World T20: Afridi heroics lead Pak to crushing win over Bangladesh

World T20, Super 10, Group 2, Bangladesh vs Pakistan
Pakistan 201/5 (20/20 ov) beat Bangladesh 146/6 (20/20 ov) by 55 runs

World T20 report afridi pakistan beat bangladesh

What a stunning 4 day period the Pakistan captain has had. Talk about the perfect response to the media and to your critics, Shahid Khan Afridi sure knows how to silence the haters. Pakistan opener their account in the ICC World T20 with some sweet revenge over the side that knocked them out of the Asia Cup not long ago.

It was a day when Pakistan’s mis-firing batting lineup burst back to form, and what a time to get back to your best than the biggest stage of them all. After Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez had steered Pakistan to over 150 in 15 overs with two outstanding half centuries, it was Boom Boom’s day through and through.

Shahid Afridi, who has been the target of severe criticism in recent times due to his failures with the bat, burst back to form just when it mattered most. A perfect innings, featuring 4 fours and 4 massive sixes by Boom Boom led his side over the 200 mark for the first time in T20 Internationals.

Pakistan’s defence started off in just the fashion that the doctor ordered. Even a pure batting paradise of a pitch does not stop Mohammad Amir from swinging the bowl a mile, and the Pakistan paceman bagged Soumya Sarkar in only the 3rd ball of the game. The in-form Bangladesh pair of Sabbir and Tamim then attempted to steady the ship, but Afridi bagged them both one after the other, in his two overs.

With their most reliable pair done and dusted, the Bengalis were all but done. Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh’s Premier all-rounder had not been in the most fruitful of touches with the bat in recent times, but he played a brave innings to drag the chase as far as possible to allow minimum adverse effect of a negative net run rate.

Pakistan head into their most important game, Saturday’s clash against India, full of confidence and momentum. Bangladesh on the other hand need a serious revival in all departments of the game. The Asia Cup finalists were poor with the ball, shaky in the field and not good enough with the bat on a fairly good pitch.

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