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Shehzad became the first Pakistani batsman to score a century in Twenty20 Internationals
Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad will go down in history as the first Pakistani batsman to score a century in Twenty20 Internationals.
Thanks to Shehzad’s record-breaking knock, Pakistan registered a 50-run win over Bangladesh in Mirpur.
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez would have been pondering over his decision to bat first as opening batsman Kamran Akmal was caught by Ziaur Rahman at short fine leg off the bowling of Abdur Razzak for nine.
Hafeez only made eight runs before he was stumped by Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim off the bowling of Razzak.
Umar Akmal failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Tamim Iqbal at short third man off the bowling of Mahmudullah.
Shehzad and Shoaib Malik stabilised the innings with an 83-run partnership before Malik was stumped by Rahim off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan for 26.
Shahid Afridi smashed a quickfire 22 before he was caught by Rahman at long-on off the bowling of Al-Amin Hossain.
Shehzad went on to become the first Pakistani batsman to score a century in a Twenty20 International.
He ended up finishing on 111 off 62 balls, which included 10 boundaries and five sixes, as Pakistan posted a total of 190/5 off their 20 overs.
Razzak was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Hossain, Al Hasan and Mahmudullah chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 191 to win, Bangladesh got off to a poor start as Iqbal was clean bowled by Umar Gul for 16.
Anamul Haque scored 18 runs before he was caught and bowled by Saeed Ajmal.
Shamsur Rahman only made four runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Afridi.
Rahim failed to save his team as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Zulfiqar Babar for just two runs.
Al Hasan managed to make 38 off 32 balls, which included two boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Umar Akmal at point off the bowling of Gul.
Nasir Hossain made a quickfire 23 before he was stumped by Kamran Akmal off the bowling of Ajmal.
Ziaur Rahman failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught behind off the bowling of Gul for a golden duck.
Despite Mashrafe Mortaza and Mahmudullah both scoring 17 runs, Bangladesh fell short of their target by 50 runs.
Gul was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Ajmal snapped up two and Babar and Afridi chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Rahim was fuming after the match, and said: “Razzak and Shakib bowled really well, but other bowlers didn’t back them up. Those two overs cost almost sixty runs. When you are chasing a big target, you need someone from top four to bat all the way, but that didn’t happen today.”
Hafeez congratulated Shehzad on his record-breaking knock, and said: “It is a great effort from the boys. Everyone knows how important these games are. [A] Special knock from Ahmed Shehzad. He was a little under pressure before the game, but the management gave him the support … He has all the shots and today he showed it in his game.”
Shehzad was named Man of the Match, and said: “For me it’s very important to follow the team plans. I didn’t want to let the team down. I stuck to my basics and delivered. I had a very good start and thought I could bat through the innings.”