Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bangladesh beats Pakistan after sixteen years

Bangladesh cricket team has taken a 1-0 lead of the three-match ODI series after beating Pakistan by 79 runs in the first ODI at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on April 17. Winning the toss, stand-in captain Shakib Al Hasan decided to bat first and it was proved to be a right decision after the host team put up a massive target of 330 run to the visitor.
After sixteen years, Bangladesh cricket team recorded their second ODI victory against Pakistan. Their first ODI victory against the same opponent came in the 1999 World Cup.
Opener Tamim Iqbal and wicket-keeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim scored centuries which helped the team to score 329 for the loss of six wickets. Tamim Iqbal scored 132 from 135 balls. It was his first century since 2013. Mushfiqur Rahim played an aggressive innings of 77-ball 106.
Pakistan was bowled out for 250 in 45.2 overs after coming to chase. Captain Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail and one of the debutants Mohammad Rizwan respectively scored 72, 51 and 67 runs. Both Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny claimed three wickets apiece.
Left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz was the highest wicket taker. He took four wickets while Rahat Ali took one wicket. With this match, Saeed Ajmal made his return to the international cricket with a remodeled action after an eight-month absence. He was suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) due to an illegal bowling action.

The second match will be played on April 19 at the same venue.