Mar 16, 2016 18:55(IST) Pakistan (201/5) win by 55 runs against Bangladesh (146/6) at Eden Gardens
A complete performance from Pakistan. Good tight, pace bowling was expected, the brilliant batting display will be making headlines tomorrow. What a time to open up your bat. First match of the ICC World T20, and Pakistan have sounded the battle horn. Forget all the fovourites chatter. It's a very limiting word 'favourite'. It's used to describe ice-cream flavours. But this is cricket, my friends. And T20 at that.
It will be a cracker when Pakistan take on India, a monkey on their back, on 19 March. And not because of the narrative (well, that too), but mostly it'll be about cricket. If Pakistan can replicate their batting performance of today against India, Dhoni must get to work right now.
"I was hungry to perform. I haven't been doing that for a while. I should take responsibility as a captain and as a player. I talked about my batting order with coach and it helped. This is an important tournament for me and my country." Shahid Afridi looks vindicated.
He's Man of the Match.
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Firstpost Sports for all the World T20 happenings, live or otherwise. 18:44(IST) After 20 overs,Bangladesh 146/6 ( Shakib Al Hasan 50 , Mashrafe Mortaza (C) 15)
Pakistan continues it's romance with Eden Gardens, huge win here today and sound warning to India, who had a but of an ego check at Nagpur. Riaz was hit for a four and six. But it wouldn't matter even if it was six sixes. Pakistan win by 55 runs. Let's put a safe bet on Afridi being crowned as the MoM.
18:41(IST) After 19 overs,Bangladesh 134/6 ( Shakib Al Hasan 43 , Mashrafe Mortaza (C) 10)
Amir bowls his last over. Slightly on the expensive side by his standards, 11 off it, that included a brilliant dug-out four behind point from Mortaza on an attemted yorker. Amir finishes with figures of 4-0-28-2. 68 runs required form the last over
79 runs required off 2 overs now. Shakib moves on to 40, guy deserves his fifty. Let him have it. 18:34(IST) After 18 overs,Bangladesh 123/6 ( Shakib Al Hasan 39 , Mashrafe Mortaza (C) 6) OUT! New man in Mohammad Mithun walks. This one looks dubious. Irfan's long legs seem to land on the line in his action but the third umpire seems to be in a hurry. He calls it legitimate, as Amir catches out Mithun.
You almost feel sad for Shakib. He slogged Irfan brilliantly to square leg. His solitary fight carries on as wickets fall around him. Mashrafe Mortaza walks in and tonks Irfan for a maximum, straight down the ground.
18:26(IST) After 17 overs,Bangladesh 111/5 ( Shakib Al Hasan 34 , Mohammad Mithun 1)
OUT! Amir picks his second on the night as Mushfiqur Rahim tries to pull him, gets the top edge off the slower one and Akmal keeps his dignity intact with a simple catch. Rahim didn't read that one well. This after Shehzad just dropped Shakib in the same over. Just six runs off the over. 18:21(IST) After 16 overs,Bangladesh 105/4 ( Shakib Al Hasan 33 , Mushfiqur Rahim (W) 14)
Riaz continues. And Bangladesh seems to have settled for a boundary an over. Classic denial. Solitary Shakib continues his good fight. Puts Riaz's slower one through the covers, all the while knowing it's futile. RRR 24.25
18:17(IST) After 15 overs,Bangladesh 98/4 ( Shakib Al Hasan 26 , Mushfiqur Rahim (W) 14)
Pakistan's golden boy returns. Amir in hunt for another wicket. Shakib scoops him for a fine-leg boundary first ball up. But the story for the rest of the over is grim. A solitary single and four dot balls as the run rate goes beyond 20 an over. 104 off 30 balls.
18:13(IST) After 14 overs,Bangladesh 93/4 ( Shakib Al Hasan 21 , Mushfiqur Rahim (W) 14)
Pakistan brings back pace in the fray. Wahab with his 140 plus size balls. That sounded wrong, but you know what we meant. Just six from the over, four off which came off Rahim's slog over mid-wicket. RRR now beyond 18.
18:09(IST) 18:08(IST) After 13 overs,Bangladesh 87/4 ( Shakib Al Hasan 21 , Mushfiqur Rahim (W) 8)
Wasim continues. Mushfiqur Rahim this time pulls him beautifully to wide long-on on a short one. But a four an over isn't enough when the RR is asking four fours an over. Only 8 ogg the over, 115 runs required from 42 balls.
