Opener Mohammad Rizwan smashed an unbeaten 78 to guide Pakistan to a challenging total of 167 against Bangladesh in the first match of the New Zealand tri-series on Friday in Christchurch.
Mustafizur Rahman, the left-arm pacer of Bangladesh, conceded 48 runs in four overs but failed to take any wicket. In contrast, Taskin Ahmed was outstanding in this match. He grabbed two wickets conceding 25 runs in four overs.
Bangladesh won the toss and sent Pakistan to bat first. Rizwan and Babar Azam had an opening stand of 52 runs before Mehidy Hasan Miraz removed Babar for 22 off 25 balls.
Pakistan’s number three Shan Masood scored 31 off 22 balls. He fell prey to left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed.
While Rizwan was firm at one end of the wicket, Bangladesh were getting success from the other end. They scalped Haider Ali (6), Iftikhar Ahmed (13) and Asif Ali (4) before they got the rhythm in the middle.
Before this match, Bangladesh faced Pakistan in 16 T20Is and won only two of them.