Twitter Reactions: Bangladesh Tigers overhaul Pakistan and storm into the finals

Twitter Reactions: Bangladesh Tigers overhaul Pakistan and storm into the finals

By the end of the 45th over, the writing was on the walls for Pakistan.

Mehidy Hasan
Mehidy Hasan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Earlier Pakistan never lost to Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, when the tournament has taken place in the 50-overs format. However, Mashrafe Mortaza and Co soared above expectations and thumped their rivals by 37 runs in Abu Dhabi. Most importantly, with the thumping triumph, they also set up a final clash against India at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.

Bangladesh arrest slump and post 239

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Bangladesh got off to the worst possible start having lost three wickets inside the first five overs. However, wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun cobbled together an incredible stand of 144 runs from 176 deliveries. Hasan Ali dismissed Mithun for 60 to break the ominous-looking partnership.

Imrul Kayes flattered to deceive, but the body blow came in the form of Mushfiqur’s wicket when the batter edged a delivery from Shaheen Shah Afridi into the gloves of Sarfraz Ahmed. The 31-year-old unluckily perished for 99 runs. Mahmudullah played sensibly and along with the lower-order batsmen, he shouldered the Tigers to a respectable score of 239 runs in 48.5 overs.

Bowlers lead jaw-dropping Bangla-victory  

The Men in Green lost Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed to find themselves in dire straits. Thereafter, Imam-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik’s 67-run stand bailed the Men in Green. However, Mashrafe Mortaza took a stunning catch inside the circle to dismiss Malik. Shadab Khan had an agonizing 24-ball stint in the middle, which was ended by part-time medium pacer Soumya Sarkar.

Asif Ali and Imam carried on and reduced the target to 75 runs. Nevertheless, the Tigers clinched back the ascendancy by dismissing both within 10 balls. Imam scored 83 runs. By the end of the 45th over, the writing was on the walls for Pakistan. The required rate kept climbing at an alarming rate and Sarfraz’s men kept going downhill. Eventually, Bangladesh made it to their third Asia Cup final.

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