Dambulla: Shahid Afridi hit his second quick-fire century of the Asia Cup of just 53 balls to guide Pakistan to their highest ever total in one-day International, 385-7 after 50 overs at Dambulla. It was Afridi's sixth international hundred and his third against Bangladesh side. The century was also the fastest century ever scored in the Asia Cup.
Afridi who came in at the crease at Number 6 was outstanding with his strokeplay along with Umar Akmal who came in at Number 5. The duo after a solid foundation laid down by the openers heaped a partnership of 137 for the sixth wicket.
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Umar Akmal made a classy half century to support his captain who was blazing at the other end. Akmal was finally out bowled in the 45th over while trying to up the Pakistan total. He was bowled by Shafiul Islam.
Afridi who had already hit a ton in the first match was once again lethal and hammered the Bangladesh bowlers with 17 fours and four over the ropes. The Bangladesh bowlers had no answer to the all-rounder's power play. He was finally dismissed for 124 runs off 60 balls caught by Imrul Kayes off the bowling of Shafiful Islam in the 47th over.
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Following batsmen Abdul Razzaq scored 12 runs off just four balls to help Pakistan finish off with a huge total. Kamran Akmal chipped in with 24 runs off 16 balls coming in at Number 7. In the process Pakistan also reached their highest ever total in One-day international. Their previous highest total was 371/9 against Sri Lanka way back in the year 1996. Pakistan batsmen fetched 66 runs in their last five overs.
Earlier after Afridi had won the toss and chose to bat for Pakistan. Pakistan openers Shahzaib Hasan and Imran Farhat had helped the team to get off to a flying start with a 81 run opening partnership. Shahzaib was looking very aggressive with an excellent strike rate. He hit two huge sixes and six boundaries and got out to Abdur Razzaq leg before wicket (lbw) soon after he reached his fifty.
Farhat at the other end continued to dominate the proceedings and went on to make his half century hittimf six boundaries and two sixes before being dismissed for 66 off 77 balls.
Umar Amin who given a chance to prove himself found himself run-out after a brief innings of 22 off 24 balls. He was the second Pakistani batsmen to be dismissed coming in at Number 3.
Asad Shafiq, 24 year old from Karachi making his debut for Pakistan looked impressive in his brief innings of 17 hitting two boundaries but lost his wicket while trying to use his feet off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan, stumped by Mushfiqur Rahim.
A hard day for the Bangladesh bowlers as Shafiful Islam gave away 95 run off his full quota of 10 overs and picked up three wickets for his side. Shakib al Hasan was expensive as well giving away 73 runs in his 10 overs picking up two wickets.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Jahurul Islam, Mahmudullah, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam, Abdur Razzak
Pakistan: Shahzaib Hasan, Imran Farhat, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Shahid Afridi(c), Kamran Akmal(w), Abdul Razzaq, Abdur Rehman, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif