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New Zealand T20I Tri-Series, 2022
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BAN
146/8
20 Ovs
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PAK
167/5
20 Ovs
Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 21 runs

PAKISTAN

Batsmen
RB4s6sSR
Mohammad Rizwan (W)
785072156.00
not out
Babar Azam (C)
22254088.00
c Mustafizur Rahman b Mehidy Hasan
Shan Masood
312241140.91
c Hasan Mahmud b Nasum Ahmed
Haider Ali
6610100.00
c Yasir Ali b Taskin Ahmed
Iftikhar Ahmed
13820162.50
c Afif Hossain b Hasan Mahmud
Asif Ali
4400100.00
c & b Taskin Ahmed
Mohammad Nawaz
8501160.00
not out
Shadab Khan
00000.00
Mohammad Wasim
00000.00
Haris Rauf
00000.00
Shahnawaz Dahani
00000.00
Fall Of Wickets:
-(Mohammad Rizwan (W) ov)
1-52-(Babar Azam (C) 7.1 ov)
2-94-(Shan Masood 12.5 ov)
3-111-(Haider Ali 15 ov)
4-136-(Iftikhar Ahmed 17.2 ov)
5-154-(Asif Ali 18.5 ov)
-(Mohammad Nawaz ov)
-(Shadab Khan ov)
-(Mohammad Wasim ov)
-(Haris Rauf ov)
-(Shahnawaz Dahani ov)
Bowlers
OMRWEcon
Taskin Ahmed
402526.25
Mustafizur Rahman
4048012.00
Hasan Mahmud
4042110.50
Nasum Ahmed
402215.50
Mehidy Hasan
201216.00
Mosaddek Hossain
201708.50

BANGLADESH

Batsmen
RB4s6sSR
Mehidy Hasan
10110190.91
c Asif Ali b Mohammad Wasim
Sabbir Rahman
14181077.78
c & b Haris Rauf
Litton Das
352641134.62
c Haider Ali b Mohammad Nawaz
Afif Hossain
252311108.70
c Mohammad Wasim b Shahnawaz Dahani
Mosaddek Hossain
01000.00
lbw b Mohammad Nawaz
Nurul Hasan (C) (W)
891088.89
c Iftikhar Ahmed b Shadab Khan
Yasir Ali
422152200.00
not out
Taskin Ahmed
280025.00
lbw b Mohammad Wasim
Nasum Ahmed
01000.00
b Mohammad Wasim
Hasan Mahmud
120050.00
not out
Mustafizur Rahman
00000.00
Fall Of Wickets:
1-25-(Mehidy Hasan 4.2 ov)
2-37-(Sabbir Rahman 5.5 ov)
3-87-(Litton Das 12.3 ov)
5-99-(Afif Hossain 14 ov)
4-87-(Mosaddek Hossain 12.4 ov)
6-101-(Nurul Hasan (C) (W) 14.5 ov)
-(Yasir Ali ov)
7-119-(Taskin Ahmed 18.1 ov)
8-119-(Nasum Ahmed 18.2 ov)
-(Hasan Mahmud ov)
-(Mustafizur Rahman ov)
Bowlers
OMRWEcon
Shahnawaz Dahani
402416.00
Mohammad Wasim
402436.00
Haris Rauf
403819.50
Mohammad Nawaz
402526.25
Shadab Khan
403017.50

Bangladesh

146/8(20 Overs)

Right then, Pakistan have put on a good total on the board and with their bowling attack they will feel confident to defend this one. Bangladesh, on the other hand will need to bat sensibly to gun this down. Will they be able to do it? Or will Pakistan defend it? We will find out soon. Stay tuned for the second essay.

We are back for the chase!

... THE RUN CHASE ...

Shan Masood is down for a chat. He says that he tried to get a single away in his first six balls, but he could not get it away, once he got his first boundary, it got easier for him. Adds that wickets should be key for them, they need to take wickets upfront. On being asked why Rizwan was slipping so much, he replies that conditions and spikes are the reasons for that. But they will assess that.

Bangladesh put on a disciplined bowling effort. They managed to pick up wickets at crucial moments but gave away a bit too many at the death overs. Their spinners did very well with both Mehidy Hasan and Nasum Ahmed getting a wicket each and Taskin Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets for just 25 runs in his four overs.. They all were very economical as well.

Pakistan will be satisfied with their batting performance but they know that they could have got more. It was once again Mohammad Rizwan who guided the innings with another half century. Babar Azam and Shan Masood chipped in with the runs too but their middle order failed to deliver once again. It is now upto their bowlers to defend this total.

Pakistan have managed to get to a decent total of 167 runs thanks to the unbeaten 78 off just 50 balls from Mohammad Rizwan. However, Bangladesh will feel that they have the quality to chase this down.

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Nawaz, Another full toss, around off. Mohammad Nawaz slaps this one towards cover. Only two runs this time. Pakistan end at 167 for 5! 

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Nawaz, ! Up and away! Mustafizur Rahman misses his yorker this time, he serves a full toss, around off. Mohammad Nawaz smokes this one over long off for a biggie. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Nawaz, Third yorker in a row now! Wide of off again. Mohammad Nawaz leaves it alone. No wide called. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Nawaz, Another lovely delivery! Wide of off, yorker again, swinging in. Mohammad Nawaz looks to push this away towards point but he gets an under edge onto the pitch and towards the keeper. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, Good ball! This is a yorker now, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan makes room and squeezes it out towards mid off for a single. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, ! Put away! Good start to the over for Mohammad Rizwan and Pakistan! A short one, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan swivels and swipes it towards deep square leg for a boundary. 

Mustafizur Rahman (3-0-35-0) to bowl the last over.

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Nawaz, Short again, around middle. Mohammad Nawaz makes room and misses his cut. A dot to finish an excellent spell from Taskin Ahmed!

Mohammad Nawaz is the next man in.

