Pakistan trip spirited Bangladesh
Despite valiant effort from Shakib Al Hasaan, Bangladesh were still denied entrance into the Super 8s by a stunning knock from Imran Nazir, which the Bangladeshis couldn’t withstand. Chasing 176 for victory, Nazir started with a boundary in the very first ball, and never turned back. He blasted a vicious 36-ball 72, before he fell to Abdul Hassan. During this time, skipper Mohammed Hafeez was steadily building the innings, but was doing it at less than a run a ball (not that he needed to). He too fell to Hasaan, but Nasir Jamshed (29 in 14) and Kamran Akmal (22 of 15) made sure that there was no hiccup, winning by 8 wickets. To get t 175, Bangladesh started pretty well, with Tamin Iqbal (24 in 12) going berserk and Mohammed Ashraful (14 in 13) playing himself in, but Sohail Tanvir knocked over Ashraful and Hafeez ran out Iqbal, leaving Bangladesh at 61-2 in 5.5 overs. From there Shakib, accompanied by captain-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim, took Bangladesh to 129 before Rahim fell. Then Shakib played some good shots, but they missed that late push, so they ended up at 175-6, a total which proved to be to little for Pakistan. So of all the ends I’ve seen so far, Bangladesh’s was best fought. So there’s no match today, but we’ll see you for the first match of the Super 8s, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, tomorrow. So until then, adios!