Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan Dominates Bangladesh in Asia Cup Super 4 Clash.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023: "Pakistan Dominates Bangladesh in Asia Cup Super 4 Clash".

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023: "Bowling Brilliance Sets the Tone"

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023: "Bangladesh's Battling Efforts and Pakistan's Reply"

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023: "A Comprehensive Victory for Pakistan"

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    Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023:

     Head-to-Head Records: Clash of Cricket Titans

     The stakes are high, as the winner will take a significant step towards earning a spot in the grand finale. Pakistan, with a whopping 32 wins in their 37 One Day Internationals (ODIs) against Bangladesh, undoubtedly enter as the favorites. However, recent history suggests that this bout could be more evenly matched than the statistics imply.

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Summary of match:

    Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023:

      In a highly anticipated Asia Cup Super 4 encounter, Pakistan faced off against Bangladesh in Lahore. The match turned out to be a showcase of Pakistan’s formidable pace attack and their ability to chase down a target with ease.

  1. Bangladesh’s Struggles:

    • Early Wickets: Bangladesh’s batting woes began early in the match as they lost wickets at regular intervals. During the powerplay, they found themselves at 49/4, with only Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim showing resistance.
    • Shakib-Mushfiqur Stand: The sole highlight for Bangladesh was the impressive partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. The senior duo stitched together a crucial 100-run partnership, temporarily putting their team back in the game.
    • Collapse: Unfortunately for Bangladesh, their lower order failed to capitalize on the momentum, resulting in another batting collapse. They were eventually bowled out for a below-par score of 193.
  2. Pakistan’s Bowling Dominance:

    • Haris Rauf’s Four-Fer: Pakistan’s pace attack was in full swing, led by Haris Rauf, who claimed four wickets in six overs, creating significant pressure on the Bangladeshi batsmen.
    • Naseem Shah’s Contribution: Naseem Shah was equally impressive, picking up three crucial wickets in just 5.4 overs. Their combined efforts played a pivotal role in restricting Bangladesh to 193.
    • Shakib’s Dismissal: Faheem Ashraf took the crucial wicket of Shakib Al Hasan, adding to Bangladesh’s batting woes.
  3. Pakistan’s Chase:

    • Steady Start: Pakistan needed a strong start in their chase of 194 runs. Although they lost early wickets, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Rizwan provided stability.
    • Imam-Rizwan Partnership: Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Rizwan were the stars with the bat for Pakistan. Their decisive 74-run third-wicket partnership paved the way for Pakistan’s comfortable chase.
    • Match Finish: Pakistan chased down the target in 39.3 overs, with Imam-ul-Haq scoring 78(84) and Rizwan remaining unbeaten on 63(79).

     Final Verdict: Pakistan displayed an all-round performance, excelling in both bowling and batting, to secure a convincing seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup Super 4 clash. The match showcased Pakistan’s prowess with the ball, with Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah leading the way, and their ability to chase down a target with ease, thanks to the contributions of Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Rizwan. Bangladesh, on the other hand, struggled to make an impact, with only Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim putting up a notable fight.

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     Bowling Brilliance Sets the Tone In the first innings, Pakistan’s bowlers, led by Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah, dominated the proceedings. Haris Rauf claimed a four-wicket haul in just six overs, while Naseem Shah chipped in with three crucial wickets. Their combined efforts played a pivotal role in restricting Bangladesh to a below-par score of 193.

     Bangladesh’s Battling Efforts and Pakistan’s Reply Bangladesh kept losing wickets at regular intervals, and apart from Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, none of their batters could withstand the fiery pace of Pakistan. The senior duo, Shakib and Mushfiqur, showed resilience and stitched together a vital 100-run partnership, providing Bangladesh with a glimmer of hope. However, their lower order’s inability to capitalize on the momentum resulted in another collapse.

     A Comprehensive Victory for Pakistan In the second innings, Pakistan needed a strong start in their chase of 194 runs. Although they lost early wickets, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Rizwan provided stability. Imam-ul-Haq and Rizwan were the stars with the bat, forming a decisive 74-run third-wicket partnership that paved the way for Pakistan’s comfortable seven-wicket victory. They successfully chased down the target in 39.3 overs, showcasing their dominance in the match.

     Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023:

     Pakistan, Bangladesh Eye Winning Start in Super 4:

     Back in Pakistan for the one last time this Asia Cup, Pakistan host Bangladesh as both teams eye a winning start to the Super 4 stages. A total of six games will be played among 4 teams to decide the two finalists. Today’s game is the only one in Super 4s to be played in Pakistan while the rest will be in rain-affected Colombo. So there is highly probability that today’s game is the only game where we see a full game without any rain interception so a win here will be pivotal for both the teams before they head to Sri Lanka for the remainder of the tournament.

     Litton Boost for Bangladesh; One Change for Pakistan:

     Bangladesh have been dealt a major blow with the in-form player Najmul Hossain Shanto ruled out due to injury, but there is some good news as well with the return of opener Litton Das, who did not feature in Bangladesh’s first two games due to injury. On the other hand, Pakistan do not have any injury concerns as far as we know and but they have left out Mohammad Nawaz and in comes a seam bowling all-rounder, Faheem Ashraf.

     Pakistan vs  Bangladesh Weather Update

     Overview: Cricket fans and players can expect favorable weather conditions for the Pakistan vs. Bangladesh match on Wednesday. Clear skies are anticipated, creating an ideal setting for an exciting game. The temperature is expected to range between 26 to 38 degrees Celsius, ensuring a pleasant and comfortable environment for the match.