Taskin Ahmed to Asif Ali, ! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! This is lovely bowling from Taskin Ahmed! He has been terrific throughout the innings and now he sends back Asif Ali. He grabs his second wicket and Pakistan have lost their fifth. A bouncer now, pace on this time, at around 135 clicks, around middle. Asif Ali looks to pull this one but the ball ballons up towards the right of the bowler off his top edge. Taskin Ahmed runs to his right and takes an easy catch. 

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, A slower one now, short as well, down leg. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it towards deep square leg for a single. 

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Well bowled! In the blockhole again, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan digs it out towards cover. No run there! 

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Wide! A yorker-length delivery, down the leg side. Mohammad Rizwan looks to scoop this one but he misses this time. Wided! 

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, ! Oh, shot! Smart batting from Rizwan! A full toss, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan gets low and scoops it towards fine leg. It goes all the way for a maximim.

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Very full this time, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan whips this one through square leg for a couple of runs. 

Taskin Ahmed to bowl the penultimate over. He has conceded 15 runs in his three overs ad picked up a wicket.

Hasan Mahmud to Asif Ali, A full toss now, around middle. Asif Ali pulls this one towards deep mid-wicket. Falls short of the fielder there. Two taken. 

Hasan Mahmud to Asif Ali, Back of a length now, around middle and leg. Asif Ali pulls it towards cow corner for a brace this time. 

Hasan Mahmud to Mohammad Rizwan, A low full toss, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for three tuns. 

Hasan Mahmud to Asif Ali, Leg bye! Short again, around his thigh pad. Asif Ali misses his pull and gets hit on his thigh pad. It rolls towards square leg and the batters grab a leg bye here!

Asif Ali comes out to the middle now.

Hasan Mahmud to Iftikhar Ahmed, ! CAUGHT! Hasan Mahmud strikes now and Iftikhar Ahmed has to depart! A good ball from Hasan Mahmud. He drops it short and takes the pace off this one. Iftikhar Ahmed pulls this one but the ball goes more off the splice of the bat. It flies high towards deep mid-wicket and Afif Hossain takes a good catch there.

Hasan Mahmud to Iftikhar Ahmed, ! Up and over! Very full this time, around middle. Iftikhar Ahmed makes room and slices it over backward point. Three fielders run towards the ball, but none of them can cut that one off. A boundary. 

Hasan Mahmud (3-0-31-0) to bowl out now.

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, ! Third boundary of the over! A lovey one for Pakistan! A short ball, down the leg side. Mohammad Rizwan just helps it past square leg for a boundary. Mohammad Rizwan slips once again while running. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Iftikhar Ahmed, Takes the pace off this one, serves a length ball, outside off. Iftikhar Ahmed dabs it towards point with an opened face bat for a single. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Iftikhar Ahmed, ! UP AND JUST AWAY! A good-length delivery, outside off. Iftikhar Ahmed gets on top of this one and drives it uppishly though the hands of the fielder at cover. The ball races away for a boundary. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Iftikhar Ahmed, Short ball, around middle and leg. Iftikhar Ahmed swivels and pulls it towards deep square leg for a brace. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, A length ball, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan heaves this one towards deep square leg for a single. 

Mustafizur Rahman (2-0-19-0) is back on.

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, ! Nicely done! Outside off, a length ball. Mohammad Rizwan throws his bat it and slices it over point for a boundary. 

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Taskin Ahmed bowls a brilliant yorker, on middle and leg, Mohammad Rizwan looks to flick it but misses and gets hit on the pads. There is a huge appeal for LBW but turned down. Nurul Hasan goes for the review. The UltraEdge shows a spike when the ball is passing below the bat. The on field decision of Not Out remains. A single is taken.

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, A fuller one, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan dances down the pitch and yorks himself, but the does well to push it towards long off. A single.

Nasum Ahmed to Iftikhar Ahmed, Outside off, short in length, Iftikhar Ahmed stays in his crease and cuts it past point. Only a single. 

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, A low full toss, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan pushes it towards long on for a single. 

Nasum Ahmed to Iftikhar Ahmed, A fuller one, outside off. Iftikhar Ahmed strokes it down to long off for a single. 

Nasum Ahmed to Iftikhar Ahmed, Quicker, around the leg pole, fuller one. Iftikhar Ahmed misses his flick and gets hit on his pads.

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, A short ball, outside off. Mohammad Rizwan shuffles across and dabs it towards short third man for a single. That brings up his fifty! He continues his good form and once again proves why he is the number 1 T20I batter in the world. 

Iftikhar Ahmed is the new man in.

Taskin Ahmed to Haider Ali, ! TAKEN! A stunning catch in the deep and Taskin Ahmed gets his man now. He bowls this short and around off, sticks to the surface a bit, Haider Ali goes for the pull shot but mistimes it high in the air and towards deep square leg where Yasir Ali settles under it and takes a brilliant catch falling backwards. 

Review! A huge shout for LBW, but turned down. Bangladesh have opted for a review against Mohammad Rizwan. 

Taskin Ahmed to Haider Ali, A low full toss and on middle, Haider Ali hits it with no timing towards mid-wicket.

Taskin Ahmed to Haider Ali, Taskin Ahmed bowls this short of a length and around leg, Haider Ali mistimes his pull shot towards deep backward square leg for a single.

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Yorker now, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan does well to flick this one away towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, ! Up and over! A fuller ball, around the off pole. Mohammad Rizwan heaves this one across the line and wide of deep square leg for a boundary. 

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, ! TAKEN! Nasum Ahmed strikes now and the partnership is broken. He bowls this quicker, full and on middle, Shan Masood goes for the big slog but the ball takes the top edge and goes straight in the air towards backward point where Hasan Mahmud dives to his left to take the catch but fumbles and grabs it on the second attempt. Shan Masood was looking good but he has to make that long walk back and Pakistan are two down now.

Mosaddek Hossain to Haider Ali, ! Oh, cracking shot! A fuller one, down the leg side. Haider Ali gets low and smashes it over shot fine leg for a boundary. 

Mosaddek Hossain to Mohammad Rizwan, A fuller ball, around middle and off. Mohammad Rizwan drills this one past the bowler towards long off for a single. 

