Pakistan vs Bangladesh (PAK vs BAN) 2nd T20I Highlights: Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez guide Pakistan to a resounding nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second T20I at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Saturday. The duo added 131 runs in 90 balls to help the hosts chase a paltry 137 in just 16.4 overs. With this win, the hosts have also taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series and the final encounter, which is a dead rubber, will be played on January 27 at the same venue.
Just like the previous encounter, the batting woes continued for the visitors in the second clash as they could only manage to post 136/6 at the end of 20 overs.
Pakistan entered the series on a threat of losing their no 1 ranking in the shorter format of the game. With two successive victories on the back of an imperious form shown by the entire Pakistani unit, it is anticipated that the hosts will face no problem in retaining the No 1 position if they go on to complete a clean sweep over their Asian opponent.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, would play for pride and seek for a solitary win in the final and third match of the series.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez guide Pakistan to a resounding 9-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second T20I at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. With this win, the hosts also take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Babar scored 66 off 44 balls, while his partner Hafeez fetched 67 in 49 deliveries. PAK 137/1 (16.4 overs)
Babar Azam and senior candidate Mohammad Hafeez make the job easy for Pakistan as they reach 84/1 at the end of 12 overs. Both the batsman have added 78 in 62 balls for the second wicket and are also inching close to their respective half-centuries.
No unnecessary risks. Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez are looking to rotate the strike and score the odd boundary. PAK – 55/1 after 8 overs
Bangladesh are still in the game but they need wickets to derail this run chase. Babar Azam is scoring at a strike rate over 200 whereas Mohammad Hafeez is taking his time. PAK – 36/1 after 6 overs
Babar Azam is hitting boundaries without taking any risks. Azam hits two boundaries from Mahedi Hasan’s over. The run chase is back on track after a minor setback early on in the innings. PAK – 33/1 after 5 overs
The pressure of dot balls got the better of Ahsan Ali who is playing his second T20I. Ahsan Ali goes for a big shot but could not clear the 30-yard circle. Ali departs for a seven-ball duck. Shafiul Islam gets the first wicket for Bangladesh with the new ball. PAK – 6/1 after 1.4 overs
7 balls duck for Ahsan Ali#PAKvBAN #Bangladesh #Cricket pic.twitter.com/Vm1KOdbofH
Mahedi Hasan opens the bowling for Bangladesh. Babar Azam takes a single off the first delivery. Ahsan Ali plays five dot deliveries. A good start for Bangladesh. They need more of these overs to put pressure on the hosts. PAK – 1/0 after 1 over
Good final over for Bangladesh despite the wicket of Mahmudullah. Two fours and two singles from the over. Bangladesh have posted five runs less than what they scored yesterday. A below par total for the visitors. Pakistan should chase this down without breaking a sweat. BAN – 136/6 after 20 overs
Right on the money from Haris Rauf. Skipper Mahmudullah wanted to hit that one into the crowd but the inside edge hits the stumps. Rauf gets his first wicket, Mahmudullah falls for 12. BAN – 126/6 after 19.1 overs
Lazy running between the wickets. Imad Wasim hits the stumps and catches Tamim Iqbal well short of the crease. Iqbal departs for 65. He played the full delivery from Haris Rauf straight to Wasim and attempted the quick single. Wasim’s direct hit gives Pakistan an edge in the death overs. PAK – 117/5 after 17.4 overs
Run Out – Good Knock From Tamim Iqbal Comes To an End. #PAKvBAN pic.twitter.com/HgwS43ja4e
Tamim Iqbal reaches his first T20I half-century against Pakistan. Iqbal reaches the fifty-run mark with a boundary. The Bangladesh opener has anchored the innings well. The left-handed batsman breaks free against the leg-spinner Shadab Khan hitting him for three boundaries in the over. BAN – 102/4 after 16 overs
Afif Hossain gives in to the pressure. Afif goes for a big shot by shuffling towards the leg stump but ends up top-edging it to the third man fielder. Mohammad Hasnain gets his second wicket as Afif departs for 21. BAN – 86/4 after 14.4 overs
Mohammad Hasnain and Haris Rauf are not letting Bangladesh batsmen get easy boundaries. Just 10 runs from the previous two overs. This is excellent bowling from Pakistan fast bowlers under circumstances. Meanwhile, Tamim Iqbal moves to 40s. BAN – 84/3 after 14 overs
Right-arm off-spinner Iftikhar Ahmed into the attack. Babar Azam’s ploy does not work as Tamim Iqbal hits him for a six down the ground, his first of the innings. Finally, some momentum by Bangladesh side. This partnership looks promising. BAN – 74/3 after 12 overs
Positive signs for Bangladesh as Afif Hossain hits Shadab Khan for a boundary followed by a six over mid-wicket fence. 12 runs from Shadab’s over. BAN – 57/3 after 10 overs
Shadab Khan traps Liton Das in front of the stumps. Das went for the pull shot but missed the ball completely. Das departs for 8. Bangladesh in deep trouble. Tamim Iqbal is looking for a partnership to get the innings back on track. BAN – 41/3 after 8 overs
OUT! Given by the umpire and Shadab Khan strikes, Bangladesh struggling 🏏 #PAKvBAN pic.twitter.com/obmtrnv8CX
Haris Rauf into the attack. Liton Das times the ball well and gets a boundary after playing three-dot deliveries. Bangladesh need a big over in order to get the momentum by their side. BAN – 33/2 after 6 overs
Mohammad Hasnain introduced into the attack and he gets the breakthrough. Mahedi Hasan was struggling to find the gaps after hitting Imad Wasim for a six. Hasan went for the pull shot but the top edge did not go far. Wicketkeeper Rizwan takes the catch. BAN – 22/2 after 4.2 overs
Wicket For Mohammad Hasnain!
Bangladesh – 22/2 (4.2 Overs)#Cricket #PAKvBAN #Pakistan #2ndT20I pic.twitter.com/YPEKywcFGN
Mahedi Hasan takes on Imad Wasim and hits the ball over the deep mid-wicket fence for a maximum. Tamim Iqbal hits a boundary as Imad misses his line and bowls on pads. 12 runs from the left-arm spinner’s second over. Babar Azam is unlikely to give him a third in the powerplay overs. BAN – 18/1 after 3 overs
Mohammad Naim out for a golden duck. Shaheen Afridi runs in hard and bowls the perfect line and length. The ball moves away from the left-handed batsman as he edges it to the wicketkeeper. Naim was neither on the front foot or back foot facing that delivery. Brilliant start for Pakistan under gloomy, overcast conditions. BAN – 5/1 after 1.2 overs
Pakistan: Babar Azam(c), Ahsan Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Amad Butt, Muhammad Musa, Khushdil Shah
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Naim, Liton Das(w), Mahmudullah(c), Afif Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam, Hasan Mahmud