Sports Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Published: 2018-09-26 17:29:56 BdST
Defending a below-par 239, the Tigers, unfazed by the absence of key opener Tamim Iqbal, restricted Pakistan to 202 for nine in 50 overs in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
The target of 240 proved tricky for Pakistan as they lost Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for 18 runs inside the first four overs – much like their opposition faltered at the start.
Shoab Malik (30) and Imam-Ul-Haq (83) revived the chase with a 67-run partnership for the fourth wicket to keep their team in the hunt.
Imam then stitched another crucial partnership with Asif Ali (31) to reignite hopes of a comeback.
Imam remained solid at one end but wickets continued to tumble at the other. He eventually crumbled under pressure and was stumped off Mahmudullah for 83.
Left-arm pacer Mustafizur with 4 for 43 and off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz with 2 for 28 provided breakthroughs at crucial moments for the Tigers.
Mushfiqur fell agonisingly one shy of what would have been his second century in the tournament and seventh in ODIs. He tried to drive Shaheen Afridi to reach the hundred but got an edge through to wicketkeeper Sarfraz.
Junaid Khan was the most successful Pakistan bowler with 4 for 19 runs.
They fell in trouble after losing first three batsmen in successive overs. Junaid gave Pakistan the breakthrough by taking recalled opener Soumya Sarker out for a duck in the third over.
It looked like another batting debacle was on the cards as Shakib Al Hasan had been ruled out before the game with a recurrent finger injury.
This is the highest fourth-wicket stand for the Tigers against Pakistan, surpassing 110 by Athar Ali Khan and Akram Khan in 1997.
Junaid also took the vital wickets of Mahmudullah (25) and Miraz (12).
Bangladesh made three changes to the side. Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Nazmul Islam Apu were dropped.
Mominul, Soumya and Rubel returned to the eleven.