Pakistan had lost six straight T20Is and finally ended that losing streak against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh’s captain Mahmudullah, after winning the toss, opted for bat at Gaddafi Stadium of Lahore. Pakistan added two debutants for first game, Haris Rauf and Ahsan Ali, and the team also saw two returnees in Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez.
The visitors’ openers were steady throughout the powerplay but could not accelerate the innings with big shots. They only managed to score 35 for no loss in the first six overs where the 7 fielders were restricted inside the circle.
Tamim Iqbal was the first one who decided to go after the bowlers after the powerplay and he did hit some big shots for quick runs. The left-hander was looking good until he went for a couple where a sharp throw from Haris Rauf finished his innings of 39 in an unwanted way.
Liton Das was also found himself short of the crease for just 12 with super quick work from Shadab Khan. Mohammad Naim was the top-scorer for Bangladesh with 43 runs. The visiting team managed to put a modest total of 141 on the board. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Rauf, Shadab Khan share one wicket apiece.
While chasing, Pakistan started things off in a bad way as they lost their captain Babar for a second-ball duck. It was his first duck in his entire T20I career so far. The debutant Ahsan Ali has made a strong statement with sensible innings of 36 off 32 balls. Malik, who made his comeback to the side, looked very comfortable right from word go. The most capped player in International T20Is scored his 8th fifty in the shorter format of cricket.
The 37-year-old was named Man of the Match in the first T20I versus Tigers at Lahore for his excellent unbeaten 58. The second match of the series will be played at the same venue on Saturday.