BAN vs PAK: Pakistan is turning heads around with its stunning performances in the T20 format. After showing great prowess in the recently concluded T20 World Cup 2021, ‘Men in Green’ continued their scintillating form as they seal the series against Bangladesh by registering a massive eight wickets win in the second T20I. Pakistan has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series in Dhaka.
Chasing a below-the-par total of 109 runs, Pakistan lost an early wicket as captain Babar Azam departed in the third over. But Fakhar Zaman & Mohammad Rizwan outclassed Bangladesh bowlers by hitting all around the stadium. Later Mustafizur Rahman dismissed Rizwan in the 16th over but it was too late as Fakhar Zaman ended the game with 11 balls to spare.
Earlier opted to bat, Bangladesh lost early wickets & only Najmul Shanto could get going with 40 runs in his kitty & has brought his team to a total of 108/7. for Pakistan Shaheen Afridi & Shadab Khan were the pick of the bowlers as they scalped two wickets each.
Speaking after the match, Pakistan Captain Babar Azam said, “The series win is a team effort. The boys responded well as a unit & we carried forward the momentum (from the WC). Bowlers, did really well, especially in the last 10 overs & it always helps when you get wickets in bunches. The plans were executed properly. Don’t think so (that there is an overconfidence in low chases”.
“In low scoring games, there is that tendency but it’s important to remove complacency. Fakhar & Rizwan batted really well & did the job. (On his two poor scores) Yeah, sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Happens in cricket”, he added.
BAN vs PAK, Brief Scores:
Bangladesh: 108/7 (Najmul Shanto 40, Afif Hossain 20, Shaheen Afridi 2-15) vs Pakistan 109/2 (Fakhar Zaman 57*, Mohammad Rizwan 39, Mustafizur Rahman 1/12)