In a thrilling Super 4 clash of the Pak vs Ban Match in Asia Cup 2023, Pakistan displayed their cricketing prowess by defeating Bangladesh by 7 wickets at Lahore’s iconic Gaddafi Stadium.
Pak vs Ban Match Highlights
Pakistan’s pursuit of a target of 194 was executed with precision, thanks to the impressive performances of Imam-ul-Haq, who scored 78 runs, and Mohammad Rizwan, who contributed 63 runs. Pakistan sealed the victory with an astonishing 39.3 overs to spare.
Bowlers Shine for Pakistan:
The stage was set when Bangladesh took to the crease. However, Pakistan’s bowlers had other plans. Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah emerged as the stars of the show, with figures of 4/19 and 3/34, respectively. Their exceptional bowling display restricted Bangladesh to a total of 193 runs in 38.4 overs.
Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq provided Pakistan with a strong start, establishing a 37-run partnership for the first wicket. Although Zaman fell for 20 runs, Imam-ul-Haq continued his impressive run, reaching a well-deserved fifty off 64 balls. Mohammad Rizwan joined him, and together, they added 74 runs for the third wicket. Imam’s heroics ended at 78, but Rizwan remained unbeaten at 63, guiding Pakistan to victory with plenty of overs in hand.
Bangladesh began their innings positively, with Tamim Iqbal and Litton Das stitching together a 46-run opening partnership. However, the introduction of spin turned the tide in Pakistan’s favor. Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz bagged three wickets each, disrupting Bangladesh’s progress. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim attempted to rebuild the innings, but Haris Rauf dismissed both. Bangladesh eventually crumbled to 193 runs, with Naseem Shah snatching three wickets in the final over.
Player of the Match: Haris Rauf
Haris Rauf‘s magnificent bowling performance earned him the Player of the Match title. Rauf scalped four wickets for a mere 19 runs in his six overs and maintained an impressive economy rate, conceding just two runs in his final over.
Total 4 Fifties scored in the match
A total of four half-centuries were recorded in the match, two from each side.
Imam-ul-Haq‘s stellar performance stood out, scoring 78 runs off 84 balls, adorned with 10 fours and a six. His outstanding display earned him the Man of the Match award.
Mohammad Rizwan, with 63 runs off 79 balls, played a crucial role and remained unbeaten.
Weather, two half centuries scored from Bangladesh side. The highest scorer for Bangladesh was Wicket keeper batter Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored 64 runs off 87 balls and the second half century made by Shakib Al Hasan, who scored 53 runs off 57 balls.
Upcoming matches in Aisa Cup
Pakistan’s victory sets the stage for an exciting Super 4 clash against Sri Lanka on Friday, while Bangladesh gears up to face India in the upcoming matches.
The Asia Cup 2023 continues to deliver thrilling cricketing action, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the next showdown in this prestigious tournament.