Afridi, Riaz bowl Pak to win
Dhaka, June 8:
Shahid Afridi and Wahab Riaz shared six wickets to script Pakistan’s emphatic 70-run victory over Bangladesh in the opening match of a triangular one-day series here on Sunday.
Leg-spinner Afridi finished with 3-19 and left-arm seamer Riaz with 3-22 as Pakistan restricted Bangladesh to 163-8 after scoring 233 in a match reduced to 40-overs-a-side due to rain.
Pakistan were indebted to left-handed opener Salman Butt (70) and Mohammad Yousuf (59) for setting a challenging target. Afridi and Riaz virtually reduced the day-night match to a no-contest when they shared the first five wickets to send the hosts reeling at 98-5 in the 27th over. The duo were backed by paceman Umar Gul, who bagged two wickets.
Skipper Mohammad Ashraful top-scored with 56 not out in a disappointing Bangladeshi batting performance. The hosts kept losing wickets at regular intervals after a steady 35-run start, given by Tamim Iqbal (29).
Butt earlier added 75 for the opening wicket Kamran Akmal, executing handsome shots against Shahadat Hossain and Mashrafe Mortaza before racing to his half-century off just 47 balls.
Debutant seamer Dolar Mahmud provided the breakthrough in the 12th over when he had Akmal (25) caught by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim. Younus Khan was run out in the next over, but Butt and Yousuf propped up the innings with a 65-run stand.
Misbah-ul-Haq then built on the efforts of Butt and Yousuf, smashing two sixes and three fours in a 22-ball 39. Leg-spinner Alok Kapali dismissed Afridi (20) and Yousuf to finish with 3-49. Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak took 3-35, including two wickets in the last over of the innings. Pakistan will now meet India in their next match on Tuesday.