Newcomer Zunaed plays lone hand for Bangladesh

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2007, 20:05 [IST]
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Newcomer Zunaed Siddique made an aggressive half-century to play virtually a lone hand for Bangladesh in their World Twenty20 Super Eights match against Pakistan at Newlands Thursday.

Opening batsman Siddique blasted 71 off 49 balls but Bangladesh were bowled out for 140 in 19.4 overs after they were sent in to bat.

Siddique, 19, a tall left-hander, marked his international debut with a sparkling innings which included six fours and three sixes.

He showed a fearless approach at the crease. Even when three wickets fell in successive overs in mid-innings he slammed two successive sixes over mid-wicket off off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez.

But his penchant for the lofted stroke over midwicket caused his downfall when he was caught in the deep off Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik.

Bangladesh were well-placed at 79 for one before three wickets fell in three overs against spin bowlers Hafeez and Shahid Afridi.

Only three other Bangladeshis reached double figures. Aftab Ahmed, who made 15, shared a second wicket stand of 63 with Zunaed.

Off-spinners Hafeez and Malik took two wickets each in an innings which featured three run-outs.

Pakistan, who have already qualified for the semi-finals, will finish top of their group if they win. Bangladesh cannot reach the last four after losing both their previous Super Eights matches.

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