Last year Pakistan won only one T20 match but this year they start with a win against Bangladesh. Bangladeshi cricketer just finished their T20 league BPL, they were in touch with this shorter format. Though Bangladesh lost today their board and supporters were hopeful before this series.
Before the series, there were lots of drama happened about security purpose. At last Bangladesh tour Pakistan. Pakistani cricket board PCB arranged presidential security for Bangladesh.
After winning the toss Bangladeshi captain Mahmudullah chosen to bat first at Lahore in the first T20 match. Experience star Tamim Iqbal and young potential Naim Sekh came to start the innings. They start well, they made 71 run partnership in 1st 11 over. Before Tamim ran out, he scored 39 of 34 balls with 4 fours and a six. Naim scored highest 43 of 41 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes. After that partnership, nobody carried the innings. Liton Das 12, Mahmudullah 19, Soumya, Afif, Mithun couldn’t touch double-figure score.
Actually Pakistani bowler bowled well today. Because of their tight bowled, Bangladesh couldn’t make big scored in the scoreboard. Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rouf, Shadab Khan got one wicket each. But their economy bowl helped Pakistan to stop Bangladesh only 141.
Target was low didn’t mean Pakistan were set for a win. Their recent chasing record is not good at all. Chasing only 142 Pakistan lost an early first wicket and their main player Babar Azam, it was his first duck in T20 international. After 5 overs Pakistan was 35/2. Bangladeshi bowler bowled not bad, they got a wicket on a regular basis but they lost by experience Shoeb Malik. This experience campaigner took responsibility on his shoulder and also got fifty, he scored 58 by 45 balls with 5 fours. Opener Ahsan Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, and Iftikhar Ahamed scored 36, 17 and 16 to help Pakistan for victory.
Bangladeshi bowlers tried from their side if batsmen scored some more runs maybe they won the match. Safiul got 2 wickets, Mustafiz was expensive but he also got 1 wicket, Aminul Islam also got 1 wicket. Al-Amin bawled well, he gave only 18 runs in his 4 over spell and got a wicket also.
Man of the match was obviously Shoeb Malik.
The next match will be tomorrow at the same venue, at the same time.