Tigers reach Asia Cup final

Bangladesh set up an Asia Cup final with India on Sunday after beating Pakistan by five wickets in Mirpur.

Mahmudullah and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza steered the Tigers, chasing 130, home with five deliveries to spare after losing three quick wickets.

Soumya Sarkar’s career-best Twenty20 international score of 48, from as many balls, led the chase until he was bowled by Mohammad Amir in the 14th over. 

But Mahmudullah, with 22 off 15 balls, and Mortaza, who was given a life when caught off a Mohammad Sami no-ball in the penultimate over during his 12 not out, helped the hosts overhaul Pakistan’s 129 for seven.

Pakistan, having won the toss, mustered their lowest 10-over total in their T20 history as Taskin Ahmed conceded just two runs, and saw off the dangerous Umar Akmal cheaply, in his first three overs.

But Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik lifted their side from 34 for four at the half-way stage with a much-needed stand of 70 in 50 balls.

Sarfraz smashed five fours and two maximums, reaching his second T20I half-century from 40 deliveries, in an unbeaten 58. 

Source: ECB

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