Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai & Jayanta Oinam
Over 20 || Score 140/7
With the help of Ahmed Shehzad's hundred, first Pakistan set up a mammoth total of 190 runs and then their bowlers defended the total quite successfully by restricting Bangladesh at mere 140 runs. Pakistan comprehensively sealed the match by 50 runs over the home team Bangladesh. Poor form of Bangladesh in the tournament continues.
Over 18 || Score 120/7
It's an end of the road for the host nation Bangladesh in this tournament, as they need an almost impossible target of 71 runs in the last 12 balls to seal the match. In the last three overs Pakistan got two more wickets in the form of Nasir Hossain and Ziaur Rahman, respectively.
Ziaur Rahman c Kamran Akmal b Umar Gul 0 (1b)
Nasir Hossain st Kamran Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 23 (19b )
Over 15 || Score 91/5
Crucial partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain came to an end in the 15th over as Shakib got out off Umar Gul while attempting a big shot. Shakib got out after playing a cameo of 38 runs of 32 balls. Now Bangladesh are on the verge of losing this match.
Shakib Al Hasan c Umar Akmal b Umar Gul 38 (32b)
Over 12 || Score 69/4
In the 12th over, Shakib Al Hasan smashed Zulfiqar Babar for two huge sixes to collect 14 runs from the over. Now for Bangladesh, the match will revolved around the innings of Shakib. It's important for his team that he plays till the very end.
Over 10 || Score 53/4
After ten overs, Bangladesh have struggled to add runs briskly and at the same time lost their four wickets. The way home team is playing, Pakistan might win this game with an ease. Meanwhile, in the tenth over Bangladesh lost their skipper as well, as Mushfiqur Rahim was trapped in front of the wicket off Zulfiqar Babar.
Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b Zulfiqar Babar 2 (4b)
Over 9 || Score 47/3
Shahid Afridi has been given the ball in the ninth over and he gave his team a wicket in his first ball. Shamsur Rahman tried to cut Afridi's gentle loosener but only managed a an outside edge. And wicket-keeper done a good work behind the wickets. Three runs came from the over.
Shamsur Rahman c Kamran Akmal b Shahid Afridi 4 (12b)
Over 6 || Score 36/2
Saeed Ajmal has been introduced into the attack for the very first time in the sixth over of the innings and he gave Pakistan their second breakthrough in the form of Anamul Haque, who got out after scoring 18 runs. Bangladesh is at the back-foot right now.
Anamul Haque c & b Saeed Ajmal 18 (16b)
Over 5 || Score 32/1
While chasing a huge total of 191 runs, the home team, Bangladesh started off a bit slowly. In the first five over Pakistani bowlers gave mere 32 runs and also managed to got a breakthrough in the form of Tamim Iqbal.
Tamim Iqbal b Umar Gul 16 (15b)
Over 20 || Score 190/5
In the last over came ten runs. So with the help of Ahmed Shehzad's hundred Pakistan set up a mammoth total in front of the host nation Bangladesh. Now it's time for Pakistani bowlers to defend the big total successfully.
Shahid Afridi c Ziaur Rahman b Al-Amin Hossain 22 (12m 9b)
Over 19 || Score 180/4
Mashrafe Mortaza leaked 24 runs from the penultimate over of the innings. Three sixes and a four came from the over. It is the costliest over so far and it came at a good time for Pakistan.
Over 17 || Score 156/4
Shakib Al Hasan gave Bangladesh a breakthrough in the form of Shoaib Malik, who got out while trying a big shot. Malik scored 26 off 23 balls before getting out. But with a single of the last ball, Ahmed Shehzad completed his hundred. What a knock by the opener. He has become the first Pakistani to score a hundred in the shortest format of the game.
Shoaib Malik st Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib Al Hasan 26 (23b)
Over 17 || Score 151/3
Al-Amin Hossain bowled a tight over as he gave mere five runs in it. Meanwhile, Pakistan have crossed the mark of 150 runs. And now, Ahmed Shehzad, is mere three runs shy of his hundred.
Over 16 || Score 146/3
The partnership has reached 75 runs from 6.4 overs with Shehzad contributing a majority share, 42 to be precise.
Mashrafe Mortaza penultimate over resulted in 16 runs which included two boundaries and five wides. Poor over.
In the last five overs, Pakistan scored 64 runs at over 12 runs an over.
In between, Shehzad also crossed the 90s.
Over 15 || Score 130/3
Shakib Al Hasan returned, conceded seven runs.
The Bangladeshi slow-arm orthodox bowler did conjured up enough variations to keep the Pakistan batsmen quite.
There were five singles and a double.
Over 14 || Score 123/3
Another big over the batting side.
