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Asia Cup, 1st Match: Pakistan 262/8 (50 ov) vs Bangladesh 241 (48.1 ov) Pakistan won by 21 runs at Dhaka, Mar 11, 2012

Pakistan built, nearly self-destructed and counter-attacked with the bat. Bangladesh built, nearly self-destructed and counter-attacked with the bat. Pakistan’s base was strong enough to weather the near-self-destruction. Their counter-attack proved sharper in the end as they stopped hosts Bangladesh short of what would have been their highest successful chase at home.

Bangladesh produced most of the unexpected passages in the game. They reduced Pakistan to 198 for 7 from 135 for 0. They recovered from 135 for 5 to become the favourites towards the closing stages of the game. But when it came to the critical moments which decided the match, Pakistan proved superior.

Umar Gul smashed his highest ODI score of 39 from 25 deliveries to convert 198 for 7 into 262 for 8. With Bangladesh requiring 39 off 40 with five wickets in hand, Gul and Saeed Ajmal took 5 for 17 between them to ensure that Shakib Al Hasan’s heroic innings ended in frustration and disappointment.

Shahid Afridi raises his hand after dismissing Jahurul Islam, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 11, 2012©AFP

Shahid Afridi raises his hand after dismissing Jahurul Islam, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 11, 2012©AFP

Umar Gul celebrates Nasir Hossain's wicket as Shakib Al Hasan watches, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 11, 2012

Umar Gul celebrates Nasir Hossain's wicket as Shakib Al Hasan watches, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 11, 2012

Mohammad Hafeez is congratulated on dismissing Mahmudullah, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 11, 2012

Mohammad Hafeez is congratulated on dismissing Mahmudullah, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 11, 2012

Shakib had induced the Pakistan batting collapse, along with Shahadat Hossain. Like a fighter who has resolutely accepted the fact that he will always have to battle more than his fellow soldiers, he brought his side back into contention after they threatened to implode in the chase.

Young Nasir Hossain matched his former captain stroke for stroke in an 89-run sixth-wicket partnership at a run a ball. Shakib drove, Nasir pulled, Shakib slashed, Nasir pulled harder, and Bangladesh hoped.

When Nasir took consecutive fours off Gul in the 44th over, Bangladesh seemed to have moved decisively in front. Gul is made of sterner stuff, though. He found nip off the pitch and movement in the air with a 21-over old ball and bowled Nasir for 47. Ajmal, who had gone for 11 in the previous over, stepped in now.

With the asking-rate under six, Abdur Razzak decided to slog at a full delivery only to get bowled. Mashrafe Mortaza saw the flight but did not read the doosra. Bowled again. Shafiul Islam had two deliveries to keep out in the next over, the 46th. Gul hurled in the inswinging yorker first up. Gone leg-before.

A shocked Shakib steadied himself and squeezed the first ball of the next over, bowled by Ajmal, for four past point. With last man Shahadat at the other end, Shakib was forced to play out most of the over to keep strike for the 48th.

He tried to take two off the the first ball of the 48th but managed one. Shahadat blocked out the next five. The equation had rocketed to 22 off 12 by now. Shakib had no choice. He tried to slog Gul but only managed to play on. Game over.

Gul had earlier rescued Pakistan with the bat after they lost 7 for 63. He showed that his ODI batting average of 9.28 did not reflect his flicking and pulling capabilities. He savaged Mortaza for 16 runs in the 49th over, hitting the bowler for three consecutive boundaries in his lone counterattack.

Pakistan’s innings could be summed up as accumulation, panic and aggression. After Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed put on 135, Shahadat and Shakib brought Bangladesh back with a flurry of wickets before Gul hit back.

