Asia Cup: Bangladesh Beat Pakistan To Enter Final
Bangladesh defeated Pakistan by five wickets to qualify for the final of the Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Bangladesh qualified for the final of the Asia Cup after beating Pakistan by five wickets on Wednesday. (All AP and AFP images)
Pakistan recovered from 28-4 to post 129-7, before Bangladesh reached a winning total of 131-5 in 19.1 overs. Mahmudullah secured victory, and a place in Sunday's final against India, with a deep mid-wicket boundary.
Mahmudullah was unbeaten on 22, but Soumya Sarkar (48) provided the platform for the victory.
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir had figures 2-26 and kept his side's hopes alive until Mashrafe Mortaza (12 not out) hit him for two consecutive boundaries in the 18th over.
Earlier, Sarfraz Ahmed led Pakistan's recovery with an unbeaten 58.
He and Shoaib Malik (in pic), who scored 41, combined in a 70-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Electing to bat first, Pakistan were 28-4 after 10 overs, before the duo counterattacked to give the bowlers a decent total to defend.
Bangladesh fast bowler Al-Amin Hossain claimed 3-25 and caused the early damage for Pakistan, helped by his new-ball partner Taskin Ahmed, 1-14. Left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny finished with 2-35.