PAK vs BAN 2nd T20I: Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez guide Pakistan to resounding 9-wicket win
By: AP | Lahore |

Updated: January 25, 2020 10:40:47 pm

Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez through the second T20I towards Bangladesh at Gaddafi stadium, in Lahore. (AP Photo)

Captain Babar Azam and recalled Mohammad Hafeez struck unbeaten half-centuries as Pakistan cruised to a nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh within the second Twenty20 on Saturday and stored alive its hopes of retaining the No. 1 rating.

Pakistan might keep prime if it completes a 3-Zero clear sweep by successful the ultimate Twenty20 of the three-match collection on Monday.

Recalled 39-year-old Hafeez made an unbeaten 67 off 49 balls whereas No. 1-ranked Twenty20 batsman Babar remained not out on 66 as Pakistan eased to 137-1 with greater than three overs to spare.

“The victory was necessary for us because we had lost the last two series,” Babar stated. “Hafeez played an outstanding inning, he struggled early on but later rotated the strike well and it helped us to win the game.”

Both batsmen entertained a weekend crowd of round 20,000 on the Gaddafi Stadium with a splendid 131-run stand towards a listless Bangladesh bowling assault.

Shafiul Islam was the lone profitable bowler when he had Ahsan Ali caught at mid-off for a duck in his first over earlier than Babar and Hafeez took cost. Bangladesh’s disappointing efficiency was summed up when wicketkeeper Liton Das dropped Hafeez quickly after he had reached his half-century.

Hafeez, who accomplished his half-century with two successive fours off Shafiul within the 13th over, struck 9 fours and a six whereas Babar, who was out for zero on Friday in Pakistan’s five-wicket win, hit seven boundaries and a six.

In the absence of the banned Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, who pulled out of the tour due to safety considerations, Bangladesh’s top-order batsmen struggled for the second consecutive day because the facet was restricted to 136-6.

“It was not an easy wicket to bat on, maybe today we were 25 runs shorts,” Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo stated. “They (Pakistan) are ranked No. 1 and we are No. 9 at the moment and there’s a big difference between the two teams in terms of experience, in terms of skills and we have a long way to go to catch up with them.”

Earlier, opening batsman Tamim Iqbal labored for 53 balls on his manner to a prime rating of 65 earlier than he was run out within the 18th over because the Bangladesh innings struggled to construct any momentum towards the Pakistan tempo assault.

The inexperienced tempo trio of Mohammad Hasnain (2-20), Shaheen Afridi (1-22) and Haris Rauf (1-27) mixed to bowl 12 overs, conceding solely 69 runs between them and sharing 4 wickets.

Captain Mahmudullah, who gained his second successive toss, surprisingly didn’t put himself within the prime order whereas one other skilled batsman, Soumya Sarkar, got here in after the autumn of Tamim’s wicket with solely 14 balls left within the innings.

Bangladesh will spherical out the primary section of the Pakistan tour on Monday. The crew didn’t need to keep in Pakistan for greater than per week due to safety considerations.

The tour was solely finalized final week when Bangladesh agreed to break up the Twenty20 collection and the 2 ICC World Test Championship matches into three phases after the nations’ nationwide cricket boards reached consensus in Dubai throughout a gathering facilitated by International Cricket Council chairman Shashank Manohar.

Bangladesh will return for the primary take a look at in Rawalpindi from Feb. 7-11. After a break of just about two months, Bangladesh will play an ODI and the second take a look at in Karachi on April 3-9.

Late final 12 months, Sri Lanka additionally break up its tour to Pakistan into two phases when it performed a Twenty20 collection in Lahore after which returned in December for 2 take a look at matches in Rawalpindi and Karachi, staying in Pakistan for 16 days.

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