DHAKA: Ahmed Shehzad broke an unbeaten 111 off 62 balls as Pakistan thrashed hosts Bangladesh by 50 runs to stay on course for the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 opener in Dhaka on Sunday. Bangladesh ran only 140-7 in reply in front of a sell-out home crowd of 25,000 at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium to support their third consecutive defeat in group II of the Super-10s.
Shehzad, who worked over his hundred off 58 balls in the 18th over, was caught off a Mashrafe Mortaza no- globe in the 19th after hitting the previous ball for a half a half six. Shehzad gave the innings a boost by smashing two sixes and as many boundaries in the 13th over bowled by seamer Ziaur Rahman, which cost 22 runs.
Shehzad put on 83 for the fourth wicket with Shoaib Malik (26) in the only substantial partnership of the innings, a lesson that escaped the Bangladesh batsmen. The hosts, appearing for a bright start, lost four top-order wickets within 9.1 overs with only 47 runs on the instrument panel.
With both Bangladesh and Australia out of the airstream, the victor of the group’s last league match on Tuesday between Pakistan and the West Indies will join India from the group in the final-four.