Pakistan kickoff WT20 campaign with massive win 55

2016-03-16 08:29:21 | m usman @ almuslim.com.au
Pakistan kickoff WT20 campaign with massive win 55

 

Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi, after playing a breezy cameo of 49 off just 19 balls, and pacer Mohammad Amir grabbed two wickets giving away only 27 runs each. Irfan and Imad Wasim also took one wicket apiece.

Shakib Al Hasan remained unbeaten on 50 off 40 deliveries. Tamim Iqbal 24 and Sabbir Rahman 25 were other notable contributors for Bangladesh.

Opting to bat first, Pakistan lost opener Sharjeel Khan (18) cheaply but Hafeez (64) and Shehzad (52) added 95 runs to lay the foundation to propel their team to 201-5 in a Group 2 super 10 stage match.

Afridi promoted himself up the batting order to number four and clobbered four sixes in his blistering 19-ball innings before falling in the final over only one short of the half-century that could have been his first in four years.

Bangladesh´s left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny, who was reported for a suspect bowling action earlier in the tournament, claimed 2-34 but it was otherwise a forgettable outing for their bowling attack.

Earlier, Pakistan captain Afridi won the toss and opted to bat first. "We are struggling with our batting, so we are going with six genuine batsmen and two all-rounders," Afridi had said at the toss.

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