(Bangladesh take on Pakistan in the eighth match of the Asia Cup 2014 at Mirpur. Bangladesh have not won a match so far. Pakistan, on the other hand, are on the verge of entering their second Asia Cup final in a row. Catch live cricket scores of the match in our live blog below.)
Fantastic performance from both the sides and they completely deserve richest of the applause. Pakistan held their nerves towards the end to register a historic win, where as thousands in Bangladesh would be heartbroken with yet another close loss. It took one man to change the game completely, take a bow, Shahid Afridi the Man of the Match.
Pakistan now take on the high-flying Sri Lanka in the final of the tournament on Saturday. For the Indian fans, the tournament is over but they can still catch their favourite stars in action on Wednesday when India take on Afghanistan.
Umar Gul does it for Pakistan!!! He smashes a boundary through the midwicket region as Pakistan win by 3 wickets and also register their highest ever successful record chase in ODIs. But this is after Fawad Alam is run out for 74 and the winning runs are scored only off the second last ball of the over.
OUT! F Alam rut out 74(70)
Umar smashes a four through covers off Shakib as Pakistan inch closer to their biggest run chase ever. They need only three runs to win from the final over.
Alam continues from where Afridi left as he smashes two sixes to bring Pakistan closer to the target. Pakistan score 18 off Razzak, and need 13 to win from 12 balls.
DROPPED earlier but Afridi is finally OUT! He hits one very high in the air and Mushfiqur Rahim, who had all the time in the world, spills it. Afridi, who is struggling with his back, perhaps wants a runner and has been duly declined.
After a long halt, Afridi’s carnage continues as he lifts one over the fine-leg area for a six. But Bangladesh finally take a HUGE sigh of relief as Afridi is run-out for 59. Umar Akmal walks in. Pakistan need 31 to win from three overs.
OUT! S Afridi 59(25)
A loud appeal and over-the-board celebration from Anamul Haque for a caught behind off Shakib. But Afridi is safe. Good over from Bangladesh’s perspective as only five runs were scored.
Fawad Alam completes his half-century with a single off Shafiul Islam. But there’s Afridi on the other end who has hogged all the limelight. A massive hit over midwicket for six by Afridi. A boundary off the final ball gets Afridi his 36th ODI half-century off just 18 balls. This is absolute carnage!
A quiet over in Bangladesh’s perspective. Only five runs come off Al Amin’s over.
Afridi in red hot form as he is rediscovering his lost mojo. The dashing batsman hit as many as three sixes off Shakib as Pakistan are back in the game with a bang! The required run rate comes down to 9.57.
Abdur Rehman’s painful stay at the crease is over as Mahmadullah has him caught by Ziaur Rehman. Shahid Afridi is the new man in, and he is immediately off the mark with a SIX! The second last ball is once again dispatched for a six over covers.
The required run rate is 10.88 now.
OUT! A Rehman c Ziaur b Mahmadullah 8(8)
Pakistan batsmen scramble for just six runs off Nasir Hossain, who doesn’t give them any scope for a big hit. Pakistan need 102 runs off the last nine overs.
Mahmudullah keeps it tight as Pakistan batsmen score another six runs in that over. Pakistan need 108 runs to win from the last 10 overs.
And there it is! Ahmed Shehzad falls after completing his century as Bangladesh strike at a crucial moment. Shehzad moves away to make room and play but misses the ball completely. More than anyone, Anamul Haque is delighted. Alam and Shehzad added 105 runs for the fourth wicket.
This might surprise you: Pakistan need to score at more than 10 an over, but ahead of Shahid Afridi (who won them the game against India), Abdur Rehman walks in. And not to mention, Umar Akmal’s there too!
OUT! A Shehzad b A Razzak 103(123)
Shakib continues after the short drinks break. The required run rate is now close to 10 and these two batsmen need to score quickly in order to keep their side in contention. Shehzad and Alam have completed 100-run stand.
Ahmed Shehzad slams his fifth ODI century with a single off Abdur Razzak. No celebration from the batsman as the job is far from done. Pakistan need another 125 runs to win from 78 balls.
