DHAKA: Thanks to Umar Akmal and Shoib Malik’s excellent effort with the bat, Pakistqan have comfortably beaten UAE in sixth match of ongoing Asia Cup Twenty20, at Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka.
The match has its importance for Green Shirts, both from tournament’s point of view and historical point of view, as it is their 100th Twenty20 international game, with this, Pakistan have become first world side to reach 100 mark in T20 format.
Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi and senior most batsman in the side, Shoaib Malik are the two players who feature in Shaheen’s first and 100th T20i match.
UAE skipper Mjad Javed chose to bat first after winning the toss, but his openers could not face fiery spell of fast and swing bowling from Pakistani pacers.
At a stage, UAE had lost their first four wickets for just 41 runs on the board in 11th over of the match.
This was the time when UAE’s most experience batsman Shaiman Anwer began to take on Pakistan spinners, He hit two sixes to Mohammad Nawaz and then 3 consecutive fours to Pakistan skipper Afridi.
He had hit a huge six to Mohammad Irfan to reach 46 off 42 balls before edging his off-cutter to Sarfraz behind the wickets.
Skipper Amjad Javed was the man to replace Shaiman on the crease and he started right from there, where Shaiman had left. he scored quick 26 runs in last overs of the inning to take the score to 129/6.
Pakistan’s top order failed once again, loosing three early wicket for just 17 runs in 4th over, leaving middle order in a huge huge pressure.
But, Umar Akmal (50*) and Shoaib Malik (63*) lifted the side and from 17/3 in 3.1 over, took Pakistan to victory line with 8 balls left.
They made 114 runs partnership on fourth wicket.