Shoaib Malik joined the chorus as he milked Mohammad Mahmudullah for two boundaries – first one off a full-toss which ended up in the mid-wicket boundary and the second one a beautiful off drive.
Over 13 || Score 110/3
An expensive over from Ziaur Rahman - two sixes and two fours and two singles for a grand total of 22 runs.
Ahmed Shehzad launched the onslaught against the bowler after a quite period. The 13th over proved costly as Shehzad inched closer to his 100... is on 77 from 40 balls.
Over 12 || Score 88/3
Yet another good over by Mohammad Mahmudullah. He conceded only six runs as the slow bowlers have so far enjoyed a relatively better bowling display.
Ahmed Shehzad, on 56, looked in control of things despite the fielding side taking initiative in the last five overs.
Over 11 || Score 82/3
A quite period in Mirpur as Shoaib Malik and Ahmed Shehzad tried to negotiate a foaming Bangladesh spin trio of Abdur Razzak, Mohammad Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan.
The over produced seven runs as Pakistan approach 100 run mark.
Over 10 || Score 75/3
That's Fifty for Shehzad, from 30 balls.
The very next ball from Mohammad Mahmudullah's first over resulted in a wicket. Tamim Iqbal took a low catch at short third man to send back Umar Akmal for a nought.
Umar Akmal c Tamim Iqbal b Mohammad Mahmudullah 0 (2b)
It seemed, Pakistan's over-drive is backfiring.
Over 9 || Score 70/2
Abdur Razzak struck! In a spinning track, he allowed the ball some air for a delightful flight which undone the Pakistan skipper's charge.
A clean and smooth stumping from the Bangladesh skipper.
Mohammad Hafeez st Mushfiqur Rahim b Abdur Razzak 8 (12b)
Over 8 || Score 65/1
A huge six for Shehzad. The second delivery from Al-Amin Hossain's second over sailed over the cover boundary as the Pakistan opener played a forceful inside-out drive.
The over produced 11 runs for Pakistan.
Over 7 || Score 54/1
Abdur Razzak continued with another superb over. The left-arm orthodox bowler conceded only four runs in his second over.
Both Hafeez and Shehzad seemed content playing for singles. Shehzad has so far scored 31 from 21 balls, including five boundaries and a six.
Over 6 || Score 50/1
Another tidy over from the Bangladesh spinners. Four runs from the last power-play over.
Shakib Al Hasan successfully contained the newly arrived Pakistan skipper and the explosive Ahmed Shehzad. The duo could only managed four singles.
In between, Pakistan reached 50.
Over 5 || Score 46/1
Wicket! Abdur Razzak provided the breakthrough for Bangladesh.
The introduction of Razzak bore fruits as Kamran Akmal departed trying to sweep. It ended up with a top edge for Ziaur Rahman to take a superb catch at short fine leg.
Four runs from the over meant a brake on the Pakistan scoring rate.
Kamran Akmal c Ziaur Rahman b Abdur Razzak 9 (12b)
Arrived in the centre is skipper, Mohammad Hafeez.
Over 4 || Score 42/0
And understandably, a bowling change. Bangladesh introduced the experience Shakib Al Hasan.
Despite probing the Pakistan batsmen with variable deliveries, he ended up conceding eight runs... mainly due to a boundary of a top edge off the second delivery and a three byes the following ball.
Over 3 || Score 34/0
Some touch from Shehzad... taking on Mortaza. A big over for the batting side.
The over leaked 18 runs as the Pakistan opener launch a leather-hunt in Mirpur. Shehzad faced all the six deliveries and has managed to find the boundary three times and the last ball going for a six, towards long off.
And the run rate already crossed 11.
Over 2 || Score 16/0
The impressive Al-Amin Hossain shared the new-ball with Mortaza, started with two singles. But soon, with boundaries off the third and fifth deliveries, he ended up looking for covers.
The over produced 11 runs for Pakistan, with Ahmed Shehzad showing his class.
Over 1 || Score 5/0
Mashrafe Mortaza started the proceedings as Ahmed Shehzad played the first two balls, which were drifting towards leg, with a single coming off the second.
Kamran Akmal did enough to survived the following three balls, including the fifth one which almost nip the bails. The last ball of the over resulted in a four as Akmal dispatched the swinging delivery towards the cover boundary.
Toss: Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez won the toss and elected to bat first.
Here are the teams:
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt.), Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Ziaur Rahman, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (capt.), Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar
Mirpur: There is only one spot available from the Group 2 for the semi-finals as India have already qualified for the last-four stage of World Twenty20. And in contention are Pakistan and West Indies.
So, the focus will be on the Mohammad Hafeez-led squad. A win here against the hosts today will make things lot better for Pakistan. For Bangladesh, it`s pride at stake. They have lost all their matches in this stage so far. A win against Pakistan will be like winning the tournament for them.