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A file photo of Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad. — AFP
A file photo of Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad. — AFP

Mahmudullah, 35, Retires From Test Cricket

Mahmudullah, a veteran Bangladesh all-rounder, has announced his retirement from Tests after a 12-year career. The 35-year-old, who made his Test debut in 2009, featured in 50 Test matches, scoring 2914 runs at 33.49, including five centuries and 16 fifties, and took 43 wickets. He also captained Bangladesh for six Tests.

Mahmudullah has made it clear that he wants to continue featuring in ODIs and T20Is. © Getty
Mahmudullah has made it clear that he wants to continue featuring in ODIs and T20Is. © Getty Images.

Mahmudullah Scored His Career’s Best Unbeaten 150 In His Final 50th Test

He played his 50th Test against Zimbabwe earlier this year in July at the Harare Sports Club. It was a momentous occasion for the all-rounder as he starred in Bangladesh’s 220-run win over the hosts by hitting 150* in the first innings and was adjudged Player of the Match.

In a statement, Mahmud Ullah said: “Leaving a format of which I have been a part of for such a long time is not easy. I had always thought of going on a high and I believe this is the right time to end my Test career.”

Mahmudullah. (Photo credit BCB/Twitter)
Mahmudullah. (Photo credit BCB/Twitter)

“I want to extend my gratitude to the BCB President for supporting me when I returned to the Test team. I thank my teammates and the support staff for always encouraging me and believing in my ability. It has been an absolute honour and privilege to play Test cricket for Bangladesh and I will cherish the many memories.”

Mahmudullah, who made his Test debut in the West Indies in 2009, winds up his Test career having scored almost 3000 runs at an average of 33.49, including five centuries. He also has a five-wicket haul in Test cricket, finishing with 43 wickets.

Mahmudullah Would Continue Playing ODIs And T20Is

While the BCB were pondering if Mahmudullah’s decision was just an emotional one, the batting all-rounder has made the call official. Despite quitting Test cricket, Mahmudullah has made it clear that he wants to continue featuring in ODIs and T20Is.

“Although I am retiring from Tests, I will still be playing ODIs and T20 internationals and really looking forward to continue giving my best for my country in white ball cricket.”

Mahmudullah In Tests --- Getty Images
Mahmudullah In Tests — Getty Images

Mahmudullah, who made a comeback to the Test format earlier this year in Zimbabwe, had already informed his teammates that he won’t be extending his career in the longest format following his career-best 150* against the African nation in Bangladesh’s 220-run win. The right-hander made an unbeaten 150 — his fifth Test hundred — in his final innings and was named the player of the match.

Mahmudullah played the last of his 49 Tests in January 2020 before earning a recall against Zimbabwe in July 2021. He was subsequently left out of the series against Zimbabwe last year and against West Indies and Sri Lanka this year.

Mahmudullah made him unavailable from the upcoming Bangladesh Cricket League, the country’s lone franchise-based first-class zonal competition scheduled to be played from December 10.

His announcement came two days before Bangladesh is scheduled to take on Pakistan in the first game of a two-Test series in Chittagong. Mahmudullah, the Twenty20 captain of Bangladesh who was not selected for Pakistan Tests, promised to continue playing the other two formats.

Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shakib Al Hasan Has Been Ruled Out From Participating In At Least 1st Test Against Pakistan

Shakib Al Hasan will not be available for the opening match of the Bangladesh vs Pakistan Test series, BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin confirmed today.

In a chat, Minhajul Abedin stated that Shakib Al Hasan had not fully recovered from his hamstring injury. As a result, he will miss at least the first Test of the upcoming series against Pakistan.

Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shakib Al Hasan Ruled Out From Playing At Least 1st Test Against Pakistan

Shakib Al Hasan has played 58 Tests amassing 3933 runs averaging 39.33 runs with the bat and 215 scalps averaging 31.06 with the ball. His last Test was against Zimbabwe in July 2021. He has played only 2 Tests in 2021, none in 2020, and 1 in 2019 when he was banned for not reporting corrupt approaches.