 

Nasir Jamshed bats on his return to the Pakistan team, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 11, 2012©AFP

Nasir Jamshed bats on his return to the Pakistan team, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 11, 2012©AFP

Shakib Al Hasan works one away behind square, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 11, 2012

Shakib Al Hasan works one away behind square, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 11, 2012

Mushfiqur Rahim attempts to run out Mohammad Hafeez, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 11, 2012

Mushfiqur Rahim attempts to run out Mohammad Hafeez, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 11, 2012

Pakistan would have never thought that they would need Gul to bail them out after the start given by Hafeez and Jamshed. Hafeez put his lean run against England behind him with a patient knock – his first fifty in ODIs in four months – and along with his latest opening partner, Jamshed, gave Pakistan a strong start to their Asia Cup campaign. Jamshed justified his selection ahead of Azhar Ali with a busy innings that afforded Hafeez the space to overcome his scratchy beginning. Shakib apart, Bangladesh’s attack was steady at best and allowed Hafeez to work himself into some form.

As Hafeez and Jamshed brought up their fifties, Bangladesh’s decision to bowl on the flat pitch seemed set to hurt them further, until Jamshed’s slow response to a call for a single gave them an opening. Bangladesh barged into it whole-heartedly as Pakistan’s batting crumbled without warning or justification.

Younis Khan succumbed to a leading edge off Shahadat after playing his flick early. Shahadat, who had been average till then, immediately found some menace and produced two sharp bouncers to lure Hafeez and Asad Shafiq into fatal pulls.

Umar Akmal, never one to change his hit-everything style, slog swept his wicket away to Shakib, who was to get more reward for being the bowler who troubled Pakistan the most. Shahid Afridi did not get the time to display his brand of hit-everything, as he bunted a return catch to Shakib first ball.

Drama has a way of somehow squeezing itself into everything Afridi is involved in. Shakib fumbled the catch on the first attempt, prevented the ball from touching the ground on the second, lobbed it up into Misbah-ul-Haq’s helmet and still had enough balance left to take the rebound on the third attempt. Misbah himself did not get the opportunity to use his crisis-recovery skills as he was soon bowled through the gate. Bangladesh were on top at that stage but would not have accounted for Gul the batsman.

Afridi had lasted one delivery with the bat but struck in successive overs to leave the new cautious avatar of Tamim Iqbal and the Bangladesh middle order with a climbing asking-rate. The hosts’ chase was on course at 90 for 1 in the 21st over when Afridi bowled Jahurul Islam and Mushfiqur Rahim in the space of five deliveries. Till Afridi’s strikes, Bangladesh had gone about the chase with unusual calm. With Tamim clearly looking to anchor the innings, Nazimuddin and Jahurul did the attacking.

Both batsmen were well-set when they gave away their wickets. Nazimuddin slashed a wide delivery to third man while Jahurul was bowled as he missed a slog off a flighted Afridi delivery. Afridi dealt a bigger blow to Bangladesh when he bowled Rahim who tried to cut his faster one.

At the other end, Tamim went on accumulating serenely, finding the boundary every now and then to keep the required-rate in check. He got to his fifty off his 75th delivery, but Hafeez further dented Bangladesh with a double strike. Tamim dinked an innocuous delivery onto his stumps, and Mahmudullah was adjudged leg-before first ball, though replays showed the ball would have missed leg stump.

At 135 for 5, Bangladesh were staring at a familiar ending, but Shakib was determined to swim against the tide. His misfortune was that, in the end, he was the only one with that resolve.

Asia Cup Bangladesh v Pakistan Full Score Card

Pakistan 262/8 (50 ov) vs Bangladesh 241 (48.1 ov)

