They partnered up to add 36 off 15 balls
A late blitz by all-rounders Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz helped Pakistan beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the first of the three T20 Internationals in Dhaka on Friday.
Nawaz joined Shadab on the crease in the 16th over when Pakistan were reeling at 96-6 in pursuit of 127 runs.
What followed was a late onslaught by the pair, which started in the 17th over. It saw Shadab smash Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman for a four and a six and Nawaz hitting the left-armer for another maximum.
In the next over, Nawaz bludgeoned two more sixes off Shoriful Islam and Shadab finished the game on the second ball of the 19th over with another six.
Both batters went unbeaten as Nawaz scored 18 off eight balls while Shadab contributed 21 off 10. They added 36 off 15 balls for the sixth wicket.
The partnership was crucial for Pakistan after their top order collapsed early in the innings.
Openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam were back to the pavilion by the fourth over after while youngster Haider Ali and veteran Shoaib Malik before the sixth.
However, it was a slow yet high-scoring joint effort by Fakhar Zaman and Khushdil Shah that set up the stage for Shadab and Nawaz.
Both scored 34 runs each — Fakhar in 36 balls and Khushdil in 35 balls — to partner up for 56 off 50 balls for the fifth wicket.
Earlier, pacer Hassan Ali took three wickets as Pakistan restricted Bangladesh to 127 runs.
Mohammad Wasim Jr bagged two wickets while spinners Nawaz and Shadab claimed one victim each.
Hassan, who came under fire for underperforming at the T20 World Cup, struck as early as in the second over to dismiss opener Mohammad Naim after Pakistan were asked to field first.
Naim unsuccessfully slashed at a wide-ish delivery to get caught behind by wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan.
The right-arm pacer took his second and third wickets in the death overs when he sent back Nurul Hassan and Aminul Islam in the 16th and 18th overs.
The hosts lost their second wicket when Naim’s opening partner Saif Hassan was deceived by a well-pitched outswinger by Wasim Jr, which he edged to Fakhar at first slip.
Wasim Jr took the third wicket as well as he took a sharp catch off his own bowling to dismiss Najmul Hossain Shanto.
Nawaz, who, like Wasim Jr, didn’t feature in the T20 World Cup, bagged the crucial wicket of Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah, who missed the ball as it spun away to remove the bail from the top of the off-stump.
Shadab struck in the 13th over when left-hander Afif Hossain found himself out of the crease after missing a well directed googly to be eventually stumped by Rizwan.
Afif departed after doing some damage to Pakistan. He added 36 off 34 with the help of two sixes and as many fours.
Later, before Hassan restricted them, Nurul and Mahedi Hassan’s launched an onslaught deep into the innings to smash 28 off 22 and 30 off 20 respectively to take Bangladesh to 127.
Earlier, star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi was not named in the Pakistan playing XI as Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first.
— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) November 19, 2021