Bangladesh vs Pakistan Super Four – Highlights & Summary
Bangladesh and Pakistan had won one out of their two Super Four matches and were tied with 2 points each in the points table. The last Super Four match that was Bangladesh vs Pakistan had now become a semi-final that would decide the second finalist of Asia Cup 2018.
Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first.
Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar opened the innings for Bangladesh. The Bangladesh top order fell very early in the innings without making any significant contribution with the bat.
3 wickets fell in 3 back to back overs. In the 3rd over Junaid Khan dismissed Soumya Sarkar out caught, that was followed by the dismissal of Mominul Haque who was out bowled by Shaheen Shah Afridi in the next over. Junaid Khan continuing his spell picked another wicket in the following over dismissing Liton Das out bowled.
Bangladesh were 12-3 in the 5th over after the top 3 batsmen were back in the hut.
Powerplay 1 – Bangladesh scored 27 runs and lost 3 wickets in the 1st powerplay.
Bangladesh made a comeback in the 2nd powerplay as Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun built a 100-runs partnership taking the Bangladesh score to 150 in the 33rd over.
The 144 runs partnership between the two batsmen ended in the 34th over with the dismissal of Mohammad Mithun caught and bowled by Hasan Ali. He scored 60 off 84 with 4 fours.
Bangladesh suffered a quick blow soon after and Imrul Kayes was dismissed by Shadab Khan out lbw for 9 off 10 balls.
Powerplay 2 – Bangladesh had scored 160 runs in the 2nd powerplay and lost 2 wickets.
Going into the 3rd powerplay, Bangladesh lost the big wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim in the 42nd over as Shaheen Afridi got him out caught behind. Mushfiqur Rahim missed his hundred by just 1 run and was out for 99.
The partnership for the 6th wicket between Rahim and Mahmudullah of 30 runs was the second highest partnership of the innings.
After Bangladesh were 197-6 in the 42nd over, Bangladesh scored another 42 runs in the remaining 8 overs. They lost 4 wickets and scored 24 runs in the last 5 overs. Mahamudullah scored 25 off 31 with 1 four and was out bowled by Junaid Khan.
Powerplay 3 – Bangladesh scored 52 runs and lost 5 wickets.
Bangladesh finished 239 for 10 in 48.5 overs.
Junaid Khan picked 4 wickets for Pakistan, while Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali picked 2 wickets each.
After Bangladesh innings ended with the score of 239-10, these were the betting odds in the match winner market –
A 240 runs target was considered an easy one for Pakistan given the fact that they hand chased down 250 against Afghanistan and that Shoaib Malik was in a good form and scored half centuries in last 2 matches.
Thus, the betting odds for Pakistan win were low at 1.20 and those for Bangladesh were high at 4.00.
Though it may be true that Pakistan could chase down 240 easily, a bettor relies on numbers, stats and figures. For Bangladesh to win this match, they would need to push Pakistan behind in the chase by picking up more wickets than they lost in the powerplay and giving away fewer runs than they scored.
Chasing a target of 240 runs in 50 overs, Pakistan lost their opener Fakhar Zaman in the 1st over. Mehidy Hasan dismissed Zaman out caught for just 1 run.
The betting odds changed with this fall of wicket and here is how they looked at the end of the 1st over.
The betting odds for Bangladesh had dropped a few points as their chances of winnings had increased. This would continue and the odds for Bangladesh would drop even further as Bangladesh gets an upper hand in the game picking up more wickets.
Looking at Pakistan’s previous performances in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd powerplay and the overs taken to reach 150, 200 and 250 in the previous super 4 matches, it looked possible for Bangladesh to restrict Pakistan to below 239 and win this match.
Pakistan suffered another blow quickly right in the next over when Mustafizur Rahman got Babar Azam out lbw for 1.
That wasn’t all, Bangladesh bowlers attacked the Pakistan top order and got another wicket in the 4th over, as Mustafizur Rahman dismissed the Pakistani captain Sarfraz Ahmad for 10 runs.
Pakistan were 18-3 in the 4th over and Bangladesh were getting back in the game.
Powerplay 1 – Pakistan scored 37 runs and lost 3 wickets in the 1st powerplay. At the end of 10 overs, Imam-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik were batting on the crease.
By the time 1st powerplay ended, the betting odds had changed a lot and the odds for Bangladesh had dipped even further.
At this point the odds for Pakistan were higher than those for Bangladesh.
Few overs later, the odds started to change again and the scales were tilting in favor of Pakistan as they had Imam-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik on the crease.
Pakistan had lost same number of wickets in their 1st powerplay as Bangladesh and scored 10 runs more and so were ahead with just 10 runs.
The two batsmen played well to control the Pakistan innings and stop the fall of wicket and put together a 50-runs stand for the 4th wicket. For Pakistan to win this, they would need Shoaib Malik to stay on the crease till the end.
Unlike the previous chase that Pakistan won against Afghanistan, Shoaib Malik had come on to bat very early in the innings and it was a challenge to stay till the end.
The 4th wicket stand of 67 runs between Imam-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik ended as Shoaib Malik was dismissed in the 21st over by Rubel Hossain. Shadab Khan, the next batsman in was also the next batsman out dismissed by Soumya Sarkar for 4.
Pakistan had lost 5 wickets for 94 runs. Imam-ul-Haq along with Asif Ali put together 71 runs for the 6th wicket.
Powerplay 2 – Pakistan lost 3 wickets in this powerplay for 128 runs. Bangladesh had pulled Pakistan behind in the chase as Pakistan scored 32 runs less in the 2nd powerplay than Bangladesh and lost a wicket more than Bangladesh had lost in their 2nd powerplay.
Pakistan were 165-6 with 10 overs to go and 75 runs to win with 4 wickets in hand.
Imam-ul-Haq who was a part of 2 50+ runs partnerships was dismissed in the 41st over for 83. He hit 2 fours and 1 six in his innings.
Pakistan lost 2 more wickets in the 44th and 46th over and finished 202-9 in 50 overs.
Powerplay 3- The most crucial and significant powerplay saw Pakistan score 37 runs and lose 3 wickets. These are exact same numbers as the 1st powerplay.
Pakistan lost wickets regularly and were behind in the run rate. They lost big wickets very early in the game and were on the back foot once Shoaib Malik was out.
Bangladesh won the match by 37 runs.
Mustafizur Rahman picked 4 wickets. Mehdy Hasan picked 2, Rubel Hossain, Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar picked 1 wicket each.
Mushfiqur Rahim was awarded Man of the Match.
Bangladesh will now meet India in the finals on 28th September at Dubai. Check out our predictions and betting tips for Asia Cup 2018 final.