Very impressive comeback from Shakib-al-Hasan as he doesn’t allow the Pakistan batsmen to get away. Only three runs scored off the
Extremely lucky for Ahmed Shehzad as a direct hit from Alam hit Al Ami’s boots and missed the wickets at non-striker’s end by a whisker. Pakistan, however are in desperate need of couple of good overs as the required run rate continues to be close to nine. Shehzad hit a six off the first ball in the over.
Good over from Abdur Razzak as only four runs are scored off it. Pakistan need 144 more runs to win from 16 overs.
Alam gets a boundary through the point area off Shafiul Islam. Shehzad ends the over carting a four through the leg side. Good over for Pakistan as 10 runs come off it.
Shehzad hits a boundary through the covers off Razzak, and follows it up with another through the midwicket area. Pressure gradually coming back on Bangladesh with this partnership. For those uninitiated, Bangladesh need to restrict Pakistan below 260 to register a win with bonus point.
Both Alam and Shehzad crack a boundary each off Shafiul Islam as Pakistan aim to pick up the scoring rate. The required run rate is 8.90 at the moment. A good over from Pakistan’s perspective as 12 runs came off it. However, a confusion between the two batsmen in the middle would have resulted in Shehzad being run-out had Mahmadullah hit the wickets on the second last ball of the over.
Shehzad dances down the track to smash a boundary. Pakistan batsmen manage six runs from that over from Nassir Hossain.
Shehzad slams two boundaries towards the midwicket region off Mominul. Pakistan need lot more of those to be in the game. Pakistan add 11 runs to their total.
Ahmed Shehzad completes his half-century, his seventh in the match. Pakistan batsmen scramble to add five more runs to their total.
Pakistan need 204 more runs to win from 138 balls. Mominul Haque’s over yielded only three runs to them.
Ahmed Shezad and Fawad Alam have a huge task in their hands. They not only have to steady Pakistan and build a partnership, but also maintain a good run rate. The asking rate is well past 8.5 at the moment.
Impressive by Mominul as he gives away only three runs in that over. Pakistan now need 213 runs off the remaining 25 overs.
Huge appeal for leg-before by Mahmadullah against Fawad Alam. The ball did hit him in front of the wickets but was pitched outside the leg stump. Alam had struck a boundary on the off side.
Mominul Haque is caught behind the wicket as Mominul Haque claims his second wicket in the match! Maqsood tries to cut the ball outside the off-stump and misses it. Wicketkeeper and bowler both go up and umpire Nigel Llong thinks it is out. But the replays show otherwise. Pakistan in big trouble.
OUT! S Maqsood c Anamul Haque b Mominul Haque 2(5)
Shakib strikes to remove Misbah! Bangladesh are jubilant as they have made a huge breakthrough. Misbah goes for a mighty heave but misses to connect, and the ball crashes into the off-stump. Pakistan have lost both their key batsmen who can drop the anchor and build the innings.
OUT! Misbah-ul-Haq b Shakib 4(4)
Big wicket! Hafeez succumbs to pressure as Mominul provide Bangladesh a huge breakthrough. Hafeez tries to clear the fielder at long-on but ends it hitting high in the air, and Imrul Kayes takes a fine catch near the ropes. Misbah-ul-Haq walks in, and starts off with a boundary.
OUT! M Hafeez c Kayes b Mominul 52(55)
Shehzad hits a boundary on the final ball as Pakistan add eight runs to their total after the drinks break. Mahmudullah has been pretty impressive so far.
Bangladesh trying to pull back things as it is Mominul who sends down a maiden. 12 dot balls would certainly put pressure on Pakistan in this huge chase. Pakistan now need 237 runs to win from 31 overs.
Excellent over by Mahmadullah as he sends down a maiden. Shehzad has looked good so far in this innings, but he has consumed many deliveries.
Mohammad Hafeez carries his good run as he completes consecutive half-century in the tournament. Pakistan are in a good position and need to carry the same way. Only three runs scored off Mominul in the 17th of the game.