18:03(IST) After 12 overs,Bangladesh 79/4 ( Shakib Al Hasan 20 , Mushfiqur Rahim (W) 1)
Afridi goes for his last over. He can stand up, soak in the adulation today, 49 off 199, four fours and as many sixes, and a couple of wickets. Dream of a day for the Pakistani captain. It looks over for Bangladesh, Shakib though is still fighting. His four off Afridi's first ball, smashed to the long-off boundary, isn't enough to bring the climbing RR under check.
17:59(IST) After 11 overs,Bangladesh 74/4 ( Shakib Al Hasan 15 , Mushfiqur Rahim (W) 1)
OUT! New bowler in sends the new batsman in packing. Imad Wasim comes in and gets Mahmadullah after Sharjeel pulls off a good catch. Bangladesh languishing now at 74/4 after 11 overs. Required run-rate now 14.22 17:56(IST) After 10 overs,Bangladesh 69/3 ( Shakib Al Hasan 13 , Mahmudullah 2)
Afridi again, Shakib picks up a boundary in the over but it all looks like a foregone conclusion. Bangaldesh are out of steam. They were out of steam the moment Pakistani batsmen walked in. Run-rate reaching the skies now. 133 more required from last 10 overs.
17:54(IST) After 9 overs,Bangladesh 61/3 ( Shakib Al Hasan 6 , Mahmudullah 1)
And with Tamim's departure, the foot is off the pedal. Just three off Malik's over, the run-rate is now climbing fast. Mahmadullah is the new batsman in.
17:52(IST) After 8 overs,Bangladesh 58/3 ( Shakib Al Hasan 4 , Mahmadullah 0)
OUT! It's Afridi's day out and he gets the danger-man Tamim Iqbal. Iqbal went for a slog sweep, down on his knee, ball flies high up, and lands comfortably in Imad Wasim's hand. Surely, a Man of the Match performance from Afridi. He has silenced (pardon the pun) all his haters in his first game of the World T20. 17:46(IST)
Also, bangladesh's 50 comes up. Missed that one.
17:45(IST) After 7 overs,Bangladesh 56/2 ( Tamim Iqbal 23 , Shakib Al Hasan 3)
Shoiab Malik is the change. Bangladesh's hopes of a chase to remember have taken a hit with Sabbir's departure. But Tamim is still out there. And he's stubborn, that guy. He walks down the track and tonks Malik over covers for a handsome six. 11 runs off the over. Bangladesh cannot afford to take their foot off the pedal, even if it feels a bit hot.
17:40(IST) After 6 overs,Bangladesh 45/2 ( Tamim Iqbal 15 , Shakib Al Hasan 1)
OUT! Sabbir departs! And who else but Shahid Afridi. After his blistering knock he comes in with the ball, gets slapped around a bit; a six and a four from Tamim and Sabbir respectively. He bowls out Sabbir who goes for a cut but the ball slips onto the stumps. 12 off the over, but also got the all important wicket off Sabbir 17:35(IST) After 5 overs,Bangladesh 33/1 ( Tamim Iqbal 8 , Sabbir Rahman 21)
Riaz comes in. 144 kmph. 146 then, and shown to the boundary. Sabbir doesn't think it's over. He's going to fight. Short one from Riaz sent through extra cover. Seven off the over. The run-rat emust be playing in their minds too.
Wahab Riaz comes into the attack, somewhere Shane Watson scratches his ear nervously. 17:29(IST) After 4 overs,Bangladesh 26/1 ( Tamim Iqbal 7 , Sabbir Rahman 16)
Five off that over, you could see Irfan huffing and puffing to send down his meanest and fastest down the track. But Sabbir and Iqbal hold their ground well and exchange strike. This is a good batting pitch, Pakistan batsmen proved that. But their seamers are out to prove the opposite. Some good pace bowling on exhibit here.
Pakistan fans have shrugged off the daze that Afridi put them in
17:22(IST) After 3 overs,Bangladesh 21/1 ( Tamim Iqbal 5 , Sabbir Rahman 14)
Indeed, Sabbir is in some fine nick. Sees off a short and wide one from Amir to the covers. Simply brilliant and fearless. All of his three boundaries have spelt confidence.
