Bangladesh vs Pakistan: Pakistan beats Bangladesh in second T20I to seal series
Pakistani Fakhar Zaman scored a half-century of unbeaten defeat as his side beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in their second Twenty20 international match in Dhaka on Saturday, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Fakhar hit 57 of 51 balls and made 85 points with Mohammad Rizwan (39) for the second wicket, leading Pakistan to 109-2 in 18.1 overs. Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan earlier claimed two wickets each to help the visitors limit struggling Bangladesh to 108-7 after the home side chose to strike first.
Pakistani skipper Babar Azam lost only one point in the third third, leading to a delivery of Mustafizur Rahman on his stumps.
But Fakhar – who smashed two fours and three sixes but was abandoned by Saif Hassan on the 26th – and Rizwan deprived Bangladesh of further momentum with their calm approach.
Aminul eventually fired Rizwan as Saif grabbed the extra cover, but it came too late as Fakhar quickly sealed the contest and the series with just one through cover from Saif part-time.
“The series victory is a team effort,” said Babar. “The boys reacted well as a unit and we kept the momentum” of the World Cup.
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad regretted their hitters towards the end of their innings.
“Me and Shanto (Najmul) were trying to get a partnership but we couldn’t capitalize on the finals. For a team like us, we need a batter to be there at the end, but that didn’t happen today. ” he said.
Pakistan dominated the game early on after knocking out the top two Bangladeshi in the opening two overs.
Shaheen Afridi fetched a golden duck from Saif, and Mohammad Naim fell to Mohammad Wasim for two lead to Fakhar in the slip, as Bangladesh fell to 5-2.
Afif Hossain and Najmul Hossain offered some resistance, adding 46 points for the third wicket before Shadab dismissed them both to regain control of Pakistan.
For the hosts, Najmul Hossain scored the best with 40 of 34 balls while Afif Hossain contributed with 20 points on 21 balls.
Playing their first game of the series, Shaheen finished with 2-15 and Shadab grabbed 2-22 as Bangladesh struggled against Pakistan’s quality pace and bowling spin.
Pakistan won the series opener by four wickets on Friday.
The third and final game of the series will take place on the same pitch on Monday.
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