Pakistan vs Bangladesh as it happened, Asia Cup 2018: Bangladesh beat Pakistan, enter final
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Bangladesh beat Pakistan by 37 runs to enter the final of the Asia Cup. The Tigers will take on India to determine who lifts the title. Chasing 239 to win Pakistan could only muster 202/9 in their 50 overs. Imam-ul-Haq was the top scorer with 83, while Mustafizur picked p for wickets. Earlier, Junaid Khan ended with stunning figures of 4/19 as Pakistan dismissed Bangladesh for 239. Mushfiqur Rahim scored 99 while Mohammad Mithun put on 60 to help Bangladesh reach this score after a disastrous start. Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza opted to bat first in this virtual semi-final clash.
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Bangladesh win, enter final
Bangladesh have beaten Pakistan by 37 runs and entered the final of Asia cup.
OUT!! Mastafizur has four
Pakistan are nine down and Bangladesh are almost there. Mohd. Nawaz holes out .
Hasan Ali’s wicket leaves Pakistan 8 down
Pakistan lose Hasan Ali for 8, he is caught at mid on by Mashrafe off Mustafizur and it’s almost lights out for Pakistan.
Imam is stumped, PAK almost out
Imam is stumped by Liton Das for 83 and that is almost curtains for Pakistan. Pakistan are seven down and the run rate is bulging out of control as well. PAK 167/7
Asif Ali stumped
OUT!!! Pakistan have lost Asif Ali at a crucial stage. Ali is gone for 31 stumped by Liton Das off the bowling of Mehidy Hasan. BAN 165/6 still needing 75 to win.
Pakistan getting into the match
Pakistan are getting into the match despite those early setbacks. The match is delicately poised and a piece of brilliance and or a mistake could decide this game.
Careless from Bangladesh
Free hit to Pakistan as Bangladesh only had 4 fielders inside the ring. Considering the captain was bowling it is very careless from the Tigers.
We are entering a crucial stage of the match!! 15 overs to go and Pakistan need exactly a 100 runs. They don’t want to be leaving too much for the tail to do and these two need to take the team as deep as possible into the chase.
Liton Das has dropped Asif Ali on 22, this could comeback to bite Bangladesh. But for now they are in the box seat.
50 for Imam
Imam-ul-Haq has brought up his 50, he has been the lone fighter so far. If Pakistan have any hope of qualifying for the final then he surely has to get a big score.
100 up for Pakistan
Pakistan have brought up their 100, it has not been smooth sailing and they are still in the woods and it would take something miraculous for Pakistan to overturn this.
Shadab goes, PAK staring down a barrel
Pakistan have lost half their side with the departure of Shadab Khan for 4. That was a real pain staking innings and he consumed 24 balls. First wicket in ODIs for Soumya Sarkar.
Pakistan up against it
Run rate has slowed right down! and there are no specialist batsman to come in. Pakistan are right up against it. At the moment it looks like being an India -Bangladesh final.
Malik goes, PAK 4 down
OUT!!! What a catch!! Malik goes for 30 and Pakistan are four down! Mashrafe throws himself to his left and clings on to a beauty. PAK 85/4 and in dire straits.
50 partnership has come up between Malik and Imam and slowly but surely Pakistan are getting into a position from which they will fancy their chances.
Pakistan playing risk free cricket
Pakistan are playing risk free cricket, they are dealing in ones and twos and placing them in a rather comfortable position to overhaul this total.
50 for PAK
After three quick blows early on Pakistan have steadied and brought up their fifty. Shoaib and Imam are key for the team and there is still a long way to go!!!
Bangladesh reduce PAK rate
Bangladesh are bowling a lot of dot balls and are rushing through their overs. Run rate is climbing all the time and Pakistan need to be careful it doesn't totally get out of hands.
Malik hits two boundaries
Malik slams two boundaries off Mustazifur and Pakistan finally look to be gathering some momentum. PAK 36/3
Shaoib, Imam rebuild PAK
After losing three quick wickets Shoaib Malik and Imam-ul-Haq have steadied the Pakistan ship. Can they take the team all the way.
Pakistan lose skipper Sarfraz
Sarfraz is gone now and the chase is in tatters. Mustafizur gets his second wicket. Sarfraz caught behind for 10!! PAK 18/3
Babar goes, another blow for PAK
Babar Azam goes now! He is also gone for 1 and Pakistan are in deep trouble. Mustafizur has him plumb in front. PAK 3/2
PAK lose Zaman
OUT!!! Fakhar Zaman’s miserable tournament continues, he goes for 1. Mehidy Hasan gets him and Bangladesh are off to a flier. PAK 2/1.
Pakistan begin chase of 240
Pakistan begin their chase. They need 240 to earn a spot in Friday’s final.
