On a day when it rained sixes and fours, especially off the record-breaking blade of Shahid Afridi, Bangladesh could do no more than rue a dismal Asia Cup.
For Afridi and his team, it was a memorable outing. After a rollicking start by the openers, Afridi played a tornado innings (124 off 60 balls), recording the 6th fastest ton to take Pakistan to 385, their highest ODI total. The rampage began when Afridi hit spinner Suhrawadi Suho for a six and a four off consecutive balls in the 32nd over. Then he pulled Suho’s next ball for four. The fast bowlers got a taste of Afridi’s belligerence after he completed his 50 in the 41st over. The Pakistan skipper scored 39 off 10 balls with eight fours and a six. En route to his 60-ball 124, Afridi also broke Sanath Jayasuriya’s record for most ODI sixes (270). In response Bangladesh could only limp to 246 for 5.
Pakistan 385/7 (Afridi 124, I Farhat 66, S Islam 3-95) bt Bangladesh 246-5 (J Siddique 97) by 139 runs.