The match played between Bangladesh and Pakistan played in the Asia Cup at Shere Bangla National Stadium,Mirpur saw the hosts pull an upset over a experienced Pakistani line up to go through to the finals of the tournament.
Mahmudullah’s upright stroke through the extra cover at the beginning of the 17th over was the shot of the entire game.It was befitting for a player like him to hit the winning runs to take his team to play the finals of Asia Cup.
Shakib-Al-Hasan was clueless against Mohammad Amir in the 18th over but Mashrafe Mortaza struck two boundaries to settle the jitters in the Bangladesh dressing room.The match became tense out there as Mohammad Sami bowled the crucial over in which Mahmudullah struck a decisive four to seal the victory for the hosts.
The crowd at the stadium erupted like never seen before as the hosts celebrated wildly and this was a watershed moment for a cricketing nation finally coming to their own after playing over decade and losing in sheepish manner to test playing nations.
Just like Mahmdullah’s spectacular hundred against England in a do or die game in the World Cup 2015 last year to take Bangladesh through to meet India in quarterfinals.The story plot followed as the same face played a crucial knock to seal the victory and send his team into the finals of Asia Cup.
The game saw a nerve wracking moments as the hosts lost wickets at crucial times and tried their best to hold their own against high class bowler like Mohammad Amir.The other bowlers looked pedestrian and team’s poor lapses in the fielding were their shortcoming in such a crucial game.
The green shirts once again showed signs of frailty as top order wilted in the first five overs with no one making notable contribution.When Taskin Ahmed got Umar Akmal dimissed Pakistan were placed at 28 for 4 as Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik formed a sixty run partnership to give some sort of stability to the innings.Sarfaraz Ahmed played a brilliant innings as he scored 58 runs off 42 balls that included five fours and two sixes to take Pakistan to post a below par total of 130 runs after 20 overs.
Bangladesh in chasing the given target saw Tamim Iqbal get trapped lbw by left arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan to provide Pakistan an early breakthrough in the innings.Soumya Sarkar played well composed innings of 48 runs off 48 balls to play a key knock to help his team win a close game.All the batsmen for Bangladesh side contributed and chipped in with vital runs as a decisive partnership between Mahmudullah and Mashrafe Mortaza of 27 runs saw them home to emerge as victors against much experienced team like Pakistan.
The win has provided new impetus to Bangladesh team in Asia Cup as a loss for Pakistan means nation suffering from terminal decline due to whole host of issues plaguing the game and its operations.