Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Tigers again fail to post sizable target, finish at 136-6

Bangladesh have won the toss and decided to bat first against Pakistan in the second T20I at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.


Pakistan did not have to wait long for the first wicket. The breakthrough came in the second over when a fired-up Shaheen Afridi had Mohammad Naim nick one back to the keeper Mohammad Rizwan.

While the stadium was the same as the first T20I, the pitch used was a different one and had more grass comparatively. It meant that the pacers were expected to get more joy than they got on the flat track of the opener.

Mohammad Hasnain certainly was liking it better as he picked up his first wicket of the series, surprising Mahedi Hasan with extra bounce and getting him caught with a top edge. He could have added another, beating Tamim Iqbal with a beautiful inswinger, only for Rizwan to drop the inside edge.

The loss of wickets meant that the runs did not flow. At the end of 5 overs, Bangladesh had a mere 27 on board for the loss of two wickets.

The game also managed to attract some Pakistani players not picked for the series.

Shadab Khan had Liton Das trapped in front of the wicket in a dismissal that was given out, seemed not out from the naked out, but was eventually ruled against the batsman even after the review. The ball would have nicked the leg stump by the smallest of margins.

At the end of 10, Bangladesh were 57-3 and clearly struggling for runs and any sort of rhythm. Their only hope was that Tamim Iqbal was still there.

Tamim and young Afif Hossain formed a 45-run partnership but just when Bangladesh needed them to accelerate, Hasnain bowled an excellent 15th over and had the youngster caught at third man. With 5 overs left, the Tigers were 88-4 and in need for a late push.

That push came in the 16th over when Tamim went after Shadab, bleeding him for three boundaries and 14 runs. However, his 65-run innings came to an end in the 18th courtesy some uncharacteristically quality fielding from Pakistan. Imad Wasim ran the batter out with a direct throw.

In the end, some impressive death bowling meant that Bangladesh could only finish at 136-6 in their allotted 20 overs.


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