Pakistan won by 21 runs

  • Asia Cup – 1st Match
  • ODI no. 3258 | 2011/12 season
  • Played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
  • 11 March 2012 – day/night (50-over match)
Pakistan innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Mohammad Hafeez c Shafiul Islam b Shahadat Hossain 89 153 126 7 0 70.63
View dismissal Nasir Jamshed run out (Shakib Al Hasan/†Mushfiqur Rahim) 54 120 64 5 1 84.37
View dismissal Younis Khan c Abdur Razzak b Shahadat Hossain 12 21 15 1 0 80.00
View dismissal Umar Akmal c Abdur Razzak b Shakib Al Hasan 21 34 20 2 0 105.00
View dismissal Asad Shafiq c Mashrafe Mortaza b Shahadat Hossain 4 10 6 0 0 66.66
View dismissal Misbah-ul-Haq* b Abdur Razzak 8 25 13 0 0 61.53
View dismissal Shahid Afridi c & b Shakib Al Hasan 0 4 1 0 0 0.00
Sarfraz Ahmed† not out 19 43 28 0 0 67.85
View dismissal Umar Gul b Mashrafe Mortaza 39 31 25 5 1 156.00
Saeed Ajmal not out 8 4 3 1 0 266.66
Extras (lb 2, w 5, nb 1) 8
Total (8 wickets; 50 overs) 262 (5.24 runs per over)
Did not bat Aizaz Cheema
Fall of wickets 1-135 (Nasir Jamshed, 27.5 ov), 2-160 (Younis Khan, 32.5 ov), 3-169 (Mohammad Hafeez, 34.4 ov), 4-175 (Asad Shafiq, 36.3 ov), 5-192 (Umar Akmal, 39.3 ov), 6-193 (Shahid Afridi, 39.6 ov), 7-198 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 41.2 ov), 8-251 (Umar Gul, 48.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
View wicket Mashrafe Mortaza 10 0 55 1 5.50 (1w)
Shafiul Islam 8 0 49 0 6.12
View wickets Shakib Al Hasan 10 0 41 2 4.10 (1w)
View wickets Shahadat Hossain 8 0 53 3 6.62 (1nb, 1w)
View wicket Abdur Razzak 10 0 43 1 4.30
Mahmudullah 4 0 19 0 4.75 (1w)
Bangladesh innings (target: 263 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Tamim Iqbal b Mohammad Hafeez 64 116 89 6 1 71.91
View dismissal Nazimuddin c Umar Gul b Aizaz Cheema 30 41 33 4 1 90.90
View dismissal Jahurul Islam b Shahid Afridi 23 40 31 3 0 74.19
View dismissal Mushfiqur Rahim*† b Shahid Afridi 3 8 5 0 0 60.00
View dismissal Shakib Al Hasan b Umar Gul 64 130 66 4 0 96.96
View dismissal Mahmudullah lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
View dismissal Nasir Hossain b Umar Gul 47 70 49 3 1 95.91
View dismissal Abdur Razzak b Saeed Ajmal 1 6 3 0 0 33.33
View dismissal Mashrafe Mortaza b Saeed Ajmal 1 4 3 0 0 33.33
View dismissal Shafiul Islam lbw b Umar Gul 1 4 2 0 0 50.00
Shahadat Hossain not out 0 13 7 0 0 0.00
Extras (lb 2, w 5) 7
Total (all out; 48.1 overs) 241 (5.00 runs per over)
Fall of wickets 1-45 (Nazimuddin, 10.5 ov), 2-90 (Jahurul Islam, 20.5 ov), 3-100 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 22.3 ov), 4-135 (Tamim Iqbal, 28.3 ov), 5-135 (Mahmudullah, 28.4 ov), 6-224 (Nasir Hossain, 43.3 ov), 7-228 (Abdur Razzak, 44.1 ov), 8-230 (Mashrafe Mortaza, 44.6 ov), 9-235 (Shafiul Islam, 45.5 ov), 10-241 (Shakib Al Hasan, 48.1 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
