Rumi Akter Polly of DOT
Shoaib Malik hit an unbeaten 58 as Pakistan coasted to victory with three deliveries and five wickets to spare at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. Set a target of 142, the hosts suffered an early setback with the loss of Babar Azam in the first over but Malik (58 off 45) and Ahsan Ali (36 off 32) steadied the ship for Pakistan as they kept the Bangladesh attack from getting regular breakthroughs, reports bdnews24.com. Pacer Shafiul Islam was the pick of the bowlers for the Tigers picking up two wickets for 26 in his four overs while Mustafizur, Al Amin and leg-spinner Aminul Islam chipped in with a wicket apiece. Earlier, Bangladesh posted a total of 141 after captain Mahmudullah won the toss and opted to bat first. Meanwhile, left-hand opener Tamim Iqbal became the leading run-scorer for Bangladesh in the ongoing first T20I against Pakistan yesterday, reports Daily Bangladesh. Tamim averages 23.80 with the bat in T20Is with a strike rate of 117.1. He has one T20I ton and six fifties to his name during a career spanning 13 years.