Mahmudullah and Mortaza stayed calm and took Bangladesh past the winning line.    Getty Images.
Mahmudullah and Mortaza stayed calm and took Bangladesh past the winning line. Getty Images.

The eighth match of Asia Cup T20 2016 was played between Bangladesh and Pakistan at Mirpur in Dhaka. Batting first, Pakistan had a poor start with four wickets down for just 28 runs. They somehow managed to recover from the early loss and posted a total of 129 runs on board with the help of Sarfraz Ahmed s unbeaten 42-ball 58 and Shoaib Malik s 30-ball 41. Bangladesh too were not off to a good start as they lost their first wicket in the second over but Soumya Sarkar s composed knock of run-a-ball 48 helped Bangladesh recover from their early loss. Later on, their captain Mashrafe Mortaza and Mahmudullah ensured Bangladesh s victory by five wickets with five balls remaining. Once again we saw a few interesting statistics coming to the fore. Abhishek Kumar brings out 9 such statistics from this match.

1. Pakistan scored 20 runs for the loss of three wickets in their batting power-play. This is the lowest score in first six overs by any team against Bangladesh in T20Is.

2. Pakistan s opening stand s average of 14.16 in T20Is in 2016 is the lowest among all Test playing sides.

3. Pakistan Skipper Shahid Afridi got out without scoring for the fourth time in his T20I career as captain. This is the joint most number of ducks scored by any captain in T20Is after William Porterfield.

4. Pakistan s total of 129 for the loss of seven wickets is their lowest T20I total against Bangladesh.

5. Pakistan scored only 34 runs in their first 10 overs. This is their lowest score in first 10 overs in all T20Is.

6. Sarfaraz s unbeaten knock of 58 runs is the third highest score by any player against Bangladesh in a losing cause in T20Is.

7. Bangladesh ended their bowling in first innings with no extras. This is the first instance in the history of T20Is when a team has bowled their full quota of 20 overs without any extras.

8. Pakistan lost its sixth wicket at the score of 102. This was the seventh occasion, most by any team, for Pakistan when they lost a wicket at the score of 102 in T20Is.

9. Taskin Ahmed s spell of 4-1-14-1 is the most economical spell by a Bangladeshi bowler against Pakistan in T20Is.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with He can be followed at abhicricket.kumar and @abhishekkr2593)