Mosaddek Hossain to Haider Ali, Shorter in length and on middle, Haider Ali moves back and pulls it towards deep square leg for another run.

Mosaddek Hossain to Mohammad Rizwan, Floated, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan tucks it towards mid-wicket for one.

Mosaddek Hossain to Mohammad Rizwan, A bit short and around off, Mohammad Rizwan skips down the track and pushes it through covers for a brace.

Mosaddek Hossain to Mohammad Rizwan, Tossed up, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan flicks it wide of deep mid-wicket for couple of runs. The umpires are checking for a short run and the replay shows that Rizwan did not cross the crease. Only a single.

Nasum Ahmed to Haider Ali, Swing and a miss! Shorter ball, quick and outside off. Haider Ali looks to cut this one but he misses. A shout for caught behind from the keeper, but the appeal is turned down.

Haider Ali walks out to bat at number 4.

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, A bit short and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan pulls it towards long on for a run.

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, A full toss and on leg, Shan Masood mistimes his slog towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, Tossed up, full and on off, Shan Masood drives it towards cover and Rizwan sets off for the run, the fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses and Rizwan is safe.

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and around off, Mohammad Rizwan goes on his back foot and punches it towards sweeper cover for one.

Mosaddek Hossain to Shan Masood, ! A poor delivery and rightly punished! This is short and down the leg, Shan Masood pulls it past the diving short fine leg fielder for a boundary.

Mosaddek Hossain to Mohammad Rizwan, Floated, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan skips down the track and works it off the inner half through square leg for a single.

Mosaddek Hossain to Mohammad Rizwan, Fires in a yorker, on middle, Mohammad Rizwan uses his feet and knocks it back to the bowler.

Mosaddek Hossain to Shan Masood, Darts this one down the leg, follows the batter well here, Shan Masood gets cramped and digs it out towards long on for a run.

Mosaddek Hossain to Mohammad Rizwan, Quicker, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan drives it towards long on for a single.

Mosaddek Hossain to Mohammad Rizwan, Flatter, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan works it to mid-wicket.

Mosaddek Hossain is introduced into the attack. 

Hasan Mahmud to Shan Masood, ! Beautiful shot! This is short of a length and on middle, Shan Masood picks up the length early and pulls it towards the deep mid-wicket fence for a boundary.

Hasan Mahmud to Shan Masood, Good running! Hasan Mahmud lands this short and around leg, Shan Masood pulls it wide of deep mid-wicket for a brace.

Hasan Mahmud to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan drills it down to long on for one.

Hasan Mahmud to Shan Masood, Short and on middle, Shan Masood pulls it towards deep square leg for a run.

Hasan Mahmud to Babar Azam, A good-length delivery, nipping back in, around off. Babar Azam rocks back and looks to block this one but the ball goes off the under edge towards short third man. 

Hasan Mahmud to Shan Masood, ! Deft touch! Hasan Mahmud bowls this on a good length and around off, Shan Masood waits for it and opens the face of his bat at the last moment to guide it towards the wide third man fence for a boundary.

Hasan Mahmud to Mohammad Rizwan, This is on a hard length and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan taps off the inner half to the leg side for a quick single.

Drinks! Pakistan are in a good position at the halfway stage and they have the perfect platform to launch from here. Their middle order will need to step up whenever they get the chance. Bangladesh need wickets to make things more interesting, An exciting session awaits us. Also, Hasan Mahmud to bowl after the break.

Mehidy Hasan to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller this time, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan dances down the pitch and strokes it down to long on. A single! Pakistan are 71 for 1 at the halfway mark!

Mehidy Hasan to Shan Masood, Wide of off now, a shortish ball. Shan Masood makes it room and cuts it towards deep cover for a single. 

Mehidy Hasan to Mohammad Rizwan, Around middle and leg, short in length. Mohammad Rizwan swipes it along the ground towards deep square leg for a single. 

Mehidy Hasan to Shan Masood, Back of a length, outside off. Shan Masood punches it towards cover and scampers across to the other end. A little fumble there by the fielder allows the batters to complete the run easily. 

Mehidy Hasan to Shan Masood, ! Up and away! Lovely shot! Slightly shorter, around middle. Shan Masood shimmies down the pitch and dispatches this one over long on for a biggie. 

Mehidy Hasan to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan knocks it down to long on for a single. 

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, A fuller ball, around the leg pole. Shan Masood makes room and sweeps it towards the fielder at short fine leg.

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, A fuller one from 'round the wicket now, outside off. Mohammad Rizwan pushes it towards cover and takes a run.

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, ! Shan Masood puts this one away! Short one, around middle and leg. Shan Masood gets low, swivels and pulls it towards deep square leg for a boundary. 

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, Quicker, darting it on the pads. Shan Masood nudges it towards mid-wicket and takes a single.

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, Outside off this time, a fuller one. Shan Masood back away and drives it firmly but straight to the fielder at cover. 

Nasum Ahmed (1-0-7-0) is back on.

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, Wide! Nasum Ahmed spills this one down the leg side, fuller one. Shan Masood misses his sweep. Wide called.

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, Swing and a miss! Wide of off, short in length. Shan Masood backs away and misses his cut.

Mehidy Hasan to Shan Masood, Nope, a single off the last ball! Short, around middle and leg. Shan Masood flicks it towards square leg and gets off the mark with a single. 

Mehidy Hasan to Shan Masood, Quicker, back of a length, around the leg pole. Shan Masood makes room and dabs it towards mid-wicket. Can Mehidy Hasan start off with a maiden?

Mehidy Hasan to Shan Masood, Tad shorter, around middle, quick as well. Shan Masood plays it back to the bowler off the back foot.

Mehidy Hasan to Shan Masood, Tosses this one up, serves it full, around middle and leg. Shan Masood makes room and blocks it out.

Mehidy Hasan to Shan Masood, Pitched up, around middle. Shan Masood pushes it back to the bowler. 

Shan Masood walks out to bat at number 3.

