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Hafeez stars in Pakistan T20 win

Resurgent Pakistan continued their winning form to defeat Bangladesh by 50 runs in a low-scoring T20 international at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka yesterday.


Hafeez celebrates a wicket with his teammates yesterday. Pic/AFP

Misbah-ul-Haq's men, buoyant after a successful series against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates, where they won in all three formats of the game, proved their mettle once again.

The tourists, playing their 50th Twenty20 match, fought back after being restricted to 135-7 to keep Bangladesh down to 85-9 on a slow wicket that hindered stroke-making.

Mohammad Hafeez claimed 2-11 in four overs and Shoaib Malik picked up two wickets in three balls as Pakistan recorded their fifth successive Twenty20 win over Bangladesh.

The Tigers were in danger of falling below their lowest T20 total of 78 -- against New Zealand at Hamilton last year � when they stumbled to 69-9 in the 17th over. But Nasir Hossain hit a defiant unbeaten 35 with two boundaries and a six to ensure Bangladesh batted out their 20 overs.

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