17:19(IST) After 2 overs,Bangladesh 15/1 ( Tamim Iqbal 4 , Sabbir Rahman 9)
The big, tall Mohammad Irfan comes in, but despite his size, he's not even half as intinidating as Amir. Sabbir, though, looks in a fine nick. After his boundary off Amir, he sends a full delivery to the ropes over mid-on.
17:15(IST) After 1 overs,Bangladesh 6/1 ( Tamim Iqbal 1 , Sabbir Rahman 4)
Amir, true to all the hype, starts his World T20 in the same mood as he was in Asia Cup. Sent the stumps flying already in his first over. However, Sabbir Rahman comes in and glides Amir off when he gets a bit of space.
ICYMI: Throwback to Soumya Sarkar's peach of catch as he walks back to the pavillion. 17:10(IST)
OUT! Mohammad Amir strikes, he's been vicious since his return. Soumya Sarkar bowled by a searing bullet of a delivery from Amir. He goes for a duck. This is a grim start fro Bangladesh. 17:08(IST)
Bangladesh have a mammoth task at hand as Soumya Srakar and man in form Tamim Iqbal come out to bat. They'll have better what Afridi and his men did today. It seems highly unlikely. 16:58(IST) Pakistan 201/5 after 20 overs, Bangaldesh need 202
It was much more than a batting showcase from Pakistan, it was a statement. Ahmed Shehzad was a class act on his return, justifying his selection. Hafeez was simply exquisite. And then the Afridi onslaught. It's the perfect time to hit form for Pakistan's batting line-up, just before the all-important and much-talked about match against India.
It's been a weird precursor to the World T20 for Pakistan. A shoddy Asia Cup campaign, another loss to India. The World T20 drama, will they-won't they, the venue change, the sucurity concerns, the political tussle, the Afridi controversy. But they have laid all that too rest. Pakistan fans must be overjoyed, Miandad must be digging his hole to hide in, and Afridi is roaring. How can you not love him.
Bangladesh have an incredibly tought taks at hand. But an Eden Gardens crowd behind them, they could pull off the impossible.
16:51(IST) After 20 overs,Pakistan 201/5 (Shoaib Malik 15 (9b 2x4 0x6) , Imad Wasim 0 (0b 0x4 0x6))
Malik made sure Pakistan crosses 200, the second time they have done so in T20Is. He hit Taskin on his first two balls. The young Bangladeshi going for yorkers but not finding that accuracy. Malik cut the first one, a full toss. The second, he sent straight down long-on for another four. Pakistan have made a huge total at Eden Gardens. 201/5.
16:46(IST) OUT! It's not to be a fastest 50. Afridi is caught on deep square-leg, his slog falling short of the boundary.
He departs on 49 off 19.
16:44(IST) One last over left. Pakistan look set to goo past 200. India, be very, very scared.
Afridi on his way for a fastest T20I 50 by a Pakistan player.
16:42(IST) After 19 overs,Pakistan 189/4 ( Shahid Afridi (C) 49 , Shoaib Malik 3)
Afridi has decided to answer over all the 'love from India' controversy today. This is madness. First he hit Shakib for a four through the covers on short slower one. Next, he goes Boom Boom. Slogs it over long on and moves to 49 off 18 balls. fours sixes and as many fours.
16:39(IST) After 18 overs,Pakistan 176/4 ( Shahid Afridi (C) 38 , Shoaib Malik 1)
Akmal walks, but Afridi is still talking out there. He slapped a flat six one the very first ball, the power on that was scary. Shoaib Malik comes in the middle.
OUT! Umar Akmal departs on a duck on his second ball, drives on his backfoot but sends it straight into Shakid's hands at mid-off. Didn't get much but power on that one. 16:34(IST) After 17 overs,Pakistan 168/3 ( Shahid Afridi (C) 31 , Umar Akmal 0)
Hafeez departs but Afridi has continued his onslaught. He moves to 31 off 12 balls, Three fours and two sixes.
16:32(IST) OUT! Hafeez is caught out on the rope after his brilliant 64 off 42.
But what a catch that was. Soumya Sarkar the outfielder there. It looked the ball would sail beyond, but he gets a stretched hand on it, throws it up in the air as his momentum carries him over the rope, quicky jumps back inside and waits fir his tossed ball to land snugly in his hands. Beautiful.
