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Bangladesh set up title date with India

FPJ Bureau | Updated on: Friday, May 31, 2019, 05:36 PM IST

Bangladesh cricketer Taskin Ahmed reacts after the dismissal of Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal during the Asia Cup T20 cricket tournament match between Bangladesh and Pakistan at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 2, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ MUNIR UZ ZAMAN |
Bangladesh cricketer Taskin Ahmed reacts after the dismissal of Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal during the Asia Cup T20 cricket tournament match between Bangladesh and Pakistan at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 2, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ MUNIR UZ ZAMAN |
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Beat Pakistan by five wickets

Mirpur: A spirited Bangladesh on Wednesday continued their giant killing act with a stunning five-wicket win over Pakistan in a low-scoring thriller to set up a title clash against India in the Asia Cup T20 cricket tournament, here.

Needing 130 to win, Bangladesh won the match in 19.1 overs with Mahmudullah Riyadh (22 not out off 15 balls) and Mashrafe Mortaza (12 off 7 balls) adding 27 in only 1.5 overs to help the hosts overwhelm the target with five balls to spare.

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It was a tense final few overs as Bangladesh withered the storm off Mohammed Amir  after they looked in trouble at 104 for 5 in 17.2 overs.

In came skipper Mortaza with Amir on rampage in the 18th over. The skipper hit two back-to-back boundaries off Amir before playing two dots.

With Bangladesh requiring 18 off the last two overs, Mohammed Sami had Mortaza caught at long-off but to the bowler’s horror, it was called a no-ball for overstepping as the equation came down from 15 off nine balls to 12 from nine balls with the skipper and Mahmudullah running a couple.

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With nine required off seven balls, Mahmudullah bisected a fuller delivery from Sami behind point boundary and to the joy of the crowd it was too adjudged a no-ball.

At the start of the final over, Bangladesh required three runs which was a mere formality. It was Mahmudullah, who thrashed Anwar Ali over deep mid-wicket boundary to finish off the chase in style.  Chasing the fighting total, Tamim Iqbal (8) flicked Amir behind square for a six but was trapped leg before in the very next over.

Pakistan

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K Manzoor c Mushfiqur b Al-Amin..1

S Khan b Sunny………………………..10

M Hafeez lbw b Mortaza……………..2

S Ahmed not out………………………58

U Akmal  c Shakib  b Taskin………….4

S Malik c Sabbir b Sunny……………41

S Afridi c S Rahman b Al-Amin……..0

A Ali c Sabbir b Al-Amin…………….13

Extras: 0

Total: (for 7 wkts in 20 overs)….129

FoW: 1-1, 2-12, 3-18, 4-28, 5-98, 6-102, 7-129.

Bowling: Taskin 4-1-14-1, Al-Amin 4-0-25-3, Sunny 4-0-35-2, Mortaza 4-0-29-1, Shakib 4-0- 26-0.

Bangladesh

T Iqbal lbw b M Irfan………………….7

S Sarkar b M Amir…………………….48

S Rahman b S Afridi………………….14

M Rahim lbw b S Malik……………..12

Shakib  b Amir……………………………8

Mahmudullah not out……………….22

M Mortaza not out……………………12

Extras: (lb4, w2, nb2)………………..8 Total: (For 5 wktsn in 19.1 ovrs)131

Bowling: Amir 4-0-26-2, M Irfan 4-0-23-1, M Sami 4-0-30-0, S Afridi 4-0-20-1, A Ali 2.1-0-25-0, S Malik  1-0-3-1

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Published on: Thursday, March 03, 2016, 12:18 AM IST