Bangladesh oust Pakistan from the inaugural T20 Asia Cup to secure the final berth.
The tournament hosts registered their second consecutive win over Shahid Afridi’s men in last the last twelve months.
With 43 needed from the six overs, Mohammad Amir was brought in for his second spell. The left-arm quick rose to the occasion and put a dent in the Bangladeshi run chase. Amir’s 145.5 kmph yorker demolished Soumya Sarkar’s stump set after a mature run-a-ball 48. Shoaib Malik rattled the chase further as he plumbed Mushfiqur Rahim.
Amir knocked Shakib ul Hasan’s leg-stump with even quicker 147 kmph good length ball in the 18th over as the latter attempted to scoop him. Now with 29 remaining off the 16 balls, the Bangladesh captain promoted himself up the order and hit back to back fours to bring his team back into the contest.
Mohammad Sami, making his comeback after a successful run in PSL, conceded whooping 17 runs in the crucial 19th over after a misfielding the third ball of the previous over for four.
After three tight deliveries, the right-arm pacer bowled a no-ball of which the opposition extracted two runs. He bowled another no-ball after two balls and Mahmudullah caressed it for four, bisecting the gully and backward-point fielders. The right-hand batsman went on to hit the winning runs, as, he smoked Anwar Ali for a six at cow corner off his first ball.
Bangladesh looked in total control of the match during the run chase from the first over. Tamim Iqbal, replacing the injured Mustafizur Rehman, opened with the Man-of-the-Match Soumya Sarkar. Iqbal, after flicking Amir for six on the last ball of the first over, fell immediately. Pakistan’s ‘Gentle Giant’ trapped him in front of the middle stump and convinced the umpire to raise his finger.
Bangladesh’s star of the last match – Sabir Rahman – stabilized the inning with Sarkar and added 14 runs to the total. Sarkar, meanwhile, adjusted himself and unleashed at the half-way stage. He swept the Pakistan captain twice for four and hit Ali for his only six and a four bringing Bangladesh 82/2 after 13 with a run per ball required.
Earlier Pakistan elected to bat first on the batting friendly surface, however, got off to a terrible start as has been the case throughout the tournament. Pakistan stood at 28-4 on the 50th ball of the inning.
Sarfraz Ahmed, promoted to number four, and Shoaib Malik gave Pakistan a fifth wicket 70-run stand. With Malik (41) back into the pavilion in the 17th over while trying to slog-sweep Arafat Sunny, Ahmed registered his second T20 fifty in the penultimate over. He scored an unbeaten 58 at 138 courtesy five 4s and two 6s.
Pakistan will face Sri Lanka in the dead-rubber on Friday.