16:26(IST) After 16 overs,Pakistan 157/2 ( Mohammad Hafeez 59 , Shahid Afridi (C) 25)
Exquisite from Hafeez.First, he just caressed the ball down towards leg with a deft paddle and then a backfoot drive down extra cover for a bullet boundary. This is pure cricketing joy. And Afridi's bruteness follows. He slogs Al-Amin to a huge, huge six over cow corner. It was sailing for a whole minute.
16:19(IST) After 15 overs,Pakistan 139/2 ( Mohammad Hafeez 50 , Shahid Afridi (C) 16)
A busy over this one from Mortaza. Hafeez reaches his 50 off 36 balls. But who cares, Afridi is here and he hit two fours and a six in the three balls he faced. Boom Boom indeed. That six was also a beamer, but Afridi couldn't do much with the free hit. The Pakistan captain has raced to 16 off 6 balls.
Who else but him! Under much controversy and in need of much 'love', Shahid Afridi walks in. Let's see what he does from here. Boom Boom? 16:13(IST)
OUT! Shehzad departs after a brilliant comeback innings. He tries to slog Rehman over mid-wicket but finds Mahmudullah. He walks after 52 runs off 39 balls. 16:11(IST)
The absurdity of it all is baffling everyone 16:10(IST) 16:09(IST)
Strong comeback from Shezad.
16:07(IST) After 13 overs,Pakistan 117/1 ( Ahmed Shehzad 51 , Mohammad Hafeez 46)
After Shehzad, now Hafeez in hurry to reach his 50. Finds the gap in mid-wicket with a powerful pull off Mortaza. It's raining boundaries every over.
Shehzad reaches his 50 off 35 balls and justifies his selection. Eight fours in that half-century. 16:03(IST)
A treat for Pakistan this. 16:00(IST)
A treat for Pakistan this. 15:59(IST) After 11 overs,Pakistan 99/1 ( Ahmed Shehzad 39 , Mohammad Hafeez 40)
India, be scared. Pakistan's battung prowess on show today. Hafeez pulls Shakib to mid-wicket boundary. This partnership is now worth 73 and it has come in lightening wuick time.
15:55(IST) After 10 overs,Pakistan 90/1 ( Ahmed Shehzad 38 , Mohammad Hafeez 32)
Sabbir Rehman comes in the attack and faces the music. Shehzad pulls Rehman on his first ball in and the ball races to the boundary beyond the reach of the diving fielder. 10 overs gone, Pakistan on an unbelievable 90/1.
15:52(IST) After 9 overs,Pakistan 83/1 ( Ahmed Shehzad 33 , Mohammad Hafeez 30)
This is mature cricket from Hafeez and Shehzad. This was the first over in Pakistan's innings that didn't feature a boundary but they ran a single every ball. Great rotation of strike, both of them keeping each other warm.
Might want to change opinion on that, at least based on today.
Explains Hafeez's good mood today.
15:49(IST) After 8 overs,Pakistan 77/1 ( Ahmed Shehzad 30 , Mohammad Hafeez 27)
Hafeez and Shehzad taking turns now, hitting boundaries in tandem. This is a plaeasure to watch. First Shehzad, then Hafeez, Hafeez's late cut to Point raced to the boundary. This is a Pakistan fan's dream coming true. 12 off the the over from Shakib.
Uncharacteristic, indeed. 15:43(IST) After 7 overs,Pakistan 65/1 ( Ahmed Shehzad 20 , Mohammad Hafeez 25)
Hafeez is putting on a class act. Steps down the track to Sunny, and in one carnal swing of the bat sends the ball straight over the bowler's head into the crowd. Pakistan's top order, uncharecteristically, putting on a good show.
Shehzad and Hafeez look settled now, on 18 and 17 respectively. Apart from the Sharjeel bump, it's been a smooth start from Pakistan. The mission now: To convert this good start into a good total for the their muc-feared bowling attack
15:36(IST) After 6 overs,Pakistan 55/1 ( Ahmed Shehzad 18 , Mohammad Hafeez 17)
Hafeez this time employing the drive, twice this time. He survived a stumping scare sandwiched in the middle of two exquisite drives to long off. Looking strong now.
15:31(IST) After 5 overs,Pakistan 44/1 ( Ahmed Shehzad 17 , Mohammad Hafeez 8)
Shehzad seems to have taken over the responsiblity to send the ball to the ropes. Beautiful inside-out drive off Arafat Sunny to move to 17.