     Pitch Report for Pakistan vs. Bangladesh Clash:

     Overview: The pitch for the Pakistan vs. Bangladesh match promises a batting paradise. It is notably flatter compared to previous pitches, making it conducive for the batsmen. Expect higher run-scoring opportunities, with anything above 300 considered a challenging target. The scorching heat and high humidity levels will be demanding on the fielders. Under the lights, seamers may find a bit more assistance due to the presence of a little more grass on the surface, potentially adding an extra dimension to the match. Deep Dasgupta provides insights in the pitch report.

     Toss Update:
     Bangladesh Elects to Bat Against Pakistan in Asia Cup Super 4 Match

      Overview: In the Asia Cup Super 4 match being held in Lahore, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has won the toss and decided to bat first against Pakistan. The toss decision sets the stage for an exciting contest as Bangladesh aims to put up a competitive total, while Pakistan’s bowlers will be eager to make early breakthroughs.

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      Babar Azam: We would have batted as well. There’s a bit of grass and we’ll try to use that. We are looking very well in the pace department. We are used to his heat as we’ve played a lot of cricket.

     Shakib Al Hasan: Obviously bat first, no particular reason other than the heat. If we can put runs on the board, we can put pressure on Pakistan. Similar to the match we played against Afghanistan, we want to replicate that. We have to be at our best. We aren’t worried about what the opposition can do to us. We know their strengths and weakness. Just once change. Shanto is not playing, Litton Das replaces him.

     Tribute to Heath Streak and National Anthems Set the Stage

     Overview: Before the match begins, both teams pay their respects with a minute’s silence in memory of Heath Streak. Following this solemn moment, the stage is set for the National Anthems, starting with Bangladesh’s anthem and then Pakistan’s. The ceremony adds a sense of gravity and patriotism to the highly anticipated match.

     Game On: Pakistan vs. Bangladesh Begins with Azam’s Pep Talk

     Overview: As the excitement builds, Pakistan forms a huddle with Captain Azam delivering a last-minute pep talk. Bangladesh’s opening pair, Mohammad Naim and Hasan, prepare to take the crease. The anticipation is palpable as the talented Pakistani bowler, Afridi, readies himself to deliver the first ball. It’s time to kick off the action-packed clash between these two cricketing giants. Let the game begin!

     Afridi Starts Strong Runs: 0 | Wickets: 0 | Overs: 1

     Bangladesh’s innings begins with Mohammad Naim and Mehidy Hasan Miraz at the crease, facing Shaheen Afridi’s new ball. Afridi delivers a full and straight ball with slight movement away, catching Naim off guard as he misses his drive. Notably, Naim lacked foot movement. An LBW appeal follows, but the umpire dismisses it, deeming the ball too high and noting movement off the seam. Afridi’s first over is a maiden.

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Naseem Strikes Early! Runs: 4 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 2

     Naseem Shah makes a significant impact early in the innings. Mehidy Hasan Miraz departs for a golden duck, edging a full delivery down the leg side for an easy catch to short mid-wicket. Miraz, the centurion from the previous game, fails to trouble the scores today. Litton Das takes his place at the crease.

     Mehidy Hasan Miraz c Fakhar Zaman b Naseem Shah 0(1)

     Four!! Runs: 4 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 2

     Litton Das gets off the mark with a boundary. A full and wide delivery allows Litton to open his bat-face and guide the ball past third man for a four.

BAN 4/1 in 2 overs

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      BAN 13/1 in 3 overs

     Mohammad Naim adds to the score by confidently clipping a delivery from Afridi that strayed onto the pads. He guides it through the leg-side for another boundary.

     A moment of uncertainty as Naim gets an outside edge, but the ball safely travels down to third man for a single, avoiding further damage.

     Litton Das showcases his class with a glorious drive through the off-side. The delivery is full and on the stumps, and Litton’s timing is impeccable as he finds the gap and sends the ball to the boundary.

     BAN 26/1 in 4 overs

     Mohammad Naim continues to impress, driving a full and wide delivery through the gap between point and third-man for another boundary.

     Litton Das joins the action with a beautiful cover drive, sending the ball racing to the boundary. The full deliveries have proven to be profitable for Bangladesh.

     Bangladesh ends the over on a high note with another boundary, making it three fours in the over. A fruitful over for the visitors, as they accumulate crucial runs early in the innings.

Afridi Removes Litton! Runs: 31 | Wickets: 2 | Overs: 5

     Shaheen Afridi strikes for Pakistan as Litton Das departs after contributing 16 runs. The delivery was slightly shorter, and Naim pulled it through midwicket for a boundary before Litton faced his dismissal. Litton edges a short of a length delivery to slip, with the extra bounce playing a role in his dismissal. Shakib Al Hasan is the new batsman in at 4.

     Despite the wicket, Mohammad Naim remains confident and pulls a slightly shorter delivery through midwicket for another boundary.

     BAN 31/2 in 5 overs

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    BAN 36/2 in 6 overs

     Naseem Shah continues to test the Bangladeshi batsmen. Shakib Al Hasan is now at the crease, and he will need to play a significant role in guiding Bangladesh to a competitive score after the loss of two early wickets.

