Islamabad, Sep 28 (AP/UNB) — Pakistan has dropped fast bowler Mohammad Amir while wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan is recalled for next month's test series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates.
"The team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions of the UAE," chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said on Thursday.
Left-arm paceman Amir has taken 56 wickets in 19 tests since returning in 2016 from a five-year spot-fixing ban.
Rizwan has played just one test — against New Zealand in 2016 — but is in as backup for captain Sarfraz Ahmed.
The selectors have recalled left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz after he was dropped for this year's one-off test against Ireland and then ignored for the series in England.
Left-arm seamer Mir Hamza was the only uncapped player named. He has taken 278 wickets in 56 first-class matches.
Leg-spinners Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan were also included in the 17-strong squad, with the wickets likely to turn in the UAE.
The two-test series begins on Oct. 7 in Dubai, with Abu Dhabi hosting the second match from Oct. 16.
The test series will be followed by three Twenty20 matches.
Dubai, Sep 28 (AP/UNB) — India vice-captain Shikhar Dhawan said the six-time champion would not take surprise package Bangladesh lightly in Friday's Asia Cup final.
An under-strength Bangladesh side fought like tigers to beat Pakistan on Wednesday in a Super Four match that was essentially a semi-final.
Pakistan, chasing 240 to win in Abu Dhabi, was restricted to 202-9 by a team lacking two of its best performers. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has a finger injury, while batsman Tamim Iqbal fractured his wrist in the opening match of the tournament against Sri Lanka.
Shakib and Tamim are now back in Bangladesh and will miss the final.
India has been in rampant form, beating Pakistan by eight wickets and nine wickets, and Sri Lanka by seven wickets.
"Even though it is not Pakistan in the final, it changes nothing for us," Dhawan said. "We are not going to take Bangladesh lightly. I think they are a fantastic team. Bangladesh has improved in leaps and bounds over the last few years."
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is under no illusions about the size of the task facing his team.
"I know it will be difficult against India, but what we have managed to achieve so far in this tournament, especially without Shakib and Tamim, who have repeatedly been our match-winners in the past, is commendable," Mortaza said.
"We played yesterday so it goes without saying that we are physically tired. We just have to manage that. I still think we can beat India, but we really have to have spells in the match that go our way."
Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) – Bangladesh dismissed three top-order batsmen of Pakistan within 3.3 overs conceding just 18 runs after posting 239/10 in a virtual semifinal of the 14th Asia Cup at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz brought the first breakthrough for Bangladesh in his 5th ball of the innings very 1st over as dismissing opener Fakhar Zaman, who was caught by Rubel Hossain at Pakistan’s collection of 2 runs.
Then the cutter-master Mustafizur Rahman got two quick wickets Babar Azam and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed within a span of 15 runs.
Mustafiz trapped lbw Babar Azam on 3/2 in 1.2 overs while Sarfraz Ahmed was caught behind by Mushfiqur Rahim on 18/3 in 3.3 overs.
Shoaib Malik [4* off 11b] and Imam-ul-Haq [6* off 17b] were on batting in the 4th wicket partnershipwhen Pakistan collection was at 25/3 * in 7 overs.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun once again salvaged the Bangladesh innings from a perilous spot, helping the Tigers recover and also go on to post a potentially winning total, despite failing to bat their full complement of overs.
Mushfiq and Mithun’s 4th wicket partnership of 144 runs off 29.2 overs dominated the Bangladesh innings and completed the turnaround from 12/3.
Opting to bat first, Bangladesh will be disappointed to have batted just 48.5 overs for their collection.
Mushfiq meanwhile will be disappointed at missing out on a 7th ODI century by a whisker, out playing a tired shot on 99 that featured nine boundaries off 116 balls.
Mithun completed his second ODI half century – both in the ongoing Asia Cup and both with Mushfiq partnering him at the other end. Eventually he was out for 60 off 84 balls, including four boundaries.
Mithun was removed from 4th partnership on 156/4 in 33.4 overs as he was caught and bowled by Hasan Ali.
Mushfiq was caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed off Shaheen Shah Afridi when scoreboard showing for Bangladesh at 197/6 in 41.4 overs.
Mushfiq and Mithun came together after Liton Kumar Das’s dismissal on 12/3 in 4.2 overs, which was a big blow after opening batsman Soumya Sarkar and Mominul Haque’s dismissals on 5/1 in 2.5 ovrs and on 12/2 in 3.5 overs respectively.
Mahmudullah Riyad [25 off 31b; 1x4], skipper Mashrafe Mortaza [13 off 13b; 1x6] and Mehidy Hasan Miraz [12 off 11b; 1x4] were other double digit scorers for Bangladesh.
Left-handed pacer Junaid Khan captured four wickets for 19 runs while Shaheen Shah Afridi [2/47] and Hasan Ali [2/60] and Shadab Khan [1/52] shared five wickets for Pakistan.
However, both Mushfiq and Mithun played heroic roles for Bangladesh’s victory of 137 runs against Sri Lanka in the tournament opener where diminutive Mushfiq hit his ODI best 144 and Mithun completed his maiden ODI half century alongside they shared a partnership of 131 off 23.3 overs in the 3rd wicket.
Dhaka, Sept 25 (UNB) – Bangladesh will play unpredictable Pakistan in a virtual semifinal of the 14th Asia Cup in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday eyeing to reach the final.
