First ODI: Bangladesh thrash new-look Pakistan by 79 runs

Apr 17, 2015, 22:41 IST | Agencies

Centuries by Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim helped Bangladesh stun a new look Pakistan by 79 runs in the first one-day international in Dhaka on Friday

DHAKA: Bangladesh have stunned fellow World Cup quarter-finalists Pakistan by 79 runs in the first one-day international on Friday.

Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim scored centuries as Bangladesh made 329 for six and Pakistan could only muster 250 in reply.

Chasing 330 to win, Pakistan began well with Pakistan openers Azhar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed putting on 53 runs for the first wicket before the latter slog-swept Arafat Sunny to deep backward square leg to leave Pakistan one down in the 11th over.

Mohammad Hafeez was then run out to leave Pakistan stuttering on 59 for two but there was some respite when Azhar notched his fifth ODI half-century in the 20th over to celebrate his first match as captain in fine style.

He and Haris Sohail compiled 89 runs for the third wicket but Azhar departed for 72 when he edged behind and Haris was also walking back to the pavilion shortly after he passed 50.

Fawad Alam joined Mohammad Rizwan at the crease but his stay was short - 14 runs from 19 balls - and he and Saad Nasim (nought) fell to Sunny in the 40th over as Pakistan limped to 217 for six with 10 overs to play.

Pakistan required an unlikely 113 runs to win at that point and though Rizwan and Wahab put on 27 of those, their dismissals saw the end come quickly.

Rizwan reached his half-century off 46 balls and went on to 67 from 58 but fell shortly after Wahab, slog-sweeping Rubel Hossain to Nasir Hossain.

Junaid Khan was run out without facing a ball and Ajmal also failed to score as the last four wickets fell in nine balls for six runs.

Sunny and Taskin Ahmed finished with three wickets apiece as Bangladesh celebrated.

Earlier, Tamim and Mushfiqur posted impressive centuries as Bangladesh piled up their highest one-day score of 329 for six.

Left-handed opener Tamim hit 132 off 135 balls and Mushfiqur smashed a 77-ball 106 to steer Bangladesh past their previous best total of 326 for three against the same rivals in 2014.

The pair added 178 runs for the third wicket, their country's highest partnership for any wicket, improving upon the 175 by Habibul Bashar and Rajin Saleh against Kenya in 2006.

Tamim and Mushfiqur ruined off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's comeback to international cricket after an absence of eight months due to an illegal bowling action.

Ajmal conceded 74 runs in 10 wicketless overs with his remodelled action to finish with his worst one-day bowling figures.

Bangladesh, who won the toss and opted to bat first, scored only seven runs in Ajmal's first four overs, before Tamim and Mushfiqur lashed out at the spin spearhead. Tamim hit 15 boundaries and three sixes in his fifth one-day century and Mushfiqur smashed 13 fours and two sixes after being dropped by Junaid Khan when he was on 35.

The match marked the start of a new era for Pakistan cricket following the one-day retirement of skipper Misbah-ul Haq and senior all-rounder Shahid Afridi after the World Cup.

Batsman Azhar Ali captained the new-look team that included just four players who took part in the World Cup.

Pakistan handed one-day debuts to batsman Mohammad Rizwan and all-rounder Saad Nasim.

The second and third one-dayers will also be held at the same Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka on April 17 and 22.

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