Pakistan need 142 runs to win as Tigers posted 141 on Score board

By Syed Umarullah Hussaini - Web Editor

24th January, 2020

Pakistan need 142 runs from 20 overs as the guest team posted a score of 141 on board against Pakistan in the first match of the T20 series.

Bangladesh gave the target of 142 runs to the host team in the first Twenty 20 International match at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore today.

Bangladesh made 141 run for 5.

The visitors’ start was good as the first wicket fell in 11th over against 71 scores.

The visitors, however, lost two wickets at 98 scores and went under some pressure.

Mahmudullah and Afif Hossain remained on crease and took the score to 119 but another fall at this moment as Afif Hossain taken by Haris Rauf.

Tamim Iqbal got run out, Mohammad Naim was taken by Shadab Khan after Iftikhar’s catch.

Liton Das run out by Shadab Khan.

Haris Rauf took the wicket of Afif Hossain

Toss

Earlier Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat against Pakistan in the first T20 match of the series.

The three-match T20I series would entirely played in Lahore over the next few days.

If Babar XI  lose just one of the three matches scheduled they will slide to second behind England or India in the rankings after holding the top spot since January 2018.

After a lot of talks, the Bangladesh Cricket Board finally agreed on the tour.

There are two Tests and one ODI which will be played in the next few months.

Following an attack in 2009 by militants on a convoy ferrying the Sri Lanka team to a fixture in Lahore, Pakistan became a wilderness for the national side who had to play its home fixtures in the Middle East.

That ended in December when Sri Lanka returned to give Pakistan their first home series in a decade.

The first priority for skipper Babar Azam is to stay top of the world in the shortest international version of the game.

“The focus is to continue the number one ranking,” said Babar on Thursday.

“We can hang on to that only if we win all three matches, so its a do-or-die situation and we have planned for that,” he told a press conference.

Shaheen Shah Afridi brought back into the side while Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir have been dropped from the Pakistan T20 squad.

Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez brought back in the side as well.

Haris Rauf and Ahsan Ali in line for their international debut.


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