Bangladesh in Pakistan, 3 T20I Series, 2020
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Date & Time: 24 January 2020
RR: 7.28 | Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 5 wickets
That's all from this game! Pakistan have begun the series in a brilliant manner. Bangladesh, on the other hand, have a lot to think about going onto the second T20I. That match is not too far away though as it will be played on Saturday, the 25th of January at 1400 Local (0900 GMT). Do join us for that game. Until then, goodnight.
Babar Azam, the Pakistan skipper, says that this was a needed victory for them and the bowlers did a good job. Adds that they were not expecting a pitch like this. Says that they planned to bowl Bangladesh out for as low a score as possible and the bowlers did a terrific job in that.
Shoaib Malik, THE MAN OF THE MATCH, says that with the new ball, they could have played through the line but later with the older ball they had to look for gaps. Credits the bowlers for their performance and it was them who set up the victory. Adds that he was trying to take as many singles as he could and then look for boundaries.
Mahmudullah, the Bangladesh skipper says that it was a very good contest and he was surprised by the pitch. Adds that as the game went on the ball became harder to bat on. Goes on to say that they would look to improve in the death overs as they were 10 to 15 runs short. States that they missed Shakib and they need to improve their fielding as they dropped a couple of chances.
Time for the Presentation ceremony.
Ahsan Ali who is down for an interview, says that he was nervous and Babar Azam gave him confidence and that released the pressure. Adds that he was looking to play his natural game but after losing the two wickets, he was cautious in his approach. Adds that the bowlers were very good especially the pacers. Goes onto say that the pitch was difficult to bat on. Finishes by saying that this match gave him lot of confidence and would look to continue the good work in the next game as well.
Earlier in the game, Pakistan bowled extremely well to restrict Bangladesh for just 141. Every one of their bowlers bowled well and they have to be given credit for this victory. Bangladesh would be disappointed with their performance with the bat and they were 10 to 15 runs short.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, were good with the ball. They did not give easy runs to the Pakistani batters and they picked up wickets at regular intervals. The target was a small one and it was always going to be difficult for the visitors to stop a good side like Pakistan. Mustafizur Rahman was disappointing while Aminul Islam was the pick of the bowlers. He picked up only 1 wicket but was economical. Shafiul Islam too bowled well but that was not enough.
Wow! What an end to the match. Who would have thought that this match will go on till the last over? I think nobody especially after Bangladesh scored only 141 in the first innings. Pakistan started slowly after losing the wicket of Babar Azam in the first over but then Hafeez looked good but threw his wicket away. Shoaib Malik the came in and stitched couple of good partnerships to get the team home. He scored a fifty and remained unbeaten. Pakistan might have had their hearts in the mouth when Rizwan top edged the last ball but Mithun dropped it. Malik was well supported by the debutant Ahsan Ali and that was the game there and then.
Soumya Sarkar will bowl the final over.
Mohammad Rizwan is the new man in.
Al-Amin Hossain is back on. 3-0-14-0 are his figures.
Mustafizur Rahman is back on.
Imad Wasim is the new man in.
Iftikhar Ahmed has definitely edged it. The umpires want to check whether it is a clean catch or not by the keeper. It looks like a clean catch. Let's see what the replays have to say.
Al-Amin Hossain is back into the attack.
Shafiul Islam is back on. 2-0-11-1 are his figures so far.
Mustafizur Rahman is back into the attack. 2-0-20-1 are his figures.
Iftikhar Ahmed is the new man in.
Soumya Sarkar is back on. 1-0-11-0 are his figures.
Spin from both ends. Afif Hossain is into the attack.
Aminul Islam is on now.
Soumya Sarkar is on now.
Al-Amin Hossain has opted for a review against Shoaib Malik. It looks like it is going down the leg side. Let's see what happens.
Shoaib Malik is the new man in.
Mustafizur Rahman has a change of ends. 1-0-9-0 are his figures.
Mustafizur Rahman will bowl from the other end.
Mohammad Hafeez is the new man in.
Big moment in the game! Azam has been given out caught behind. He reviews though.
We are back for the chase! The Pakistan openers, Babar Azam and Ahsan Ali are out in the middle. Shafiul Islam to bowl the first over.