Mehidy Hasan to Babar Azam, ! TAKEN! Mehidy Hasan strikes on his very first delivery! He gets rid of the Pakistani skipper, Babar Azam. Bangladesh have finally drawn first blood. He begins with a loopy one, full in length, around middle. Babar Azam gets down on his knee and looks to sweep this one. But the ball goes off the top edge towards short fine leg. Mustafizur Rahman runs forward and takes a good catch. 

Mehidy Hasan comes into the attack now.

Hasan Mahmud to Babar Azam, Another short one, around off. Babar Azam miscues his pull towards long on for a singe. He retains the strike.

Hasan Mahmud to Babar Azam, Short this time, around middle. Babar Azam ducks underneath it. 

Hasan Mahmud to Mohammad Rizwan, Angling in, a fuller ball, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan works it away towards mid-wicket for a single. 

Hasan Mahmud to Mohammad Rizwan, Overthrows! Short now, wide of off. Mohammad Rizwan dabs it towards gully and sets off for a quick single. There is a throw at the striker's end, but the ball misses the stumps and rolls away. Another run is taken.

Hasan Mahmud to Mohammad Rizwan, ! Top shot! A length ball, outside off. Mohammad Rizwan gets on top of that one and slashes it past point. The ball races away to the left of the sweeper fielder for a boundary. 

Hasan Mahmud comes back into the attack. He conceded 9 runs in his first over.

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, Pulls his length back a tad, the line is around the leg pole. Babar Azam dabs it towards square leg and takes a single. At the end of the Powerplay, Pakistan are 43 for 0. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, Angling in, fuller one, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan flicks it through square leg and rotates the strike. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, Wide! Slower one, down the leg side. Mohammad Rizwan misses his flick. Wide called.

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, ! Nicely done! A length ball, offers width as well on this occasion. Mohammad Rizwan stays in her crease and cuts it past point for a boundary. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, Pitches it up, around the off pole again. Babar Azam looks to drive but the ball goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket. Another run is taken.

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, On a length now, around off. Babar Azam knocks it back to the bowler.

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, A fuller ball, darting it on the pads. Mohammad Rizwan works it away towards deep square leg. Only a single. 

Taskin Ahmed to Babar Azam, Taskin Ahmed bowls this on a good length and on off, Babar Azam punches it with good timing but straight to mid off.

Taskin Ahmed to Babar Azam, On a length and around leg, Babar Azam looks to flick it away but misses and gets hit on the thigh pads.

Taskin Ahmed to Babar Azam, Fuller in length again and on leg, Babar Azam clips it wide of deep sqaure leg for a brace.

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Full again and on the leg stump line, Mohammad Rizwan tucks it towards fine leg for a single.

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, EDGED AND ! Taskin Ahmed serves another full delivery, on middle, Mohammad Rizwan looks to flick it away but gets a top edge over the short third man fielder for a boundary.

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan blocks it to the leg side.

Nasum Ahmed to Babar Azam, Tossed up, full and on off, Babar Azam pushes it back to the bowler.

Taskin Ahmed comes back on!

Nasum Ahmed to Babar Azam, Oh..chance of a run out but it goes begging! This is floated, full and middle, Babar Azam knocks it to the leg side and Mohammad Rizwan sets off for the run but he is sent back midway through. The fielder from covers runs but cannot collect the ball cleanly and the chance goes begging.

Nasum Ahmed to Babar Azam, Quicker one again, full and around off, Babar Azam looks to cut it but misses and the keeper takes the bails off. The umpires sends it upsatairs to check for the stumping. The replays show that Azam is safe.

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Flatter, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan eases it towards long on for a single.

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, ! BANG! This is tossed up, full and around off, Mohammad Rizwan skips down the track and smokes it over the long off fence for a biggie.

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Nasum Ahmed starts with a quicker delivery, full and on off, Mohammad Rizwan goes back and knocks it towards covers.

Another bowling change! Nasum Ahmed is brought into the attack.

Hasan Mahmud to Babar Azam, ! Babar Azam looks in good touch here! Hasan Mahmud bowls this short again and on off, Babar Azam stays back and punches it through covers for a beautiful boundary.

Hasan Mahmud to Babar Azam, On a length and on off, Babar Azam pushes it towards point.

Hasan Mahmud to Babar Azam, ! Easy pickings for Babar Azam! This is short and outside off, Babar Azam stays there and slashes it over point for a boudnary.

Hasan Mahmud to Babar Azam, Another full delivery, on off, Babar Azam knocks it towards mid off.

Hasan Mahmud to Mohammad Rizwan, Touch fuller and on off, Mohammad Rizwan drives it towards covers where the fielder makes a half stop and the batters take a single. Mohammad Rizwan slips again while turning for the second run and the batters decides against it.

Hasan Mahmud to Mohammad Rizwan, Hasan Mahmud starts with a good-length delivery, on off, Mohammad Rizwan guides it towards point.

Hasan Mahmud comes into the attack. He replaces Taskin Ahmed.

Taskin Ahmed to Babar Azam, Fuller in length and on off, Babar Azam mistimes his drive towards cover-point on the bounce. Only 1 run from the first over then.

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, BEATEN! This is on a hard length and outside off, angling away, Babar Azam slashes at it but gets beaten on the outside edge.

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, ! Nice shot! Mustafizur Rahman lands this short and on middle, Babar Azam gets on top of the bounce and pulls it away towards the vacant deep mid-wicket fence for a boundary.

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, This is pitched up and around off, Babar Azam strokes it nicely but straight to point.

Slight halt! Mohammad Rizwan slipped while running between the wickets and the physio is out there to check on him.

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, WIDE! Mustafizur Rahman loses his line a bit and serves this down the leg side, Babar Azam misses his flick. Wided. There is an appeal for caught behind as there seems to be a sound but it is turned down.

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, Mustafizur Rahman starts with a full delivery, on off, swinging in just a bit, Mohammad Rizwan drives it towards mid off for a single.

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, ! That is the first boundary for Pakistan! Mustafizur Rahman bowls this full again and on off, Babar Azam mistimes his drive uppishly just over mid off and the ball races away to the boundary.

