Bangladesh has won against Pakistan by 5 wickets to book a berth in Asia Cup final. Pakistan’s disappointing Asia Cup campaign came to an end with a humiliating defeat against the hosts. All Pakistani batsmen could manage in their quota of 20 overs was 129/7. It wasn’t that tough for Bangladesh and at the end, they stood victorious.
Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to bat first. Although, the pitch wasn’t as green as some of the previous games of the tournament, but, it had some help for pacers. It seemed like Pakistani think tank wasn’t still able to weigh the playing conditions right, which make them to opt to bat first. Once again. Pakistani top order failed miserably, Khurram Manzoor got an almost unplayable delivery from Al-Amin Hossain that took off from just back of the length and kissed Manzoor’s glove all the way to the keeper. Sharjeel Khan once again proven that he lacks the ability to read match situation as he tried to play a full delivery from Arafat Sunny across that clean bowled him. Pakistan was 2 down on 12 runs, Sharjeel scored just 10 runs.
Mohammad Hafeez became a prey of poor umpiring, a delivery of Mashrafe Mortaza around the thigh pad, which was clearly missing the stumps, umpire didn’t hesitate to give it out. Sarfaraz Ahmed was promoted to no. 4; he tried to construct a partnership with Umar Akmal. But Bengali bowlers dried up the runs that made Umar Akmal to lose his mind. His temperament once again came under question as he played a reckless shot to throw away his wicket. Shoaib Malik and Sarfaraz built up innings for Pakistan; they were down and out till 10 overs with 34/3. However, the duo contributed 70 runs on 49 balls. After Malik’s departure, Shahid Afridi came in to bat and he scored another duck of his career. He is completely out of touch; he is unable to middle full-toss deliveries, which is a serious point of concern.
Sarfaraz Ahmed was the pick of the batsmen with 58 runs on 42 balls. On the other hand, Shoaib Malik contributed a handy 42 runs on 5 deliveries that got Amir & Co. something to bowl at.
Irfan didn’t take long to show Tamim Iqbal the way back to pavilion. But, Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman gave a solid platform for the batsmen to follow them; they had a 33 runs partnership, which was extremely useful in the context of the game. Sabbir Rahman was bowled on a slider from Shahid Afridi. Mushfiq was the next man in, who had another match changing partnership with Sarkar, the pair scored 37 runs together. Mohammad Amir bowled Sarkar on a furious yorker on the total of 83 in the 14th over. Mohammad Amir was once again impressive today. Soon after Sarkar, Shoaib Malik provided Pakistan another breakthrough in shape of Mushfiq, who unfortunately became target of miserable exhibition of umpiring. Pakistan was somewhat back in the game by then.
Bangladesh needed 18 runs on 12 balls. Shahid Afridi threw the ball to Mohammad Sami, but unfortunately, he probably bowled the worst over of his career. His over comprised of two no-balls at such a crunch situation. Mohammad Sami left nothing for Anwar Ali to defend in the last over as he conceded 15 runs with his undisciplined bowling. Mehmudullah ended up the match with a six off the first delivery of the final over of the innings. Soumya Sarkar was given the man of the match award for his handy 48 runs. Mohammad Amir was once again the best bowler for Pakistan; he got two wickets, giving away 26 runs in his 4 overs.