Pakistan emerged victorious against Bangladesh in the first game of the Super 4 stage at the Asia Cup 2023. The match featured notable performances from the hosts, who ultimately secured a seven-wicket win, thanks to their disciplined bowling and composed batting at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday.
Haris Rauf Wreaks Havoc
After winning the toss, Bangladesh elected to bat and posted a total of 193 runs before being bowled out in 38.4 overs. Notable contributions came from Shakib Al Hasan, who scored 53 runs off 57 balls, and Mushfiqur Rahim, who played a patient inning of 64 runs off 87 deliveries.
However, the Bangladesh batters struggled to build partnerships, leading to their eventual downfall. Pakistan’s bowlers, led by Haris Rauf’s four-wicket haul, applied consistent pressure throughout the innings, restricting Bangladesh’s scoring opportunities and ultimately containing them to a modest total.
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Imam Ul Haq Takes Pakistan Over the Line
Chasing a target of 194 runs, Pakistan showcased a controlled and clinical batting performance. Opener Imam ul Haq was the star of the innings, smashing 78 runs off 84 balls, including five fours and four sixes. Mohammad Rizwan contributed significantly with his 63 runs off 79 deliveries, providing stability to the innings.
The home team achieved the target with 39.3 overs to spare, winning the match by seven wickets. Despite a valiant effort from the Bangladesh bowlers, Pakistan’s batsmen held their nerve and secured a comfortable win. Pakistan’s convincing seven-wicket victory in this crucial Super 4s encounter against Bangladesh solidifies their position in the Asia Cup 2023.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 6, 2023
-Congratulations Pakistan 🇵🇰 On Convincing victory Against Bangladesh 🇧🇩 👏🏼
Spectacular performances by our pacers once again..⚡️ Our batters Imam and Rizwan Performed Wonderfully as well and lead Pakistan to an Easy victory. Best of Luck for the next one.#PAKvBNG #AsiaCup2023… pic.twitter.com/MG9n2IqhDe
— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) September 6, 2023
Dominant performance boys 👏🏼 delighted to see our bowlers @iharisrauf @inaseemshah @shaheenshah do so well and then @iImamulHaq and @mrizwanpak lead the boys with the bat. Let’s keep the momentum going and InshAllah bring the trophy home 💚#IamGAME #AsiaCup
— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) September 6, 2023
What a fantastic day on the field! Grateful for the opportunity to contribute to our victory today. Thanks to the incredible support from @babarazam258, who’s been a pillar of strength. With eyes locked on the match against India, the real battle awaits.#PAKvBAN #AsiaCup2023 pic.twitter.com/0di4XAD7db
— Haris Rauf (@HariisRauf14) September 6, 2023
Asia Cup 2023: Bangladesh 🆚 Pakistan | Super Four (D/N) 🏏
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) September 6, 2023
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) September 6, 2023
Pakistan sign off their home leg of #AsiaCup2023 in style with a comfortable win over Bangladesh 💪
— ICC (@ICC) September 6, 2023
Mohammed Rizwan – The backbone of Pakistan’s middle order.
He has 7 fifties & 2 hundreds from 27 innings at Number 4 in ODIs. pic.twitter.com/JU8sWQ2jaj
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 6, 2023
— Nawaz 🇵🇰 (@Nawaz_888) September 6, 2023
— Momin Saqib (@mominsaqib) September 6, 2023
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