Bangladesh in Pakistan, 3 T20I Series, 2020

Pakistan vs Bangladesh - 1st T20I

Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Date & Time: 24 January 2020

Pakistan 142/5

RR: 7.28 | Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 5 wickets

commentary

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.

19.3
2
S Sarkar to M Rizwan, DROPPED! Mohammad Mithun has dropped the game with this and Pakistan win. This was not the time to drop a catch. Full delivery on off, Rizwan looks to heave it over the leg side but it takes the top edge and the ball goes towards deep mid-wicket. Mohammad Mithun settles himself under it but fails to hold onto it. The batters take two runs. PAKISTAN WIN BY 5 WICKETS.
19.2
1
S Sarkar to S Malik, Full delivery outside off, Malik drives it to extra cover for a single. Mahmudullah has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Would have been out if he had hit.
19.1
2
S Sarkar to S Malik, Short delivery on middle, Malik pulls it wide of long on and Malik takes a couple.

Soumya Sarkar will bowl the final over.

18.6
1
A Hossain to S Malik, Slower delivery on middle and leg, Malik dances down the track and looks to defend. The ball takes the inside half of the bat and the ball rolls to square leg. The batters take a single. 5 more required from the last over.
18.5
1
A Hossain to M Rizwan, Short ball on middle, Rizwan pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
18.4
0
A Hossain to M Rizwan, BEATEN! Slower one outside off, Rizwan looks to cut it but misses it altogether.
18.3
0
A Hossain to M Rizwan, Slower delivery on middle, Rizwan defends it out to the bowler.
18.2
2
A Hossain to M Rizwan, Full delivery on middle, Rizwan drives it uppishly over the extra cover fielder. The batters take a couple.

Mohammad Rizwan is the new man in.

18.1
0
A Hossain to I Wasim, OUT! TIMBER! Imad Wasim will feel really unlucky here! That ball kept very low. Slower short ball on middle. It kept very low after pitching. Wasim looks to pull off the back foot but is done in with the bounce. He misses and the ball goes onto hit the middle stump. Is there a twist in this game?

Al-Amin Hossain is back on. 3-0-14-0 are his figures.

17.6
1
M Rahman to I Wasim, Good length ball on middle, Imad works it to mid-wicket for a single. 9 more required from two overs.
17.5
1
M Rahman to S Malik, The batsman has played the square drive. They pick up a single.
17.4
2
M Rahman to S Malik, Short delivery outside off, Malik cuts it to deep point for a couple.
17.3
4
M Rahman to S Malik, DROPPED! FIFTY AS WELL FOR MALIK! It has been a terrific innings from Shoib Malik. Full delivery on middle, Malik hammers it over the bowler's head. The fielder from long off comes across, dives and gets two hands on it but the ball pops out and goes into the fence.
17.2
0
M Rahman to S Malik, Yorker on middle, Malik digs it back to the bowler.
17.1
2
M Rahman to S Malik, Full delivery on middle, Malik flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.

Mustafizur Rahman is back on.

16.6
1
S Islam to S Malik, Comes around the wicket and bowls a full delivery on middle, Malik flicks it to mid-wicket. Imad Wasim calls for a single. The fielder has a shy at the keeper's end but misses. Had he hit, Wasim was a goner. There was no run there.
16.5
1
S Islam to I Wasim, Good length ball outside off, Wasim comes down the track and then drives it to mid off for a single.
16.4
4
S Islam to I Wasim, FOUR! Full delivery down the leg side, Wasim works it to the fine leg region for a boundary. Gets off the mark.

Imad Wasim is the new man in.

16.3
0
S Islam to I Ahmed, OUT! CAUGHT! IT is a clean catch and Iftikhar Ahmed has to go. Is it too late for Bangladesh though? Good length ball outside off, Ahmed looks to drive but gets a faint outside edge and goes to the keeper. Liton Das dives forward and takes the catch. The umpires are not sure that the keeper has collected it cleanly and they go upstairs. The replays roll in and it shows that Das has taken it comfortably.

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.

16.2
0
S Islam to I Ahmed,Play and a miss! Short of a length ball outside off, Iftikhar looks to cut but fails to get any bat on it.
16.1
1
S Islam to S Malik, Short of a length ball on middle, Malik works it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
15.6
1
A Hossain to S Malik, Full delivery on middle, Malik drives it to long on for a single.
15.5
2
A Hossain to S Malik, Length ball on the pads, Malik works it to deep square leg and takes a couple. The fielder runs ahead and then throws it to the bowler's end but misses. Iftikhar was well in though.
15.4
1
A Hossain to I Ahmed, Fullish delivery on middle, Ahmed works it to mid-wicket for a single.
15.3
1
A Hossain to S Malik, Good length ball on off, Shoaib dances down the track and looks to flick but gets a leading edge which goes towards cover. A single.
15.2
4
A Hossain to S Malik, FOUR! Beautifully played! Full delivery outside off, Malik dances down the track and then lifts it over the extra cover region for a boundary.
15.1
1
A Hossain to I Ahmed, Full delivery on middle and leg, Ahmed works it down to long on for a single.