     Naseem Shah strays in line, and Shakib seizes the opportunity. He elegantly clips the ball behind square on the leg-side for another boundary, adding valuable runs to Bangladesh’s total.

     Pakistan Achieve a Milestone:

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     BAN 44/2 in 7 overs

     Concern for Naseem: Naseem Shah experiences discomfort while trying to prevent a boundary at third man. The delivery was full on the pads, and the ball was heading to the fine leg boundary after clipping the batsmen’s pads. Four runs are conceded. Naseem Shah is taken off the field for treatment.

     Afridi delivers a full ball on the stumps, and it’s beautifully driven past midwicket for a boundary.

     Rauf Gets His First! In the eighth over, Haris Rauf comes into the attack for Pakistan. Shakib Al Hasan opens the face of his bat to guide the ball to third man for a single. However, the over ends with a breakthrough for Pakistan as Mohammad Naim’s attempted pull shot goes straight up in the air. Haris Rauf completes a comfortable catch, marking his 50th ODI wicket. Towhid Hridoy is the new batsman in at 5.

     Naim c and b Haris Rauf 20(25) [4s-4]

     BAN 46/3 in 8 overs

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     BAN 47/3 in 9 overs

     In the ninth over, Faheem Ashraf takes charge of the bowling for Pakistan, with just a single run conceded.

     Rauf Strikes Again! In the tenth over, Haris Rauf delivers a crucial breakthrough for Pakistan. The delivery is full and straight, beating Towhid Hridoy for pace as he brings his bat down late. Hridoy’s stumps are disturbed, and he departs after contributing just 2 runs. Bangladesh is in a precarious position as Mushfiqur Rahim walks in at 6.

     Towhid Hridoy b Haris Rauf 2(9)

     Just two runs are scored in the over, emphasizing Pakistan’s strong position in the match.

     BAN 49/4 in 10 overs

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     BAN 53/4 in 11 overs

     In the 11th over, Faheem Ashraf continues to bowl for Pakistan.

     Shakib Al Hasan guides a short and wide delivery down to third man for a single. A short delivery directed onto the body is pulled by the batsman, yielding a couple of runs. Four runs come from the over as Bangladesh looks to steadily rebuild their innings after the early setbacks.

     BAN 58/4 in 12 overs

     Haris Rauf continues to spearhead the Pakistan bowling attack in the 12th over.

     With two experienced batsmen, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, at the crease for Bangladesh, they understand the importance of building a substantial partnership. They aim to help Bangladesh achieve a competitive total.

     The over yields five runs, as Bangladesh looks to steady the ship and accumulate runs steadily in the middle overs.

     BAN 65/4 in 13 overs

     Shaheen Afridi returns to the bowling attack for Pakistan in the 13th over.

     Shaheen Afridi delivers a full delivery on the stumps, and Shakib Al Hasan capitalizes by elegantly clipping it past midwicket for a boundary, boosting Bangladesh’s run tally.

     Close Call!

     Mushfiqur Rahim mistimes a shot, and the ball lands perilously close to the catching fielders on the off side. Fortunately for Bangladesh, the ball falls safely, allowing them to continue their innings.

     BAN 67/4 in 14 overs

     Faheem Ashraf takes over from Haris Rauf in the bowling attack for Pakistan.

     It’s another quiet over from Faheem as he maintains pressure on the Bangladesh batsmen. Just two runs are conceded in the over, ensuring that Pakistan keeps a tight grip on the game.

     BAN 72/4 in 15 overs

     In the 15th over, Pakistan introduces spin into the attack as Shadab Khan takes the ball.

     Shadab Khan delivers a full delivery, and Mushfiqur Rahim elegantly gets down on one knee to sweep it past the deep fielder for a boundary, adding valuable runs to Bangladesh’s total.

     BAN 78/4 in 16 overs

     Faheem Ashraf continues to bowl for Pakistan in the 16th over.

     Faheem Ashraf delivers a series of short-of-a-length deliveries throughout the over. However, Shakib Al Hasan capitalizes on a slightly short delivery and guides it past point for a boundary. Bangladesh collects six runs from the over, increasing their run rate as they seek to post a competitive total.

     BAN 83/4 in 17 overs

     Shadab Khan continues to provide spin for Pakistan in the 17th over.

     Mushfiqur Rahim attempts the sweep shot once more, but this time he doesn’t connect it cleanly. The ball was a full toss, and he manages to take a double. The over yields five runs as Bangladesh looks to rotate the strike and build a partnership in the middle overs.

     BAN 87/4 in 18 overs

     Naseem Shah returns to the bowling attack for Pakistan. Fortunately, he appears to be in good shape after his earlier injury scare in the game.

     The over results in four runs for Bangladesh as they continue to work on building their innings steadily. The partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim becomes increasingly crucial for their team’s chances in the match.

     BAN 91/4 in 19 overs

     Shadab Khan delivers another tight over for Pakistan. Bangladesh manages to score just four runs from it. The Pakistani spinners are maintaining a stranglehold on the run rate, making it difficult for the Bangladeshi batsmen to accelerate their scoring.

     BAN 99/4 in 20 overs

     Naseem Shah takes the ball once more for Pakistan in the 20th over.

     A short delivery from Naseem Shah takes the edge of Shakib Al Hasan’s bat as he attempts to pull. The ball narrowly clears the keeper and races to the boundary for four runs.

     Naseem Shah delivers a slightly wide delivery, and Shakib capitalizes by guiding it past third man for another boundary, boosting Bangladesh’s run tally.

