Pak beat B'desh by 88 runs in WC warm-up

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Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 9:39 [IST]
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Chasing a formidable 285/9 by Pakistan in their World Cup warm-up match at Dhaka, Bangladesh squandered a decent start and succumbed to some tight, forceful bowling. Abdul Razzaq took 3/31 and spinners Mohammad Hafeez and Adbur Rehman picked up two wickets a piece, as the minnows were bowled out for a mere 197 in 41.4 overs.

Bangladesh didn't get off to the best of starts in their innings, losing Tamim Iqbal up front to Abdul Razzaq for a duck with the score at 0. But then Imrul Kayes and Junnaid Siddqui steadied the ship, taking their side to over 50 before Pakistan speedster Wahab Riaz brought the latter batsman's cameo of 38 from 28 balls, to an end.

The Bangladeshi middle order couldn't contribute much with Mushfiqur Rehman (9), Shakib Al Hasan (11) and Mohammad Ashraful (4) exiting in fairly quick succession as the side stumbled to 122/5 in 20.5 overs.

The latter order tried to keep the slight momentum going, but after Kayes went for 39 off 61 balls, the other batsmen began to cave in as well, with Mahmadullah departing for 12 and Naeem Islam for 22.

Raqibul Hasan tried to keep the flame alive with a fighting 30 before he was run out as the score read 195/9. The tail could just add two more runs to the total as Bangladesh were bowled out 88 runs short of Pakistan's score.

Pakistan's innings got off to a decent enough start, before Mohammad Hafeez departed for 21 off 29 balls as the score read 42/1 in 8.4 overs. What followed, rather surprisingly, was a top-order collapse with the spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Abdur Razzak striking to get ride of Kamran Akmal (1) and Younis Khan (5), respectively.

Pakistan had slipped to 58/3 in 15 overs. But surviving opener Ahmed Shehzad and Misbal-ul-Haq stabilised the innings and consolidated well to notch up a 100-plus run stand, taking Pakistan past 100 and then 150 in the 33rd over. The stand ended at 152 runs with both batsmen notching up centuries. Shehzad was out to Rubel Hossain's pace after making 103 off 122 balls a sthe score read 210/4 in 42.5 overs.

Thne Misbah and Shahid Afridio took Pakistan to 250 in the 47th over before Hasan removed Misbah for exactly 100 off 100 balls. A late surge led by Afridi an Umar Akmal took their side to 285/9 in 50 overs. Hossain and Hasan got three wickets a piece, but the former was very expensive, going for 73 off his 10 overs.

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