Pakistan plunder Bangladesh in their own backyard.
Pakistan ran out deserved winners after a somewhat shaky start in their warm-up game at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 at Mirpur.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Pakistan found themselves in a bit of a sticky spot losing three wickets with just 58 runs on the board. Bangladeshi captain Shakib-al-Hasan’s ploy of employing spinners(Razzak and himself) in the powerplay seemed to be paying dividends. Unfortunately two things blocked their way- a good back-up bowling attack and sensible batting by youngster Ahmed Shehzad and- nearly twice his age- veteran batsman Misbah ul Haq.
They didn’t let the situation bog them down and continued playing freely and soon enough, brought up their respective centuries. They put up 152 for the 4th wicket, before Shehzad was caught off the bowling of Rubel Hossain in the 43rd over. After his departure, lusty hitting from Misbah and useful cameos by Afridi and Umar Akmal led Pakistan to a challenging 285-8 at the end of their fifty overs.
Bangladesh could not have wished for a worse start when experienced all-rounder Abdul Razzaq shattered Tamim Iqbal’s stumps off the very first ball of the Bangladeshi innings. With their most dangerous batsman out, Bangladesh would have been expected to be shaky. But no. 3 batsman Junaid Siddique was not having any of it. He came out looking positive and took the attack to the opposition from the word GO. Bangladesh looked like making a fight of it at 71-1 in just 9 overs. But with the fall of Siddique to Wahab Riaz in the tenth over, it looked like the end of Bangladesh’s fight. They never looked like getting back into the game and the spinners took a strong hold of the match. Bangladesh were bowled out for 196 in the 42nd over with 3 wickets to Razzag and two each for Md. Hafeez and Abdur Rehman.
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