     Dropped! A leading edge from Shakib Al Hasan results in a return catch opportunity for Naseem Shah, but he can’t hold on to it. Shakib gets a lifeline as Pakistan misses a crucial chance.

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      BAN 105/4 in 21 overs

     Shadab Khan continues his spell for Pakistan in the 21st over.

     Mushfiqur Rahim employs the sweep shot effectively once more. Shadab delivers a full delivery, and Mushfiqur sweeps it for a boundary, accumulating crucial runs for Bangladesh. The over yields six runs as they look to build a competitive total.

     BAN 111/4 in 22 overs

     Pakistan’s bowler Shadab Khan continues his spell in the 22nd over.

     Shakib Al Hasan is in good touch as he guides a slightly wide delivery from Shadab past third man for a boundary. The pace of the ball aids his shot, requiring only a slight touch to send it to the boundary. Six runs come from the over as Bangladesh continues to accumulate runs steadily.

     BAN 114/4 in 23 overs

     Shadab Khan continues to maintain pressure for Pakistan in the 23rd over.

     The batsmen from Bangladesh are cautious and opt for three singles from the over, recognizing the importance of keeping wickets intact while also rotating the strike. Shadab Khan has been effective in keeping things tight from his end.

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      BAN 120/4 in 25 overs

     Shadab Khan continues to provide spin for Pakistan in the 25th over.

     A slightly short delivery on the pads allows the batsman to turn it to the leg side for a single. Four runs come from the over as Bangladesh maintains a steady but cautious approach, looking to set a competitive total in the match.

     BAN 131/4 in 26 overs

     Agha Salman is introduced into the bowling attack for Pakistan with the new ball.

     Salman delivers a delivery that is too full and straight, and Shakib Al Hasan takes full advantage. He dispatches it above the bowler’s head to secure a boundary for Bangladesh.

     Mushfiqur Rahim demonstrates his skill as he smartly shuffles before sweeping the ball behind square for another boundary. This over proves productive for Bangladesh, as they collect 11 runs from it, aiming to accelerate their scoring rate.

     BAN 139/4 in 27 overs

     Shadab Khan continues to bowl for Pakistan, delivering his seventh over.

     Mushfiqur Rahim takes advantage of a short delivery from Shadab and pulls it away for a boundary. He cleverly stays back to use the length of the ball, finding the gap effectively.

     The over concludes with four singles from the last five balls, resulting in eight runs from it. Bangladesh continues to accumulate runs, focusing on building a competitive total.

     BAN 142/4 in 28 overs

     Shakib Al Hasan notches up his 54th ODI fifty with a single. Shakib has consistently been a reliable performer for Bangladesh, often stepping up when needed.

     The partnership for the fifth wicket also approaches the 100-run mark as three runs are scored from this over. Bangladesh continues to consolidate their position, with Shakib playing a pivotal role in their innings.

     BAN 147/4 in 29 overs

     Shakib Al Hasan’s single in this over not only adds to his personal tally but also brings up a remarkable 100-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim. It’s been a brilliant recovery led by these two batsmen in the middle, stabilizing Bangladesh’s innings and setting a solid foundation for a competitive total.

     BAN 150/5 in 30 overs

     Faheem Ashraf makes a return to the bowling attack for Pakistan.

     OUT!

     In his first delivery of this spell, Faheem Ashraf strikes for Pakistan. He delivers a short ball angling in for the left-hander, and Shakib Al Hasan mistimes his pull shot. The ball ends up in the hands of Fakhar Zaman at mid-wicket. Shakib departs after scoring a valuable 53 runs from 57 balls. Shamim Hossain is the new batter in at number seven.

     Meanwhile, Mushfiqur Rahim notches up his 46th ODI half-century with a quick couple, taking Bangladesh’s total to 150. This partnership has been crucial for Bangladesh’s recovery. The over results in three runs and a wicket.

     BAN 152/5 in 31 overs

     Pakistan’s bowler Ahmed takes charge of the 31st over, and he delivers a disciplined over, allowing just two singles to be taken by the Bangladeshi batsmen. The Pakistani bowlers are working diligently to maintain control over the run rate as they aim to restrict Bangladesh’s scoring in the latter part of the innings.

     BAN 160/5 in 32 overs

     Faheem Ashraf is back into the attack for Pakistan.

     Mushfiqur Rahim showcases his class as he elegantly creams the ball over extra covers for a boundary to conclude the over on a high note. Eight runs are added to Bangladesh’s total from this over, helping them surpass the 160-run mark. They continue to accumulate runs as they approach the latter stages of their innings.

     BAN 163/5 in 33 overs

     Iftikhar Ahmed maintains a tight line in his over, conceding just three runs. The Pakistani bowlers are working collectively to maintain pressure on the Bangladeshi batsmen, limiting their scoring opportunities as they approach the final stages of their innings.

     BAN 174/5 in 34 overs

     Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam reintroduces his key bowler, Shaheen Afridi, into the attack.

     Shamim Hossain unleashes a massive shot that clears the boundary with ease, sailing over the ground for a six. It’s a significant hit for Bangladesh, adding 11 runs to their total from this over. They are looking to accelerate their scoring as they approach the final stages of their innings.

     BAN 176/6 in 35 overs

     Iftikhar Ahmed continues his spell for Pakistan.

