Pakistan have beaten Bangladesh by 21 runs in the first match of the Tri T20 series in New Zealand. This is a huge victory for Pakistan, who have been struggling in the format for some time now.
The game was not even a close one, with both teams weren’t fighting hard for the win. It was Pakistan who dominated throughout the match to take the win. This will be a big confidence boost for them heading into the next match against the host New Zealand.
Pakistan was put in to bat by Bangladesh in a cold wintery sun. Taskin Ahmed made the better start for Bangladesh. Babar Azam and Rizwan put together a 52-run partnership.
Miraz struck in his first delivery and bagged Babar Azam’s wicket to give Bangladesh the first breakthrough in the seventh over. This ended a 52-run opening stand but couldn’t make any pressure on Pakistan.
Rizwan and Masood then put together another 42-run stand while Masood was looking a bit shaky in the beginning but going on to smash a 22-ball 31.
Rizwan was the star of Pakistan’s innings and he alone provided impetus for Pakistan. He held the innings from one end for Pakistan.
However, Bangladesh’s relatively disciplined bowling at the end prevented Pakistan from accelerating as much as they would have liked.
With Rizwan’s an unbeaten 50-ball 78, his 9th fifty in this format and first in the T20 tri series, Pakistan put up 167 for five.
In this match, Mustafiz seemed to be an ordinary bowler for Pakistan. He conceded 48 runs and another pacer Hasan mahmud gave 42 runs which allowed Pakistan to lay the platform according to the Sport News BD experts.
On the other hand, both Nasum Ahmed and Taskin Ahmed were economical. Taskin gave away only 25 runs, scalping the wickets of Haider Ali and Asif Ali.
In response, Bangladesh was on the back foot from the start as the openers struggled to build momentum against the Pakistan’s quality pace attack.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz once again opened the batting with Sabbir Rahman, but he was unable to make any meaningful impact and falling to Mohammad Wasim early on.
Yasir Ali threw Bangladesh a lifeline with his top-scoring 42 runs off 21 balls, including two sixes, but his cameo ultimately proved fruitless. Wasim tore through the lower order with two more scalps at the death, as Bangladesh could only muster 146 runs in 20 overs.