Pakistan Beat Bangladesh Won 1st ODi Asia Cup 2012 by 21 Runs.Pak play very well and beat Ban by 21 runs in first Odi of Asia Cup 2012 match series there is big victory of Pakistan against Bangladesh in 1st ODI of Asia Cup 2012.Pakistan set a modest target of 263 runs for Bangladesh in the opening match of the Asia Cup one-day tournament here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.
Pakistan made 262 for eight in the allotted 50 overs after Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and put them into bat.
Openers Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed provided Pakistan a sound start of 135 runs but the latter batsmen failed to make a big score.
However, late-order batsmen Umar Gul and Sarfaraz Ahmed added 53 valuable runs for the eighth wicket partnership which helped Pakistan reach a respectable total.
Hafeez scored a brilliant 89 from 126 runs with seven fours for his 13th ODI fifty while Nasir, included in the team after a long time, made 54 for his fifth half-century in ODI cricket.
For Bangladesh, paceman Shahadat Hossain captured three and left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan two wickets.
Shahid Afridi lasted one delivery with the bat but struck in successive overs to leave the new cautious avatar of Tamim Iqbal and the Bangladesh middle order with a climbing asking-rate. The hosts’ chase was on course at 90 for 1 in the 21st over when Afridi bowled Jahurul Islam and Mushfiqur Rahim in the space of five deliveries as Pakistan edged ahead at the halfway stage of the Bangladesh innings.
Till Afridi’s strikes, Bangladesh would have had Misbah-ul-Haq worried with the planned manner in which they went about the chase. With Tamim clearly looking to anchor the innings, Nazimuddin and Jahurul did the attacking.
Nazimuddin drove and flicked with gusto, and hit Umar Gul out of the attack. Fourteen runs came off Gul’s fourth over, the eighth of the innings, as Nazimuddin smashed a couple of fours on either side of a superbly timed flick that sailed over deep square leg for six. Jahurul kept the runs coming after Nazimuddin’s departure.
Both batsmen were well-set when they gave away their wickets. Nazimuddin slashed a wide delivery to third man while Jahurul was bowled as he missed a slog off a flighted Afridi delivery. Afridi dealt a bigger blow to Bangladesh when he bowled Rahim who tried to cut his faster one.
At the other end, Tamim went on accumulating serenely, finding the boundary every now and then to keep the required-rate in check. He got to his fifty off his 75th delivery, and the landmark brought a prolonged pointing of his bat towards someone in the stands. Tamim’s eventual selection for the Asia Cup had come after a tussle between the chief selector and the Bangladesh board president. Not only was Tamim proving a point with his innings, he was also keeping Bangladesh in the hunt.