     Iftikhar Ahmed strikes, claiming the sixth wicket for Pakistan. Shamim Hossain plays an unnecessary shot across the line, resulting in a straightforward catch for Imam-ul-Haq at mid-wicket. Bangladesh loses another wicket as they aim to maintain their scoring momentum.

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      BAN 182/6 in 36 overs

     Shaheen Afridi delivers a controlled over for Pakistan, allowing the Bangladeshi batsmen to take six singles. Pakistan continues to apply pressure on the batting side, looking to minimize scoring opportunities as the innings progresses.

     BAN 190/6 in 37 overs

     Iftikhar Ahmed is entrusted with the bowling duties for Pakistan.

     SIX!! Runs: 190 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 37

     Shamim Hossain continues to showcase his range of shots, this time unleashing a powerful slog sweep that clears the fence for a six. Eight runs are added to Bangladesh’s total from this over as they aim to finish their innings on a high note.

     BAN 192/8 in 38 overs

     Haris Rauf makes a return to the bowling attack for Pakistan.

     Rauf delivers a full-length delivery with power, and it bounces to take an outside edge of Mushfiqur Rahim’s bat, resulting in Pakistan’s seventh breakthrough. Bangladesh is losing wickets quickly.

     GOLDEN DUCK! Taskin Ahmed, who comes in at number nine, is dismissed for a golden duck as he edges to keeper Mohammad Rizwan. Bangladesh is in a dire situation.

     Shoriful Islam, who comes in at number 10, denies Rauf a hat-trick. The over yields two singles and two wickets as Bangladesh’s innings unravels quickly.

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      BAN 193 all out in 38.4 overs

     Naseem Shah makes his return to the bowling attack for Pakistan.

     Shah strikes again as he dismisses Shamim Hossain, who holes out to Faheem Ashraf at mid-on. It’s the ninth wicket down for Bangladesh.

     Hasan Mahmud comes in as the last man in for Bangladesh.

     Clean Bowled! Shah hits the stumps perfectly to clean bowl Shoriful Islam and bring an end to Bangladesh’s innings. They are bowled out for 193 in 38.4 overs. Pakistan’s bowlers have done a commendable job in restricting the opposition to a below-par score.

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      Bangladesh lost their top order in a hurry and had a shaky start to their innings. However, they managed to get things back on track thanks to a solid partnership between Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan. These experienced campaigners both scored fifties, providing a crucial recovery for Bangladesh. Once they lost their skipper Shakib Al Hasan, however, things started to unravel again. Rahim’s wicket was the last hope for Bangladesh to post a score over 250, but he too fell, and they finished with a below-par total. Now, it’s up to Bangladesh’s bowlers to make a match out of this, but they will be facing an in-form Pakistani batting order. The chase promises to be an exciting one.

     Pakistan made a smart move by including an extra pacer in their lineup. They learned from their previous match against India and realized the importance of having a strong pace attack in the middle phase of the game. Faheem Ashraf’s breakthrough in the middle phase was crucial, opening the gates for Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf to dismantle the tail. Haris Rauf was particularly impressive, bowling with pace and discipline to claim four wickets. It was a combined effort from Pakistan’s pacers, and they have left Bangladesh with a challenging task in the second innings.

Chase Begins:

     PAK 8/0 in 1 over

     Pakistan begins their chase with 8 runs on the board after the first over bowled by Taskin Ahmed.

     Fakhar Zaman, facing Taskin Ahmed, initially defends a back-of-a-length delivery off the back foot. However, he quickly opens the scoring for Pakistan with a boundary, clipping the ball through the leg-side. There is a brief appeal as Fakhar misses a pull shot, but the umpire rules it not out, indicating that it narrowly avoided the glove. Pakistan secures another boundary as Fakhar Zaman clips a delivery on the pads past fine leg. The chase is off to a positive start for Pakistan.

     PAK 8/0 in 2 overs

     Pakistan remains at 8 runs for no loss after two overs in their chase.

     Shoriful Islam takes the ball from the other end and delivers a good start to the over. Imam-ul-Haq, facing Shoriful, experiences a few play and misses in the over, but the Bangladeshi pacer is unable to break through. It’s a maiden over, as Pakistan’s openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman aim to settle into their innings.

     PAK 11/0 in 3 overs

     Pakistan’s score moves to 11 runs for no loss after three overs in their chase.

     Taskin Ahmed continues his spell for Bangladesh. He delivers a full delivery on off stump, and Fakhar Zaman responds with a drive through the offside. The fielder does a commendable job in preventing a boundary, chasing the ball from the infield. This results in three runs from the over as Pakistan’s openers continue to accumulate runs steadily

     PAK 12/0 in 4 overs

     Pakistan’s score reaches 12 runs for no loss after four overs in their chase.

     Shoriful Islam is in action again for Bangladesh. He bowls a full delivery that swings away, and it’s driven to mid-off by the Pakistani opener. There’s a moment of opportunity as Shoriful finds the edge, but unfortunately, the slip fielder cannot hold on. It was a close chance, and the ball was very close to the ground, but it should have been taken. The over results in just a single run as Pakistan’s openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman look to build a solid partnership.

     PAK 15/0 in 5 overs

     Pakistan adds 3 more runs to their total in the fifth over bowled by Taskin Ahmed.

     Taskin continues his spell for Bangladesh. He delivers a delivery on the pads, and the batsman clips it uppishly. The ball goes past short midwicket, and the batsmen manage to take a couple of runs. Three runs come from the over as Pakistan’s openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman aim to maintain a steady scoring rate in their chase.

