Hasan, Wasim star as Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 4 wickets in first T20 - GulfToday

Hasan, Wasim star as Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 4 wickets in first T20


Mohammad Nawaz (R) and Shadab Khan celebrate their win in the first T20 match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Friday. AFP

Pakistan beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the first Twenty20 international of their three-match series in Dhaka on Friday.

The visitors restricted Bangladesh to a measly 127-7 as the hosts batted first at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Fast bowler Hasan Ali picked up 3-22 and right-arm medium pacer Mohammad Wasim 2-24 for the visitors as Afif Hossain top-scored with 36 off 34 balls for Bangladesh.

The tempting target looked increasingly challenging when Pakistan slumped to 24-4 in the chase with Haider Ali and Shoaib Malik both going for ducks. But Fakhar Zaman and Khushdil Shah put them back on track with knocks of 34 runs each.

In the end, Pakistan reached 132-6 with four balls to spare, with Shadab Khan hitting a six to win the match and leave him unbeaten on 21 off 10 balls.

HasanAli Hasan Ali celebrates dismissing Mohammad Naim during the first T20 match. AFP

Earlier, Pakistan bowlers continued their good work from the ICC T20 World Cup as they claimed early wickets to restrict Bangladesh to a below-par 127/7 in 20 overs in the first match of the T20 International series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, on Friday.

Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah won the toss and elected to bat but the decision backfired as they lost Mohammad Naim on the first ball of the second over as he chased a wide one from Hasan Ali and nicked on behind to Mohammad Rizwan. Naim went for just one run with three runs on the board. That became 10/2 when Mohammad Wasim ended debutant Saif Hassan's miserable stay at the wicket with one that moved off the seam, Fakar Zaman pouching the edge at first slip.

The hosts lost their third wicket with 15 runs on the board when Najmul Hossain Shanto (7) tried to give himself room against Mohammed Wasim but ended up playing a cross-batted shot, managing to scoop up a dolly for the bowler to pouch it.

Skipper Mahmudullah was bowled by Mohammad Nawaz for six as Bangladesh batsmen continued to struggle against a bowling attack that used the conditions well. They were also guilty of playing reckless shots as they continued to lose wickets at regular intervals.

Babarout-Bangladesh Taskin Ahmed (2L) celebrates with teammates after bowling out Babar Azam. AFP

Atif Hossain top-scored for Bangladesh with 36 before he was stumped by Rizwan off Shadab Khan and when Hasan Ali claimed his second victim in the form of Nurul Hasan (28 off 2 balls, 2x6), who will be keeping the wickets in the absence of Mushfiqur Rahim, the hosts were down to 96/6 in the 17th over.

Mahedi Hasan struck two sixes and a four in his unbeaten 30 off 20 deliveries as Bangladesh managed to reach 127/7 in their allotted overs.

Hasan Ali was the most successful of the Pakistan bowlers with 3-22 while Mohammad Wasim claimed 2-24 as Pakistan set themselves up for an easy chase.

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