Dubai, Sep 26: With Bangladesh defeating Pakistan by 37 runs on Wednesday, the stage is set for an India-Bangladesh summit clash at the Asia Cup.
Pakistan batsmen fell short of 37 runs while chasing a target of 239 set by Bangladesh on Wednesday’s match. In the chase, Pakistan lost the wickets of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and captain Sarfraz Ahmed early and were struggling at 18-3 in the fourth over.
Opener Imam fought hard by scoring 83 but Bangladesh bowlers never lost control. Seamer Mustafizur Rahman picked up 4-43 to lead Bangladesh’s victory charge.
Earlier, after winning the toss, Bangladesh decided to bat first. But Bangaldesh made a bad start by losing their wicket one after another and three batsmen were sent to pavilion. But Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammed Mithun's 100-run partnership for the fourth wicket and pulled out Bangladesh from worst situation.
Mithun made 60 runs with the help of four fours from 84 balls. He was dismissed on a score of 156. Mahmudullah scored 25 runs off 31 balls, Mehidy Hasan made 12 runs off 11 balls and captain Mashrafe Mortaza scored 13 runs off 13 balls, to help Bangladesh reach 239. Mortaza hit the only six in the 49th over of Bangladesh's innings.
Unfortunately, Mushfiqur missed his seventh century by just one run, striking nine boundaries in his 99-runs innings off 116 balls. He was dismissed by Shaheen Afridi on a score of 197 in the 42nd over, as Tigers were bowled out for 239 in the Asia Cup Super Four clash.
By this win, Bangladesh qualified for final and will meet India in the summit clash. Bangladesh made it to their third Asia Cup final. (UNI)