Shakib Al Hasan played 8 matches for KKR in IPL 2021 and picked 4 scalps bowling 26 overs and managed 47 runs.

Minhajul Abedin said: “Shakib will miss the first Test, that’s for sure. He is yet to recover from injury. After assessing the physiotherapist’s report, we can say whether he will be available for the second Test.”

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Shakib Al Hasan sustained a hamstring injury while playing against West Indies in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The all-rounder missed Bangladesh’s last two matches of the Super 12 round against South Africa and Australia and was also ruled out of the home T20I series against Pakistan.

Shakib Al Hasan Played Only 1 Match During The 2019-21 WTC Cycle

Bangladesh will aim to register its first win in the ICC World Test Championship in the upcoming series against Pakistan. The Bangladeshi team failed to win a single match in the previous cycle. The team’s veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan played only one match during the 2019-21 WTC cycle, scoring 68 runs. He bowled six overs but could not pick up any wickets.

Tamim Iqbal (Image Credit: Twitter)
Tamim Iqbal (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shakib Al Hasan will look forward to recovering soon and donning the whites for Bangladesh again. The Bangladesh vs Pakistan Test series will start this Friday-26th November. Dhaka will play host to both matches of the series. With Shakib Al Hasan not playing, Pakistan has a golden chance of winning an away series in the new WTC cycle 2021-23. It will be interesting to see which Asian team comes out on top.

Meanwhile, Pakistan won the T20I series against Bangladesh in a dominating manner by 3-0 and the Test series between the teams is all set to begin from Friday in Chattogram. Opener Tamim Iqbal has also opted out of the Test series against Pakistan and New Zealand due to an injury.

Bangladesh has added uncapped duo Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Rejaur Rahman Raja to the squad. Mahmudul Hasan Joy performed really well in the National Cricket League, smashing two centuries, and Rejaur Rahman Raja picked 33 wickets in 10 first-class games.

Shahid Afridi played in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is for Pakistan.© AFP
Shahid Afridi played in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is for Pakistan.© AFP

Shahid Afridi Urged Bangladesh To Do Some “Soul Searching” After Pakistan Won 3-0 In T20Is

Shahid Afridi slammed Bangladesh and urged them to do some “soul searching” if they want to succeed in global cricket. Former Pakistan dashing batsman Shahid Afridi was not pleased with the pitches in Bangladesh despite his country completing a clean sweep in the three-match T20I series.

The destructive opener batter slammed the visiting country and urged them to do “some soul searching” if they want to succeed in global cricket.

Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shahid Afridi Criticizes Bangladesh Pitches Saying Bangladesh Really Needs To Do Some Soul Searching

Cricket experts have heavily criticized Bangladesh cricket for making sluggish pitches during the recent tours of New Zealand and Australia to the country. Notably, ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, Bangladesh put up a great show by defeating both Australia and New Zealand in the bilateral T20I series at home.

However, Ban played horribly in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and lost all 5 Super12 stage games. On the other hand, New Zealand and Australia made it to the final of the T20 World Cup 2021, and the latter won their first-ever T20 World Cup title.

Bangladesh (AFP Photo)
Bangladesh (AFP Photo)

Shahid Afridi made the comments on Twitter, where he wrote: “Bangladesh really needs to do some soul searching, do they want to win on such pitches and give ordinary performances abroad and in World Cups? They have great talent and passion for the game but desperately need better pitches if they want to progress.”

Shahid Afridi’s comments came moments after the conclusion of the third and final T20I between both sides, which saw the contest go right to the final delivery of the match.  Meanwhile, after putting a strong show in the recently-concluded T20 World Cup, the Babar Azam-led Pakistan unit continued their impressive run in the shorter format.

Bangladesh Lost The 3 Match T20I Series 3-0

Bangladesh, who won the toss and decided to bat first in the third T20I, posted a paltry 124/7 in 20 overs, but a slow approach saw Pakistan require eight runs in the final over. Mohammad Naim top-scored for the hosts with 47 runs while Shamim Hossain and Afif Hossain contributed with 22 and 20 runs, respectively, while the rest failed to fire yet again. Mohammad Wasim and Usman Qadir picked up two wickets each for Pakistan, while debutant pacer Shahnawaz Dahani and Haris Rauf grabbed one each.

