Babar Azam, Mohammad Hasnain star as Pakistan clinch T20I series against Bangladesh

Captain Babar Azam and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez delivered splendid half-centuries to see Pakistan beat Bangladesh by nine wickets in 2nd T20I game played at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Saturday.

Bangladesh Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad won the toss and decided to bat first in overcast conditions. The decision backfired as opener Mohammad Naim was dismissed for a duck. Mohammad Hasnain came into the attack and dismissed Mahedi Hasan to see Bangladesh lose their second wicket with just 21 runs on the board.

Wicket-keeper Liton Das could not last any longer and perished for just 8 runs. With the side precariously placed at 41 for 3, opener Tamim Iqbal led the fightback for the side and put on decent partnerships with Afif Hossain and Mahmudullah to see Bangladesh post 136 runs in their full quota of overs.

Tamim Iqbal played splendidly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 65 runs off 53 balls with the help of seven fours and one six. Afif Hossain also chipped in with a crucial inning of 21 runs off 20 balls with the help of one fours and one six.

For Pakistan, pacer Mohammad Hasnain was the standout performer with the ball in hand and finished with figures of 2 for 20 in his four overs. Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan claimed one wicket each.

In reply, Ahsan Ali perished for a duck to see Shafiul Islam provide early breakthrough for Bangladesh. Captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez came together at the crease and put on an unbeaten 131-run partnership to see Pakistan register a comprehensive win over Bangladesh. With this result, Pakistan have already sealed the T20I series with one more game to go.

Four Bangladesh, pacer Shafiul Islam continued his impressive form in this game and finished with figures of 1 for 27 in his three overs.

For his unbeaten half-century, Babar Azam was named player of the match. The third and final game of the T20I series will be played at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Monday.

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