Junaid Khan ended with stunning figures of 4/19 as Pakistan dismissed Bangladesh for 239. Mushfiqur Rahim scored 99 while Mohammad Mithun put on 60 to help Bangladesh reach this score after a disastrous start.
First six of the innings
Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza shows how it is done as he hits the first maximum of the innings. A slower ball from Hasan Ali is dispatched comfortably by Mortaza over the mid-wicket boundary.
Junaid Khan picks his fourth wicket of the day as he castles Mahmudullah for 25. Bangladesh have lost their eight wicket of of the innings as Pakistan are finishing the innings on a high.
BAN eye good finish
The Pakistan pacers are doing really well to contain Mahmudullah and Mortaza in the dying overs of the innings. The likes of Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali are using the slower deliveries to great effect and not letting the batsmen score. Bangladesh have three overs to score as many runs as possible.
Junaid Khan picks his third wicket of the day as he gets rid of Mehid Hasan for 12. The batsman hit the ball into the hands of substitute fielder Masood who was fielding a short mid on.
Last 6 overs
Bangladesh are edging towards a competitive total. Considering what’s at stake a score of around 250 could really rattle Pakistan.
OUT!!!Mushfiqur Rahim is out for 99, how unlucky can you get. He is caught by Sarfraz off the bowling of Shaheen Afridi. BAN 197/6
Experienced men at the crease
Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur are two experienced players. They should know what to do as we move into the last 10 overs. This period could have a huge bearing in the match.
Mushfiqur going strong
Wickets may be falling on one end, but Mushfiqur Rahim keeps on going on the other.This time, he hits a boundary off Nawaz towards deep mid-wicket. This is his eighth boundary of the innings and he is approaching a well-deserved century.
Bangladesh have now lost their fifth wicket of the innings as Shadab Khan gets rid of Imrul Kayes. The southpaw missed the line of the delivery and it crashed into his pads. Pakistan are making a strong comeback in the match.
Good intent from Kayes
Since coming onto the crease, Imrul Kayes has looked very positive and he is trying to score runs quickly. So far, he has scored 9 off 9 deliveries inclusive of one boundary. In the last match against Bangladesh, he scored 72* and will look to bring that from in this game as well.
Breakthrough for Pakistan
Finally, Hasan Ali has managed to break this partnership as he gets rid of Mohammad Mithun for 60. The right-hander tries to pull a short delivery, however, the ball takes a top-edge and Ali himself completes the catch. Bangladesh have lost their fourth wicket now as Imrul Kayes comes on to bat.
Great shot, 150 up for Bangladesh
Junaid Khan bowls a bit short and Mohammad Mithun swats the ball towards long-on for a boundary. 150 up for Bangladesh as both Mushfiqur and Mithun are batting really well at the moment and the pressure is on Pakistan bowlers.
This is Mithun’s second ODI half-century and both have come in the ongoing Asia Cup. This is his first fifty in four innings after three consecutive single-digit score. This is also his first half-century against Pakistan.
Half-century for Mithun
Mohammad Mithun also brings up his half-century and he does that by slamming a boundary off Hasan Ali towards mid wicket. The right-hander raises his bat to acknowledge the crowd and it has been a brilliant innings so far from Mithun.
Hasan Ali bowls short and Mushfiqur tries to come down the track and pull the ball for a boundary. But the ball takes a top edge and goes over wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed for a boundary. Bangladesh are scoring runs at a decent pace at the moment.
This is also the only second century partnership for 4th wicket by Bangladesh against Pakistan in ODIs. Their last such partnership for fourth wicket against Pakistan came in 1997 at Colombo RPS.
Mithun approaching fifty
Mohammad Mithun has also played a very handy knock and if Bangladesh go onto achieve a positive result in the match, this partnership between Mithun and Mushfiqur will be one of the main reasons why they would get it.
Mushfiqur and Mithun are continuing to frustrate the Pakistan bowlers as they complete their 100-run stand. The duo have played risk-free cricket thus far and would want to continue for as long as possible.
Fifty for Mushfiqur
Mushfiqur Rahim has played a very good innings here today as he completes his well-deserved half-century. Had it not been for him, the Bangladesh innings would have looked very different after the fall of three early wickets. This is Mushfiqur’s 30th ODI fifty.
Bangladesh cross 100
Bangladesh have gone past the 100-run mark and it is because of the partnership between Mushfiqur and Mithun, that they have been able to do so quite comfortably after the early blows.
Bangladesh batsmen seem to edgy at the moment as a flurry of half-chances for Pakistan come in quick succession. However, the ball has somehow landed in no man’s land and the partnership between Mushfiqur and Mithun keeps going on.
