Recalled Shoaib Malik smashed a strong half-century to anchor Pakistan’s 5-wicket win over Bangladesh in the primary Twenty20 worldwide in Lahore on Friday. Malik’s 45-ball 58 not out for his eighth Twenty20 fifty as Pakistan overhauled a modest 142-run goal in 19.three over to take a 1-zero lead in the three-match collection.
Bangladesh had managed 141-5 in their 20 overs with openers Mohammad Naim scoring 41-ball 43 and Tamim Iqbal hit 34-ball 39 as Pakistan’s three-man tempo assault stored them in test on a flat Gadaffi stadium pitch.
The win additional consolidated Pakistan’s possibilities of hanging on to their world primary rating in the shortest format. If they lose any of the remaining matches — on Saturday and Monday, additionally in Lahore, Australia will change them on the high.
Lahore’s foggy climate prompted Pakistan Cricket Board to begin the match at 2pm (0900 GMT) nevertheless it failed to entice greater than 10,000 folks in a capability of 24,000 stadium.
Bangladesh couldn’t put an inexpensive combat as Pakistan received their first match after shedding six of their final seven T20 matches with one washed out.
Malik, enjoying his first match since February final yr, was in chic type as he hit 5 boundaries and added 46 for the third wicket with debutant Ahsan Ali who made 32-ball 36 with 4 boundaries.
Malik, fourth main run-getter in Twenty20 internationals with 2321 in a file 112 matches, credited bowlers for the win.
“Congratulations to the whole Pakistan for this win and for hosting another match,” stated Malik. “It wasn’t a straightforward pitch and our bowlers restricted them to a gettable whole.
“It’s powerful to be in and out of the crew however I’ve been enjoying leagues and home cricket and that helped me stage a comeback in this match.
“I’m pleased to assist obtain this win in a chase.” But Pakistan’s chase was initially jolted once they misplaced world primary Twenty20 batsman Babar Azam on solely the second ball into their innings, caught behind off an inside edge off quick bowler Shafiul Islam.
Shafiul was one of the best Bangladeshi bowler with 2-27.
Another recalled batsman Mohammad Hafeez hit three crisp boundaries and was wanting in good contact earlier than he miscued a flick and was caught off Mustafizur Rahman for 17.
Malik and Ahsan took Pakistan to 81 and earlier than Iftikhar Ahmed (16) added an extra 36 for the fourth wicket however even the autumn of Iftikhar and Imad Wasim (six) didn’t derail Pakistan.
Earlier, Bangladesh, who received the toss and opted to bat, had been off to begin as Iqbal and Naim placed on 70 for the opening wicket.
Naim, contemporary from his high rating of 81 in opposition to India in November final yr, cracked three boundaries and a six whereas Iqbal had 4 boundaries and a six however Pakistan pulled the scoring charge between 12-15 overs which yielded simply 21 runs.
Iqbal was run out in the 11th over whereas Naim holed out off spinner Shadab Khan in the 15th. Skipper Mahmudullah hit two boundaries in his 14-ball 19 not out. Pakistan handed Twenty20 debuts to opener Ahsan and pacer Haris Rauf.