Pakistan has overthrown the host Bangladesh by 50 runs and signed off on the contest of the semis. The 22-year-old opener Ahmed Shehzad pitched in the maximum runs to frame the scoreboard of that side. He thrashed a victorious 111 off 62 balls in the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka on Sunday. It was his first international Twenty20 century.
Shehzad had hooked in ten boundaries and five over boundaries and forced Pakistan to grab the control of the couple. The side made 190-5 after they chose to bat.
The host side could not make a snappy comeback in the reply and they made only 140-7 and kept on falling off for the third time consecutively in the Group 2 competition of the super 10 clash.
Nevertheless, Pakistan has virtually confirmed their birth in the semifinal draw and the next and last conference match on Tuesday against West Indies will call shots if the side will keep on their campaign or non. The Bangladesh along with Australia is out of the contest now.
Shehzad has made the scene of his first international Twenty20 ton off 58 balls only in the 18 overs, though he almost got caught off by Mashrafe Mortaza, but finding himself fortunate, it was a no-ball after he slammed the previous delivery for a six. The mistake caused the host side to fail through the defeat as a Pakistan side hit 44 runs in the last two overs, with Mortaza went along with 24 runs in the penultimate over.
While batting in the opening stand Shehzad forged 31 off 43 together with Kamran Akmal, who made 9 off 27 balls.
However, the Bangladesh tried to stave off them by picking up three wickets promptly, reducing Pakistan in 71-3 by the 10th over. Two of the three wickets have been snaffled by the left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak.
Umar Akmal, who broke a winning 94 off 54 balls in the last against Australia, was got ousted by Mohammad Mahmudullah for no grade. Bangladeshi seamer Ziaur Rahman could not imprint any good bowling attack and he was thwarted badly by the Lahore guy. Shehzad stormed on him by two sixes and as many boundaries in the 13th over bowled by him, which setback 22 runs.
The only worthwhile partnership that had been cooked on the winner side is that of Shehzad with Shoaib Malik (26) for the fourth wicket, escaping the Bangladeshi batsmen.
On the other hand, Bangladesh had lost their massive wickets in just 9.1 overs, taking a hike of 47 runs only on the scoreboard. Shakib Al Hasan tried to fight, registering 32 off 38 that incorporated two sixes and two fours, before offering a top-edged catch to seamer Umar Gul in the 15th over and with the dismissal with him the fighting back of Bangladesh got ended finally.
Gul offered 30 for three in his allotted four overs and off spinner Saeed Ajmal grabbed two for 20.
India had smashed Australia in another match of the double-header later on Sunday.