Mahmadullah is welcomed into the attack by Shehzad with a boundary off the first ball. It was drifting down the led and the batsman thrashed it on the leg side.
Hafeez gets two boundaries in the over of Mominul Haque as Pakistan add another eight runs to their total. Pakistan now need 247 runs to win from 35 overs.
Shehzad gets a boundary through midwicket as Pakistan are desperate to get some momentum. 11 runs come off Razzak’s over.
Ahmed Shehzad is finding it tough to get going in the middle. The asking run-rate is well past seven now. Bangladesh spinners have been very impressive today.
Fine effort from Abdur Razzak as he gives away only three runs in the over. Pakistan now need 268 more runs to win from 38 overs.
Shehzad hits a boundary off Shakib’s first ball of the 11th over. Pakistan need couple of quick overs to get some momentum as the required run rate is close to seven now.
Hafeez hits a boundary through point off Abdur Razzak as Pakistan add six runs to their total.
Shakib-al-Hasan is making it count after being out of action for the last three matches. He sends down his second maiden over of the innings as pressure piles on Pakistan.
Pakistan get a boundary through leg-bye off the last ball from Abdur Razzak. There was a nervous moment for Hafeez as a return catch fell short of the bowler.
Excellent over once again by Shakib as he keeps it very tight, doesn’t allow the Pakistan openers to get away. Only two runs scored in the seventh over of the match.
Mohammad Hafeez is looking in good form here. The right-handed batsman cracks a boundary through covers as Pakistan add another eight runs off the over from Al-Amin Hossain.
Shakib-al-Hasan starts off with a maiden.
Hafeez hits a boundary towards the midwicket region to collect another boundary. Pakistan add five more runs to their total.
Ahmed Shehzad cracks a fine boundary off Shafiul to get going. Pakistan add five runs in that over.
Al-Amin Hossain struggles with line as he gives away four extras in his first over. Hafeez hits a classic straight drive down the ground on the last ball to collect four more runs.
Impressive start by the Bangladeshi seamer Shafiul Islam as he beats Mohammad Hafeez twice in the over. Pakistan batsmen take six runs through singles.
What a performance by Bangladesh! They produced an inspired batting show to put up a huge 326/3 in their 50 overs, with Anamul Haque scoring his second century of the career. Pakistan HAVE NOT successfully chased anything above 250 in the last couple of months, and it will be interesting to see how things pan out later today. Meanwhile, read our innings report here
Splendid effort from Bangladesh this has been. Mushfiqur Rahim completes his half-century, but the star of the moment is the comeback man Shakib-al-Hasan. Bangladesh have scored as many as 121 runs in the final 10 overs, with 15 runs coming off from the last over of the match.
Bangladesh continue to punish Pakistan’s star spinner. Saeed Ajmal is hit for 12 more runs as Bangladesh go past the 300-run mark.
Comparatively good over from Pakistan as only six runs are scored off Umar Gul.
Shakib-al-Hasan is back with a bang. The left-handed slams two boundaries and a six off Ajmal as Bangladesh inch closer to the 300-run mark. 17 runs scored off that over.
Shakib-al-Hasan takes strike for the first time in the day amid huge uproar. The star all-rounder doesn’t disappoint as he gets off the mark with a boundary, and hits one more on the second last ball of the over. Bangladesh are all over Pakistan at the moment.
It really has been a poor effort from Pakistan on the field today. Umar Akmal lets one go through his hands for a boundary as Bangladesh get five additional runs.
Mominul Haque goes for a sweep shot but gets a leading edge, and is caught by Mohammad Hafeez. Fine effort by the left-handed batsman comes to an end. Another good over for the hosts as 10 runs come off it. Mushfiqur punishes Ajmal as he cracks two fine boundaries.
OUT! M Haque c Hafeez b Ajmal 51(47)
This time Mushfiqur Rahim starts off with a boundary, and gets the same result on the penultimate ball of the over off Gul. 12 runs scored in the 44th over of the game.
