Bangladesh record first T20I win over Pakistan


Shakib Al Hasan scored 57 in Bangladesh’s chase of 142.

DHAKA: Shakib Al Hasan’s fine all-round showing powered Bangladesh to a seven-wicket victory over Pakistan on Friday, their first Twenty20 international win over their Asian rivals.

Bangladesh, who also swept the three-match one-day international series, lost three quick wickets but chased down a 142-run target with 22 balls to spare, fired by an unbeaten 105-run stand between Shakib (57) and Sabbir Rahman (51).

Left-arm spinner Shakib was also miserly with the ball and gave away just 17 runs in his four overs as Pakistan posted 141/5 after Shahid Afridi won the toss and chose to bat.

Debutant left-arm paceman Mustafizur Rahman, 19, was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers, picking up 2/20 in his four overs.

Mukhtar Ahmed (37), making a debut for Pakistan, and Ahmed Shehzad (17) added 50 in nine overs but the visitors failed to build on that strong platform.

Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim – the batting heroes for Bangladesh during the 3-0 ODI series win – all fell cheaply and it was left to Shakib and Sabbir to prop up their team after being reduced to 38/3.

The duo ensured the hosts maintained their winning streak with their first win in the shortest format of the game in eight matches against Pakistan.