Pakistan were able to beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the first T20I of a three-match series in Dhaka on Friday, courtesy late fireworks by Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, and Mohammad Nawaz.
Khushdil Shah smashed 34 off 35 balls, with three fours and a six, Khan managed to score 21 off balls, with a four and two sixes, while Nawaz scored 18 off eight balls also hitting a four and two sixes.
Bangladesh bowlers smashed through Pakistan’s batting line up earlier as Mohammad Rizwan was dismissed for 11, skipper Babar Azam seven, and Haider Ali went back to the Pavillion for a duck.
However, Fakhar Zaman took charge. He was able to hit 34 off 36 balls, with four fours.
Earlier, Bangladesh opted to bat first against Pakistan after winning the toss. But their batters failed to impress as they managed only 127/7 runs at the end of their 20 overs.
New-look top-order struggled for fluency. They were reduced to 15 for 3 in the 5th over and didn’t really recover. Afif Hossain played a nice little cameo, but his team needed more than just 36. There were useful hands from Nurul and Mahedi, as the hosts added 87 in the last set of 10 overs. For Pakistan, the return to form for Hasan Ali was welcome news and the debutants acquitted themselves pretty well.
Hassan Ali took three wickets for 22 in his four overs. He was supported by Mohammad Wasim, who took two wickets while Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz chimed in with one wicket each.
Afif Hossain scored the most runs for Bangladesh, making 36 runs off 34 balls before he was stumped by wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan off a Shadab Khan delivery. Mahedi 30 off 20 and Sohan 28 off 22 helped Bangladesh to post 127/7 in 20 overs.
Bangladesh 127/7 in 20 overs (Afif Hossain 36 off 34, Nurul 28 off 22, Mahedi 30 off 20, Hasan Ali 22/3).
Pakistan 132/6 in 19.2 overs (Fakhar Zaman 34 off 36, Khushdil 34 off 35 and Shadab*21 off 10, Nawaz* 18 off 8, Taskin 31/2, Mahedi Hasan 17/1).