Based on the performance of Bangladesh in T20 matches, fans had high expectations from them. However, Pakistani Shaheen gave a tough fight to Bengal Tigers and won two matches of the series.
According to cricket experts, the absence of three major players of Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Saifuddin affected their performance. If all these three players were fit , Bangladesh would have given a tough time to the Pakistan Cricket Team.
Pakistan vs Bangladesh 1st T20:
The 1st T20 was held on 24 January at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore. Bangladesh won the toss, chose to bat first. Bengal Tigers succeeded in setting a target of 141 runs with 5 wickets lost. Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, each took 1 wicket.
Fans were disappointed with the performance of the Pakistan cricket team, when Babar Azam and Muhmmad Hafeez got out in the first 5 overs. But Shoaib Malik changed the game as he scored 58 runs in 45 balls. The match got crucial when Pakistan needed 2 runs in 4 balls. Muhmmad Rizwan hit a shot and gave a simple catch to Mohammad Mithun, however, he messed it up and Pakistan ran back for the winning second run.Shoaib Malik’s fifty ends Pakistan’s losing streak and he became the man of the match.
Pakistan vs Bangladesh 2nd T20:
On 25th January, The 2nd T20 took place in Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first. Bengal tigers were under pressure since it was a do or die situation for them. They were able to score 136 runs only with the loss of 6 wickets. Muhmmad Husnain did an outclass bowling and took 2 wickets, whereas, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan took 1 wicket.
Pakistan chased the target easily with a loss of just 1 wicket. In the beginning, When Ahsan Ali was out in just 10 balls, it appeared Pakistan had to work hard to win once more. However, Babar Azam and Mohmmad Hafeez took the ground and hit half centuries and were unbeatable. Babar Azam became the man of the match.
Due to rain, 3rd T20 got cancelled, as a result, Pakistan won the T20 series and secured its no.1 position in T20.