Mushfiqur Rahim struck a valiant 99 as Bangladesh produced an all-round effort to stun Pakistan by way of 37 runs within the closing Tremendous 4 fit and growth to the overall of the 2018 Asia Cup right here on Wednesday.Mushfiqur notched up his 30th half-century, whilst Mohammad Mithun made 60 to boost Bangladesh to a tight 239 all out from a precarious place after opting to bat within the digital semifinal.
Mushfiqur was once unfortunate as he fell one wanting what will have been his 7th ODI century however did sufficient to rescue Bangladesh with a 144-run fourth wicket stand with Mithun once they had been lowered to 12 for 3 inside of 5 overs.
Later, opener Imam-ul-Haq (83) became out to be the lone vivid spot as Pakistan faltered in pursuit of the modest chase to be limited to 202 for 9.
Bangladesh will now tackle India within the identify conflict in Dubai on Friday.
Identical to Bangladesh, Pakistan’s chase were given off to a disastrous get started as they had been lowered to 18 for 3 in 3.Three overs.
However Imam didn’t surrender the battle and stitched two an important partnerships with Shoaib Malik (30) and Asif Ali (31) to stay Pakistan within the hunt. The left-hander first cast 67 runs for the fourth wicket with Malik after which shared a an important 71-run stand with Asif to stay Pakistan’s hopes alive.
However the day belonged to Bangladesh as they by no means gave up hope and fought teeth and nail to stick one step forward of Pakistan all the time within the fit.
Pakistan didn’t have the most productive of begins as they misplaced Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed early. Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman (4/43) and off-spinner Mehidy Hasan (2/28) did the early injury for Bangladesh.
However the turning level of the fit was once when Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza plucked a blinder of a catch at midwicket to take away Malik off Rubel Hossain’s bowling within the 21st over. Mortaza dived complete period to his left to latch directly to a screamer as Malik went for a flick over midwicket.
That was once the cause that Bangladesh wanted as they bowled and fielded brilliantly throughout the circle to frustrate the Pakistani batsmen.
On the other hand, Imam and Asif raised some visions of a victory with their 71-run stand however each the batsmen’s dismissal in fast succession derailed Pakistan’s chase.
Previous, Bangladesh too had been off to a horrendous get started as they misplaced their first 3 wickets with the scoreboard studying simply 12 in 4.2 overs.
Left-arm pacer Junaid did the early injury, taking away openers Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar in his consecutive overs. One-down Mominul Haque failed as soon as once more as he was once wiped clean up by way of younger left-arm speedy bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi (2/47) within the fourth over.
However Bangladesh’s go-to guy in disaster eventualities, Mushfiqur as soon as once more got here to his aspect’s rescue and in Mithun’s corporate first stabilised the rocking send and within the procedure introduced up the century stand in 176 deliveries.
In dire want of a partnership, the duo began cautiously and grew in self belief because the fit stepped forward. Each Mushfiqur and Mithun punished the unhealthy deliveries that got here their means.
However simply when the partnership was once having a look bad, Pakistan were given the essential step forward within the type of Mithun who was once stuck by way of Hasan Ali (2/60) off his personal bowling within the 35th over. Mithun’s 2nd fifty of his occupation got here off 84 balls with the assistance of simply 4 barriers.
Imrul Kayes (9) appeared shaky from the onset and did not closing lengthy, falling LBW to leg-spinner Shadab Khan (1/52). The diminutive Mushfiqur, alternatively, went about his trade with a peaceful head and appeared set for a richly deserved century however good fortune was once no longer on his aspect as he sneaked a just right period supply from Afridi to Sarfraz Ahmed only one wanting the three-figure mark.
Mushfiqur scored his runs off 116 balls with the assistance of 9 fours.
Against the top Mahmudullah (25) and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza attempted to make use of their lengthy care for to most impact to take Bangladesh to a good rating.
For Pakistan, comeback guy Junaid Khan shone with the ball, registering spectacular figures of 4 for 19 from his 9 overs.