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, Full and on middle, Babar Azam drills it towards mid on.

Mustafizur Rahman will bowl from the other end.

Taskin Ahmed to Babar Azam, Pulls his length back a bit and around off, Babar Azam stays back and pushes it towards point.

Taskin Ahmed to Babar Azam, Goes a bit fuller and on off, Babar Azam blocks it to the off side.

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, On a length and on off, Mohammad Rizwan knocks it uppishly towards third man for a single. Pakistan are underway!

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, This is on a good length and around off, shaping away again, Mohammad Rizwan leaves it alone.

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, A beauty to start with! Taskin Ahmed begins with a full delivery, on off, swinging away, Mohammad Rizwan looks to play at it but misses.

We are all ready for action to get underway! The players of Bangladesh are seen in a huddle near the boundary ropes. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan walk out to bat for Pakistan. Taskin Ahmed will begin with the ball. Let's play!

The players of both teams have made their way out in the middle for the national anthems. It will be Pakistan's first followed by Bangladesh's. 

Pakistan (Playing XI) - Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani.

Pakistan need their middle order to step up and this series is their last chance before the World Cup to get some runs under their belt. They do have a fiery bowling attack and with Naseem Shah and their best bowler, Shaheen Afridi back in the mix, it will be a big challenge for the opposition. Only if they are included in the XI. Bangladesh, on the other hand, are coming after a series win over UAE and this will give them the perfect platform to test their ideas and tactics before the big ev

Bangladesh (Playing XI) - Mehidy Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Litton Das, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan (C/WK), Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed.

TOSS - Bangladesh have won the toss and they have elected to BOWL first!

Right then, Pakistan have put on a good total on the board and with their bowling attack they will feel confident to defend this one. Bangladesh, on the other hand will need to bat sensibly to gun this down. Will they be able to do it? Or will Pakistan defend it? We will find out soon. Stay tuned for the second essay.

We are back for the chase!

... THE RUN CHASE ...

Shan Masood is down for a chat. He says that he tried to get a single away in his first six balls, but he could not get it away, once he got his first boundary, it got easier for him. Adds that wickets should be key for them, they need to take wickets upfront. On being asked why Rizwan was slipping so much, he replies that conditions and spikes are the reasons for that. But they will assess that.

Bangladesh put on a disciplined bowling effort. They managed to pick up wickets at crucial moments but gave away a bit too many at the death overs. Their spinners did very well with both Mehidy Hasan and Nasum Ahmed getting a wicket each and Taskin Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets for just 25 runs in his four overs.. They all were very economical as well.

Pakistan will be satisfied with their batting performance but they know that they could have got more. It was once again Mohammad Rizwan who guided the innings with another half century. Babar Azam and Shan Masood chipped in with the runs too but their middle order failed to deliver once again. It is now upto their bowlers to defend this total.

Pakistan have managed to get to a decent total of 167 runs thanks to the unbeaten 78 off just 50 balls from Mohammad Rizwan. However, Bangladesh will feel that they have the quality to chase this down.

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Nawaz, Another full toss, around off. Mohammad Nawaz slaps this one towards cover. Only two runs this time. Pakistan end at 167 for 5! 

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Nawaz, ! Up and away! Mustafizur Rahman misses his yorker this time, he serves a full toss, around off. Mohammad Nawaz smokes this one over long off for a biggie. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Nawaz, Third yorker in a row now! Wide of off again. Mohammad Nawaz leaves it alone. No wide called. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Nawaz, Another lovely delivery! Wide of off, yorker again, swinging in. Mohammad Nawaz looks to push this away towards point but he gets an under edge onto the pitch and towards the keeper. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, Good ball! This is a yorker now, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan makes room and squeezes it out towards mid off for a single. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, ! Put away! Good start to the over for Mohammad Rizwan and Pakistan! A short one, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan swivels and swipes it towards deep square leg for a boundary. 

Mustafizur Rahman (3-0-35-0) to bowl the last over.

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Nawaz, Short again, around middle. Mohammad Nawaz makes room and misses his cut. A dot to finish an excellent spell from Taskin Ahmed!

Mohammad Nawaz is the next man in.

Taskin Ahmed to Asif Ali, ! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! This is lovely bowling from Taskin Ahmed! He has been terrific throughout the innings and now he sends back Asif Ali. He grabs his second wicket and Pakistan have lost their fifth. A bouncer now, pace on this time, at around 135 clicks, around middle. Asif Ali looks to pull this one but the ball ballons up towards the right of the bowler off his top edge. Taskin Ahmed runs to his right and takes an easy catch. 

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, A slower one now, short as well, down leg. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it towards deep square leg for a single. 

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Well bowled! In the blockhole again, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan digs it out towards cover. No run there! 

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Wide! A yorker-length delivery, down the leg side. Mohammad Rizwan looks to scoop this one but he misses this time. Wided! 

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, ! Oh, shot! Smart batting from Rizwan! A full toss, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan gets low and scoops it towards fine leg. It goes all the way for a maximim.

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Very full this time, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan whips this one through square leg for a couple of runs. 

Taskin Ahmed to bowl the penultimate over. He has conceded 15 runs in his three overs ad picked up a wicket.

Hasan Mahmud to Asif Ali, A full toss now, around middle. Asif Ali pulls this one towards deep mid-wicket. Falls short of the fielder there. Two taken. 

Hasan Mahmud to Asif Ali, Back of a length now, around middle and leg. Asif Ali pulls it towards cow corner for a brace this time. 

Hasan Mahmud to Mohammad Rizwan, A low full toss, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for three tuns. 

Hasan Mahmud to Asif Ali, Leg bye! Short again, around his thigh pad. Asif Ali misses his pull and gets hit on his thigh pad. It rolls towards square leg and the batters grab a leg bye here!

Asif Ali comes out to the middle now.

Hasan Mahmud to Iftikhar Ahmed, ! CAUGHT! Hasan Mahmud strikes now and Iftikhar Ahmed has to depart! A good ball from Hasan Mahmud. He drops it short and takes the pace off this one. Iftikhar Ahmed pulls this one but the ball goes more off the splice of the bat. It flies high towards deep mid-wicket and Afif Hossain takes a good catch there.