Captain Mahmudullah came on to bowl his only over of the day and dismissed Sarfaraz Ahmed and Haider Ali in consecutive deliveries before Iftikhar Ahmed smashed a huge six off the fourth ball, denying him a hat-trick.  With two runs needed off two balls, Iftikhar Ahmed went for glory but ended up being caught for six at backward point.

New batsman Mohammad Nawaz then hit a four through extra cover to take Pakistan home. Mahmudullah, who finished with 3/10, rued their total earlier with the bat.

Mohammad Nawaz hit a last-ball boundary to seal Pakistan's victory AFP/Getty Images
Mohammad Nawaz hit a last-ball boundary to seal Pakistan’s victory AFP/Getty Images.

Bangladesh faced a 3-0 series defeat against Pakistan at home, and after the defeat in the third and final T20I Shahid Afridi came up with a Tweet stating that Bangladesh needs to do some “soul searching” if they want to give good performances in away games as well as global tournaments. All three T20Is were low-scoring affairs, with visitors Pakistan claiming the three-match rubber 3-0.

3rd T20I: Pakistan 127 for 5 (Haider 45, Rizwan 40, Mahmudullah 3-10) beat Bangladesh 124 for 7 (Naim 47, Wasim 2-15, Qadir 2-35) by five wickets

Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP

Inzamam-ul-Haq Slams Bangladesh For Its Unsuccessful Overseas Record

Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former Pakistani skipper, has come down hard on the Bangladesh cricket team over their unsuccessful results away from home.

The 51-year old has opined that Bangladesh’s away performances are still similar to what they used to be 15 years ago. Inzamam-ul-Haq feels Bangladesh has harmed its own chances of competing abroad by making slow pitches in its own turf in Bangladesh.

Inzamam-ul-Haq JEWEL SAMAD / AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq JEWEL SAMAD / AFP

Inzamam-ul-Haq: Bangladesh’s Away Performances Are Like 15 Years Back

Following Pakistan’s win against Bangladesh in the first T20I, he posted a video on his official YouTube channel, ‘Inzamam-ul-Haq The Match Winner’.  In his video, Inzamam-ul-Haq slammed Bangladesh and lamented that they haven’t learned much from their poor T20 World Cup 2021 campaign. He feels that apart from winning an odd ODI away from home, the Bangladeshi team has not done well on foreign turf.

“I thought Bangladesh would’ve learnt something from their poor World Cup performances. That maybe they will make better pitches or play better cricket. They’ve been playing cricket for the last 15-20 years and their away performances are just like it used to be 15 years back. It’s like winning an odd ODI once in a blue moon and nothing else,” said Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Bangladesh shocked the cricketing world by defeating Australia 4-1 and New Zealand 3-2 prior to the 2021 T20I World Cup, but it came on their own turf, but overseas, they have only beaten minnows Zimbabwe, Ireland, and inconsistent West Indies in the T20I bilateral series.

Bangladesh (AFP Photo)
Bangladesh (AFP Photo)

The Tigers were one of the poorest teams during the recent T20 World Cup in the UAE, losing all their matches in the Super 12s. Low bounce and sluggish surfaces have become synonymous with Bangladeshi pitches. Teams like Australia and New Zealand have found it extremely difficult to survive on these kinds of surfaces.

Inzamam-ul-Haq: As Soon As Bangladesh Plays Outside They Seem Desolated

In his review, the former Pakistani cricketer pointed out that they seem’ desolated’ whenever Bangladesh plays outside their country. He added that by making ‘pathetic pitches’, they are preventing the development of their own cricketers.

Inzamam-ul-Haq said: “It was a typical match (1st T20I between Bangladesh and Pakistan) in Bangladeshi conditions. We’ve seen this over the years. Teams like Australia and other found it extremely difficult to win in Bangladesh. But as soon as Bangladesh plays outside of their country, they seem desolated.”

“They were nowhere to be seen in the recent World Cup. And this is because they make absolutely pathetic pitches in their country. They don’t even give their players a chance to groom and feel satisfied just by winning matches in Bangladesh. I’m extremely disappointed to see this,” Inzamam concluded.

