The ongoing t20 series between Bangladesh and Pakistan was meant to be new hope for the new young tigers after their disappointing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign where they finished their group stage in second place and didn’t win a single match in the Super 12 round.
Bangladesh showed their poor performances in all the departments against the in-form Pakistan team in Mirpur where we witnessed the return of crazy fans since the pandemic hit all over the country.
However, the Bangladeshi side, a beast in their home conditions, seemed helpless and also clueless without their senior players, Shakib, Mushfiq, and Tamim in the shorter version.
On the other hand, Pakistan as a team played superb games in all departments in two matches and held their nerve to secure the series win after 2016 in Dhaka.
In the first match, both teams struggled with the bat. The inclusion of Aminul Biplab, the only leg-spinner in the Bangladesh squad wasn’t expected at all, but the skipper Mahmudullah couldn’t understand his importance and he was called to bowl at the final over when nothing was left for tigers.
Earlier, Pakistan paceman Hasan Ali (3-23) triggered a collapse that left Bangladesh 40-4 in the ninth over. Afif Hossain hit two sixes in a row in one over helped him become the top-scorer of the side, and Mahedi Hasan was unbeaten on 30. Both of their efforts were almost half of the host innings.
Chasing 127, Pakistan slipped to 24-4 by the end of the powerplay. However, Fakhar Zaman and Khushdil Shah’s 56-run stand, scoring 34-runs each, in the fifth wicket, revived the Pakistan innings before the final fireworks of Shadab Khan and Nawaz.
They displayed their power-hitting in the last three overs, two biggies in the 18th and 19th over swung the momentum back in their favor, and Pakistan reached 132-6 in 19.2 overs, surpassing Bangladesh’s 127-7.
This was Bangladesh’s sixth straight loss in the T20s.
In the second match, there was hardly any challenge for Pakistan while chasing 108 runs. They comfortably took the 2-0 lead with an eight-wicket victory over the hosts because their bowlers shut down the home side, giving no room to score biggies.
Bangladesh once again struggled with the bat especially in the last ten overs, enduring only 42 runs in 60 deliveries including only two fours, making their lowest score in the last ten overs.
It was only a matter of time for Pakistan to win the match and continue their world-cup performance. Though Pakistan lost their early wicket of Babar Azam, inside-edged by Mustafizur, surely an arena where he needs to improve now.
Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman added 85 runs for the second wicket, scored 39 off 45, and an unbeaten 57 off 51 balls respectively.
According to the Sport News BD, Taskin Ahmed shines amid the gloomy show. The final T20 will be played today and Bangladesh announced the addition of opener Parvez Hossain and pacer Kamrul Islam Rabbi for the last T20I.