Hasan Mahmud to Iftikhar Ahmed, ! Up and over! Very full this time, around middle. Iftikhar Ahmed makes room and slices it over backward point. Three fielders run towards the ball, but none of them can cut that one off. A boundary. 

Hasan Mahmud (3-0-31-0) to bowl out now.

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, ! Third boundary of the over! A lovey one for Pakistan! A short ball, down the leg side. Mohammad Rizwan just helps it past square leg for a boundary. Mohammad Rizwan slips once again while running. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Iftikhar Ahmed, Takes the pace off this one, serves a length ball, outside off. Iftikhar Ahmed dabs it towards point with an opened face bat for a single. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Iftikhar Ahmed, ! UP AND JUST AWAY! A good-length delivery, outside off. Iftikhar Ahmed gets on top of this one and drives it uppishly though the hands of the fielder at cover. The ball races away for a boundary. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Iftikhar Ahmed, Short ball, around middle and leg. Iftikhar Ahmed swivels and pulls it towards deep square leg for a brace. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, A length ball, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan heaves this one towards deep square leg for a single. 

Mustafizur Rahman (2-0-19-0) is back on.

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, ! Nicely done! Outside off, a length ball. Mohammad Rizwan throws his bat it and slices it over point for a boundary. 

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Taskin Ahmed bowls a brilliant yorker, on middle and leg, Mohammad Rizwan looks to flick it but misses and gets hit on the pads. There is a huge appeal for LBW but turned down. Nurul Hasan goes for the review. The UltraEdge shows a spike when the ball is passing below the bat. The on field decision of Not Out remains. A single is taken.

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, A fuller one, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan dances down the pitch and yorks himself, but the does well to push it towards long off. A single.

Nasum Ahmed to Iftikhar Ahmed, Outside off, short in length, Iftikhar Ahmed stays in his crease and cuts it past point. Only a single. 

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, A low full toss, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan pushes it towards long on for a single. 

Nasum Ahmed to Iftikhar Ahmed, A fuller one, outside off. Iftikhar Ahmed strokes it down to long off for a single. 

Nasum Ahmed to Iftikhar Ahmed, Quicker, around the leg pole, fuller one. Iftikhar Ahmed misses his flick and gets hit on his pads.

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, A short ball, outside off. Mohammad Rizwan shuffles across and dabs it towards short third man for a single. That brings up his fifty! He continues his good form and once again proves why he is the number 1 T20I batter in the world. 

Iftikhar Ahmed is the new man in.

Taskin Ahmed to Haider Ali, ! TAKEN! A stunning catch in the deep and Taskin Ahmed gets his man now. He bowls this short and around off, sticks to the surface a bit, Haider Ali goes for the pull shot but mistimes it high in the air and towards deep square leg where Yasir Ali settles under it and takes a brilliant catch falling backwards. 

Review! A huge shout for LBW, but turned down. Bangladesh have opted for a review against Mohammad Rizwan. 

Taskin Ahmed to Haider Ali, A low full toss and on middle, Haider Ali hits it with no timing towards mid-wicket.

Taskin Ahmed to Haider Ali, Taskin Ahmed bowls this short of a length and around leg, Haider Ali mistimes his pull shot towards deep backward square leg for a single.

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Yorker now, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan does well to flick this one away towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, ! Up and over! A fuller ball, around the off pole. Mohammad Rizwan heaves this one across the line and wide of deep square leg for a boundary. 

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, ! TAKEN! Nasum Ahmed strikes now and the partnership is broken. He bowls this quicker, full and on middle, Shan Masood goes for the big slog but the ball takes the top edge and goes straight in the air towards backward point where Hasan Mahmud dives to his left to take the catch but fumbles and grabs it on the second attempt. Shan Masood was looking good but he has to make that long walk back and Pakistan are two down now.

Mosaddek Hossain to Haider Ali, ! Oh, cracking shot! A fuller one, down the leg side. Haider Ali gets low and smashes it over shot fine leg for a boundary. 

Mosaddek Hossain to Mohammad Rizwan, A fuller ball, around middle and off. Mohammad Rizwan drills this one past the bowler towards long off for a single. 

Mosaddek Hossain to Haider Ali, Shorter in length and on middle, Haider Ali moves back and pulls it towards deep square leg for another run.

Mosaddek Hossain to Mohammad Rizwan, Floated, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan tucks it towards mid-wicket for one.

Mosaddek Hossain to Mohammad Rizwan, A bit short and around off, Mohammad Rizwan skips down the track and pushes it through covers for a brace.

Mosaddek Hossain to Mohammad Rizwan, Tossed up, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan flicks it wide of deep mid-wicket for couple of runs. The umpires are checking for a short run and the replay shows that Rizwan did not cross the crease. Only a single.

Nasum Ahmed to Haider Ali, Swing and a miss! Shorter ball, quick and outside off. Haider Ali looks to cut this one but he misses. A shout for caught behind from the keeper, but the appeal is turned down.

Haider Ali walks out to bat at number 4.

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, A bit short and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan pulls it towards long on for a run.

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, A full toss and on leg, Shan Masood mistimes his slog towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, Tossed up, full and on off, Shan Masood drives it towards cover and Rizwan sets off for the run, the fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses and Rizwan is safe.

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and around off, Mohammad Rizwan goes on his back foot and punches it towards sweeper cover for one.

Mosaddek Hossain to Shan Masood, ! A poor delivery and rightly punished! This is short and down the leg, Shan Masood pulls it past the diving short fine leg fielder for a boundary.

Mosaddek Hossain to Mohammad Rizwan, Floated, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan skips down the track and works it off the inner half through square leg for a single.

Mosaddek Hossain to Mohammad Rizwan, Fires in a yorker, on middle, Mohammad Rizwan uses his feet and knocks it back to the bowler.

Mosaddek Hossain to Shan Masood, Darts this one down the leg, follows the batter well here, Shan Masood gets cramped and digs it out towards long on for a run.

