Champions Trophy 2017

Pakistan has started their CT 2017 journey with a victory by 2 wickets

Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat first. Tamim Iqbal took a complete advantage of short boundaries by scoring 102 to build a total of 341. Imrul Kayes with 61 provided Bangladesh a platform and assisted the team to set a huge total. Bangladesh middle order contributed as well. For Pakistan, Junaid Khan with ball, struggled initially and was expensive too, though he managed to take 4 wickets.

In chase Shoaib Malik’s 72 and Fahim Ashraf 64* helped Pakistan to secured the victory. Shoaib Malik lead the  batting smartly but he couldn’t turn his 50 into a match winning century. He got out in the 3rd ball of 39 over. He smashed 2 sixes and 6 fours to score 72 runs in 66 balls. At that time, Pakistan were 226 with the loss of 6 wickets. Pakistan required 63 runs in 30 balls to win the match, Fahim Ashraf then start hitting as he was the last hope for Pakistan. Pakistan were 260 with eight wickets down in 44 over. The match had almost slipped away from Pakistan’s hands. Fahim Ashraf proved himself. Pakistan scored 13 runs in next 6 balls which made the total of 292. In last two overs, Pakistan managed to score 21 runs with half century for Fahim Ashraf. In last over, Pakistan required 12 runs to tie the match, Fahim was on 55 on the other hand Hasan Ali was on 23. Luckily a catch was dropped at mid wicket on the 2nd ball of the last over. Then Pakistan needed run a ball. In the end, Pakistan with heroic innings of Fahim Ashraf and valuable 72 runs of Shoaib Malik managed to seal the victory in first practice match. Fahim Ashraf finished in style with unbeaten 64 runs. Hasan Ali gave him support with 27 runs off​ 15 balls. They both added 93 runs collectively for the last wicket. Pakistan chased down the score total in 49.3 overs.

Although it was not a convincing victory for Pakistan, but team should learn from mistakes they commit in this match and try not to repeat them again. Pakistan will play their second warm-up against Australia on May 28.

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