A sparkling allround show from skipper Shahid Afridi has helped Pakisatan crush Bangladesh by 55 runs in their opening match of the World Twenty20 Super 10 stage.
Electing to bat first, Pakistan were provided sturdy foundation by half-centuries from Mohammad Hafeez (64) and Ahmed Shehzad (52).
A blazing late cameo from Afridi (49 off 19 balls) then propelled them to a daunting 201-5 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday.
In Bangladesh’s chase on a flat surface, Pakistan picked up wickets regularly to keep a tight leash on the bowlers.
Sharing the new ball, Mohammad Amir (2-27) and Mohammad Irfan (1-30) bowled in the right areas while their captain claimed the crucial wickets of Tamim Iqbal (24) and Sabbir Hossain (25).
Shakib Al Hasan became the second allrounder to record 1,000 runs and 50 wickets in T20 International after Afridi. Shakib stroked a battling half-century, making an unbeaten 50 off 40 balls as Bangladesh managed 146-6.
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