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Ahmed Shehzad’s ton guides Pakistan against Bangladesh in Asia Cup 2014

Ahmed Shehzad scored his fifth century in ODIs © AFP
Ahmed Shehzad scored his fifth century in ODIs © AFP

Mar 4, 2014

Ahmed Shehzad has scored a century against Bangladesh in the eighth match of the Asia Cup 2014 at Mirpur. This is his fifth century in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Pakistan are at 202 for three after 37 overs. Shehzad is batting on 101 and Fawad Alam is on 34.

Shehzad kept scoring fours square on both sides of the wicket. Razzak tossed one up and Shehzad cane down the track and hit the ball over extra-cover for a four. He then pulled a short delivery over mid-wicket for consecutive fours in the 32nd over.

Shafiul Islam bowled a short and wide delivery and Alam cut it over backward-point for a four. Shehzad then pulled a length delivery over mid-wicket for another four in the over. Al-Amin Hossain then bowled a short delivery and Shehzad hooked it away for a six over fine-leg.

Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq and Sohaib Maqsood fell in a span of 13 deliveries. Hafeez scored 52 off 55 deliveries and Misbah four off four deliveries. Hafeez lofted a delivery from Mominul Haque to Imrul Kayes at long-on.

Misbah tried to heave a straight delivery from Shakib Al Hasan and got bowled. Sohaib Maqsood was the third wicket to fall. He tried to cut a length delivery from Mominul and Anamul Haque collected the ball. There was no edge, but the players appealed and the umpire raised his finger.

Pakistan are chasing a 327-run target against Bangladesh. Hafeez struck his first four down the ground. Shehzad hit one through the covers to get his first four. Hafeez the hit a back of a length delivery from Shafiul Islam through wide long-on. He then cut a wide delivery from Al-Amin Hossain in front of point.

Shehzad then cut a wide delivery from Shakib Al Hasan for a four on the first delivery of the 11th over. Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak bowled a short delivery and Hafeez pulled it away for a four through mid-wicket.

Hafeez then reached his 20th half-century in ODIs. He soon departed as Pakistan lost their first wicket. Misbah came in and cut a wide delivery from Mominul towards point. But he was dismissed early.

Bangladesh posted a huge total of 326 for three in their 50 overs. Anamul Haque top-scored with 100 while Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim scored half-centuries. Shakib Al Hasan scored a quick-fire 44 off 16 deliveries. This is the first time a score of 300-plus has been achieved in this Asia Cup.

Saeed Ajmal was the pick of the bowlers taking two wickets, but he gave away 61 runs.

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