Al-Amin Hossain is back into the attack.

14.6
1
S Islam to I Ahmed, Full delivery outside off, Ahmed pushes it to cover and a single is taken.
14.5
0
S Islam to I Ahmed, Short of a length delivery outside off, Iftikhar pushes it to cover.
14.4
2
S Islam to I Ahmed, Fullish ball on off, Iftikhar drives it towards cover and takes a couple before the fielder can come across and clean it up.
14.3
0
S Islam to I Ahmed, Short delivery outside off, Ahmed cuts but finds the point fielder.
14.2
4
S Islam to I Ahmed, FOUR! Islam strays on the leg side and is rightfully punished! Back of a length ball on the pads, Ahmed flicks it nicely to the fine leg region for a boundary.
14.2
0
S Islam to I Ahmed, WIDE! Slower delivery outside off, Ahmed shoulders arms to this one. Wide signaled.
14.1
1
S Islam to S Malik, Short delivery on middle, Malik works it to deep square leg for a single.

Shafiul Islam is back on. 2-0-11-1 are his figures so far.

13.6
1
A Islam to S Malik, Flighted ball on off, Malik comes down the track and then looks to flick. The ball takes the leading edge and goes towards covers. The batters take a single. 4-0-28-1 are his figures.
13.5
0
A Islam to S Malik, Floated ball on middle, Malik prods forward and defends it back to the bowler.
13.4
1
A Islam to I Ahmed, Loopy delivery outside off, Iftikhar guides it to short third man for a single.
13.3
1
A Islam to S Malik, Flatter delivery on off, Malik pushes it down to long on for a single.
13.2
1
A Islam to I Ahmed, Floated ball on middle and leg, Iftikhar works it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
13.1
1
A Islam to S Malik, Short ball on middle, Malik pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
12.6
1
M Rahman to S Malik, Good length ball on middle, Malik moves to the off side and then flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
12.5
0
M Rahman to S Malik, BEATEN! Fullish delivery outside off, Malik looks to drive it off the front foot but fails to get any bat on it.
12.5
0
M Rahman to S Malik, WIDE! Good length ball outside off, Malik looks to drive but fails to get any bat on it. Wide signaled.
12.4
2
M Rahman to S Malik, Edgy again. Full delivery outside off, Malik looks to drive but it takes the outside edge and goes towards third man. The fielder comes across and clean it up. Before he can throw it to the keeper, the batters take a couple.
12.3
1
M Rahman to I Ahmed, Full delivery on middle, Ahmed looks to flick but gets a leading edge and it goes towards Afif Hossain at point. Hossain misfields allowing the batters take a single.
12.2
4
M Rahman to I Ahmed, EDGY FOUR! Iftikhar Ahmed won't mind that. Full delivery outside off, Ahmed looks to push it but the ball takes the outside edge and the ball goes past the diving keeper and into the fence.
12.1
1
M Rahman to S Malik, Full delivery on off, Malik drives it to deep cover for a single.

Mustafizur Rahman is back into the attack. 2-0-20-1 are his figures.

11.6
1
A Islam to S Malik, Looped up ball on middle, Malik pushes it to mid-wicket for a single.

Iftikhar Ahmed is the new man in.

11.5
0
A Islam to A Ali, OUT! CAUGHT! Ali has thrown it away! Bangladesh are happy with that wicket and rightly. They are right back in this game. Floated ball on off, Ali looks to heave it away but it takes the top edge and the ball goes towards long off. Nazmul Hossain, settles himself under it and takes a good catch. 61 required from 49 balls now.
11.4
1
A Islam to S Malik, Short ball outside off, Malik cuts it to point and collects a single.
11.3
4
A Islam to S Malik, FOUR! Malik's heart must be in his mouth for a while. Floated ball on middle, Malik lifts this wide of long on fielder. The fielders from deep mid-wicket and long on converge but the ball splits them and goes into the fence.
11.2
1
A Islam to A Ali, Floated ball down the leg side, Ali works it to short fine leg for a single.
11.1
1
A Islam to S Malik, Low full toss on off, Malik drives it to long off for a single.
10.6
1
S Sarkar to S Malik, Outside off, Malik cuts it to deep cover and takes a single. 68 more required from 54 balls.
10.5
1
S Sarkar to A Ali, Short ball outside off, Ali drives it to cover for a single.
10.4
1
S Sarkar to S Malik, Fullish delivery on middle, Malik works it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
10.3
1
S Sarkar to A Ali, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total.
10.2
1
S Sarkar to S Malik, Uppish but safe! Full ball outside off, Malik drives but does so uppishly. Luckily for him, it lands safely in the mid off region and the batters take a single.
10.1
1
S Sarkar to A Ali, Good length delivery on off, Ali punches it to cover for a single.

