September 27, 2021
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first_imgCaptain Shahid Afridi produced a superb allround effort as Pakistan opened its World Twenty20 campaign by dispatching Bangladesh by 55 runs on Wednesday. Afridi’s 19-ball 49 boosted Pakistan to a record 201 for 5 total after electing to bat. He then grabbed 2 for 27 with his legspin as Bangladesh was restricted to 146 for 6. ScorecardAfridi built on a 95-run, second-wicket stand between Mohammad Hafeez (64) and opener Ahmed Shehzad (52) on a good batting surface at Eden Gardens, smashing four fours and four sixes.Hafeez hit seven fours and two sixes off 42 balls while Shehzad struck eight fours off 39. The Pakistan batsmen called the shots from early on as the score moved from 50-1 in 5.3 overs to 100 for 1 in 11.2 overs before Afridi turned on the heat.Shehzad played solidly and was quick to punish loose balls before he was caught at midwicket off legspinner Sabbir Rahman in the 14th over. Hafeez got to his first 50 in the World Twenty20 with a single off Mashrafe Mortaza in the next over, which went for 18 runs as Afridi bludgeoned some huge shots on the leg side.Hafeez was out to a brilliant catch by Soumya Sarkar at the deep midwicket fence. Sarkar plucked the ball from high on his left and, realizing he would cross the boundary, flicked it up and jumped back inside the boundary line to complete the catch.Afridi, too, was caught in the deep, but promoting himself up the order paid off as Pakistan registered its highest score at a World Twenty20, and the seventh highest in tournament history.advertisement”My performances play a key role,” Afridi said. “It’s a big event and as captain, as a senior player, I had to lead by example. The first six overs were important, and Hafeez and Shehzad did very well.”Opener Sharjeel Khan missed a big score after starting strongly. He hit two lusty sixes off pace bowler Al-Amin Hossain in the second over of the match but was bowled by spinner Arafat Sunny before he could do more damage.In reply, Bangladesh could not put up a spirited fight and failed to build enough partnerships.Shakib Al Hasan top-scored with 50 not out off 40 balls with five fours and one six but the pressure of a huge target told on its batsmen. Afridi removed well-set batsmen Sabbir Rahman (25) and Tamim Iqbal (24) to undermine Bangladesh’s chase.”Chasing 200 is always difficult with the Pakistan bowling attack,” Bangladesh captain Mortaza said. “And after six overs it was almost impossible. Shakib batted very well and we got 150, so it’s not that bad. We didn’t bowl well today.”last_img