Sydney: Pakistan has finally pulled their first victory Down Under overcoming Bangladesh by three wickets in World Cup 2015 warm-up match here at Blacktown Olympic Park Oval on Monday.
Chasing a target of 247 runs, Pakistan lost its opener Ahmed Shahzad (5 runs) and Sarfraz Ahmed (single run) as the team was reduced to 8-2. Experienced Younus Khan (25 runs) also failed to impress yet again as Pakistan was trailing at 52-3.
Then came, Sohaib Maqsood and with Haris Sohail, the duo managed to cross 100-run mark but soon after that, Haris (39 runs) returned to the pavilion.
Sohaib then build another 63-run partnership with Umar Akmal, who also coincidently lost his wicket after scoring 39 runs. With team score of 166-5 in 37th over, came captain Misbah-ul-Haq (10 runs) but he soon got himself out and failed to script the victory, as he should have.
Shahid Afridi (24 runs) also lost his with but victory was just around the corner with score of 240-7 in 48th over. Impressive Sohaib (93 not out) sealed the victory for Pakistan scoring the winning runs. His brilliant knock included two sixes and nine boundaries.
Taskin Ahmed and Mashrafe Mortaza captured two wickets each for Bangladesh.
Earlier, Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah batted impressively and helped Bangladesh score 246 runs against threatening bowling from pacer Mohammad Irfan.
Had Irfan not picked five wickets, Bangladesh might have scored more runs. However, the tallest international pacer conceded 52 runs in 9.5 overs.
Sohail Khan removed opener Anamul Haque cheaply for a duck before leaving the field with complain of pain in calf. He bowled only six overs.
Bangladesh faced another blow when Irfan removed Mominul Haque, who scored 7 runs. It seemed a Bangladesh might face a batting collapse as they were reduced to 16-2 early in the match but Tamim Iqbal (81 runs) and Mahmudullah (83 runs) anchored Bangladesh’s inning.
They took the score to 184 in 40th over when Mahmudullah lost his wicket as Ahmed Shahzad had him run out. Tamim soon followed spinner Yasir Shah bowled him out.
Shakib Al Hasan (31 runs) was the only other batsman to have put some resistance. Mohammad Irfan removed him.
Apart from Irfan, Yasir captured two wickets, while Sohail Khan and Wahab Riaz picked one each as Bangladesh were all bowled out in 49.5 overs.
This is Pakistan’s first victory Down Under since it travelled to New Zealand where it lost to second string New Zealand twice in warm-ups before full-fledge Black Caps thrashed the visitors 2-0 in two-match ODI series.