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Fakhar Zaman powers Pakistan to series victory against Bangladesh

20 Nov, 2021
Pakistan's and Bangladesh's cricketers greet each other after Pakistan's victory at the end of the second T20I match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on November 20. Photo: AFP
Pakistan's and Bangladesh's cricketers greet each other after Pakistan's victory at the end of the second T20I match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on November 20. Photo: AFP

DHAKA: Left-handed Fakhar Zaman's much-needed half-century on Saturday powered Pakistan an eight-wicket victory against Bangladesh, sealing the T20I series in Dhaka.

The Men In Green won the second consecutive T20I of a three-match series, taking the series 2-0.

Zaman struck an unbeaten 57 off 51 balls as Pakistan reached 109-2 in 18.1 overs after restricting Bangladesh to 108-7 in 20 overs.

Najmul Hossain earlier top-scored with 40 off 34 balls for Bangladesh while Afif Hossain chipped in with 20 runs from 21 balls.

Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi finished with 2-15 for Pakistan while leg-spinner Shadab Khan grabbed 2-22.

Pakistan won the first match of the series by four wickets on Friday.

The third and final match will be held at the same ground on Monday.

Teams Bangladesh: Mahmudullah Riyad (capt), Mohammad Naim, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed

Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Nawaz, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jr

Umpires: Gazi Sohel (BAN), Tanvir Ahmed (BAN)

TV Umpire: Masudur Rahman (BAN)

Match Referee: Neeyamur Rashid (BAN)