Lahore: In a riveting encounter marking the commencement of the Asia Cup 2023 Super Four stage, Pakistan emerged victorious, defeating Bangladesh by a commanding margin of 7 wickets.
Pakistan’s national team displayed exceptional prowess, successfully chasing down the target of 194 runs set by Bangladesh while losing just 3 wickets in the process. The star of the Pakistani innings was Mohammad Rizwan, who showcased his batting prowess by scoring an impressive 63 runs. Agha Salman provided vital support, remaining unbeaten with 12 runs. The standout performer for Pakistan has Haris Rauf, who has rightfully declared the Man of the Match for his remarkable bowling performance, securing four wickets for a mere 19 runs in 6 overs.
Pakistan’s innings kicked off with openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq taking the crease. However, the first breakthrough for Bangladesh came in the tenth over when Fakhar Zaman has adjudged lbw off Sharaful Islam after contributing 20 runs.
Captain Babar Azam’s wicket fell at a total score of 74 in the sixteenth over, with Tasin Ahmed accounting for his dismissal after he notched up 17 runs from 22 balls.
The partnership between Imam-ul-Haq and Muhammad Rizwan was pivotal, adding 85 runs to the scoreboard. However, Imam-ul-Haq has dismissed for a commendable 78 runs in the 33rd over, bringing the total to 159 runs.
Opting to bat first, the Bangladesh team encountered significant challenges as they bowled out for 193 runs in 38.4 overs. Haris Rauf shone for Pakistan with four wickets, while Naseem Shah secured three wickets. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Faheem Ashraf, and Iftikhar Ahmed each contributed with one wicket.
In a match held at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, the Bangladeshi opening pair struggled to provide a strong start. Opener Mehdi Hasan Safar and Mohammad Naeem managed 20 and 16 runs, respectively, while Tohid Hardoy has dismissed for just 2 runs.
Bangladesh’s captain, Shakib Al Hasan, displayed resilience by scoring 53 runs from 57 balls, featuring 7 fours. He formed a formidable partnership of 100 runs for the fifth wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim, who contributed 64 runs. However, following Rahim’s dismissal, the remaining batsmen struggled to make a significant impact, leading to a steady fall of wickets.
Shakibul Hasan, the captain of the Bangladesh team, won the toss and opted to bat first, expressing his determination to deliver a strong performance against Pakistan.
The captain of Pakistan’s national team, Babar Azam, emphasized that the opponents should not underestimate his team’s strength, highlighting their intent to capitalize on the home conditions. Faheem Ashraf has introduced into the squad in place of Mohammad Nawaz.
- Captain: Babar Azam
- Fakhar Zaman
- Salman Ali Agha
- Mohammad Rizwan
- Shadab Khan
- Mohammad Nawaz
- Naseem Shah
- Shaheen Shah Afridi
- Haris Rauf
- Captain: Shakib Al Hasan
- Muhammad Naeem
- Tanzeed Hasan
- Liton Das
- Tawheed Hardoy
- Mushfiqur Rahim
- Mehdi Hasan
- Mehdi Hasan Miraz
- Tasin Ahmed
- Sharaful Islam
- Mustafizur Rehman
This thrilling clash sets the stage for an action-packed Asia Cup 2023 Super Four stage, promising cricket enthusiasts more enthralling encounters in the days to come.