In a display of sheer dominance, PAK vs BAN Dominant Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets solidifying their position in the final of the Asia Cup 2023. This match showcased Pakistan’s exceptional all-round performance, leaving no doubt about their supremacy.

The Super 4s stage of the Asia Cup 2023 is a crucial battleground where each match plays a pivotal role in securing a coveted spot in the final. In this inaugural match of the stage, Bangladesh found themselves struggling in all facets of the game, while Pakistan maintained an iron grip on the proceedings right from the second over.

Winning the toss, Bangladesh opted to bat first—a decision they would soon come to regret. The opening pair of Naseem Shah and the ever-formidable Shaheen Shah, often referred to as ‘the EAGLE,’ swiftly justified Pakistan’s prowess with the ball. Shaheen Shah’s remarkable affinity for the new ball once again shone as he exploited the pitch conditions to devastating effect.

The usually dependable Mahidy Hasan Miraz, who had been Bangladesh’s standout batsman, was dismissed on the very first ball of the match. Litton Das tried to mount a counterattack but fell prey to the lethal Shaheen in the 5th over. Haris Rauf joined the onslaught and claimed two quick wickets, leaving Bangladesh reeling at 47 for 4.

PAK vs BAN Dominant Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets

A valiant effort by the skipper, Shakib, and Mushfiqur in the form of a 100-run partnership provided some respite for Bangladesh. However, their hopes were dashed when Faheem Ashraf dismissed the resilient Shakib after he had notched up a well-deserved half-century. Mushfiqur continued to hold fort until Haris Rauf delivered a remarkable delivery in the 38th over to send him packing at 190. The remaining three Bangladeshi players could only muster three additional runs, and Bangladesh set a target of 194 runs for Pakistan.

With just 194 runs to defend, Bangladesh found themselves struggling to maintain control of the match. Their bowlers persisted with tight lines and displayed resilience, but the pitch offered them little assistance. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman continued his lean patch, and Babar Azam received a delivery that stayed low.

Imam-ul-Haq, however, continued his affinity with Lahore’s ground, adding to his impressive record with yet another notable performance. Despite some close LBW appeals against him, Imam had already amassed two centuries and a couple of fifties at this venue. With over 10 overs remaining, Pakistan secured a straightforward victory, with a significant contribution from Mohammad Rizwan, who remained unbeaten with 63 runs. This victory served as a testament to Pakistan’s dominance in the match, putting them on the path to the Asia Cup 2023 final.

Check: ICC ODI Player Rankings 2023

Down Below is the PAK vs. BAN Scorecard:

PAK vs BAN Scorecard

Bangladesh- 193/10 (38.4)

Mohammad Naimc & b Haris Rauf20254080.00
Mehidy Hasan Mirazc Fakhar Zaman b Naseem Shah01000.00
Litton Dasc Mohammad Rizwan b Shaheen Shah Afridi161340123.07
Shakib Al Hasan (c)c Fakhar Zaman b Faheem Ashraf53577092.98
Towhid Hridoyb Haris Rauf290022.22
Mushfiqur Rahimc †Mohammad Rizwan b Haris Rauf64875073.56
Shamim Hossainc Imam-ul-Haq b Iftikhar Ahmed16230169.56
Afif Hossainc Faheem Ashraf b Naseem Shah121101109.09
Taskin Ahmedc †Mohammad Rizwan b Haris Rauf01000.00
Shoriful Islamb Naseem Shah130033.33
Hasan Mahmudnot out120050.00
PAK vs BAN Scorecard
Shaheen Shah Afridi74216.005110
Naseem Shah5.43436.007000
Haris Rauf61943.161010
Faheem Ashraf72713.852010
Shadab Khan73505.003000
Agha Salman111011.002000
Iftikhar Ahmed52014.00010
PAK vs BAN Scorecard

Pakistan- 194/3 (39.3)

Fakhar Zamanlbw b Shoriful Islam20313064.51
Imam-ul-Haqb Mehidy Hasan Miraz78845492.85
Babar Azam (c)b Taskin Ahmed17221077.27
Mohammad Rizwannot out63797179.74
Agha Salmannot out12211057.14
PAK vs BAN Scorecard
Taskin Ahmed83214.005000
Shoriful Islam82413.002020
Hasan Mahmud74606.573200
Mehidy Hasan Miraz105115.103200
Shakib Al Hasan5.33105.633100
Shamim Hossain1808.001000

Also See: ICC World Cup 2023 Men’s ODI Batting Player Rankings

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