DHAKA: Pakistan beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the first Twenty20 international of their three-match series in Dhaka on Friday.
The visitors restricted Bangladesh to a measly 127-7 as the hosts batted first at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Fast bowler Hasan Ali picked up 3-22 and right-arm medium pacer Mohammad Wasim 2-24 for the visitors as Afif Hossain top-scored with 36 off 34 balls for Bangladesh.
The tempting target looked increasingly challenging when Pakistan slumped to 24-4 in the chase with Haider Ali and Shoaib Malik both going for ducks.
But Fakhar Zaman and Khushdil Shah put them back on track with knocks of 34 runs each.
In the end, Pakistan reached 132-6 with four balls to spare, with Shadab Khan hitting a six to win the match and leave him unbeaten on 21 off 10 balls.
Head to head
The two sides have clashed in 12 T20Is. Pakistan have won 10 out of the matches with Bangladesh, recording both their wins at the same venue in the one-off T20I in 2015 and the 2016 Asia Cup encounter.
Shoaib Malik is also the second highest run-scorer from Pakistan against Bangladesh in this format. He has 208 runs with an average of 34.66, which includes one half-century.
The opening duo of Pakistan Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are taking all records under their belt. Babar Azam has scored the fastest 2500 T20I runs in just 62 innings. He broke the World record of Virat Kohli who crossed the milestone in 68 T20I’s innings.
On the other hand, Mohammad Rizwan is the highest T20I run-scorer in a calendar year. He has scored 1033 runs in 23 matches with an average of 86.08 and strike rate of 136.45. It includes a century and 10 half-centuries.
Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Babar Azam has announced the 12-member squad for the first match:
Babar Azam (Captain), Shadab Khan (Vice Captain), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik