Live Scorecard: Pakistan vs Bangladesh

As if half centuries by Shehzad and Hafeez were not enough, Afridi's 'Boom Boom' 49 added cherry on the cake, served by Pakistan team for their fans to devour.

'The Green Shirts' were a trouble right from the start. They never seemed to be nervous or shaky, like they are occasionally against India. Opening batsmen Ahmed Shahzad (52) and Muhammad Hafeez (64) were in striking form and did not shy away from hitting big, brave shots and were joined in the party by skipper Afridi.

T20 World Cup: Pakistan and Bangladesh clash in campaign-opener

Revenge is a powerful drive, they say and how we agree! The humiliation in Asia Cup semifinals needed to be avenged and the 'Shaheens' decided to do it with style.

A total of 201 was tough to achieve for Bangladesh, given Pakistan's sharp and fast bowling attack. Mustafizur Rahman's absence was felt on more than one occasions as the Bangladesh batsmen kept crumbling under the pressure of having a high score to achieve. With this defeat, they topple to bottom of the death group which consists of India and New Zealand who played their first match yesterday. 

Brief Scores: Pakistan: 201/5 in 20 overs (Muhammad Hafeez 64, Ahmed Shahzad 52, Shahid Afridi 49; Arafat Sunny 2/32) vs

Bangladesh: 146/6 (Shakib Al Hasan 50 not out; Mohammad Amir 2/28, Afridi 2/27).

By: Ira Shukla

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New Delhi: As Pakistan team scored its highest total in World T20 today, all the attention turned towards batsmen who annoyed, angered and agonized Bangladesh with every shot they hit.

 

As if half centuries by Shehzad and Hafeez were not enough, Afridi's 'Boom Boom' 49 added cherry on the cake, served by Pakistan team for their fans to devour.

'The Green Shirts' were a trouble right from the start. They never seemed to be nervous or shaky, like they are occasionally against India. Opening batsmen Ahmed Shahzad (52) and Muhammad Hafeez (64) were in striking form and did not shy away from hitting big, brave shots and were joined in the party by skipper Afridi.

Revenge is a powerful drive, they say and how we agree! The humiliation in Asia Cup semifinals needed to be avenged and the 'Shaheens' decided to do it with style.

A total of 201 seems tough to achieve for Bangladesh, given Pakistan's sharp and fast bowling attack. But this game has witnessed a turn of fortunes too many times to draw a conclusion so soon. Hence, let us sit back and see which one of our neighbours emerges victorious in this clash.

Brief scores:

Pakistan: 201/5 (20/20 ov)
Fall of wickets 1-26 (Sharjeel Khan, 2.3 ov), 2-121 (Ahmed Shehzad, 13.5 ov), 3-163 (Mohammad Hafeez, 16.4 ov), 4-175 (Umar Akmal, 17.5 ov), 5-198 (Shahid Afridi, 19.4 ov)


Bangladesh: Bangladesh 57/2 (7.2/20 ov)- currently playing
Fall of wicket 44/2 (5.5 ov); Partnership: 43 runs, 5.2 overs, RR: 8.06 (Tamim Iqbal 14, Sabbir Rahman 25)