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Imam keeps fighting as Pakistan slumps

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27th September, 2018 01:11:16 printer

Imam keeps fighting as Pakistan slumps

Pakistan has already lost five wickets before scoring 100 against Bangladesh in the must-win match for the both side in Super Four round in Asia Cup at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

 

Opener Imamul Haq is battling to chase a moderate 240-run target after losing three early wickets of Fakhar Zaman (1), Babar Azam (1) and Sarfraz Ahmed (10) in just 18 runs.

 

Later, Shoaib Malik came into bat and had a 67-run stand with Imam before dismissed by Rubel Hossain.

 

After Malik’s dismissal, Imam is fighting along with Asif Ali.

 

After end of 38th over 159 runs were scored. Imam was on 78 off 97 balls while Asif was batting on 29 off 43 balls.

 

Cutter master Mustafizur Rahman took two wickets of Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed. Mehidy Hasan, who gave the first breakthrough for the Bangdesh side by sending out Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman.

 

Later, Rubel Hossain picked up Pakistan’s most consistence and experienced batsman Shoeb Malik and Soumya Sarkar returned Shadab Khan.

 

Earlier, Bangladeshi batsmen made total of 239 runs losing all wickets after a batting disaster (3 for 12) after they won the toss and opted to bat at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

 

Then, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun stood strong and steered Bangladesh to 239.

 

Mushfiqur Rahim was out on 99 off 116, missing a century by one run while Mohammad Mithun notched a half century 60 off 84.

 

The Mushfiq-Mithun stand added an invaluable 144 for the fourth wicket.

 

Left-arm paceman Junaid Khan, who replaced Mohammad Amir in the squad, had jolted Bangladesh at the start, dismissing Liton Das (six), Soumya Sarkar (0) and Mominul Haque (five) to reduce them to 12-3.

 

Junaid finished with 4-19 in his nine incisive overs.

 

Rahim hit nine boundaries before he was caught behind with just one needed for a second hundred in the tournament, following his 144 against Sri Lanka in the first round.

 

It was sheer bad luck that he fell in the 42nd over, caught behind off paceman Shaheen Shah who finished with 2-47. Rahim became the first Bangladeshi batsman to be dismissed for 99 in one-day cricket.

 

Mithun, who added 134 with Rahim against Sri Lanka, hit four boundaries in his 84-ball innings.

 

The winner of this match will meet defending champions India in Friday's final in Dubai.

 

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imamul Haq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wk), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi

 

Bangladesh: Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mominul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.


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