After winning the first T20I by four wickets, Pakistan will look to clinch the series when the two teams meet in Dhaka for the second T20I later today (November 20).

Bangladesh will have a lot to ponder about after the loss in the first game but do not have too much time as they face Pakistan less than 24 hours after the first game. With several new faces in the squad after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Bangladesh put up a tremendous fight but will be ruing the missed opportunity, having had Pakistan’s backs against the walls at 24/4 chasing 128.

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali. Pic: Getty Images
Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali. Pic: Getty Images

Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, and Mahedi Hasan were the only three batters to reach double figures, with the latter two providing some late impetus to put a target of 128 for Pakistan to chase down. Hasan Ali put the disappointing World Cup semi-final showing behind him and returned with figures of 3/22 in four overs.

Like Bangladesh, Pakistan too faltered early, losing four wickets in the fielding restrictions. However, Fakhar Zaman and Khushdil Shah, who scored 34 each, strung together a game-changing 56-run partnership before Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz put on a show for the crowd in Dhaka with an unbeaten 36-run stand in just 15 balls to take Pakistan home and give them a 1-0 series lead.

Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad once again chose to bat first after winning the toss against Pakistan, in the second T20I in Dhaka. The home side didn’t make any changes, while Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi replaced Hasan Ali.

Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. - AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. - AFP

Mushfiqur Rahim’s Axe From Pakistan T20Is Is Entirely Team Management’s Decision: Mahmudullah Riyad

Mahmudullah Riyad, Bangladesh captain, recently addressed questions about Mushfiqur Rahum’s exclusion from the home T20 series against Pakistan. Mahmudullah Riyad revealed he did not influence Mushfiqur Rahim’s omission from the squad and that Bangladesh would miss him.

Mushfiqur Rahim was a notable miss from the squad for the three-match T20 series, which began on November 19. However, the selectors have justified their decision by revealing they have rested the veteran. Chief selector Minhajul Abedin said they decided to do so, considering the team’s busy schedule ahead.

Mushfiqur Rahim. (Image Credits: Getty)
Mushfiqur Rahim. (Image Credits: Getty)

Mahmudullah Riyad: Mushfiqur Rahim’s Axe From Pakistan T20Is Is Entirely Team Management’s Decision

When asked, Mahmudullah Riyad revealed he is unaware of the selectors’ decision behind Mushfiqur Rahim’s omission. Citing the decision solely of the management, the 35-year-old stated that it would be better if the team management is asked for their opinions.

“If you ask the team management, it will be better. I am not sure what Mushfiqur said and can only say something after seeing it. This decision (excluding Mushfiqur from T20) is entirely of the team management and I am not ready to say anything in this regard, but all I can say is that we will miss Mushfiqur in the series.”

Mahmudullah Riyad. (Image Credits: Getty)
Mahmudullah Riyad. (Image Credits: Getty).

Mushfiqur Rahim had a forgettable T20 World Cup campaign in the UAE, managing only 144 runs in eight matches at 20.57. However, Bangladesh’s winless Super 12 run in the tournament is said to have prompted the selectors to revamp the squad and name plenty of youngsters.

Bangladesh Cricket Board has served Mushfiqur Rahim a show-cause notice after the veteran wicketkeeper’s outburst following his omission from the Pakistan T20I series. The selectors had said that the Bogra-born cricketer was rested, considering the four Tests against Pakistan and New Zealand that are part of the 2021-23 World Test Championship cycle.

Mushfiqur Rahim didn’t have the best of campaigns in the T20 World Cup 2021, after which he was sidelined. The veteran had poor outings even in Bangladesh’s bilateral home series prior to the multi-nation mega event in Oman and the UAE. He will now have to attend a hearing where he might be asked to put forth an explanation behind his reaction. Mushfiqur Rahim averages a mere 19.8 in 99 T20Is, managing only 1465 runs since his debut in 2006.

