Colombo: Pakistan have defeated Bangladesh by 76 runs in the group B league match of the Asia Cup today. Chasing a target of 258, Bangladesh were bowled out by Pakistan in 45.2 overs. Yasir Hameed has been named Man of the Match. Javed Omar scored a steady 62 for Bangladesh, but the other batsmen completely crumbled in the face of the attack by the Pakistani bowlers. Shoaib Akhtar picked up three wickets, while Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Sami picked up two wickets each. Danish Kaneria and Imran Farhat picked up a wicket each. Hamid smashes ton Electing to bat after winning the toss at Colombo, Pakistan scored 257 for six with opener Yasir Hameed cracking a sparkling century. Hameed paced his innings brilliantly to record his third one-day century with a 123-ball 102 against a modest Bangladeshi bowling attack at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground. Captain Inzamam-ul Haq (58), vice-captain Yousuf Youhana (29 not out) and Imran Farhat (28) were the other notable contributors for the defending champions playing their first match in the six-nation tournament. The 26-year-old Hameed and Farhat provided a steady start to the Pakistan innings putting on 86 runs before paceman Abdur Razzak provided the breakthrough for Bangladesh by removing Farhat. The Bangladeshis, who have assured themselves a berth in the Super League stage with a 116-run victory over Hong Kong yesterday, got another wicket almost immediately when Shoaib Malik, promoted to the number three position, was run out for three. Hameed, Inzy stand tall Hameed and Inzamam, however, steadied the ship with a 109-run third wicket partnership with the captain doing the bulk of the scoring with a barrage of shots on both sides of the wicket. Hameed, who was dropped by Mohammad Ashraful at long-off off Khaled Mahmud when on 61, struck ten boundaries during his knock. The opener drove well and was not afraid to loft the ball over the in-field even as Inzamam played some lusty shots during his 66-ball knock in which he hit four fours and two sixes, both off left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique. But the two perished in quick succession with none of the other batsmen being able to really accelerate the pace of scoring in the slog overs. Razzak shines Inzamam stepped out to hit left-arm spinner Abdur Razzaq and was stumped by wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud while Hameed holed out to Mushfiqur Rahman at deep mid-wicket off seamer Mahmud. Youhana chipped in with an unbeaten 39-ball 29 but the Bangladeshi bowlers did reasonably well to stem the run flow in the slog overs. Razzak was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers finishing with figures of 10-1-36-2 while Tapash Baisya, Khaled Mahmud and Mohammed Rafique chipped in with a wicket each.
(With wire inputs)
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