Pakistan’s clinical win over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup Super Fours featured fiery bowling from Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah, with Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Rizwan’s fifties sealing a seven-wicket victory.
In an electrifying start to the Super Fours stage of the Asia Cup, Pakistan emerged victorious with a seven-wicket win over Bangladesh in Lahore. A remarkable clinical performance, highlighted by the fiery pace of Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah, along with impressive half-centuries from Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Rizwan, made Pakistan the triumphant team of the day.
Bangladesh, after opting to bat first, faced a rollercoaster ride. They suffered early collapses but managed to recover thanks to a century partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. However, their innings ended on a below-par total of 193 runs, courtesy of some brilliant bowling by Pakistan.
Pakistan’s openers started cautiously, especially Imam-ul-Haq, who struggled against Bangladesh’s pacers. Fakhar Zaman, on the other hand, got off to a promising start with some early boundaries. Imam later found his rhythm, hitting consecutive boundaries to boost the run rate. Unfortunately, Fakhar Zaman departed for 20, falling prey to Taskin Ahmed’s delivery.
The innings progressed slowly, with only 37 runs on the board after the initial ten overs. Bangladesh’s bowlers maintained tight control, but Pakistan managed to keep wickets in hand. Imam-ul-Haq’s determination shone through as he reversed a leg-before decision through a review and reached his fifty with a six.
Mohammad Rizwan joined the party, showcasing his aggressive intent with a six and a four off Hasan Mahmud. Imam continued his aggressive approach, hitting boundaries and eventually registering his fourth six. However, he was dismissed while attempting a slog sweep.
Rizwan took charge and completed his 11th ODI fifty, steering Pakistan closer to victory. Agha Salman eventually hit the winning boundary, securing a well-deserved seven-wicket win for Pakistan.
Earlier in the day, Bangladesh’s innings was a tale of two halves. After being reduced to 47/4, a remarkable recovery saw them reach 147/4, largely due to Shakib Al Hasan’s aggressive batting. However, they lost their last six wickets for just 46 runs, ending their innings at 193.
Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah’s early breakthroughs had Bangladesh reeling. Litton Das and Mohammad Naim briefly steadied the ship with some exquisite strokes before falling victim to Pakistan’s pacers.
Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim’s partnership took Bangladesh to a competitive position, but Shakib’s dismissal for a well-made fifty halted their momentum. Rahim continued to impress, but wickets kept falling at the other end.
Pakistan’s bowlers, led by Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah, wrapped up the tail to restrict Bangladesh to a modest total. Rauf claimed four wickets, while Shah picked up three to finish off the innings.
Pakistan’s emphatic victory in this Super Fours opener puts them in a strong position in the Asia Cup competition, showcasing their formidable skills with both bat and ball. Cricket fans around the world are now eagerly anticipating the upcoming matches in this exciting tournament.