Mahmudullah Riyad Will Continue As Bangladesh Skipper If Board Thinks He’s Good Enough For The Role; Pakistan Wins 1st T20I

Mahmudullah Riyad also opened up on his captaincy position, which has come under scrutiny following an underwhelming World Cup campaign.

He said: “It is totally the team management or board’s decision. I am not too worried about it. I will continue if they think I am good enough. If I have to say about my position (as the captain), then I will have to say a lot of things and I don’t want to say it here.”

The three-match T20 series against Pakistan starts on Friday, with all three contests set to be hosted by Dhaka. The two sides will also play a couple of Tests following the T20Is.

Pakistan recovered from early blows to beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the first T20 international at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. After being reduced to 24/4, Khushdil Shah’s knock of 34 helped Pakistan rally from the early blows and pipped the hosts to victory. Earlier in the day, Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad won the toss and decided to bat first.

Khushdil Shah played a key knock of 34 as Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 4 wickets in the 1st T20I.© AFP
Khushdil Shah played a key knock of 34 as Pakistan beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the 1st T20I.© AFP

Hasan Ali, whose dropped catch cost Pakistan dearly in the T20 World Cup semi-final, was the pick of the bowlers as he took three wickets. Mohammad Wasim Jr picked up two wickets as the hosts could only manage to reach 127/7 in their allotted 20 overs. Afif Hossain top-scored with 36 runs.

Abu Jayed, Bangladesh, Pakistan
Abu Jayed. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Watch: Abu Jayed Loses Wicket in a Comical Way Against Pakistan

Cricket fans witnessed the worst run out of 2020 in the ongoing Test series between Bangladesh and Pakistan. While playing the Test at Rawalpindi, Bangladesh cricketer Abu Jayed funnily lost his wicket whereas, it will be apt to say bizarrely.

In the first innings, Pakistan bowlers created the pressure on the visitors as the Tigers were skittled out for 233 runs in 82.5 overs.

The youngster Shaheen Afridi picked a four-wicket haul while Mohammed Abbas and Haris Sohail picked two wickets each. All in all, the most dramatic fall of the wicket came in the form of Mohammed Abu Jayed.

Abu Jayed, pakistan cricket, Bangladesh
Abu Jayed

During the 83rd over, Bangladesh batter Jayed on the striker’s end has played the ball of Shaheen Afridi to mid-wicket region. In response, Abbas, at the mid-wicket, aimed the ball at striker’s end when the ball rolled onto the stumps.

Jayed, who had a brain fade while being clueless where he is standing. Thus, in an attempt to ground his bat, he fell well short of the crease by some distance and the ball dislodged the stumps.

With Jayed’s wicket, Bangladesh’s innings also ended.

Talking about Bangladesh batting, opener Tamim Iqbal and Saif Hassan lost their wickets early. While the middle-order contributed but could not put a big score on the board.

The likes of Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah Riyad, Taijul Islam, Liton Das, Mohammad Mithun, and Najmal Hossain got starts but couldn’t extend their innings in the middle.

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Earlier, the Tigers have lost the three-match T20I series against Pakistan 2-0.

On the other hand, Pakistan won the first series after the World Cup 2019 failure.

Azhar Ali-led side would like to register the win in the Test series as well to increase their points in the ICC World Test Championship 2019-20.

Meanwhile, the second and final Test, along with a solitary ODI, will be played after the next edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020.

Kamran Akmal, Pakistan, Pakistan Selectors
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Out-of-Favour Kamran Akmal Lashes Out at Selectors Following Pakistan Snub

Pakistan cricketer Kamran Akmal has lambasted Pakistan selectors for ignoring him for the ongoing Bangladesh T20I series. He has been a constant run-scorer n the domestic circuit. However, he is yet to earn the place back in the national side.

The 38-year-old had a prolific performance in the prestigious Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019-20, where he amassed a total of 906 runs in 11 matches at a stellar average of 60.40. He ended up as the second-highest run-getter in the competition. Also, in the Pakistan Super League 2019, he amassed 357 runs from 13 games.

The wicket-keeper batsman last featured with the Pakistan national cricket team in 2017 against the West Indies.

Akmal missed out from the team because of the average show. Since then he is sweating it out in the domestic fold to get the eyes of selectors.

