Pakistan beat Bangladesh at Eden Garden and start their World T20 2016 campaign on victorious notes as they have been quite excellent from all aspects against Bangladesh. Pakistan won the toss and they decided to bat first, Shahid Afrid the captain of Pakistani cricket team took the decision on the behalf of pitch conditions.
- Event: ICC T20 World Cup 2016
- Match: 14th T20
- Teams: Pakistan vs Bangladesh
- Time: 09:30 GMT | 15:00 Local | 14:30 PKT
- Date: 16th March, 2016
- Venue: Eden Garden, Kolkata
Pakistan after losing their form and momentum in the Asia Cup 2016 recently played in Bangladesh have made their comeback in World T20 2016 being played in India. Both these teams Pakistan and Bangladesh appeared in their 1st match of T20 World Cup 2016 and this game had too much importance for both these sides.
Green Shirts showed their tremendous form from the start as openers did an excellent job regarding their performance with the bat, but that was not enough as Sharjeel Khan lost his wicket at earlier, while on the counter side the Mohammad Hafeez came to strike and started to smash back to back and once again the pressure was diverted on Bangladeshi side.
Bangladeshi spinners showed some responsible attitude as they picked up the wickets, but that was too late because opponent’s batsmen were not stoppable as Shahid Afridi, the aggressive batsmen started to repeat the history as he played an excellent piece of cricket against Bangladesh in Asia Cup back in 2014 snatching victory from jaws.
The entire Pakistani batting lineup stabilized the situation and pasted the total target of 202 runs utilizing the pitch conditions of Eden Garden Kolkata. Shahid Afridi 49 off 19 balls helped the Pakistani team to register their pioneer appearance in the World T20 with 200 plus target.
In order to restricting the opposition below the target, the Pakistani bowlers did a fantastic job picking up the wickets in first powerplay. Shahid Afrid and Mohammad Aamir took 1 wicket each in the 6-Over powerplay that destructed the Bangladeshi confidence.
Soumya Sarkar went on Duck while the dangerous Shakib Al Hasan played a responsible innings, but his batting was not enough as openers along with middle order batsmen wasted the balls and there were less over for Shakib to chase down the give target. Although that was an excellent performance by the Pakistani side as they have registered their first T20 world cup 2016 victory with heavy margin.