ICC T20 World Cup 2012: Shakib half-century fires Bangladesh to challenging total against Pakistan

Shakib Al Hasan in action during his half-century knock against Pakistan AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Pallekele: Sep 25, 2012

Riding on a whirlwind half-century by Shakib-Al-Hasan, Bangladesh put on 175 for six against Pakistan in their allotted 20 overs in T20 World Cup match at Pallekele on Tuesday.

Electing to bat, Bangladesh rode on Shakib’s 54-ball 84 and some fine contributions from opener Tamim Iqbal (24) and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (25) to post their highest score against Pakistan in T20 internationals.

In the crucial match against Pakistan which Bangladesh need to win by a margin of 36 runs or more, openers Tamim and Mohammad Ashraful (14) provided a steady start with a 34-run stand before Shakib came up with the entertaining knock, which was laced with two sixes and 11 fours.

Pakistan paid a heavy price for some sloppy fielding as well as they dropped as many as three catches.

Leaft-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir provided the first breakthrough to Pakistan when he bowled Ashraful in the fourth over.

Tamim, who looked in good touch having dispatched Umar Gul for three successive fours in the third over, should consider himself unlucky as he fell victim to a terrible mix-up with Shakib.

After Tamim’s dismissal, Shakib took the onus on himself to guide Bangladesh’s innings and in the process completed his 1000 runs in T20 cricket with a four off Tanvir.

Shakib, in the company of skipper Rahim, mixed caution with aggression and kept the scoreboard ticking with occassional boundaries.

Bangladesh raced to 90 for two in 10 overs, aided by some sloppy fielding from Pakistan.

Pakistan, who did not lose to Bangladesh in an international for 13 years since the 1999 World Cup, brought in dangerous off-spinner Saeed Ajmal into the attack in the 11th over, but the move yielded little result as Shakib picked him up for two consecutive fours.

Shakib looked in ominous form as he resorted to playing cuts and pulls to keep the run-rate at 9 and above.

The 25-year-old batsman completed his half-century in the 13th over with a six off medium-pacer Yasir Arafat over deep mid-wicket boundary.

In the same over, Shakib was dropped at mid-off by Shahid Afridi who could not hold on to the ball while diving to his left. Tanvir dropped a regulation catch of Rahim at midwicket to add to Pakistan’s woes.

Arafat got rid of Rahim in the 15th over when the skipper was caught at deep midwicket by Imran Nazir.

Afridi got rid of Mahmudullah (0) in the next over as Bangladesh reached 136 for four in the 16th over.

Shakib continued with his onslaught as he clobbered Umar Gul for three fours in the 18th over to take his team past 150-run mark.

He was dismissed in the last over by Arafat caught by Umar Akmal at long-off.

Arafat was the most successful bowler for Pakistan with three for 25 while Tanvir and Afridi accounted for a wicket apiece.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh 175 for 6 in 20 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 84, Mushfiqur Rahim 25; Yasir Arafat 3 for 25) vs Pakistan

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