Kamran Akmal, PCB
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Kamran Akmal frustrated with Pakistan selectors:

Akmal vents his frustration on selectors after the veterans Mohammed Hafeez and Shoaib Malik were called back in the national side for the Bangladesh T20I series.

Akmal expressed that his patience has been tested too much and now he wants an answer on his snub.

“I don’t lose heart but there is a limit. It’s been 5 years, you have brought a new system which will have the best quality, best talent and whoever performs will automatically be considered,” Akmal told Pakistan news channel AAP

Kamran Akaml, Pakistan cricket board
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The aggressive right-handed batsman even questioned whether he should play in India or Australia to grab the eyeballs of Pakistan selectors.

“Should I go and perform in India or Australia to be considered? I am Pakistan’s player, I have been performing for 5 years, how much should I tolerate it? Should I go to the Prime Minister and say this is my performance for 5 years?” said the veteran.

Meanwhile, Pakistan registered the victory in the first T20I match against Bangladesh by five wickets in Lahore. In the competitive game, Shoaib Malik scored unbeaten 58 runs to see the Men in Green home in the three-match T20I series.


2017 Champions Trophy : Soumya Sarkar Wants To ‘Play Perfect Game’ For Bangladesh

ICC Champions Trophy will start with England locking horns with Bangladesh starting from 1st June.

With Bangladesh already losing against Pakistan in the warm-up game, the team is looking forward to performing their best on the main platform.


Opting to bat, Bangladesh took off well with Tamim and Soumya Sarkar. Tamim struck fantastic 142 run partnership with Kyes (61) to put up a big total. The entire Bangladeshi middle order fired which helped them put up a big total on the board. Junaid Khan was expensive but he also managed to clinch four wickets for Pakistan with Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan also picking two scalps each.
Sarkar has blamed the windy weather of England for their dismal fielding performance in the warm-up match against Pakistan. They lost by two wickets. The defeat came mostly because of too many missed catches. Earlier, Bangladesh had also missed many catches in the last match of tri-nation series against New Zealand, though the issue had got overshadowed because of Bangladesh’s eventual victory.

“Actually this is happening because of the weather. No one plays bad deliberately. Mistakes happen. And I think the condition and weather also played a big part. The weather was very windy, it was breezing sharply at times which made things difficult for us. But I think we will be able to adjust with the condition in next few days,” said Soumya.

Acknowledging their mistakes in the previous matches, Soumya said they will minimise the errors in the tournament proper.

“Yes, we have done a string of mistakes. We missed catches, we leaked runs in the death overs, and we couldn’t capitalise and make big scores despite starting well. These are the things we have noted and currently working on. I don’t think you will see us repeating these mistakes again in the Champions Trophy. We will try to play our perfect game.”

Sarkar was included in the squad for Bangladesh’s home series against Zimbabwe and made his debut in the final ODI in December 2014. Although he did not get to a bowl, he scored 20 off 18 balls at the No.3 position. He was subsequently named in the 2015 World Cup squad.

Bangladesh will play their last game against India on 30th before taking on England.

Pakistan win by 55 runs
Pakistan win by 55 runs

ICC World T20 2016: Five turning points of Pakistan v Bangladesh

Pakistan started their ICC World T20 tournament off to a great start by beating Bangladesh by 55 runs at Eden Gardens earlier today. It was a dominating performance by Pakistan who outplayed Bangladesh in all departments. Pakistan posted a big total of 201 runs and Bangladesh was restricted to 146. Here we look at the five turning points of Pakistan versus Bangladesh match.

  1. Openers getting the team off to flying start

Pakistan won the toss and choose to bat on a good batting pitch. The openers Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad got the team off to a flying start. In the first over Bangladesh only gave six runs. Al-Amin bowled the second over and Sharjeel Khan was severe with stroke play. He hit 2 sixes and 1 four in that over. Pakistan had made a quick-fire start to the team scoring 25 off the first 2 over’s. In the next over Sharjeel Khan tried to play another big shot but was dismissed by Sunny. He was dismissed for 18 off 10 balls.

