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Ahmed Shehzad (batting in picture) essays a fine flick shot for Pakistan © Getty Images


It was a game dominated by Ahmed Shehzad as he soared past his personal best to record the first Twenty20 International ton for Pakistan. His innings of 111 not out powered Pakistan to 190 for five in their 20 overs. In reply, Bangladesh struggled and could only muster ­140 for seven, handing Pakistan a 50-run victory. This victory puts Australia out of the competition, irrespective of the result of their two remaining games, and it makes the Pakistan-West Indies clash on Tuesday a virtual quarter-final.


Shehzad was at it from ball one and had decided to charge. He was balanced at the crease and tried to make opportunities to attack. At the other end, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal came and went inside the first ten overs. Shehzad reigned supreme! He was charging at the bowlers, lofted the ball easily. There were times when he was too creative, but it was his day and those mistakes weren’t going to cost him.