At a median stage, Bangladesh had erected their top ODI total, and were on a high after lashing 121 runs in a final 10 overs. Their bowling, however, brought them behind to earth as all came dismantled in a face of a Shahid Afridi onslaught.
The compulsory run-rate was a shade underneath 11 when a final 10 overs began. Mushfiqur Rahim had banked on his spinners to awaken it ceiling though Mahmudullah leaked 16 in a 42nd over and Shakib Al Hasan, their best bowler, was flayed for 3 sixes in a 43rd. The switch to gait valid only as catastrophic as Shafiul Islam was forged for 16 in a 45th. Abdur Razzak’s knowledge valid for small as he was slogged for 18 in a 48th. And by now Pakistan’s equation was a really docile 13 off 12 balls.
The detriment hid critical improvements in Bangladesh’s batting performance, nothing some-more appreciative than Anamul Haque’s second ODI century that shaped a bulk of a 150-run opening mount with Imrul Kayes. That height authorised Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib to hillside in 121 runs in a final 10 overs.
Imrul was one of 5 changes in a Bangladesh XI and a examination roughly backfired in a really initial over, though Ahmed Shehzad spilled one during slip. With that cut of good fortune, Imrul assembled a bustling half-century when he was constantly on a surveillance for runs, either by bounds block on a off side or by ones and twos. He has looked an softened batsman given a Chittagong Test opposite Sri Lanka and was a pivotal member of Bangladesh substantiating their second top opening partnership, and their initial given a Kayes-Shahriar Nafees mount opposite New Zealand in 2010.
Anamul held adult as he began anticipating a bounds with larger magnitude and was once again critical on a opposition’s fastest bowler. Mohammad Talha, like Varun Aaron, was rubbed with contempt as Anamul collected 31 runs off 19 balls, including 3 fours and dual sixes. But one area where he needs critical work is his consistency. He done a fifty opposite India, missed out opposite Afghanistan though again played good opposite Pakistan, a syndrome that has followed him from a Sri Lanka ODIs progressing final month.
Mominul has also grown a new robe of succumbing after being well-set, nonetheless on Tuesday he mislaid his wicket in a hunt for discerning runs. His timing has been shining given a New Zealand array and came in accessible as Bangladesh done healthy swell in a center overs. By a time he was discharged during 204 for 2, a group was in their best position after a tumble of dual wickets given 1999.
Mushfiqur and Anamul kept a trend going, holding Bangladesh to their best position for a detriment of 3 wickets. Then Shakib assimilated his captain, and a span combined 77 runs for a consecutive fourth wicket partnership, during a drunken 13.58 per over to record a fastest 50-plus Bangladesh partnership ever.
Bangladesh’s counterclaim began good in a early overs, though they could not forestall a 97-run mount for a opening wicket between Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez, a best for Pakistan in a final 12 months.
Shehzad combined another 105 runs with Fawad Alam for a fourth wicket, even some-more essential given that it came after a detriment of Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq and Sohaib Maqsood for only 8 runs. That set things adult for Afridi as he and Alam forged 69 runs for a sixth wicket – their fastest partnership in a final 3 years. On a all-time list, this was a eighth fastest 50-plus mount for a team.
When Afridi struck 5 sixes in discerning succession, a Bangladesh bowlers slumped to new lows. The batsmen, however, have showed desire, quite Anamul whose swell has been poignant given a lifeless array opposite New Zealand. If Bangladesh are to mangle their 2014 steep in a subsequent compare opposite Sri Lanka, a group would design accurately this proceed from a batsmen, and wish a bowlers offer improved assistance.