  1. Ahmed Shehzad and Hafeez laying a good foundation

After the loss of Sharjeel Khan wicket, Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad laid the foundation for the Pakistan team. Hafeez and Shehzad played excellent cricketing shots hitting fours and sixes putting the pressure on the Bangladesh bowling attack. Both of these players attacked the Bangladesh bowling and never allowed them to settle in a particular line and length. Ahmed Shehzad really provided the foundation for other batsmen to score more runs. Both of them put on 95 runs in 68 balls. Before Ahmed Shehzad was dismissed for 52, Pakistan were in good position at 117 for 1 in 13 over’s.

  1. Shahid Afridi quick fire 49 off 19 balls

Afridi the captain of the side came at number 4 and started to hit the balls right from the start. He played a captain’s knock and smashed Mortaza for 2 fours and 1 six. He smashed the Bangladesh bowlers to all parts of the ground. After losing the wicket of Hafeez, Afridi took the charge and smashed Bangladesh bowlers. Afridi looking to hit half century was dismissed for 49 off Al-Amin bowling. He smashed four fours and four sixes which helped Pakistan to post a competitive total of 201.

  1. Shahid Afridi contribution as a bowler

Shahid Afridi impressed with his bowling. Defending a target of 202, Shahid Afridi brought himself on in the 5th over but went for 11 runs and also picked up the wicket of Shabbir Rahman with a quicker delivery. After that, Shahid Afridi picked the wicket of Tamim Iqbal which almost sealed the match for Pakistan team. Shahid Afridi kept the pressure on the Bangladesh batting line-up and did not allow the batsmen to hit big strokes. In his four over’s Afridi gave away 27 runs and picked 2 wickets also. For this performance, he was named the man of the match.

  1. Controlled bowling by other Pakistan bowlers

The other Pakistan bowlers did an excellent job for the team. Mohammad Aamir started the innings with a wicket in very first over. Apart from this, Mohammad Irfan, Imad Wasim, Riaz and Malik all bowled well. All the bowlers did not allow the Bangladesh batsmen to score runs with ease which made life tough for Bangladesh batsmen. The Pakistan bowlers restricted Bangladesh to 146 for 6 and won the match by 55 runs which will give them confidence ahead of their match against India.

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ICC WT20: Bangladesh vs Pakistan – Match in numbers

Pakistan began their WT20 2016 journey with a comfortable victory against Bangladesh in the Group 2 encounter of Super 10 stage. After winning the toss, Pakistan decided to bat first at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. With a good performance from the top-order batsmen, Pakistan made 201/5 in 20 overs.

In reply, Bangladesh only managed 146/6 in 20 overs, as a result, Pakistan claimed victory by 55 runs. Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi received man of the match award for his outstanding all-round performance (49, 2/27).

Below, are the statistical highlights of the game between Bangladesh vs Pakistan:

  1. It (201) is the highest total for Pakistan in WT20. The previous highest total for Pakistan in WT20 was 191 runs (twice) against Australia in Gros Islet (2010) and Dhaka (2014). Also, it was the 2nd best total score for Pakistan in T20I. The highest T20I score for Pakistan was 203/5 at Karachi (2008).
  2. Pakistan won the match by 55 runs, which is their 2nd highest margin of win in WT20 in terms of runs. The highest margin of win for Pakistan in WT20 earlier is 82 runs against Netherlands at Lord’s in 2009.
  3. Bangladesh batsman Shakib Al Hasan became the 2nd Bangladesh cricketer to complete 1,000 runs in T20I.
  4. Bangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman has already scored over 400 runs in T20Is in this year. He became the 1st Bangladeshi cricketer and 9th overall cricketer to score 400 or more than 400 runs in T20Is in a calendar year.
  5. Pakistan scored 55 runs in the power-play which is the most runs for Pakistan at power-play in a T20I match in 2016. It was also the second-best power-play score for Pakistan since the end of WT20 2014.
  6. Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has become the second most wicket-taker in WT20 with 37 wickets after dismissing Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal. He is just behind 1 wicket from Lasith Malinga (38 wickets), who is currently on the top of the most wicket-taker list in WT20.