LiveRelive Pakistan's win over Bangladesh

Summary

  1. Ban 146-6 (20 overs) - Shakib 50 not out
  2. Pakistan 201-5 (20 overs) - won toss
  3. Hafeez 64 (42 balls); Shehzad 52 (39); Afridi 49 (19)
  4. England meet West Indies later (14:00 GMT)

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By Stephan Shemilt and James Gheerbrant

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Right, that TMS tweet is a further signal for me to get my skates on and switch attention to the late game. Pakistan have been impressive, but now it's time for England v West Indies.

Catch up on the highlights from this match at the top of the page and join me in a few minutes to see Eoin Morgan's men begin their campaign.

Athar Ali Khan

Former Bangladesh all-rounder

"It wasn't just the bowling but also the batting that's been disappointing form Bangladesh. They need to do a lot of homework. We've seen the potential from their top order but this match has been tough."

So, Pakistan join New Zealand at the top of Group 2, each on two points. With India losing to the Kiwis yesterday, that group looks set to be very tight.

Athar Ali Khan

Former Bangladesh all-rounder

"A comprehensive win for Pakistan, there was no real contribution from the Bangladesh top order. What a day for Shahid Afridi."

Ramiz Raja

Former Pakistan captain

"A job well done by Pakistan. They were outstanding with the bat and they always had the firepower with the ball to knock over Bangladesh." 

Pakistan win by 55 runs

Ban 146-6

That's it, all over. Very, very impressive from Pakistan, who beat Bangladesh with very little fuss indeed. The Tigers will have been optimistic after their successful qualifying campaign, but here they have been squashed. Pakistan have put the rest of the field on notice.

50 for Shakib Al Hasan

Ban 146-6

A single takes the Shakib to a 40-ball 50. Did hear someone say 'scant comfort'?

Ban 145-6

Shakib, who has been batting for about three days, it seems, lofts Wahab down the ground for a maximum. He's on 49.

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Colin Littlewood: On the topic of corridor cricket, we used to put our keys on a good length to create a devilish 'rough patch'.

Ban 134-6

I'll be honest, Aggers, I'm not too pleased to hear that England v West Indies is starting so soon. Your humble live texter will have to quickly flit from the end of this game to the start of the next one. Mashrafe, the skipper going down with his ship, takes Amir to third man for four. One over to go.

Ban 123-6

Where's Mashrafe Mortaza been? The skipper arrives and launches his second ball down the ground for six.

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Mithun c Amir b Irfan 2 (Ban 117-6)

Mithun tries an uppercut over third man and is pouched on the boundary... or is he? Check for a no-ball, and it's a legitimate delivery from Irfan. But not by much.

Athar Ali Khan

Former Bangladesh all-rounder

"Bangladesh will be disappointed. They recently defeated Sril Lanka, and had been looking good coming into the tournament. A lot was expected of them but Pakistan really took it away in their first 10 overs or so, before that blistering knock-out innings from Shahid Afridi did the trick."

Ban 117-5 (target 202)

The rangy Mohammad Irfan back for his last over, Pakistan's three left-arm pacemen have done a good job for their side today - although perhaps not for their over-rate. Shakib heaves him for a four through mid-wicket.

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Shohidur Rahman: Mushfiqur Rahim just isn't a T20 player. Too small, no power.

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Mushfiqur c Sarfraz b Amir 18 (Ban 110-5)

Gone this time. Mushfiqur Rahim is swinging like a rusty gate, but only sends the ball straight up into the air, with the falling leather pouched by Sarfraz Ahmed. We're limping to the close here. 

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saiful369: We used to use bread crates as wickets and stack bottles of drinks as a counterweight to make sure the wind didn't tip it over.

Dropped catch

Ban 106-4

A rare bum note on what has otherwise been a pitch-perfect rendition of the concerto from Pakistan. Shakib hooks Amir aerially towards deep mid-wicket, where Ahmed Shehzad comes off the fence but shells a chcnace that should have been taken.

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Andy Johnson: Corridor cricket at uni. Square-leg flatmate had a mandolin in his room. If you hit it and it made an audible 'bruuuiiing' it was given as four runs.  