The Super-Four stage match of the six-nation tournament will begin at 5:30pm Bangladesh time and the winner of the game will be India's opponents in the final on September 28.
Bangladesh team head coach Steve Rhodes said, “Pakistan are a tough cricketing nation… and they can very much bounce back. I am trying to not give our tactics away.”
Mustafizur's last-over heroics handed Bangladesh the win against Afghanistan, and bowling in the last five overs is fast becoming his biggest strength. In the last three years, he has been one of only two bowlers to have an economy rate of under six per over during that period in ODIs.
The Tigers are dangerous against any side with bowling from Mustafiz as his skilled mix of slower balls, yorkers and bouncers troubles big-hitters. Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Mehidy Hasan Miraz often keep it tight in the first Power-play while Mustafizur, Shakib Al Hasan and Rubel Hossain keep the run-rate down in the middle.
But Bangladesh’s bowling unit strength becomes worthwhile only when the batsmen post at least a competitive total.
Liton Kumar Das' 41 would be encouraging for the team management but his opening partner in the last three games, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, has made a poor start to his ODI career with just 20 runs.
As a result, Imrul Kayes, who made 72 batting at number six in the previous game, for the first time in his career, may be sent to number three with Mohammad Mithun reverting back to number five. It would mean they have two senior batsmen in Imrul and Shakib in the top four, while in-form Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad have the capability to stop a batting collapse or, in a better situation, go after the bowling in the last 10 overs.
Pakistan’s ODI set-up with Mohammad Amir wicket-less in his last six ODIs has been surprising, while Hasan Ali, the only quick bowler picked in every game in the Asia Cup, has taken three wickets at 51.66 each. Shadab Khan therefore has to take up responsibilities against a Bangladesh batting line-up that can be susceptible against legspin.
Pakistan would also have to pick up their fielding; having dropped too many catches in their last two matches against Afghanistan (five) and India (three). On top of these bowling and fielding woes, Pakistan also needs runs from three batsmen among their regular top six.
Fakhar Zaman, who made a record 210 against Zimbabwe in July, has so far made just 55 runs in the tournament. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Asif Ali have made 58 and 46 respectively in the four matches so far. Runs have mostly come from Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq, but against Bangladesh's efficient bowling line-up they cannot afford a top-order collapse or a poor finish.
Shoaib Malik has been Pakistan's main scorer in the tournament, having made 181 runs in four matches. He would also want to improve his ODI record against Bangladesh, having scored just one half-century against them in 13 innings.
Bangladesh usually do not make changes when they have just won a game, especially when they are playing at the same venue.
Batting and bowling woes may tempt Pakistan into trying out Shan Masood and Junaid Khan for the first time in the tournament. But it also does not mean the likes of Faheem Ashraf, Haris Sohail and Usman Khan cannot be hopeful of a place in the XI.
Bangladesh best XI (probable): Liton Kumar Das, NazmulHossainShanto, Mohammad Mithun, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, ImrulKayes, MahmudullahRiyad, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), MehidyHasanMiraz, Nazmul Islam and MustafizurRahman.
Pakistan best XI (probable): Imam-ul-Haq, FakharZaman, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Dubai, Sep 24 (AP/UNB)— Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan hit centuries as India thrashed rival Pakistan by nine wickets in the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup on Sunday.
India scored 238-1 in 39.3 overs in reply to Pakistan's 237-7.
It was India's largest ODI victory margin in terms of wickets against Pakistan, surpassing its previous best of eight wickets in the group stage of the same tournament and on five other occasions.
"We asked something like this from the boys and they delivered," said Sharma. "Our bowlers have just been outstanding ... The most important thing here is to bat as long as possible because it can become difficult for the new batsman coming in. We did exactly that."
Batting first after winning the toss at the Dubai International Stadium, Pakistan's total rarely looked like posing any challenge for India.
Sharma was 111 not out off 119 balls at the end, while Dhawan scored 114 in 100 before he was run out.
Dhawan made his second century of the tournament and the 15th of his ODI career, while his captain Sharma scored his 19th ODI ton.
Pakistan was guilty of dropping Sharma twice — once on 14 with the Indian total on 29 and then when he was on 81 — and he took full advantage of the reprieves. His innings included seven fours and four sixes.
In contrast, Dhawan played a chanceless knock and smashed 16 fours and two sixes. The 32-year-old from Delhi was finally dismissed when he was run out after an opening stand of 210.
India is now almost assured a place in the final on Friday. It will take on Afghanistan on Tuesday in its last Super Four stage match, while Pakistan will have to beat Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Earlier Sunday, Pakistan managed a much better effort than its 162 in the group stage against India.
Pakistan's innings was built around Shoaib Malik's defiant knock of 78 in 90 balls and his 107-run partnership for the fourth wicket with captain Sarfraz Ahmed (44 in 66).
Jasprit Bumrah took 2-29 in 10 overs as he stifled the Pakistan batsmen. Pakistan went from 193-4 in 42 overs but could add only 44 runs in the last eight overs.
"We had our chances, but we did not hold on to the catches," said Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur. "These boys can catch 150 balls during nets, but it could be a case of lacking confidence on the field."
Both teams won their opening Super Four stage matches. India was dominant in its comprehensive seven-wicket win over Bangladesh, while Pakistan triumphed over Afghanistan with just three balls to spare.