DHAKA: Pakistan snatched a last over victory against Bangladesh in a sensational match, thanks to a blistering knock by Shahid Afridi in the last 1o overs.
Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat setting a record target of 327 for Pakistan. In an Asia Cup match here, Bangladesh played first and made a 327 runs mammoth total. In response Pakistan got off to a steady start behind openers Ahmed Shahzad’s century (103 off 112) and Muhammad Hafeez’s 52 of 55 balls.
Shahid Afridi smashed the second fastest one-day half-century and Ahmed Shehzad hit a hundred to give Pakistan a three wicket win over Bangladesh on Tuesday and a place in the Asia Cup final.
The 34-year-old, who hit two consecutive sixes to give Pakistan a one-wicket win over India on Sunday, was once again Pakistan’s saviour as they chased down their highest-ever target of 327 in 49.5 overs in Dhaka.
Afridi overshadowed a brilliant 123-ball 103 by opener Ahmed Shehzad and a sedate 74 by Fawad Alam who both set the tone for the chase, but it was the aggression of Afridi which helped Pakistan overcame a tough resistance from the hosts.
Pakistan will meet Sri Lanka in Saturday’s final.
Afridi, who went into bat with Pakistan needing 101 off 52 balls, smashed paceman Shafiul Islam for a four to reach fifty off just 18 balls, one short of one-day cricket’s fastest-ever half-century record held by Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya, made against Pakistan in Singapore in 1996.
Bangladeshi fans were crying when Mushfiq dropped him.