Pakistan thrashed Bangladesh by 55 runs on Wednesday in their opening match of cricket’s World Twenty20, with skipper Shahid Afridi starring with bat and ball at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens stadium.
Afridi scored a blistering 49 off just 19 balls in Pakistan’s commanding total of 201 for five before then taking two wickets, including that of danger man Tamim Iqbal, as Bangladesh made 146 for six in their 20 overs.
Pakistan’s campaign got off to the best possible start as its batsmen posted a mammoth 201 for 5, led by Shahid Afridi’s flamboyant 19-ball 49. Bangladesh was then restricted to 146 for 6 in front of a sizeable Eden Gardens crowd on Wednesday (March 16), as Pakistan sealed a comprehensive 55-run victory in its Group 2 ICC World Twenty20 2016 opener.
The foundation was laid by Ahmed Shahzad (39-ball 52) and Mohammad Hafeez (42-ball 64), on a pitch that had runs in it. They put on 95 for the third wicket, before Afridi, ailed by a fever in the build-up to the match, hammered Bangladesh. The captain also returned 2 for 27, scalping the important duo of Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman, to take the sting out of Bangladesh’s chase, even as Shakib Al Hasan ended unbeaten on a 40-ball 50.
It was all Afridi thereafter. He holed out in the final over, but the job was half done.