     PAK 21/0 in 6 overs

     Pakistan’s score moves to 21 runs for no loss after six overs in their chase.

     Shoriful Islam continues his spell for Bangladesh as the players make their way back to the middle with the lights coming on. Shoriful delivers a slightly short delivery, and Fakhar Zaman attempts a pull shot but is late on it. He eventually dead bats it down the pitch. However, Shoriful goes short again, and this time Fakhar Zaman connects well, pulling it over the leg-side for a boundary. Four runs are added to Pakistan’s total from this over as they continue to make progress in their chase.

     PAK 33/0 in 7 overs

     Pakistan’s openers continue to build a solid partnership, taking their score to 33 runs for no loss after seven overs.

     Taskin Ahmed, who has been bowling consistently, delivers his fourth over. However, it doesn’t go well for him this time. He goes short, and Imam-ul-Haq takes full advantage, pulling the ball past midwicket for a boundary. Taskin goes short again, and Imam repeats the shot, sending it to the boundary for four more. This is followed by another boundary as Taskin goes full and finds the edge, but the ball races away to the boundary. It’s a productive over for Pakistan, adding 12 runs to their total.

     PAK 34/0 in 8 overs

     Shoriful Islam delivers his fourth over for Bangladesh. This time, he displays better control and restricts the scoring. Pakistan’s openers manage to take just one run from the over, which is much better for Bangladesh in terms of controlling the flow of runs.

     PAK 35/0 in 9 overs

     Hasan Mahmud enters the bowling attack for Bangladesh. He delivers a back-of-a-length delivery, and Fakhar Zaman attempts a pull shot but mistimes it. The ball is a bit full for the shot, and he is beaten. Mahmud follows up with a delivery outside off-stump, and Imam-ul-Haq misses his shot as well. Imam is beaten outside off once more. Just a single run is added to Pakistan’s total from this over as the bowler maintains control and keeps the pressure on.

     PAK 37/1 in 10 overs

     Bangladesh gets their first breakthrough as Shoriful Islam dismisses Fakhar Zaman. It was a crucial wicket for Bangladesh, and it came through a successful LBW appeal. Shoriful bowled a full delivery, and Fakhar attempted to play it but missed the ball. The umpire raised his finger, and Pakistan decided to review the decision. However, the DRS shows three reds, confirming the LBW decision. Fakhar Zaman departs after scoring 20 runs (3 boundaries). Babar Azam walks in to bat for Pakistan.

     PAK 44/1 in 11 overs

     Pakistan continues their innings with 44 runs for the loss of 1 wicket after 11 overs.

     Hasan Mahmud is still in the bowling attack for Bangladesh. Babar Azam, Pakistan’s captain, flicks a delivery off his pad to midwicket and collects a couple of runs. Hasan makes a huge appeal for LBW, and after consulting with his teammates, he signals for the DRS. However, the DRS review shows that the ball pitched outside the leg stump, and the review is lost. Seven runs come from the over as Pakistan’s batsmen look to build a partnership.

     PAK 52/1 in 12 overs

     Pakistan’s score reaches 52 runs for the loss of 1 wicket after 12 overs.

     Shoriful Islam, who has been performing well for Bangladesh, continues his spell. He manages to find the edge of Babar Azam’s bat, but the ball races away to the boundary for four. Babar was squared up with that delivery. Shoriful has bowled an excellent spell so far. Pakistan adds eight runs to their total from this over as they look to stabilize their innings.

     PAK 57/1 in 13 overs

     Pakistan’s batsmen accumulate 57 runs for the loss of 1 wicket after 13 overs.

     Hasan Mahmud is still in the bowling attack for Bangladesh. Babar Azam manages to get a thick edge, but the ball flies safely to the third man region. A fielding fumble allows the batsmen to complete a couple of runs. Five runs come from the over as Pakistan continues to build their innings steadily.

     PAK 59/1 in 14 overs

     After 14 overs, Pakistan’s score stands at 59 runs for the loss of 1 wicket.

     Taskin Ahmed returns to the bowling attack for Bangladesh. There is a huge appeal for LBW against Imam-ul-Haq, but the umpire dismisses it. Bangladesh decides to review the decision, believing the ball came back in to Imam. However, the DRS shows that the ball pitched outside the leg stump, and Bangladesh loses both of their reviews. Taskin also beats Babar Azam outside off-stump. Only two runs are scored from the over as Taskin maintains control.

     PAK 74/1 in 15 overs

     Pakistan’s batsmen are putting up a strong performance, reaching 74 runs for the loss of 1 wicket after 15 overs.

     Hasan Mahmud is still bowling for Bangladesh. Imam-ul-Haq manages to pull a short delivery to the leg-side, allowing the batsmen to take a quick couple of runs. Imam drives a fuller delivery down the ground, and it clips the stumps at the other end but doesn’t dislodge the bails, and the batsmen collect a double. A boundary follows as Imam pulls a short ball to fine leg, and Taskin Ahmed makes a mess of it, allowing the ball to run away for four. Imam continues to attack with a six, pulling another short delivery over the boundary. This over adds 15 runs to Pakistan’s total as they look to accelerate their scoring rate.

     PAK 74/2 in 16 overs

     Taskin Ahmed continues his spell, and Bangladesh strikes back with a crucial wicket.

