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.
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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.
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.