Bangladesh lose second T20 as Babar, Hafeez help Pakistan win home series

  • Sports Correspondent,
    Published: 2020-01-25 18:28:57 BdST

Bangladesh have conceded a huge loss in the second Twenty20 as Pakistan cruised to a comfortable home series victory with fifties by Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez.

The hosts reached the below-par target of 137 to win by losing only one wicket and 21 balls remaining at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Saturday.

Skipper Babar (66 off 44) smashed seven boundaries and one over-boundary while Hafeez hit nine fours and one six to score 67 off 49.

Bangladesh bowlers could not build any resistance after Shafiul Islam took the wicket of Ahsan Ali in the second over.

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Bangladesh set the hosts a target of just 136 in the decisive match.

Opener Tamim Iqbal was the only bright spot for the Tigers in another sub-par batting performance as he smashed 65 off 53 for the visitors. 

The only other batsmen to hit double-figure runs for Bangladesh were Afif Hossain (21 off 20) and skipper Mahmudullah, who scored a run-a-ball 12.

Pacer Mohammad Hasnain was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan, finishing with figures of 2 for 20 in his four overs.

Bangladesh made one change to their line-up as Mahedi Hasan came in for Mohammad Mithun while the hosts named an unchanged team.

The Tigers came into the crucial encounter on the back of a hard-fought five-wicket loss in the series opener.