View wickets Mohammad Hafeez 10 1 40 2 4.00 (1w)
View wickets Umar Gul 9.1 0 58 3 6.32 (2w)
View wickets Saeed Ajmal 10 0 45 2 4.50 (1w)
View wicket Aizaz Cheema 9 0 47 1 5.22
View wickets Shahid Afridi 10 0 49 2 4.90
Match details
Toss Bangladesh, who chose to field
Points Pakistan 4, Bangladesh 0
Player of the match Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)
Umpires IJ Gould (England) and PR Reiffel (Australia)
TV umpire S Ravi (India)
Match referee DC Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire Masudur Rahman
Match notes
  • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 – 10.0 (Mandatory – 36 runs, 0 wicket)
  • Pakistan: 50 runs in 13.2 overs (81 balls), Extras 5
  • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 81 balls (Mohammad Hafeez 23, Nasir Jamshed 22, Ex 5)
  • Powerplay 2: Overs 15.1 – 20.0 (Bowling side – 37 runs, 0 wicket)
  • Drinks: Pakistan – 73/0 in 17.0 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 38, Nasir Jamshed 30)
  • Pakistan: 100 runs in 20.1 overs (122 balls), Extras 5
  • Mohammad Hafeez: 50 off 72 balls (5 x 4)
  • 1st Wicket: 100 runs in 122 balls (Mohammad Hafeez 51, Nasir Jamshed 45, Ex 5)
  • Nasir Jamshed: 50 off 59 balls (5 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • Pakistan: 150 runs in 30.6 overs (187 balls), Extras 6
  • Drinks: Pakistan – 160/2 in 32.5 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 88)
  • Powerplay 3: Overs 35.1 – 40.0 (Batting side – 22 runs, 3 wickets)
  • Pakistan: 200 runs in 41.4 overs (251 balls), Extras 7
  • Pakistan: 250 runs in 48.5 overs (294 balls), Extras 8
  • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 45 balls (Sarfraz Ahmed 13, Umar Gul 39, Ex 1)
  • Innings Break: Pakistan – 262/8 in 50.0 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 19, Saeed Ajmal 8)
  • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 – 10.0 (Mandatory – 43 runs, 0 wicket)
  • Bangladesh: 50 runs in 12.2 overs (74 balls), Extras 0
  • Powerplay 2: Overs 15.1 – 20.0 (Bowling side – 22 runs, 0 wicket)
  • Drinks: Bangladesh – 79/1 in 18.0 overs (Tamim Iqbal 31, Jahurul Islam 16)
  • Bangladesh: 100 runs in 22.2 overs (134 balls), Extras 2
  • Tamim Iqbal: 50 off 75 balls (4 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • Bangladesh: 150 runs in 32.1 overs (193 balls), Extras 3
  • Drinks: Bangladesh – 153/5 in 33.0 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 20, Nasir Hossain 10)
  • Powerplay 3: Overs 35.1 – 40.0 (Batting side – 36 runs, 0 wicket)
  • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 59 balls (Shakib Al Hasan 23, Nasir Hossain 26, Ex 2)
  • Bangladesh: 200 runs in 40.5 overs (245 balls), Extras 4
  • Shakib Al Hasan: 50 off 52 balls (3 x 4)

