Mohammad Rizwan maintained his rich vein of batting form on Friday with an unbeaten 78 as Pakistan made 167-5 against Bangladesh in a tri-series Twenty20 match in Christchurch.

Pakistan win by 21 runs against Bangladesh

Playing XIs


 Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani


 Nurul Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Afif Hossain, Musaddek Hossain, Liton Das, Yasir Ali, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed


Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bowl first against Pakistan in the first match of tri-nation series. 

Pakistan have included three fast bowlers and two spinners in their playing XI. 

CHRISTCHURCH: Mohammad Rizwan maintained his rich vein of batting form on Friday with an unbeaten 78 as Pakistan made 167-5 against Bangladesh in a tri-series Twenty20 match in Christchurch.

Rizwan batted through the innings in cold, difficult conditions at Hagley Oval, tallying seven fours and two sixes in his 21st half-century.

His 50-ball knock dominated the start of a series, also involving hosts New Zealand, which the three teams are using to prepare for the T20 World Cup in Australia.

The world´s top-ranked T20 batsman, Rizwan didn´t offer a chance as he lifted his career average in the shortest international format to 54.34.

The 30-year-old wicketkeeper-opener is coming off prolific form in the T20 home series loss to England, when he compiled a series-leading 316 runs.

After being asked to bat, Rizwan negotiated an awkward-paced wicket which caused several team-mates to miscue shots.

All five wickets to fall were via outfield catches, including two off Bangladesh´s best bowler, paceman Taskin Ahmed, who took 2-25.

Rizwan´s best support came from Shan Masood (31 off 22 balls) following an opening stand of 52 with captain Babar Azam (22 off 25).

Players from both teams regularly slipped on a surface made hard by unexpected weather conditions earlier in the week.

A cold blast left ground staff sweeping snow from the covers and outfield on Thursday morning.

Temperatures had climbed to a relatively warm 12 degrees Celsius (54F) 

CHRISTCHURCH: The pitch looked perfect for bowlers as, after Bangladesh, Pakistan’s bowlers took the driving seat in the first match of T20I tri-series. 

The bowlers in green were right on the money as Bangladesh’s run-chase ended 22 runs short of the target. 

Mohammad Wasim Jr made an impressive comeback from 62-run spell against England at home. The right-arm pacer started the proceedings by taking the wicket of Bangladesh’s opener Mehidy Hasan Miraz after a solid 25-run opening start. 

Mehdi, who was dropped on Haris Rauf’s bowling, had to give up his wicket to Wasim after scoring 10 runs. 

Haris, who often remains unlucky for dropped catches on his bowling, finally removed Sabbir Rehman on caught and bowled. The aggressive celebration afterward told the story. Pakistan win by 21 runs against Bangladesh

Under pressure, Bangladesh looked for some resistance and it arrived in the form of Liton Das-Afif Hossain. The two batters scored much-needed 50 runs together to give some hope to Bangladesh. 

Das notched 35 off 26 whereas Afif made 23 off 25 before they fell to Mohammad Nawaz and Shahnawaz Dahani, respectively. 

A couple of quick wickets thereafter put Bangladesh’s batting at stake once again. Nawaz picked up Mosaddek Hossain and Shadab Khan removed Nurul Hassan as Pakistan found its feet in the match again.

Yasir Ali proved to be a nightmare for Pakistan in the twilight phase of the chasing side’s innings but no support from the other end overshadowed his efforts. Pakistan win by 21 runs against Bangladesh

Impressive Wasim picked up three wickets, Nawaz spun two scalps whereas Shahnawaz, Haris, and Shadab shared a wicket apiece. 

After deciding to bowl first, Bangladeshi bowlers maintained tough line and length to control the flow of runs and restrict Pakistan to 167-5 in 20 overs. 

Mohammad Rizwan stood firm for Pakistan with his 21st half-century off 38 balls. The man of crisis for Pakistan helped his team recover from a couple of dismissals. Pakistan win by 21 runs against Bangladesh

Openers Babar Azam and Rizwan scored 52 runs together in seven overs to provide a steady start to Pakistan. 

First delivery of right-arm off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz did the job for Bangladesh as he bagged Babar. 

Taskin Ahmed bowled brilliantly in last part of the innings as he conceded just 25 runs in his four overs. Haider Ali (6) and Asif (4) fell prey to Taskin. Iftikhar Ahmed (13) was looking good after hitting two boundaries but Hasan Mahmud removed him to bring Bangladesh back.  

Rizwan improved his strike-rate in last overs when Pakistan lost a couple of quick wickets. Haider, Iftikhar and Asif walked off after their brief stay at the crease. 

Wicket-keeper batter Rizwan tried to race his score as his strike-rate topped up to 156 in the end. He remained not out for 78 off 50 balls including seven boundaries and two sixes. 


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