Hafeez, Malik lead Pakistan to easy win

DHAKA - Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik grabbed two wickets each to lead Pakistan to a comfortable 50-run win over Bangladesh in a low-scoring one-off Twenty20 international on Tuesday.

By (Reuters)

Published: Tue 29 Nov 2011, 8:49 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 6:35 PM

Bangladesh, replying to Pakistan’s modest 135 for seven, narrowly avoided their lowest ever total of 78 runs in this format of the game before finishing their chase on 85 for nine.

Nasir Hossain scored 35 not out to help Bangladesh past their lowest score but it was nowhere near enough against a Pakistani side playing their 50th Twenty20 International.

The home team struggled from the start, losing their first five wickets for only 23 runs.

Off-spinner Hafeez led Pakistan’s bowling attack with two for 11 and Bangladesh had to wait until the ninth over for their first boundary.

Malik (two for seven) and Shahid Afridi( one for 15) joined him to strangle Bangladesh on a slow turning track which made batting extremely difficult.

Pakistan also had to curb their attacking instincts and settle for a below-par score despite starting well with a 30-run opening stand.

Hafeez top-scored for Pakistan with 25 off 31 balls and skipper Misbah-ul Haq was 21 not out as Pakistan hit only two boundaries in the last five overs.

Umar Akmal provided the only fluent batting of the match, scoring 20 off 14 balls including three fours.

Leg spinner Alok Kapali was the most successful bowler for Bangladesh with two for 12 and left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan completed figures of two for 24.

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