Gave Pakistan the best possible start smacking a couple of sixes in what was Al-Amin’s very first over, setting the tone for the rest of the innings. If only he had stayed on for longer.
A well-paced half century to put Pakistan in total control, Shehzad scored a half century at a strike rate of 133, playing proper cricket shots and perfectly complementing Hafeez at the crease.
The highest run-scorer for Pakistan, Hafeez’s 64 off 42 meant Pakistan were always scoring at a healthy rate of close to 9 runs an over.
A 'Man of the Match' performance by the Pakistan captain sees him get a perfect 10. His quick-fire 49 off 19 balls towards the business end of the Pakistan innings propelled Pakistan to 201 runs, while his 2 wickets at crucial junctures in the game meant Bangladesh never got time to settle in their chase
One of the most explosive batsmen on his day, Akmal departed back for the pavilion even quicker than he made his way to the pitch. Throwing his wicket away also hurt the momentum Pakistan were building in the final few overs.
15 runs off 9 balls were crucial in Pakistan crossing the 200-mark after losing Afridi and Hafeez, giving the men in green a psychological advantage as they took the field after the break.
Not that Imad had a lot to do as he came on to bat in the final over and didn’t face a ball. But with the ball, he did get the wicket of Mahmudullah.
The wicket-keeper did not get to bat today, and his only contribution to the game was catching the skier of Mushfiqur.
Easily the worst Pakistan bowler on the day with his last over getting hit for 12 runs. The fact that he went wicket-less while other bowlers made merry, only made it worse.
Mohammad Amir- 8/10
The 24-year old was on the money yet again dismissing Soumya Sarkar in his first over giving Pakistan the ideal start. With figures of 2/27 in his 4 overs, Amir was impressive with the ball yet again.
Irfan provided the perfect decoy for Amir to shine and never let the pressure release from his end. He later went on to dismiss Mithun too.
Not many batsmen can play Mohammad Amir when he is in full flow , although the left armer wasn’t in 4th gear here, Sarkar perished for a duck to the quickie. However, he produced a stunning catch at the boundary to dismiss highest-scorer Hafeez and that itself gets him his rating points of 4.
The opener showed promise and looked the only batsman who could take the attack to Amir and co, but his evening ended when he tried to smash Afridi out of the ground, getting himself caught for 24.
With Tamim and Sabbir at the crease, Bangladesh looked to have started to gain momentum but like Tamim, he too got foxed by an Afridi delivery that went past his defence to send him packing.
Like so many times before, Shakib anchored the innings on his own with an unbeaten 50. Too bad he wasn’t half as good with the ball.
Dismissed for 4 runs and not even given a chance to bowl, Mahmudullah’s only contribution was on the field as he took the catches that sent Afridi and Shehzad home.
Got off to a decent start with the bat but with the chasing rate over 12, got out to an Amir delivery.
Smashed Riaz in the last over to score 15 runs, but the skipper was poor with the ball conceding at almost 14 runs an over.
2 runs off 4 balls. Enough said.
One of Bangladesh’s most unpredictable bowlers was taken to the cleaners by Afridi, Hafeez and Shahid and gave away 43 in 3 overs. Need we say more?
The spinner kept a check on the run flow initially and got the Bangla boys their first breakthrough, castling Sharjeel and later went on to dismiss the dangerous looking Hafeez.
Got two wickets and kept a check on Pakistan’s run rate at the very end to stop Pakistan from scoring 225+.