Ban 105-4

Lots of willow-wielding by Shakib, but Wahab's length is just too consistent. Noise levels in the crowd have dipped - I think I've even seen one Bangladesh fan having a nap. Shakib does smear one through the covers for four but, as consolation prizes go, it's the equivalent of watching your house burn to the ground, then finding a pound in your dressing-gown pocket. 

Mel Jones

Former Australia batter

"Five overs to go here...and Bangladesh have got their backs right up against the wall. The run chase is just tapering away."

Ban 98-4 (target 202)

Mohammad Irfan lumbers back into the attack, met by a cheeky sweep for four by Shakib. How do you sweep a 7ft 1in fast bowler for four? That might have angered the big man, with what looks like a collision between the pair when Shakib runs through for a single. I'll be honest, as T20 finishes go, it's not great.

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Mashidur Miah: Mushfiqur Rahim & Shakib Al Hasan at the crease together... here comes a run out.

Ban 93-4 (need 109 from 36 balls)

I'm hearing that there are about 30,000 in Kolkata for this match. A decent crowd, but Eden Gardens is so massive that there are still swathes of empty seats. Wahab Riaz is back, holding a length that has Mushfiqur doing a lot swinging and not much hitting. When he finally gets willow on leather, the Bangladesh keeper hooks for four.

Pommie Mbangwa

Former Zimbabwe fast bowler

"Pakistan will be wary of the fact that theirs is a very tough group. In order to come out of it net run-rate might even come in to play - that will be in their thoughts."   

Ban 87-4 (target 202)

Cricket can be very odd in these circumstances. The result is all but assured, yet we have to go through the last rites. I'm not sure of any other sport where the defeated have to go through such torture before they are put out of their misery - even more so in a Test match.

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Alex Stockton: Once used a clarinet as a cricket bat before going out to play at a school concert. The pick up was slightly bottom-heavy.

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Ban 79-4 (Afridi 4-0-27-2)

Plenty more than two a ball needed by the Tigers now. The rate goes up with pretty much every delivery bowled. Afridi, perfectly manicured facial hair, sprints through his final over, with Mushfiqur almost coming a cropper to one that pins him in front. Just sliding down. The skipper takes his cap with 2-27 from his four overs. I think we know who the MOM will be.

Brendon Julian

Former Australia seamer

"They look sharp Pakistan. They've been red hot with the bat and ball, and in the field as well." 

Ban 74-4 (target 202)

Mushfiqur Rahim joins what is looking like an increasingly hopeless fight. Night has properly fallen now in Kolkata, the lights illuminating an impressive Pakistan display.

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Mahmudullah c Sharjeel b Imad 4 (Ban 71-4)

Pakistan look very sharp and are speeding towards a victory that would send a little warning to the rest of the teams in this tournament. Imad Wasim is on with his left-armers, the third spinner used, with Mahmudullah sweeping to the diving Sharjeel Khan at deep square.  

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James Truscott: Me and my brother used to play cricket in living room with a stress ball and either a cardboard roll or toy light-saber as a bat!

Ban 69-3

Are we just going through the motions here? Pakistan are comfortable, Afridi is whipping them down with the elasticity of Dennis the Menace's slingshot. Shakib finds the boundary with a cut behind point, but Bangladesh are falling further behind the rate with each delivery that passes. In the stands, the fans in green are having a right good do.

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George Holmes: When it comes to odd cricketing equipment while our boss was away over Christmas me and a colleague got in some batting practice with an umbrella and a ping pong ball. I think I connected better a few times with it than I ever have in the nets with the willow.

Ban 61-3

Still Shoaib, with Shakib looking to dance. Mahmudullah is the new man, fortunate not to pick out the man at deep square with a slog sweep that just bounces short. The rate is now well above 12. There's a Bangladesh fan in a Marouane Fellaini wig looking very glum in the stands.

Brendon Julian

Former Australia seamer

"That's a very big wicket for Shahid Afridi and Pakistan. They'll sense that will put them in front here."