     Taskin Ahmed bowls to Babar Azam, and the ball keeps low, causing an under-edge as Babar tries to defend it. This under-edge ensures Bangladesh’s third breakthrough, and Babar Azam departs. Taskin completes a wicket maiden over, adding more pressure on Pakistan.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023

      Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023:

      PAK 85/2 in 17 overs

     Pakistan’s batsmen are building a strong partnership, reaching 85 runs for the loss of 2 wickets after 17 overs.

     Hasan Mahmud continues his bowling spell. Mohammad Rizwan plays an excellent pick-up shot, shuffling across and dispatching the ball over deep square leg for a massive SIX. Rizwan continues to find the gaps as he shuffles once more, sending the ball to the mid-wicket boundary for another FOUR. This over adds 11 runs to Pakistan’s total as they aim to consolidate their position.

     PAK 88/2 in 18 overs

     Taskin Ahmed delivers a tidy over, conceding just three runs to Pakistan.

     As Pakistan looks to stabilize their innings, Taskin Ahmed manages to keep things tight and restricts the batsmen to just three runs in the over.

     PAK 89/2 in 19 overs

     Bangladesh introduces spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz into the attack.

     Mehidy Hasan Miraz comes on to bowl for Bangladesh. There’s an appeal for LBW as Imam-ul-Haq misses the line of the ball and gets struck on the pads. The umpire gives it out, but the batsman decides to review. The DRS call saves Imam as the ball was heading down the leg side. Only one run is scored in this over as Pakistan looks to rebuild their innings.

     PAK 93/2 in 21 overs

     Pakistan has faced a couple of quiet overs from Taskin Ahmed and Mehidy Hasan Miraz, managing to score just four runs from the last 12 balls.

     Taskin Ahmed and Mehidy Hasan Miraz have bowled economically in the last two overs, not allowing the Pakistani batsmen to score freely. Pakistan has added only four runs in the last 12 balls as they continue to consolidate their innings.

     PAK 96/2 in 22 overs

     Bangladesh has maintained their economical bowling performance, with just three runs coming from the latest over.

     Bangladesh continues to keep a tight grip on the scoring rate, allowing just three runs from the over. Their disciplined bowling is putting pressure on the Pakistani batsmen as they look to build a solid partnership.

     PAK 102/2 in 23 overs

     Pakistan reaches a milestone as they bring up 100 runs on the scoreboard, and Mohammad Rizwan contributes with a boundary.

     Mehidy Hasan Miraz delivers the over, and Mohammad Rizwan finds the boundary, providing some relief for Pakistan. This shot also helps Pakistan reach the 100-run mark. The over produces 6 runs as Pakistan looks to accelerate the scoring rate.

      Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023:

      PAK 105/2 in 24 overs

     Shoriful Islam resumes bowling duties after the drinks break. He concedes two singles and an extra run from a wide delivery in his over, keeping the pressure on Pakistan’s batting lineup.

     PAK 114/2 in 25 overs

     Imam-ul-Haq brings up his fifty with a magnificent SIX off Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s delivery.

     Imam-ul-Haq showcases his batting prowess by launching the ball over the boundary for a six to bring up his fifty. The over concludes with nine runs scored, including three singles, as Pakistan looks to build a solid partnership.

     This is his 19th ODI Fifty.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023
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      Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023:

      PAK 120/2 in 26 overs

     Shakib Al Hasan returns to the bowling attack, but Mohammad Rizwan scoops one behind the wicket for a crucial boundary, contributing to six runs from the over.

     Pakistan is steadily building their innings, with 74 runs needed from the remaining 24 overs. Mohammad Rizwan’s boundary adds valuable runs to the total.

     PAK 123/2 in 27 overs

     There’s a brief halt in the live action as Mohammad Rizwan receives medical attention for what appears to be a groin issue after playing a sweep shot. However, he is back on his feet after the physio’s assessment.

     In the meantime, Mehidy Hasan Miraz delivers another economical over, conceding only three runs for Pakistan.

     PAK 132/2 in 28 overs

     Shakib Al Hasan continues to bowl, but Imam-ul-Haq responds with a powerful SIX over the long-off boundary, contributing to a nine-run over for Pakistan.

     PAK 139/2 in 29 overs

     Mehidy Hasan Miraz bowls his sixth over, and Mohammad Rizwan executes a well-placed sweep shot for a boundary, clearing the square leg boundary with precision. This over produces seven runs for Pakistan.

     PAK 142/2 in 30 overs

     Shakib Al Hasan’s over is relatively quiet, yielding just three runs for Pakistan. They now require 52 more runs to secure victory.

     PAK 147/2 in 31 overs

     Mehidy Hasan Miraz remains in the attack, and Imam-ul-Haq attempts to step down the track, chipping the ball. Unfortunately for Pakistan, it lands in front of the long-off fielder, resulting in just a single. The final ball of the over sees a similar action. This over produces five runs in total.

      PAK 148/2 in 32 overs

     Bangladesh’s Hasan Mahmud comes back into the attack. Rizwan faces a full and straight delivery, punching it straight to mid-off. Hasan continues to trouble Rizwan, bringing the ball in. An inside edge saves Rizwan from an LBW decision; he would have been plumb in front otherwise. Just one run comes from this over.

     Imam departs!

