Shafiul strikes early
Pacer Shafiul Islam gave Bangladesh an early breakthrough when he handed Pakistan skipper Babar Azam his first duck in Twenty20 internationals in the first match of the three-match series in Lahore. Babar tried to play his trademark cover drive in the second delivery of their innings. But the ball took a faint inside-edge and wicketkeeper Liton Das took a good low catch to complete the dismissal. Babar, however, wasn’t convinced that he edged the ball and reviewed the decision. But the third umpire upheld the original decision to give the Tigers some early hope.
Malik gets second life
Shoaib Malik was the hero for Pakistan with an unbeaten 58-run innings, but the scenario could have been much different, had replacement fielder Nazmul Hossain held onto a difficult chance at long off at a critical juncture of the game. In the third ball of the 18th over, with Pakistan needing 17 off 16 balls, Malik tried to hoist Mustafizur Rahman straight down the ground. Nazmul came running alongside the boundary rope and made a diving effort to grab the ball, but couldn’t hold onto the chance. The ball ended up going for a four and Bangladesh lost a golden chance to crawl back into the contest.
Mithun drops sitter
The last ball of the match summed up the entire contest for both the sides where Pakistan kept giving Bangladesh chances to get back into the contest but Bangladesh continuously squandered every opportunity. Pakistan needed just two runs off four balls when Mohammad Rizwan tried to hit Soumya Sarkar for a six only to mistime the ball straight to Mohammad Mithun at deep mid-wicket. But Mithun made a mess of the simple catch, ending any chance of late drama in the contest.
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