Soumya Sarkar is back on. 1-0-11-0 are his figures.

9.6
1
A Islam to A Ali, Shorter ball outside off, Ali punches it to long off for a single.
9.5
1
A Islam to S Malik, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
9.4
1
A Islam to A Ali, Better from Islam! Not a good shot though. floated ball on off, Ali prods forward and looks to play the extra cover drive but gets an outside edge and goes towards deep cover on the bounce. A single taken.
9.3
4
A Islam to A Ali, FOUR! Poor bowling! Bangladesh are making this a habit. Bowl some good balls and then stray down the leg side. Islam flights this one down the leg side, Ali sweeps it to the fine leg region for a boundary.
9.2
1
A Islam to S Malik, Floated on middle, Malik whips it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
9.1
1
A Islam to A Ali, That was hit extremely hard! Floated ball on off, Ali lunges and drives it past the bowler and towards mid off. Only a single taken.
8.6
1
A Hossain to A Ali, Outside off, Ali punches it down to long off for a single.
8.5
1
A Hossain to S Malik, Short delivery outside off, Malik punches it to deep cover for a single.
8.4
1
A Hossain to A Ali, Full delivery on middle, Ali whips it to mid-wicket and crosses over for another run.
8.3
1
A Hossain to S Malik, Quicker delivery outside off, guided to short third man for a single.
8.2
1
A Hossain to A Ali, Looped up ball on middle, Ali works it down to long on for another run.
8.1
1
A Hossain to S Malik, Short ball on middle, Malik punches it to mid-wicket for a single.

Spin from both ends. Afif Hossain is into the attack.

7.6
1
A Islam to S Malik, Short delivery outside off, Malik punches it down to long off for a single.
7.5
1
A Islam to A Ali, Floated on middle, Ali flicks it to deep square leg for a single.
7.4
1
A Islam to S Malik, Loopy delivery on the pads, Malik works it to short fine leg for a single.
7.3
1
A Islam to A Ali, Floated ball on middle, Ali works it to the leg side and collects another single.
7.2
1
A Islam to S Malik, On middle, Malik pushes it down to long on for a single.
7.1
1
A Islam to A Ali, Flatter delivery on middle, Ali whips it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Aminul Islam is on now.

6.6
1
S Sarkar to A Ali, Full delivery on middle, Ali works it to mid-wicket for a single.
6.5
1
S Sarkar to S Malik, On a length outside off, Malik guides it to third man for a single.
6.4
4
S Sarkar to S Malik, FOUR! Not great line and length. Length delivery on the pads, Malik whips it to the fine leg region for a boundary.
6.3
0
S Sarkar to S Malik, On middle, pushed back to the bowler.
6.2
4
S Sarkar to S Malik, FOUR! Sumptuous! Full delivery outside off, Malik prods forward and then drives it through the cover region for a boundary.
6.1
1
S Sarkar to A Ali, Full delivery on middle, Ali works it to mid-wicket for a single.

Soumya Sarkar is on now.

5.6
0
A Hossain to S Malik, Full delivery on middle, Malik pushes it down to mid on. 36/2 after the Powerplay.
5.5
0
A Hossain to S Malik, The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
5.4
0
A Hossain to S Malik, NOT OUT! It is missing the leg stump. Poor review from Bangladesh and they lose their review. Wonder what made the Bangladeshis go for this review. Good length ball on the pads, Malik looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Al-Amin Hossain puts in a huge appeal and the umpire shakes his head. The visitors opt for a review. The Ultra Edge rolls in and there is no bat on it. The Ball Tracker rolls in and the ball is going on to miss the leg stump. Both the teams have lost their reviews.

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.

5.3
1
A Hossain to A Ali, Full delivery on off, Ali drives it to mid o and takes a single. The fielder runs ahead and has a shy at the bowler's end. Ali collided with the bowler and he seems to have hurt himself. The umpire and the Bangladesh p;layers check on him and he is fine to continue.
5.2
0
A Hossain to A Ali, Good length ball outside off, Ali looks to drive but it takes the inside half of the bat and the ball goes to mid on.
5.1
0
A Hossain to A Ali, Good length ball on off, Ahsan drives it down to mid on.

Shoaib Malik is the new man in.

