Pakistan kick-off their Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup with a resounding 7-wicket win against Bangladesh
By PakPassion Staff (9 September, 2023)
In what proved to be a riveting contest at Lahore, Pakistan comfortably secured a win by 7 wickets against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. The hosts once again showcased why they are a force to be reckoned with, especially in their home conditions.
Bangladesh started off by posting a total of 193, bowled out in 38.4 overs. Pakistan responded confidently, reaching the target with 194/3 in 39.3 overs. With a steady run rate of 4.91, the hosts demonstrated a balanced mix of aggression and caution.
Mohammad Rizwan was the shining star for Pakistan, crafting a commendable 63 off 79 balls, peppered with 7 boundaries and a six. His batting prowess was evident, and his innings played a pivotal role in Pakistan's chase. Agha Salman, who remained unbeaten at 12, also chipped in with some crucial runs. Their partnership, which added 35 in 40 balls, ensured that the ship sailed smoothly to the shores of victory.
Bangladesh's bowlers tried to make inroads with their tight lengths, but the Lahore pitch offered little assistance. Shakib Al Hasan, one of the premier all-rounders in world cricket, couldn't manage to pick up a wicket, and his figures of 5.3-0-31-0 reflect the uphill task the visitors had in defending their score.
A notable mention goes to Imam-ul-Haq, whose performance was central to Pakistan's chase. With scores of 83, 100, and now 78 against Bangladesh in ODIs, he has solidified his spot as a dependable top-order batsman.
The match culminated with a stylish reverse sweep for four by Agha Salman off Shakib, symbolizing the assertive intent with which Pakistan played. With this win, Pakistan has further established their dominance against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, boasting 13 wins in 14 matches.
All in all, this game in Lahore was a testament to Pakistan's strength in the limited-overs format. The combination of their bowlers setting up games and the batsmen finishing the job ensures that they remain one of the top contenders in the Asia Cup. On the other hand, Bangladesh will hope to revisit their strategies and come back stronger in their next encounter.