Finally, Bangladesh find a way to attack Pakistan’s ace spinner Saeed Ajmal as he has been carted for 14 runs in the over. Mominul Haque completes his half-century.
Mominul once again starts an over with a boundary, this time through the fine leg area off Umar Gul. Good over for Bangladesh as 10 runs come off it.
Mominul hits a boundary off Shahid Afridi to start off. Umar Akmal appeals for stumping off the final ball but the Bangladesh captain is safe. Seven runs scored off Shahid Afridi.
Anamul Haque departs after a fine century. The right-handed batsman tries to clear their fielder at midwicket, but is caught by Ahmed Shehzad near the ropes.
OUT! A Haque c Shehzad b Ajmal 100(131)
There it is!!! Anamul brings up his second century in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), with a single off Mohammad Hafeez. Anamul and Mominul bring up their 50-run stand, and also the 200 for their side. Shoddy work from Umar Akmal as he misses a chance to run out Mominul on the final ball.
Only one run scored off Saeed Ajmal, who continues to tie down the batsmen with his turn.
Six runs scored off Mohammad Hafeez, who sends down his ninth over of the match. Anamul three runs away from a memorable century.
Saeedj Ajmal is back in business in the batting powerplay. Mominul hits one towards the fine-leg area but Sohaib Maqsood does well to stop the ball. Three runs scored off Ajmal.
Four runs scored off Shahid Afridi in the 35th over of the match. Time for the mandatory batting powerplay.
Umar Gul comes back into the attack and Bangladeshi batsmen see off his first over of the second spell with some caution. Five runs scored off that over.
Sohaib Maqsood comes on to bowl. He is the eighth bowler Pakistan have used in this innings. One has to say that the Pakistani side has been atrocious in the field today, as another boundary is scored thanks to a poor effort near the ropes.
Mominul Haque too looks in a good touch. He gets a boundary off Shahid Afridi through a cut shot.
Mominul slams a fine boundary through the midwicket area off Talha. 12 runs scored off the Pakistan bowler as Mominul ends it with another four.
Only four runs scored of Shahid Afridi as Bangladesh now look to carry the momentum provided by their openers. Anamul Haque is batting well and looks all set for a century.
Poor decision from umpire Johan Cloete. Mohammad Talha bowls a slower ball, and Kayes, who was hit on the shoulder was declared out as ‘keeper Umar Akmal had taken a catch. Pakistanis appealed for caught behind, and after shaking his head twice, Cloete suddenly raised his finger.
OUT! I Kayes c Akmal b Talha 59(75)
Bangladesh scramble for four more runs after Shahid Afridi started off with a wide.
Lucky for Anamul Haque as an edge flies over wicketkeeper Umar Akmal. Anamul dances down the track and tries to hit a delivery that was very wide, but got an edge that flew to the boundary.
Shahid Afridi is livid as Bangladesh openers continue to flourish. After the fielder at mid-off allows them to take a single, the misfield from Umar Gul at the same position gifts Bangladesh four runs.
Pakistan have managed to tie down the Bangladeshi openers. Only three runs scored off Hafeez’s eighth over.
Imrul Kayes slams his 10th ODI half-century in his comeback game for Bangladesh. It’s been a splendid effort from the left-handed opener.
Only three runs scored off Mohammad Hafeez’s seventh over in the match. Pakistan are already one bowler less and ending one specific bowler’s quota may not be a good scenario.
After couple of quiet overs, Imrul Kayes breaks the shackles as he dances down the track to slam Afridi for a six. Another good over for the hosts as 11 runs come off it.
Mohammad Hafeez returns into the attack and Bangladesh batsmen take three runs off him.
Anamul and Kayes are rotating the strike well and playing every ball as per its merit. Four runs scored off that over.
Both Anamul and Kayes continue to be cautious against Saeed Ajmal. Only two runs taken in the 19th over.
