Pakistan limp to 135 for seven against Bangladesh

Shakib Al Hasan (R) celebrates after dismissing Mohammad Hafeez during their one-off T20 AFP

Mirpur: Nov 29, 2011

Pakistan’s batsmen laboured to a modest 135 for seven as Bangladesh’s fielders turned the screw on the visitors in a one-off Twenty20 international in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Spinner Alok Kapali, the eighth bowler used by Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, picked up two for 12 in three overs after Pakistan elected to bat on the slow wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

A defiant 25 by Mohammad Hafeez was the top score for Pakistan, who would have expected a higher total in their 50th Twenty20 international.

Bangladesh face a target of 6.8 runs an over under floodlights to record their first win in five matches against Pakistan in the shortest format of the game.

Pakistan made a steady start as Hafeez put on 30 for the first wicket with Imran Farhat and 31 for the second with Asad Shafiq to make it 61 for one in the ninth over.

But former Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan, had Farhat caught behind for 16 and bowled Hafeez with his left-arm spin.

Pakistan moved to 87-2 in the 13th over before Bangladesh claimed three wickets in the space of 12 runs to bounce back in the contest.

Umar Akmal hit three boundaries in an entertaining 20 off 14 balls when he was stumped by Rahim off Kapali.

Abdur Razzak caught Shafiq off Nasir Hossain for 19 and then took a return catch to dismiss veteran Shoaib Malik for two.

Shahid Afridi smashed his second delivery for a six but managed to add just two more runs before holing out in the deep off Kapali.

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq returned unbeaten on 21 off 20 balls.(AFP)

Brief Scores: Pakistan 135 for 7 in 20 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 25, Umar Akmal 20; Alok Kapali 2 for 12; Shakib Al Hasan 2 for 24) vs Bangladesh.

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