15:20(IST) After 3 overs,Pakistan 32/1 ( Ahmed Shehzad 7 , Mohammad Hafeez 6)
Hafeez walks in and sends Sunny stright back into the stans for a maximum. Confident start from the man
OUT! Bangladesh strike back! Sharjeel was looking good, now he's walking good. He is bowled by the man under doubt for his action, Arafat Sunny 15:16(IST) Pakistan 25/0, after 2 overs, (Sharjeel 18, Shehzad 6)
It's a confident from Pakistan. Of late , they've been left wanting more form their top order. They'll hope it delivers today. Bowling has always been a strong suit, It's with the bat that they disappoint. 15:12(IST)
It's a confident from Pakistan. Of late , they've been left wanting more form their top order. They'll hope it delivers today. Bowling has always been a strong suit, It's with the bat that they disappoint. 15:02(IST)
Ahmed Shehzad and Shajeel Khan are opening the innings for Pakistan. Shehzad missed out on the Asia Cup, but has been recalled for the World T20. This is the big stage for the younf man to prove his worth 15:01(IST)
All eyes on Mohammad Amir today. Will he replicate his Asia Cup success? 15:00(IST)
Pakistan have won the toss and chose to come out with the bat. 14:58(IST) World T20: Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Eden Gardens
One of them eager to redeem themselves, to slay old demons and rise on the occasion; the other, spirited, eager to prove that their future will no longer be held down by their past. Pakistan take on Bangladesh today at one of cricket's most hallowed grounds, Eden Gardens. It'll be hard to fill all the seats their on a Tuesday afternoon and Kolkata heat when India isn't playing. But expect good support for our neighbours from the East; with a shared history and culture providing a soft corner for Bangladesh in West Bengal.
Pakistan, on the other hand has always enjoyed a good outing at Eden Gardens. They'll bank on history and the talent in their side to see this onbe through. The commentator just called Bangladesh "underdogs". A proof of how that word has been twisted out of meaning. No underdogs here, but expect a tight and brutal dogfight. Welcome to the liveblog for Pakistan vs Bangladesh. Do stay with us for all the action beyond your televion screens.
Despite their recent improvements in 50-over cricket,
Bangladesh have a rotten record in the World T20 and have never beaten Pakistan in the premier tournament of cricket's shortest format.
But they will fancy their chances like never before at Kolkata's Eden Gardens against a team who are on a miserable run and whose preparations have been hit by their late arrival in India in a row over security.
Bangladesh cruised through last week's preliminary round and know that a victory over Pakistan will set them up nicely if they are to make the semi-finals for the first time.
Star batsman Tamim Iqbal is in the form of his life, scoring
Bangladesh's first ever international T20 century in Sunday's victory over Oman after scores of 83 and 47 in the first two games.
Pakistan team at training ahead of their World T20 match against Bangladesh. AFP
Fans in the cricket-mad nation held impromptu street parties earlier this month when
Bangladesh clinched a five-wicket win over Pakistan in Dhaka, sealing a place in the final of the Asia Cup which they lost to India. Bangladesh was part of Pakistan before a brutal 1971 war of separation, and matches between the sides therefore always have an extra edge to them.
Mashrafe Mortaza's side can expect strong support from their fellow Bengalis in what is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.
But Afridi has been making his own overtures towards the locals by claiming his team has received more "love" from fans in India than back home, comments that incensed former
Pakistan skipper Javed Miandad. Backing for Boom Boom Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said that the team's troubled build-up to the tournament did not mean they should be written off.
"We're the kind of team that once we get the momentum going, we can surprise people," Younis said in a pre-match press conference.
The former bowling great also backed the big-hitting Afridi to rediscover the kind of form with the bat that earned him the nickname Boom Boom.
"It takes less than a minute to lose form and to get it back as well. T20 cricket is like that, we're hoping that he's one innings away from getting back his old form," said Younis.
Bangladesh's build-up has been serene in comparison to the dramas in Pakistan's camp.
But after seeing off Oman, the Netherlands and Ireland in the preliminaries, Mortaza knows the hard work now begins in a group that includes India, Australia and New Zealand.
"In that group you can't make any mistakes, you have to be up to the mark everywhere," said the veteran bowler.
Bangladesh (from): Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed Pakistan (from): Shahid Afridi (captain), Anwar Ali, Imad Wasim, Khalid Latif, Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Sami, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Sharjeel Khan, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz AFP