World T20 Highlights: Pakistan Defeat to Bangladesh by 55 Runs in 1st Match
Pakistan begin World Cup battle with thrashing win over Bangladesh by 55 runs at Eden Garden, Kolkata in which Green Shirts gave target of 202 included two fifties and restricted to Bengal Tigers on just 146/6, Afridi got man of the match.
Over confident Bangladesh lost opening contest against Pakistan by 55 runs in result of fantastic batting figures, after winning the toss, Green camp selected to batting first and set such a big target of 202 runs that is the 2nd highest team total in T20 format in which best double figures innings by Ahmed Shehzad 52, Mohammad Hafeez 64 and fastest 49 of just 19 balls introduced by Boom Boom Shahid khan Afridi.
Opening pair Sharjeel Khan and Shehzad seem to big partnership but after two massive sixes left handed batsman stump out after that former T20 skipper Hafeez has not far behind and scored 9th fifty and bowled on 64 by facing 42 deliveries in which he struck 2 sixes and 7 fours also stitch best 95 runs 2nd wicket partnership along with Shehzad.
After going, big entry made by Captain and T20 specialist Shahid Khan Afridi and introduced most entertaining colorful innings 49 runs on just 19 balls by 4 flying sixes and same number of fours and set target of 202 runs on loss of 5 wickets.
Bangladeshi bowlers did not control the strike of Pakistani batting line up after taking one early wicket of Sharjeel Khan they fail to stop other batsmen.
In bowling department, young fast bowler Taskin Ahmed stays with 2 for 32, Spinner Arafat Sunny 2 for 34 Sabbir Rahman took single wicket for 11.
In reply, Bengal Tigers did not make stay long on wicket in front of Pakistani fast bowling attack most sensational player Soumya Sarkar dismissed in first over bowled by Mohammad Amir, experienced Tamim Iqbal smacked 2 sixes but catch out on 24 by playing 40 deliveries, right handed Sabbir Rahman does not keep his aggression got out on 25 with 5 fours.
Only one batsman Shakib Al Hasan played well by getting not out 50, wicket keeper Mushfiqur Rahim also proved negligence by maki8ng just 18 runs.
Pakistan always seems good in bowling profession, Amir got 2 for 27, and Mohammad Irfan stays with 1 for 30. Skipper Shahid Khan Afridi proved his class by showing all rounder jobs with getting 2 important wickets for 27 runs and prevailed man of the match.