     Mehidy Hasan Miraz continues. The first ball is full and straight, and it’s driven down the ground for a single. Then, Imam goes onto his backfoot for a pull shot and sends it soaring over midwicket for a massive six. Another short delivery, another pull shot, and this time it finds the boundary for four. However, on the next delivery, Imam attempts a third pull shot, but the ball is fuller and beats him, crashing into the stumps. Bangladesh finally gets a crucial wicket. Agha Salman is the new batsman at the crease.

     Imam b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 78(84) [4s-5 6s-4]

     Pakistan needs 35 runs to win in 17 overs.

     PAK 165/3 in 34 overs

     Hasan Mahmud continues. A boundary! He manages to find Agha Salman’s outside edge, and the ball races away through the third man area for four runs. Pakistan collects six runs from the over.

     PAK needs 29 runs to win.

     PAK 167/3 in 35 overs

     Mehidy Hasan Miraz continues. It’s a tight over as he concedes just two singles.

     PAK needs 27 runs to win.

     PAK 168/3 in 36 overs

     Shakib Al Hasan returns to the attack. It’s a quiet over, with just a single run scored.

     PAK needs 26 runs to win from 84 balls.

     PAK 173/3 in 37 overs

     Mehidy Hasan Miraz bowls his last over. Mohammad Rizwan reaches his half-century. The over yields five runs.

     PAK needs 21 runs to win from 78 balls.

     This Is Rizwan’s 11th ODI Half- Century.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023
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      Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023:

      PAK 180/3 in 38 overs

     Shakib Al Hasan continues to bowl. Mohammad Rizwan hits a boundary in the over. Seven runs come from it.

     PAK needs 14 runs to win from 72 balls.

     PAK 188/3 in 39 overs

     Shamim Hossain bowls the 39th over. Mohammad Rizwan hits a boundary, going inside out over the covers.

     PAK needs 6 runs to win from 66 balls.

     Pakistan begins the Super 4 stage with a win!

     Shakib continues. Salman Agha reserve-sweeps a fuller ball to the third man fence. Pakistan wins by 7 wickets.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023
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      Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023:

      Imam, pacers script comprehensive win for Pakistan

     In a Super 4 match of the Asia Cup 2023 held at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan secured a resounding seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh. The co-hosts first restricted Bangladesh to a meager total of 193 runs, courtesy of Haris Rauf’s brilliant four-wicket haul. Subsequently, fifties from Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Rizwan paved the way for Pakistan’s convincing win.

     Agha Salman hits the winning runs

     Agha Salman struck the winning runs against Shakib Al Hasan as Pakistan successfully chased down the 194-run target in 39.3 overs, ultimately triumphing by 7 wickets. Mohammad Rizwan remained unbeaten on 63 (79), contributing significantly to Pakistan’s victory.

     Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan: “We lost early wickets in the start and we played some ordinary shots. On a wicket like this we shouldn’t lose four wickets in the first ten overs, but it happens. Our partnership was good, thought we needed to bat 7-8 more overs. Very poor batting display on a surface like this but we have to move on to the next one. They are the no.1 team and these are the reasons. They have three world class bowlers who are making things easier for them. We have been doing well in the bowling department but batting is a bit hot and cold. We need to be more consistently. I thought our three seamers bowled brilliantly. Like Pakistan, our seamers have been bowling very well in the last couple of years. But unfortunately on a pitch like this you can’t get wickets unless batters make mistakes. [On playing in SL] When I played in LPL, pitches were a bit slow, wickets were a little up and down and that should help us. So hopefully we will do well in Colombo.”

     Babar Azam, the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, expressed his satisfaction with the performance of his seamers, highlighting their excellent bowling. He mentioned that the fast bowlers benefited from the conditions, which influenced the decision to include Faheem Ashraf in the lineup for the game. Babar also acknowledged the incredible support from the crowd and emphasized that wins boost the team’s confidence, gearing them up for the upcoming matches. Regarding the match against India, he stated that there isn’t much pressure and that they view it as just another game, aiming to give their best performance.

     Haris Rauf 51* not out

     was named the Player of the Match for his outstanding performance. He mentioned that despite the hot conditions, they have to manage as professionals. Rauf highlighted the importance of pre-match planning and how they work hard to execute their plans effectively. He emphasized the significance of sticking to the plan and bowling accordingly to achieve success in the match

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023
Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023
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Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023
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      Pakistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023:

      Imam-ul-Haq: “I would say not one of my fluent innings. We thought it was going to be a good batting wicket but it was seaming around so we were surprised but I have worked on my back foot game against spinners and I am happy with that. [On trying to score quicker for NRR] We discussed about it and we had a plan. We thought we can just chase in 36 overs and intentions were clear about it. We thought we had the chance and we were fortunate enough to close the match as early as possible. [On the pacers] They are remarkable and I just want them to bowl this way for the next two months.”

     Imam-ul-Haq has been in excellent form, hitting his fifth ODI fifty in his last eight innings and accumulating a total of 19 fifties in his 65-ODI career. With his consistent performances, his ODI batting average has now risen to over 51. Among current players, only a few, including Shubman Gill (in just 29 innings), Rassie van Der Dussen, Babar Azam, Temba Bavuma, and Virat Kohli, have better batting averages in ODIs. Imam-ul-Haq’s impressive record reflects his prowess as a top-order batsman in the format.

Pakistan
Pakistan
194/3(39.3)
Bangladesh
Bangladesh
193/10(38.4)
Pakistan win by 7 wickets


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