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Bangladesh starts Pakistan tour with loss

 Sports Desk

 Published: 06:50 PM, 24 January 2020   Updated: 07:20 PM, 24 January 2020

Photo: PCB

Photo: PCB

Bangladesh have started their three-match T20I series against host Pakistan with a 5 wickets loss at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore today.

The visitors, who had won the toss and opted to bat on a flat Gaddafi Stadium pitch, finished their allotted 20 overs at 141-5. Only openers Mohammad Naim, who hit 43 off 41 and Tamim Iqbal, who made 39 from 34, batted with authority.

In reply, Pakistan chased down the target in 19.2 overs for the loss of 5 wickets. 

Chasing the target Pakistan lost its skipper Babar Azam (0) in the very first over of the innings. Mohammad Hafeez and Ahsan Ali made 35 runs stand in the 2nd wicket stand. 

Debutant Ahsan Ali and Shoaib Malik added 46 runs in the 3rd wicket stand. Ahsan Ali being dismissed by Aminul Islam scoring 36 off 32 with four fours. 

Veteran Shoaib Malik and Iftikhar Ahmed made 36 runs stand in the 4th wickets. Iftikhar Ahmed made 16 off 13 before being dismissed by Shafiul Islam. Imad Wasim (6) also went out in quick succession but Shoaib Malik's 58* off 45 with five fours helped the host to chase down the target keeping 5 wickets and 3 balls in hand.

For Bangladesh, Shafiul Islam bagged 2 wickets for 27 runs while Mustafiqur Rahman, Al-Amin and Aminul Islam took one wicket each.

Earlier, Two openers Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Naim added 71 runs in the opening stand before Tamim (39 off 34) being dismissed by run-out. 

Liton Das and Naim added 27 runs in the 2nd wicket stand but Liton being dismissed scoring 12 off 13. Then Naim also went out in the next ball scoring 43 off 41 and Bangladesh lost their 3rd wicket to 98.

From here, skipper Mahmudullah's 19 off 14 with 2 fours helped Bangladesh to post 141 after 20 overs.

Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shadab Khan, and Haris Rauf bagged one wicket apiece.