Fakhar leads Pakistan to series win over Bangladesh

Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman struck an unbeaten half-century as his aspect made mild work of beating Bangladesh by eight wickets of their second Twenty20 worldwide in Dhaka on Saturday, taking an unassailable 2-Zero sequence lead.

Fakhar hit 57 off 51 balls and placed on 85 runs with Mohammad Rizwan (39) for the second wicket, guiding Pakistan to 109-2 in 18.1 overs.

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Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan earlier claimed two wickets every to assist the guests limit struggling Bangladesh to 108-7 after the house aspect opted to bat first.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam fell for only one within the third over, dragging a Mustafizur Rahman supply onto his stumps.

However Fakhar — who smashed two fours and three sixes however was dropped by Saif Hassan on 26 — and Rizwan denied Bangladesh additional momentum with their calm strategy.

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Aminul lastly dismissed Rizwan as Saif took the catch at further cowl, nevertheless it got here too late as Fakhar quickly sealed the competition and the sequence with a single via cowl off part-timer Saif.

“The sequence win is a staff effort,” stated Babar. “The boys responded effectively as a unit and we carried ahead the momentum” from the World Cup.

Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad rued their batting in the direction of the tip of their innings.

“I and Shanto (Najmul) have been making an attempt to get a partnership however we couldn’t capitalise in the long run overs. For a staff like us, we’d like a set batter to be there on the finish nevertheless it didn’t occur as we speak,” he stated.

Pakistan dominated the match proper from the beginning after dismissing each Bangladeshi openers within the first two overs.

Shaheen Afridi went for a golden duck to Saif, and Mohammad Naim fell to Mohammad Wasim for 2 edging to Fakhar at slip, as Bangladesh have been lowered to 5-2.

Afif Hossain and Najmul Hossain provided some resistance, including 46 runs for the third wicket earlier than Shadab dismissed each to place Pakistan again in management.

For the hosts, Najmul Hossain top-scored with 40 off 34 balls whereas Afif Hossain chipped in with 20 runs from 21 balls.

Taking part in his first match of the sequence, Shaheen completed with 2-15 and Shadab grabbed 2-22 as Bangladesh struggled in opposition to Pakistan’s high quality tempo and spin bowling.

Pakistan received the primary match of the sequence by 4 wickets on Friday.

The third and closing match of the sequence might be held on the identical floor on Monday.

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