Mushfiqur remains the key
Bangladesh batsmen are playing really well at the moment as they are hitting the deliveries according to their merit. As for Pakistan, since they have introduced spin, the haven’t looked as lethal as their pacers. The partnership between Mushfiqur and Mithun is worth 76 now.
After a disastrous start to the innings, Bangladesh innings has been steadied by Mushfiqur and Mithun and the scoring rate of the team has also crossed the 4 runs per over mark.
Four and four
Mushfiqur goes down on one knee and hits the ball for a boundary towards mid wicket off Shadab Khan. Then, he plays the reverse sweep for his fifth boundary of the innings. The 50-run partnership also comes up between Mushfiqur and Shadab.
Fifty for Bangladesh
Shoaib Malik bowls short and Mohammad Mithun rocks on the back foot and cuts the ball past the point and cover fielders for a boundary. Bangladesh also crossed the 50-run mark in this over (15th).
Mushfiqur is playing good positive cricket and taking the attack to Pakistani bowlers. This time, he hits Nawaz for a boundary towards short fine leg. This is Mushfiqur’s third boundary of the innings as Bangladesh are edging closer to 50-run mark.
Edge and four
Hasan Ali produces an edge off the bat of Mohammed Mithun but the ball flies away from the keeper and goes for a boundary behind him. Since the three early wickets, Mushfiqur and Mithun have somewhat steadied the ship and put on 23 runs.
Pakistan lose their only review of the innings and Mohammad Mithun survives. Mohammad Nawaz trapped the right-hander LBW but the umpire said not out. Nawaz convinced Sarfraz to go for the review and the Pakistan skipper went for it. However, replays showed that the ball was missing the leg stump by a mile.
Hasan Ali comes into the attack and bowls a bit wide and Mushfiqur plays a glorious cover drive to bring up his second four of the innings. A real loosener from the pacer and he was duly dispatched by the right-hander.
Finally, Shaheen Afridi bowls a loose delivery and he pays for it with a boundary. Short and wide from the left-arm pacer and Mushfiqur Rahman cuts the ball for a boundary towards third man.
Pak on top
The pacers have put Pakistan firmly on top in the match as they have gotten rid of three Bangladesh wickets. Junaid Khan and Shaheen Afridi have use of the slight movement available but it is their variations that have troubled the batsmen most.
The Pakistan pacers are on fire here as Junaid Khan now gets rid of Liton Das. The right-hander was beaten by pace and his stumps were taken apart by the part. Junaid picks his second wicket of the day as Bangladesh have lost their third wicket now.
Shaheen Afridi has gotten rid of Mominul Haque as Bangladesh have now lost their second wicket of the day. After getting hit for a boundary, Afridi bowls a bit short and the batsman misses the ball and it crashes into the stumps. Bangladesh are now in deep trouble so early in the match.
Junaid Khan has provided Pakistan with an early breakthrough as he has removed opener Soumya Sarkar for 0. The southpaw tried to pull a short delivery but the ball took a top-edge and Fakhar Zaman took an easy catch on the leg side.
Shaheen Afridi has started ever better as his first over of the innings is a maiden. The lanky left-handed pacer didn’t give any room to Liton Das and bowled six dot deliveries.
Good first over
Junaid Khan gets off to a good start in the match as he concedes just three runs from the first over. Pakistan will expect more of the same from the other new-ball bowler Shaheed Afridi.
Virtual semi-final begins
Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar will be opening the innings for Bangladesh while Junaid Khan has the new ball in his hand. We are underway here in Abu Dhabi as the virtual sem-final begins.
National Anthem time
The players are now making their way into the middle and they will line-up for their respective national anthems. A lot is at stake today and the teams will look to give it their all in Abu Dhabi.
Crucial players out
Star all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan is not playing this game as he suffered a fractured finger recently. While as for Mohammed Amir, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed didn’t say why he has been replaced by Junaid Khan in the playing XI.
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(wk/c), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi
Bangladesh: Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Mominul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman
Bangladesh have won the toss and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has opted to bat first against Pakistan in this do-or-die encounter. Remember everyone that the winner of this clash will enter the final and the losing team will be out of the tournament.
Pakistan have played four matches in the tournament so far and they won two and lost two — both losses came against India, one in the group stage and the second in the Super Four stage. As for Bangladesh, they beat Sri Lanka and lost to Afghanistan in the group stage, while in the Suer Four, they lost to India and then beat Afghanistan.
Hello and welcome
A very warm welcome to the live blog of the Asia Cup 2018 Super Four clash between Pakistan and Bangladesh. India have already sealed a place in the final of the competition and the winner of this match will play the ‘Men in Blue’ on Friday. Both Pakistan and Bangladesh haven’t played at their best in the tournament will look for a big win today and enter the final.