,Mohammad Hafeez,Shadab Khan,Shoaib Malik,Usman Qadir,Mohammad Rizwan,Haris Rauf,Mohammad Hasnain,Muhammad Musa,Shaheen Afridi

Bangladesh Team Squad -Mohammad Naim,Najmul Hossain Shanto,Soumya Sarkar,Tamim Iqbal,Afif Hossain,Aminul Islam,Mahedi Hasan,Mahmudullah,Liton Das,Mohammad Mithun,Al-Amin Hossain,Hasan Mahmud,Mustafizur Rahman,Rubel Hossain,Shafiul Islam