Mosaddek Hossain to Mohammad Rizwan, Quicker, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan drives it towards long on for a single.

Mosaddek Hossain to Mohammad Rizwan, Flatter, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan works it to mid-wicket.

Mosaddek Hossain is introduced into the attack. 

Hasan Mahmud to Shan Masood, ! Beautiful shot! This is short of a length and on middle, Shan Masood picks up the length early and pulls it towards the deep mid-wicket fence for a boundary.

Hasan Mahmud to Shan Masood, Good running! Hasan Mahmud lands this short and around leg, Shan Masood pulls it wide of deep mid-wicket for a brace.

Hasan Mahmud to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan drills it down to long on for one.

Hasan Mahmud to Shan Masood, Short and on middle, Shan Masood pulls it towards deep square leg for a run.

Hasan Mahmud to Babar Azam, A good-length delivery, nipping back in, around off. Babar Azam rocks back and looks to block this one but the ball goes off the under edge towards short third man. 

Hasan Mahmud to Shan Masood, ! Deft touch! Hasan Mahmud bowls this on a good length and around off, Shan Masood waits for it and opens the face of his bat at the last moment to guide it towards the wide third man fence for a boundary.

Hasan Mahmud to Mohammad Rizwan, This is on a hard length and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan taps off the inner half to the leg side for a quick single.

Drinks! Pakistan are in a good position at the halfway stage and they have the perfect platform to launch from here. Their middle order will need to step up whenever they get the chance. Bangladesh need wickets to make things more interesting, An exciting session awaits us. Also, Hasan Mahmud to bowl after the break.

Mehidy Hasan to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller this time, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan dances down the pitch and strokes it down to long on. A single! Pakistan are 71 for 1 at the halfway mark!

Mehidy Hasan to Shan Masood, Wide of off now, a shortish ball. Shan Masood makes it room and cuts it towards deep cover for a single. 

Mehidy Hasan to Mohammad Rizwan, Around middle and leg, short in length. Mohammad Rizwan swipes it along the ground towards deep square leg for a single. 

Mehidy Hasan to Shan Masood, Back of a length, outside off. Shan Masood punches it towards cover and scampers across to the other end. A little fumble there by the fielder allows the batters to complete the run easily. 

Mehidy Hasan to Shan Masood, ! Up and away! Lovely shot! Slightly shorter, around middle. Shan Masood shimmies down the pitch and dispatches this one over long on for a biggie. 

Mehidy Hasan to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller, around middle. Mohammad Rizwan knocks it down to long on for a single. 

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, A fuller ball, around the leg pole. Shan Masood makes room and sweeps it towards the fielder at short fine leg.

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, A fuller one from 'round the wicket now, outside off. Mohammad Rizwan pushes it towards cover and takes a run.

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, ! Shan Masood puts this one away! Short one, around middle and leg. Shan Masood gets low, swivels and pulls it towards deep square leg for a boundary. 

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, Quicker, darting it on the pads. Shan Masood nudges it towards mid-wicket and takes a single.

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, Outside off this time, a fuller one. Shan Masood back away and drives it firmly but straight to the fielder at cover. 

Nasum Ahmed (1-0-7-0) is back on.

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, Wide! Nasum Ahmed spills this one down the leg side, fuller one. Shan Masood misses his sweep. Wide called.

Nasum Ahmed to Shan Masood, Swing and a miss! Wide of off, short in length. Shan Masood backs away and misses his cut.

Mehidy Hasan to Shan Masood, Nope, a single off the last ball! Short, around middle and leg. Shan Masood flicks it towards square leg and gets off the mark with a single. 

Mehidy Hasan to Shan Masood, Quicker, back of a length, around the leg pole. Shan Masood makes room and dabs it towards mid-wicket. Can Mehidy Hasan start off with a maiden?

Mehidy Hasan to Shan Masood, Tad shorter, around middle, quick as well. Shan Masood plays it back to the bowler off the back foot.

Mehidy Hasan to Shan Masood, Tosses this one up, serves it full, around middle and leg. Shan Masood makes room and blocks it out.

Mehidy Hasan to Shan Masood, Pitched up, around middle. Shan Masood pushes it back to the bowler. 

Shan Masood walks out to bat at number 3.

Mehidy Hasan to Babar Azam, ! TAKEN! Mehidy Hasan strikes on his very first delivery! He gets rid of the Pakistani skipper, Babar Azam. Bangladesh have finally drawn first blood. He begins with a loopy one, full in length, around middle. Babar Azam gets down on his knee and looks to sweep this one. But the ball goes off the top edge towards short fine leg. Mustafizur Rahman runs forward and takes a good catch. 

Mehidy Hasan comes into the attack now.

Hasan Mahmud to Babar Azam, Another short one, around off. Babar Azam miscues his pull towards long on for a singe. He retains the strike.

Hasan Mahmud to Babar Azam, Short this time, around middle. Babar Azam ducks underneath it. 

Hasan Mahmud to Mohammad Rizwan, Angling in, a fuller ball, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan works it away towards mid-wicket for a single. 

Hasan Mahmud to Mohammad Rizwan, Overthrows! Short now, wide of off. Mohammad Rizwan dabs it towards gully and sets off for a quick single. There is a throw at the striker's end, but the ball misses the stumps and rolls away. Another run is taken.

Hasan Mahmud to Mohammad Rizwan, ! Top shot! A length ball, outside off. Mohammad Rizwan gets on top of that one and slashes it past point. The ball races away to the left of the sweeper fielder for a boundary. 

Hasan Mahmud comes back into the attack. He conceded 9 runs in his first over.

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, Pulls his length back a tad, the line is around the leg pole. Babar Azam dabs it towards square leg and takes a single. At the end of the Powerplay, Pakistan are 43 for 0. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, Angling in, fuller one, around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan flicks it through square leg and rotates the strike. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, Wide! Slower one, down the leg side. Mohammad Rizwan misses his flick. Wide called.

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, ! Nicely done! A length ball, offers width as well on this occasion. Mohammad Rizwan stays in her crease and cuts it past point for a boundary. 

