All-round Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 9 wickets to win the T20I series

Picture Courtsey: Hindustan Times

Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by 9 wickets in the 2nd T20I match played at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on Saturday. Despite losing the toss, the hosts bowlers restricted Bangladesh and then chased down the target easily.

Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah won the toss and decided to bat first again. It was not an ideal start for the visitors as they lost an early wicket of Mohammed Naim with a beauty of delivery by Shaheen Shah Afridi. Mehdi Hasan Miraz was promoted to number 3 and hit a lovely six. Tamim Iqbal struggled initially to score runs. Mohammed Hasnain got the wicket of Miraz to put Bangladesh team under pressure. At the end of first six overs, Bangladesh were 33 for 2.

Soon after the power play overs, Liton Das was also dismissed for 8 by Shadab Khan with a review. Liton Das was given out by the umpire for LBW and the decision stood it as out. Afif Hossain came to the crease and showed some intent against the Pakistani bowlers. The experienced Tamim Iqbal looked in great flow and reached his fifty off 44 balls. When things were looking good for Bangladesh, Afif was dismissed by Hasnain for 21. Hossain and Tamim added 45 runs for the 4th wicket. Iqbal took the charge with aggressive strokes which put the Pakistan bowlers under pressure. Soon after he was run out by Imad Wasim taking a causal run. Bangladesh could only post 136 for 6 in 20 overs.

Chasing 137 runs to win, it was not an ideal start for Pakistan as Ahsan Ali was dismissed Shafiul Islam for 0. Mohammed Hafeez and Babar Azam looked cautious to score 36 for 1 at the end of six overs.

After the power play overs, both batsmen did not face any problems hitting boundaries at will. The experienced Hafeez reached his fifty off 39 balls while the captain Babar Azam completed his fifty off just 35 balls. The experienced Hafeez hit the winning runs and helped the hosts win the match by 9 wickets with 20 balls to spare. Both batsmen added unbeaten 131 runs for the 2nd wicket.

Pakistan 137 for 1 in 16.4 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 67*, Babar Azam 66*, Shafiul Islam 1/27) beat Bangladesh 136 for 6 in 20 overs (Tamim Iqbal 65, Mohammad Hasnain 2/20) by 9 wickets.

Pakistan takes a 2-0 lead in the 3-match series. The 3rd and final match of the series will be played on 27th January at Lahore.


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