4.6
0
M Rahman to M Hafeez, OUT! CAUGHT! The professor has to go and Rahman has redeemed himself in this over. Short of a length delivery on middle and leg, Hafeez looks to flick but gets a leading edge which goes towards Aminul Islam at cover. He settles himself under it and takes a simple catch. 107 needed off the last 15 overs.
4.5
2
M Rahman to M Hafeez, Back of a length ball outside off, Hafeez guides it to third man and collects a couple.
4.4
1
M Rahman to A Ali, Good length delivery outside off, Ali punches it to cover and collects a single.
4.3
0
M Rahman to A Ali, PLAY AND A MISS! Short of a length delivery outside off, Ali looks to drive off the back foot but fails to get any bat on it.
4.2
4
M Rahman to A Ali, FOUR! Rahman is having a horrid day with the ball so far. Length ball on the pads again. Ali flicks it beautifully towards the deep square leg region for another boundary.
4.1
4
M Rahman to A Ali, FOUR! This is poor bowling from Mustafizur. Slower ball down the leg side, Ali just helps it on its way to the fine leg region for a boundary.

Mustafizur Rahman has a change of ends. 1-0-9-0 are his figures.

3.6
1
A Hossain to A Ali, Full toss on off, Ahsan drives it to cover where the fielder makes a half stop allowing the batters to take a single.
3.5
0
A Hossain to A Ali, Short ball on middle, Ali pulls it and it lands in front of the mid on fielder. Hafeez wants the single but is sent back.
3.4
1
A Hossain to M Hafeez, Length ball outside off, Hafeez runs down the track and then guides it to third man for a single.
3.3
0
A Hossain to M Hafeez, Full delivery on off, Hafeez defends it to mid off.
3.2
0
A Hossain to M Hafeez, Short of a length ball outside off, Hafeez punches it to cover off the back foot.
3.1
1
A Hossain to A Ali, Good length ball on off, Ali defends it to cover and takes off for a single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
2.6
0
S Islam to M Hafeez, Length ball on off, Hafeez comes down the track and looks to flick but misses to get hit on the thigh pad.
2.5
1
S Islam to A Ali, Full delivery on middle, Ahsan flicks it to short fine leg for single.
2.4
0
S Islam to A Ali, Fullish ball down the leg side, Ahsan looks to flick but fails to get any bat on it. No wide signaled as the ball may have brushed the pads.
2.3
4
S Islam to A Ali, FOUR! Off the mark with a bang! Length ball on off, Ali stands tall and punches it straight past the bowler and into the long off fence.
2.2
1
S Islam to M Hafeez, Short of a length delivery outside off, Hafeez looks to cut but the ball takes the bottom edge and goes towards short third man. The batters take a single.
2.1
0
S Islam to M Hafeez, Full delivery on the pads, Hafeez whips but finds the short fine leg fielder.
1.6
1
M Rahman to M Hafeez, Good length ball on middle, Hafeez works it to deep mid-wicket for a single. Good over for Pakistan.
1.5
4
M Rahman to M Hafeez, FOUR! Poor bowling! Cannot bowl there to the Professor. Full delivery down the leg side, Hafeez flicks it past the short fine leg fielder for a boundary.
1.4
0
M Rahman to M Hafeez, Length ball on middle, Hafeez looks to flick but gets an inside edge on the pads. No run.
1.3
4
M Rahman to M Hafeez, FOUR! Nicely played! Short delivery outside off, Hafeez guides it through the gully region for a boundary.
1.2
0
M Rahman to A Ali, Good length ball down the leg side, Ali looks to flick but misses to get hit on the thigh pad. The ball rolls to square leg and the batters steal a leg bye.
1.1
0
M Rahman to A Ali, Rahman starts with a full delivery on middle, Ahsan pushes it back to the bowler.

Mustafizur Rahman will bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
S Islam to M Hafeez, Short delivery outside off, Hafeez defends it off the back foot.
0.5
0
S Islam to M Hafeez, Full delivery down the leg side, Hafeez looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad and the ball rolls to the keeper. There is a mild appeal for caugth behind but the umpire signals it not out.
0.5
0
S Islam to M Hafeez, WIDE! Good length ball down the leg side, Hafeez looks to pull but fails to get any bat on it. Wide signaled.
0.4
4
S Islam to M Hafeez, FOUR! Talk about timing! Brilliant! Short of a length ball on off, Hafeez rocks on his back foot and then punches it through the covers for a boundary.
0.3
0
S Islam to M Hafeez, Full delivery outside off, Hafeez pushes it back to the bowler.

Mohammad Hafeez is the new man in.

0.2
0
S Islam to B Azam, OUT! There is a spike on Ultra Edge and Azam is a goner! Huge moment in the game. Azam bags a duck and Bangladesh have got Pakistan's best batter early. Exactly what they needed defending a low total. It is a full ball outside off, Azam looks to go downtown but there seems to be a faint outside edge. The keeper takes it and appeals. Azam reviews as he feels there is nothing. He does not do so immediately though. Replays roll in and it shows the on-field call is the right one.

Big moment in the game! Azam has been given out caught behind. He reviews though.

0.1
0
S Islam to B Azam, On a length and around off, it is pushed to covers.

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.