Shoaib Malik and Sarfaraz Ahmed combined to produce partnership of 70 runs from just 40 balls as the momentum shifted drastically. Where Pakistan in dire straits at 28/4 from 8.2 overs and the match was slipping away quickly.
Sarfaraz continued on his ways and reached a well deserved fifty. He went from strength to strength as Pakistan finished at a competitive 129/7 out of which 95 came in the last 10.
When the hosts came out to chase, their intent was clear. Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar went after the new-ball bowler Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Irfan. After a wristy pick-up shot for six, Iqbal got out by Irfan.
Anwar Ali was targeted relentlessly by Sarkar who seemed to be growing in confidence. A combination of inept fielding and lack of control with the ball led to a leakage of runs in the middle overs as Bangladesh were cantering.
Amir was back for his second spell and he did not disappoint. He dismissed Sarkar with a inswinger to offer a glimmer for his team. Another bowling change worked as Malik sent back Mushfiqur Rahim. But, replays showed that this was another terrible umpiring call.
The home team needed 40 off the last 5 as the nerves started to creep in. Despite Shakib’s wicket, Mahmudullah’s maximum and consecutive boundaries from Mortaza tilted the scales back in their favor.
Brief Scores: Pakistan 129/7 (Sarfaraz 58*, Malik 41, Hossain 3-25); Bangladesh 131/5 from 19.1 overs (Sarkar 48, Mahmudullah 22*, Amir 2-26)
Result: Bangladesh won by 5 wickets