Bangladesh bowled well in the death overs © Getty Images (File Photo)
Bangladesh bowled well in the death overs © Getty Images (File Photo)

After a lot of huss and fuss, Pakistan managed to score only 141 for four in their allotted 20 overs in the one-off T20 International (T20I) at the the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka. Some good bowling at the start and in the death overs by the young Bangladeshi bowlers, especially by debutant left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman, who took Two for 20, didn’t allow Pakistan to get away. Live Blog: Bangladesh vs Pakistan One-off T20 at Dhaka

On that wicket the score is looking very much achievable for the in-from Bangladesh batting line-up. However, Bangladesh have never beaten Pakistan in this format and now it seems this is their best opportunity to break the jinx. Live Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Pakistan One-off T20 International at Dhaka

The visitors, had an indifferent start as both their openers Ahmed Shehzad and Mukhtar Ahmed put a half-century partnership, but took 53 balls, and in T20 standards it was too slow. Bangladesh skipper gave to new ball to debutant Mustafizur, who gave only five runs in his first two initial overs. He clearly troubled Shehzad with his seam movement and change of pace. Other Pakistani opener Mukhtar hit some lusty blows to keep the scoreboard ticking. READ — Bangladesh: The ugly duckling of world cricket comes off age

Finally the ugly looking innings of Shehzad came to an end when Mashrafe Mortaza took a brilliant catch at long off in the bowling of Taskin Ahmed. To up the scoring rate, Shahid Afridi had to come in at No. 3. He hit one six, and was looking like taking the game away from Bangladesh. However, a poor decision by umpire ended his innings and there came the funny moment. After being unfortunately given out caught behind Afridi asked for a review. He had perhaps forgotten that there is no rule of decision review in a T20 International. READ — Saeed Ajmal’s new bowling action: More round-arm, with a much straighter elbow

Mukhter also failed soon and Pakistan were struggling at 77 for in the 13th over. From there Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail put on a quick-fire 49-run partnership in just 34 balls, which gave Pakistan some amount of respectability. Sohail remained unbeaten at 30 at one end.  Amongst Bangladeshi bowlers apart from Mustafizur, Taskin and Arafat Sunny were the other wicket takers. Shakib al Hasan bowled very tightly and gave away only 17 runs in his four overs. READ: Hafeez set to resume bowling for Pakistan with remodeled action

Earlier Afridi, the Pakistan T20I skipper, won an important toss and decided to bat first. The game is being played on a used pitch and batting first was the right option, one felt. Both teams selected two debutants on their ranks. For Bangladesh, the centurion of the third One-Day International (ODI), Soumya Sarkar and left-arm pacer Mustafizur are playing their first T20I. One the other hand, Batsman Mohammad Rizwan and opener Mukhtar are also representing Pakistan for the first time in a T20I.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 141 in 20 overs (Mukhtar Ahmed 37, Haris Sohail 20 ; Mustafizur Rahman 2 for 20) vs Bangladesh.

(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at CricketCountry. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting, and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)