Asia Cup 2018: Mushfiqur, Mustafizur star as Bangladesh beat Pakistan to reach final


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Mushfiqur Rahim scored a battling 99 to control Bangladesh into the Asia Cup last with a persuading 37-run prevail upon Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

The previous captain passed up a major opportunity a meriting century yet lifted Bangladesh from a shaky 12-3 to 239 full scale in 49.5 overs previously they held Pakistan down to 202-9 out of 50 overs at Sheik Zayed Stadium.

Mashrafe Mortaza’s group will now confront safeguarding champions India in the last in Dubai on Friday, with a chance to win the mainland title out of the blue.

Bangladesh’s triumph will irritate a huge number of fans far and wide who needed another Indo-Pak conflict as the two matches in the first and second round neglected to satisfy their charging, with India winning both in uneven undertakings.

Be that as it may, Bangladesh were commendable champs on Wednesday.

Bangladesh knocked down some pins with discipline with left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman standing out with 4-43 as Pakistan once more batted inadequately with just opener Imam-ul-Haq contending energetically through a difficult 105-ball 82.

Imam, who hit two fours and a six, held the innings together and included 67 for the fourth wicket with Shoaib Malik (30) and another 71 for the seventh wicket with Asif Ali (31).

Notwithstanding, both Imam and Asif fell in progressive overs to give Bangladesh just their fifth prevail upon Pakistan in 36 one-day internationals.

Pakistan got off to an unfortunate begin when opener Fakhar Zaman holed out off the fifth conveyance of the first finished, got off spinner Mehidy Hasan.

Left-armer Mustafizur at that point expelled Babar Azam (one) and commander Sarfraz Ahmed (10) to leave Pakistan destroyed at 18-3 preceding Malik and Imam got some strength the pursuit.

Mortaza applauded an all our exertion, notwithstanding missing star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan through damage.

“The bowlers completed a great job, particularly when we didn’t get the runs,” said Mashrafe.

“Be that as it may, Mushi and Mithun batted extremely well and got us to a battling all out.”

“We are glad for our handling today. For quite a while we haven’t seen this nature of handling in our group, so ideally the young men can comprehend the estimation of good handling.”

Sarfraz was angry with group’s appearing in the six-group competition.

“It is anything but a nice sentiment,” said Sarfraz. “As a skipper, I didn’t do well. We didn’t handle well, our batting fallen and as a group we didn’t do well in any office.

“It appears the group which won the Champions Trophy a year ago didn’t come here by any stretch of the imagination.”

It was Rahim who constructed Bangladesh’s innings after it additionally got off to the most exceedingly terrible conceivable begin.

Rahim confronted 116 balls and included a significant 144 for the fourth wicket with Mithun (60) to enable Bangladesh to recoup from a temperamental 12-3 after they won the hurl and selected to bat.

Left-arm paceman Junaid Khan, who supplanted Mohammad Amir, had jarred Bangladesh toward the begin, rejecting Liton Das (six), Soumya Sarkar (0) and Mominul Haque (five).

Junaid completed with 4-19 in his nine sharp overs.

Rahim hit nine limits previously he was gotten behind with only one required for a second hundred in the competition, following his 144 against Sri Lanka in the first round.

It was sheer misfortune that he fell in the 42nd over, got behind off paceman Shaheen Shah who completed with 2-47. Rahim turned into the principal Bangladeshi batsman to be expelled for 99 out of one-day cricket.

Mithun, who included 134 with Rahim against Sri Lanka, hit four limits in his 84-ball innings.


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