On the grounds of Hagley Oval, Christchurch, the captains of both the teams, Bangladesh and Pakistan came up for the toss where Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first.
Shanto and Soumya Sarkar opened the batting attack to encounter the bowling attack of Naseem Shah.
Bangladesh had a struggling opening over and they got just 1 run in the first over. On a throw from Naseem Shah, Soumya Sarkar lost her wicket.
Litton Das took the batting charge and added two fours to the side and moved the score to 20-1 after 4 overs. Litton Das kept slapping multiple fours. Scoring 12 off 15, Shanto got caught by Rizwan on a throw from Mohammad Wasim. After 7 overs, Bangladesh moved to 44-2.
While Litton was rocking in the crease and defeated a fielder’s dive in the boundary, Shakib smashed his first boundary in 7.5 oversand led the ball long off the fence in the next ball getting a six. Bangladesh crossed their half-century and the score was 61-2 after 8 overs.
At 11.2 overs, Litton Das got a 50-run stand single handedly for the side that kept fueling the enthusiasm among the cricket enthusiasts. After 12.1 overs, Bangladesh hit their century. Posing Bangladesh to a significant strength, Litton Das lost his wicket to Mohammad Nawaz, scoring 69 off 42. At 16.3 overs, Shakib notched up the milestone of 50.
Shakib kept enhancing the fun and the run association of Shakib Al Hasan and Afif Hossain managed to move the score to 161-3 after 18 overs. Pakistan wrapped up the gameplay of Bangladesh restricting at a score of 173-6 after 20 overs.
For the run chase of 174, Rizwan and Babar Azam came to the crease to face the bowling attack of Hasan Mahmud. In the first two overs, Pakistan scored 6 runs. Rizwan got his first boundary of the innings for the side.
In the next over, Babar Azam played beautiful boundaries on a throw from Taskin Ahmed. The run-partnership of Azam and Rizwan helped Pak to cross the half-century just after 7 overs with a score of 53-0.
At 11.5 overs, it was a half century for Babar, which was 29th in T20Is. After 12 overs, Pakistan smashed 100 without losing any wicket. Scoring 55 off 40, Azam lost his wicket to Hasan Mahmud.
With Mohammad Nawaz on the crease, it was a great fortune for Pak, crunched continuous fours and six, moving the score to 137-2. The pair managed to move the score 160-2 after 18 overs. Getting 69 off 56, Rizwan got out to Soumya Sarkar.
Pakistan met the run chase and scored 177-3 in 19.5 overs and won by 7 wickets against Bangladesh.
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