 

Toss: Mushfiqur Rahim has won the toss and Bangladesh will bowl first. He said the pitch is fresh and hence Bangladesh are playing three seamers. We will update the teams shortly.

Hello and welcome to the coverage of the opening match of the Asia Cup between Pakistan and Bangladesh in Mirpur. The toss is in ten minutes.

Typical subcontinent pitch. Should be full of runs, says Gavaskar. Bit of grass, but the wind might blow it away, he says.

Predictions of the match

Bangladesh’s and Pakistan’s last meeting seems like it happened yesterday. Not too long ago, Pakistan toured the country, winning all games quite comfortably, before heading to the UAE. There’s a chance they could face each other again shortly for another series of limited-overs games, in Pakistan, if the tour gets a go-ahead. Their meeting tomorrow is not a bilateral event, but a tournament which has been shoe-horned into an already cramped calendar. Seven games have been crammed into 12 days, with each team meeting the other once before the top two make the final. The flip side to such a format is that a poor start, or a surprise defeat could jeopardise a team’s chances of qualifying.

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore has a chat with his players, Mirpur, March 10, 2012

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore has a chat with his players, Mirpur, March 10, 2012

The head-to-head record suggests that Pakistan are overwhelming favourites. That’s what many would have predicted after they steamrolled England, the top Test side, 3-0 in the UAE. Yet, their 0-4 crash to the same team in the one-dayers confounded many, coming against a side which has traditionally under-performed in the shorter format.

Nevertheless, it was a wake-up call for Misbah-ul-Haq and the rest who took their foot off the pedal after the Test series. Perhaps they were homesick, or plain tired. In that sense, this Asia Cup assumes more context for Pakistan, who would want to sign off their season on a high, synonymous with their performance over the last year-and-a-half.

The Bangladesh players have been a busy bunch themselves. In a sense, the Asia Cup has been positioned aptly for the Bangladesh audience, who are just coming off the hangover of the Bangladesh Premier League. Whether the BPL will have a positive impact on Bangladesh’s stature as an international team or not is a discussion for another day.

The tournament has given local players a chance to mingle with internationals. Despite that, the performances of some of the local players were underwhelming. There was also some off-field drama, with Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, calling the BPL a “disorganised” tournament. Despite some of the farcical behind-the-scenes action causing the organisers a lot of embarrassment, the Bangladesh fans appear to be in a feel-good wave and their enthusiasm will be crucial even in matches not involving their team.

Form guide

Bangladesh LLLWL
Pakistan LLLLW

In the spotlight

Mashrafe Mortaza will be a welcome addition to the Bangladesh line-up © BPL T20

Mashrafe Mortaza will be a welcome addition to the Bangladesh line-up © BPL T20

Mashrafe Mortaza has made several comebacks from injury. Tomorrow, he opens yet another chapter. A knee injury sidelined him from the 2011 World Cup. He returned for the Australia ODIs shortly after but hasn’t played an international match since. He captained the Dhaka Gladiators to the BPL title, taking 10 wickets with a strike every 24 balls. His presence adds experience to the seam attack.

One of Pakistan’s most consistent batsmen in the last year, Mohammad Hafeez, has suddenly slipped. In the ODI series against England, Hafeez managed just 61 from four games. Pakistan will need him to play a steady hand at the top of the order.

Pitch and conditions

The pitch at the Shere Bangla Stadium has a bit of grass, a deviation from the normally slow surfaces which have prompted captains to bring their spinners on from the second over.

Teams

All Bangladesh players are available for selection, but if the pitch continues to have that layer of grass, then the teams might be tempted to field an extra quick bowler. Bangladesh have recalled the batsman Jahurul Islam so there’s a chance for him to stake a claim in the middle order.

Shahid Afridi has a word with Sarfraz Ahmed, Mirpur, March 10, 2012

Shahid Afridi has a word with Sarfraz Ahmed, Mirpur, March 10, 2012

Sarfraz Ahmed will make a comeback as Pakistan’s wicketkeeper, after Adnan Akmal was left out.

Bangladesh (likely) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Mahmudullah, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt and wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Jahurul Islam, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Elias Sunny, 11 Shafiul Islam

Pakistan (likely) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Azhar Ali, 3 Younis Khan 4 Umar Akmal 5 Misbah-ul-Haq, 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Aizaz Cheema

Stats and trivia

Shahid Afridi is just one run away from 7000 ODI runs

Bangladesh’s first-ever one-day international was at the Asia Cup in 1986, incidentally, against Pakistan

Bangladesh have previously hosted two editions of the Asia Cup, in 1988-89 and 2000

Quotes

“He’s the main player with both ball and bat, so we are focussing on him, but it is a team of 11. Anybody can contribute, so also have to have to a plan against every player.”
Misbah-ul-Haq knows Bangladesh rely heavily on Shakib Al Hasan.