Sloppy fielding in Lahore T20 cost Bangladesh the series opener
Pakistan successfully hosted and won the first T20 of the three-match series against Bangladesh in Lahore by five wickets. The hosts should be thankful for sloppy fielding from the visitors who couldn’t grab onto easy chances due to floodlights in Lahore T20. They not only dropped Shoaib Malik in the final overs but also Mohammad Rizwan whose dismissal in the final over would have hurt the hosts.
Bangladesh won the toss but couldn’t capitalize on a good start
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Bangladeshi openers gave a good start to their team. They scored 70 runs in the first 10 overs before Tamim Iqbal was run out for 39. Mohammad Naim’s 43 enabled the hosts to post 141 for the loss of 5 wickets at the end of 20 overs but it proved too less. Both quickies Haris Rauf and Mohammad Hasnain proved to be expensive as they went for 32 and 36 runs respectively. Haris, Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan got one wicket each but Imad Wasim was most economical with 15 runs in 3 overs.
Pakistan lost Captain Babar Azam on the second delivery
Chasing 142 runs to win, Pakistan began their innings on a bad note as Skipper Babar Azam was dismissed for a duck. Debutant Ahsan Ali scored 36 runs off 32 balls to stabilize the innings and took the score to 81 by the 12th over. Afterward, Shoaib Malik took over and smashed an unbeaten 58 runs off 45 balls to steer Pakistan to victory. Mohammad Hafeez and Iftikhar Ahmed added 17 and 16 runs to the score but couldn’t stay for a longer duration. Mohammad Rizwan was lucky to not get caught on the third ball of the final over as Pakistan reached the target with 5 wickets to spare. Shafi ul Islam was the most successful Bangladeshi bowler with 2 wickets; Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain and Aminul Islam managed one each.
Pakistan go 1-up in the three-match series
Pakistan leads the series 1-0 with the second match to be played on Saturday, and the third and final T20 on Monday, both in Lahore.