Shahid Afridi comes into the attack as Pakistan desperately look for a breakthrough. Unfortunately, nothing is going their way so far. Kayes signs off with a six off the final ball. Bangladesh 100 up in the 18th over.
Only one run scored off Saeed Ajmal as the Bangladeshi batsman are not looking to attack the Pakistani spinner.
What an over! 21 runs scored off Mohammad Talha. Imrul Kayes gets into the act with a fine boundary. Anamul adds more to Pakistan’s woes as a top edge flies over the ropes for a six. After completing his half-century, Anamul slams his fourth six of the innings. This half-century is his second in ODI cricket.
Saeed Ajmal comes into the attack. Only one run scored off him. It’s been an excellent start from the Bangladeshi side. Statistics show that they have won most of their games when openers put up a stand of more than 60 runs. Well, right now they are cruising.
Anamul Haque is in red hot form! The right-handed batsman slams one down the long-on for a boundary off Mohammad Talha.
Anamul Haque slams Fawad Alam for a six as Bangladesh add another 10 runs to their total.
Mohammad Talha replaces Umar Gul from the other end. Four runs scored off the 12th over of the match.
Abdur Rehman banned from bowling in this match! Rehman bowls as many as three consecutive balls above the waistline! The first ball is a full toss on which the batsman ducks and wicketkeeper Umar Akmal manages to grab it. Rehman bowls another full toss off which Imrul Kayes is caught at the midwicket region; the umpire checks for the height and it is indeed a no-ball. Rehman, surprisingly, bowls the third above the waistline and is smashed for a four by Anamul Haque. Umpire Johan Cloete decides its enough and takes him off for the match.
Fawad Alam completes the over for Pakistan.
Umar Gul bangs one very short, which misses both the batsman and the wicketkeeper to race away to the boundary. Haque ends the over on a high as he smashes another short ball for a six over fine leg boundary. 12 runs scored in the 10th over of the match.
Mohammad Hafeez sends down after quick over. Bangladesh batsmen manage only one run off it.
Haque slaps one through the backward point region to collect four runs off Gul. Meanwhile, Hafeez has all the right to be unhappy as the television replays show the ball was hitting the top of the leg stump.
Bangladesh batsmen scramble for only two runs off Hafeez. There was a loud appeal for leg-before on the last ball of the over but the ball was drifting down the leg.
Umar Gul sends down a maiden as Anamul Haque struggles to score off the Pakistan pacer.
Mohammad Hafeez continues to operate from the other end. Anamul Haque breaks the shackles as he smashes a boundary towards the midwicket region on the fourth ball.
Imrul Kayes hits his second boundary of the game as he slaps one towards the point region off Gul. There was an overthrow by Mohammad Talha earlier got few more runs to the home side. Seven runs scored off the fourth over of the match.
Only one run scored off Mohammad Hafeez in the second over. Anamul Haque pushed one towards the long on to collect a single.
Imrul Kayes hits over the cover region to collect four runs off Pakistan pacer Umar Gul. Bangladesh openers could be looking to attack the Pakistan pacers in a bid to not allow them to settle in.
Mohammad Hafeez starts the proceedings for Pakistan and produces an opportunity in the very first over. An outside edge off Anamul Haque’s bat falls short of the first slip.
Toss: Bangladesh have won the toss, and have elected to bat first.
Bangladesh have made five changes to their team. Looks like, the loss to Afghanistan has forced some tough decisions. On expected lines, Shakib Al Hasan has been included in the playing XI. Pakistan have given rest to Sharjeel Khan, who had some hamstring issue in the match against India.
Pakistan: Fawad Alam, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Talha, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman.
Meanwhile, Misbah wants to ensure there’s no run-outs this time, says jokingly, “I have asked them not to run until the ball reaches boundary.”
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the eighth match of the Asia Cup 2014 between Bangladesh and Pakistan at Mirpur. This is Devarchit Varma and I will be bringing you the updates of this match. Bangladesh, having lost the first two matches are out of tournament and will play for pride against arch-rivals, Pakistan. But Pakistan will aim to win this match and book the remaining final berth.