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Tamim c Imad b Afridi 24 (Ban 58-3)

Big, big wicket. Tamim Iqbal goes, looking to sweep Shahid Afridi into the stands but only picking out Imad Wasim on the square-leg fence. That could well be the ball game.  

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Joe Penrose: A mop and a bouncy ball - perfect for corridor cricket in Bristol University halls, during a sixth form trip.

Ban 57-2

Erm, what's gone on here? Something of dance between the two batsmen, single not taken, Shakib has to dive back into his ground. Also, his shoe has come off. How has that happened? 

Brendon Julian

Former Australia seamer

"Tamim Iqbal has really got going these last couple of overs. Without doubt he is the premier Bangladesh batsmen. They're taking it to Pakistan, Bangladesh."

Ban 56-2 (target 202)

Oooowww! Ooowwww! Oowwwwww! Not a cry of pain, but Umar Akmal hollering for a catch behind. Shakib is sweeping, Umar thinks he's got something on it, but the umpire simply signals wide. Eleven from the over. Bangladesh need a few more of those.

Ban 52-2 (Tamim 21 from 15)

More spin, Pakistan bringing offie Shoaib Malik into the attack with a pair of left-handers at the crease - Shakib Al Hasan has joined Tamim Iqbal. Tamim! Inside-out, over cover for another maximum. While he's there, the Tigers have hope.

Brendon Julian

Former Australia seamer

"Retribution for Shahid Afridi - it was an expensive over but all of sudden he comes back into it. An early wicket for the Pakistan captain after his 49 from 19 with the bat."

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Sabbir b Afridi 25 (Ban 44-2)

Boom boom! Shahid Afridi has been expensive in this over, but now he has out-thought Sabbir Rahman. Twice Afridi has been too short, with Sabbir looking to pounce on another one that he thinks is back of a length. Afridi, though, gets it to skid through, cramping the batsman for room and taking the leg stump.  

Ban 44-1

Laura, a stuffed toy cow sounds like one of the more useless substitute cricket balls. Cows don't bounce, do they? Another short ball from Afridi is cut for four by Sabbir. 

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Laura Cooney: I recall an impromptu backyard match at university using a stuffed toy cow as the ball.

Ban 39-1

An awful start by the skipper. A long-hop is pulled over the square leg fence by Tamim for the first maximum of the innings.

Ban 33-1

Tamim has been quite so far, but swings for the fences and barely gets it off the track. A short single takes him to 8 from 12 balls. In the face of some very decent bowling, Bangladesh are falling well behind. Shahid Afridi is about to come into the attack.

Ban 32-1

Pakistan introduce the third of their left-arm seamers, with Wahab Riaz immediately smeared through mid-off by Sabbir for four. In the crowd, a chap painted head to toe as a tiger celebrates with the sort of force that resulted in Elvis' demise. He should be careful. Don't overdo it, old chap.

Athar Ali Khan

Former Bangladesh all-rounder

"At this stage Pakistan were 37-1, so Bangladesh are a little behind but it's important that they haven't lost more wickets since the first over. They will need to have wickets in hand once we reach about 10 overs to go."

Ban 26-1

Still Irfan, who bangs the ball into the pitch and gets very sharp bounce towards the hopping Sabbir. He's got a bag of tricks too, with a slower ball almost duping Sabbir into holing out. Very good stuff from Irfan, who only concedes fours singles and a wide. The required rate is up to 11, which is a big ask to maintain over 16 overs. 

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Vince Kenny: Odd cricket equipment? Surely you don't have to look any further than Adam Gilchrist and his squash ball?  

Ban 21-1 (target 202)

The light is fading quickly in Kolkata, dusk is well and truly with us. Music plays at the end of the over, hamming up the atmos. Bangladesh are ticking along nicely. Good, not spectacular.

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Irfan Raja: India bowled for 79 and Pakistan making 200+ in the space of a day. Who would have thought!

Ban 20-1

Spin? No spin here, Harry. We tell it like it is. Hello, what's going on? Shahid Afridi has lost his mind and has asked Sarfraz Ahmed to take his pads off and bowl the third over. It looks a shocking decision as Sabbir belts the first four balls for six...

Not really. Still Amir, with Sabbir flat-batting through the covers for four more.