Pakistan continued their good form in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 with a dominant 7-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first Super 4 game. The match took place at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore and the crowd were absolutely emphatic after the win.
The Pakistani bowlers were right on the money and they bowled Bangladesh out for a modest total of 193 runs in the 1st innings. Post that, the batters didn’t receive a lot of resistance from the Bangladeshi bowlers and eased to the total with 63 balls remaining.
Pakistan are unbeaten in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023. After winning their first group-stage game versus Nepal, the hosts had a No Result (NR) in their match against India.
In this article, we take a look at the top 3 talking points of PAK vs BAN in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023:
1. Haris Rauf’s fiery bowling performance
One of the integral members of the Pakistani bowling setup, Haris Rauf had an impeccable game at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore. The pacer bagged 4 wickets and conceded only 19 runs in 6 overs.
His wickets included Mohammad Naim, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim and Taskin Ahmed. Rauf deservedly bagged the player of the match award in this PAK vs BAN game in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023.
2. Mushfiqur Rahim’s fighting effort went in vain
The top-scorer for Bangladesh in this Asia Cup 2023 game, Mushfiqur Rahim would be disappointed with this result. Rahim scored 64 runs in 87 balls and his innings was peppered with 5 fours.
Rahim tried to wade past the menacing bowling attack of Pakistan, but it went in vain as Haris Rauf had the last laugh.
Along side the veteran wicket-keeper batter, skipper Shakib Al Hasan too played well in this game. He scored 53 runs in 57 balls and his innings was laced with 7 fours.
3. Imam-ul-Haq’s composed knock of 78 runs
At a time when the Bangladeshi pacers were constantly trying their level best for wickets, Imam-ul-Haq held the Pakistani fort strongly from one end. He tackled the swinging deliveries of left-arm pacer Shoriful Islam and also the spin wizardry of Shakib Al Hasan.
The southpaw notched up a knock of 78 runs in 84 balls and his innings was dotted with 5 fours and 4 sixes. Imam-ul-Haq batted with a lot of composure and maturity and made sure that Pakistan went over the line.