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, Pitches it up, around the off pole again. Babar Azam looks to drive but the ball goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket. Another run is taken.

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, On a length now, around off. Babar Azam knocks it back to the bowler.

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, A fuller ball, darting it on the pads. Mohammad Rizwan works it away towards deep square leg. Only a single. 

Taskin Ahmed to Babar Azam, Taskin Ahmed bowls this on a good length and on off, Babar Azam punches it with good timing but straight to mid off.

Taskin Ahmed to Babar Azam, On a length and around leg, Babar Azam looks to flick it away but misses and gets hit on the thigh pads.

Taskin Ahmed to Babar Azam, Fuller in length again and on leg, Babar Azam clips it wide of deep sqaure leg for a brace.

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Full again and on the leg stump line, Mohammad Rizwan tucks it towards fine leg for a single.

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, EDGED AND ! Taskin Ahmed serves another full delivery, on middle, Mohammad Rizwan looks to flick it away but gets a top edge over the short third man fielder for a boundary.

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan blocks it to the leg side.

Nasum Ahmed to Babar Azam, Tossed up, full and on off, Babar Azam pushes it back to the bowler.

Taskin Ahmed comes back on!

Nasum Ahmed to Babar Azam, Oh..chance of a run out but it goes begging! This is floated, full and middle, Babar Azam knocks it to the leg side and Mohammad Rizwan sets off for the run but he is sent back midway through. The fielder from covers runs but cannot collect the ball cleanly and the chance goes begging.

Nasum Ahmed to Babar Azam, Quicker one again, full and around off, Babar Azam looks to cut it but misses and the keeper takes the bails off. The umpires sends it upsatairs to check for the stumping. The replays show that Azam is safe.

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Flatter, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan eases it towards long on for a single.

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, ! BANG! This is tossed up, full and around off, Mohammad Rizwan skips down the track and smokes it over the long off fence for a biggie.

Nasum Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, Nasum Ahmed starts with a quicker delivery, full and on off, Mohammad Rizwan goes back and knocks it towards covers.

Another bowling change! Nasum Ahmed is brought into the attack.

Hasan Mahmud to Babar Azam, ! Babar Azam looks in good touch here! Hasan Mahmud bowls this short again and on off, Babar Azam stays back and punches it through covers for a beautiful boundary.

Hasan Mahmud to Babar Azam, On a length and on off, Babar Azam pushes it towards point.

Hasan Mahmud to Babar Azam, ! Easy pickings for Babar Azam! This is short and outside off, Babar Azam stays there and slashes it over point for a boudnary.

Hasan Mahmud to Babar Azam, Another full delivery, on off, Babar Azam knocks it towards mid off.

Hasan Mahmud to Mohammad Rizwan, Touch fuller and on off, Mohammad Rizwan drives it towards covers where the fielder makes a half stop and the batters take a single. Mohammad Rizwan slips again while turning for the second run and the batters decides against it.

Hasan Mahmud to Mohammad Rizwan, Hasan Mahmud starts with a good-length delivery, on off, Mohammad Rizwan guides it towards point.

Hasan Mahmud comes into the attack. He replaces Taskin Ahmed.

Taskin Ahmed to Babar Azam, Fuller in length and on off, Babar Azam mistimes his drive towards cover-point on the bounce. Only 1 run from the first over then.

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, BEATEN! This is on a hard length and outside off, angling away, Babar Azam slashes at it but gets beaten on the outside edge.

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, ! Nice shot! Mustafizur Rahman lands this short and on middle, Babar Azam gets on top of the bounce and pulls it away towards the vacant deep mid-wicket fence for a boundary.

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, This is pitched up and around off, Babar Azam strokes it nicely but straight to point.

Slight halt! Mohammad Rizwan slipped while running between the wickets and the physio is out there to check on him.

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, WIDE! Mustafizur Rahman loses his line a bit and serves this down the leg side, Babar Azam misses his flick. Wided. There is an appeal for caught behind as there seems to be a sound but it is turned down.

Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Rizwan, Mustafizur Rahman starts with a full delivery, on off, swinging in just a bit, Mohammad Rizwan drives it towards mid off for a single.

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, ! That is the first boundary for Pakistan! Mustafizur Rahman bowls this full again and on off, Babar Azam mistimes his drive uppishly just over mid off and the ball races away to the boundary.

Mustafizur Rahman to Babar Azam, Full and on middle, Babar Azam drills it towards mid on.

Mustafizur Rahman will bowl from the other end.

Taskin Ahmed to Babar Azam, Pulls his length back a bit and around off, Babar Azam stays back and pushes it towards point.

Taskin Ahmed to Babar Azam, Goes a bit fuller and on off, Babar Azam blocks it to the off side.

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, On a length and on off, Mohammad Rizwan knocks it uppishly towards third man for a single. Pakistan are underway!

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, This is on a good length and around off, shaping away again, Mohammad Rizwan leaves it alone.

Taskin Ahmed to Mohammad Rizwan, A beauty to start with! Taskin Ahmed begins with a full delivery, on off, swinging away, Mohammad Rizwan looks to play at it but misses.

We are all ready for action to get underway! The players of Bangladesh are seen in a huddle near the boundary ropes. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan walk out to bat for Pakistan. Taskin Ahmed will begin with the ball. Let's play!

The players of both teams have made their way out in the middle for the national anthems. It will be Pakistan's first followed by Bangladesh's. 

Pakistan (Playing XI) - Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani.

Pakistan need their middle order to step up and this series is their last chance before the World Cup to get some runs under their belt. They do have a fiery bowling attack and with Naseem Shah and their best bowler, Shaheen Afridi back in the mix, it will be a big challenge for the opposition. Only if they are included in the XI. Bangladesh, on the other hand, are coming after a series win over UAE and this will give them the perfect platform to test their ideas and tactics before the big ev

Bangladesh (Playing XI) - Mehidy Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Litton Das, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan (C/WK), Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed.

TOSS - Bangladesh have won the toss and they have elected to BOWL first!

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