Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan begin super 4 with win over Bangladesh

Pakistan secured a victory against Bangladesh with a 7-wicket win, thanks to a stellar performance by their bowlers, spearheaded by Haris Rauf.

The team’s successful chase was primarily driven by the impressive half-centuries from both Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Rizwan.

Although Imam-ul-Haq was dismissed after scoring 78 runs, Mohammad Rizwan remained composed and reached his own half-century.

Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat as the tournament entered its Super 4 phase. Bangladesh managed to accumulate a total of 193 runs before getting all out in the 39th over, despite impressive half-centuries from their skipper, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mushfiqur Rahim.

Bangladesh faced a challenging start to their innings in their first Asia Cup 2023 Super 4s match. They were reduced to 47/4 within the first powerplay due to the strong performance of the Pakistani pace trio.

However, captain Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim staged an incredible comeback, forming a remarkable 100-run partnership. Shakib achieved his half-century during this partnership.

Mushfiqur Rahim was the top scorer for Bangladesh, contributing 64 runs off 87 balls, with five boundaries.

Haris Rauf led Pakistan’s bowling attack with figures of 4/19, followed by Naseem Shah’s 3/34, while Shaheen Shah Afridi, Faheem Ashraf, and Iftikhar Ahmed each secured one wicket.

Bangladesh made one change to their lineup for this match, with Najamul Hasan Shantu not included in the Playing XI. Bowling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf replaced Mohammad Nawaz in the playing XI. The rest of both teams’ lineups remained the same as in their previous matches.

Playing XI:

Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf.

Bangladesh: Mohammad Naim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Litton Das, Towhid Hridoy, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shamim Hossain, Afif Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud.

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