Thursday, 12 April 2007

Bangladesh Academy Take The Lead Over Pakistan

The Bangladesh Cricket Academy defeated the touring Pakistan Cricket Academy by 77 runs on the final day of the first 4 day match at Sher E Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka and took a 1-0 lead in the 2 match series. The match saw a number twists and turns but at the end Bangladesh Academy bowlers proved too much for their Pakistani counterparts.

Neither team could establish domination after the first innings as Pakistan Academy were all out for 225 in the first innings and took a narrow 3 run advantage over Bangladesh Academy.

Bangladesh made solid progress in the second innings and reached a commending 165/2 but a fine bowling performance from off spinner Atif Maqbool caused a sudden collapse for the home side. He took 5 wickets for 50 runs as Bangladesh Academy lost their last eight wickets for 57 runs. Bangladesh was eventually bundled out for 222 and set 221 as the victory target for Pakistan Academy.

Pakistan Academy lost momentum at the very beginning of their victory chase as Bangladesh Academy new ball pair Ziaur Rahman and Sajidul Islam ripped through the top order and reduced them to 17/4 in 8.5 overs. Pakistan Academy failed to recover from that position as left arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain removed the middle order by talking 3 wickets for 50 runs to raise his match figure to 7-129.

Ziaur Rahman grabbed 3 wickets for 32 runs while Sajidul Islam took 2 wickets for 23 runs.

Only the skipper Fawad Alam fought a lone battle with his 47 but could only reduce the margin of defeat. When his Bangladeshi counterpart Mehrab Hossain trapped him in front, it was all over for Pakistan Academy. They finished the 3rd day on 130/9 and Bangladesh Academy finished the formality in the final day within first hour to ensure a 77 run victory.

The second and final four-day match between these two teams will start on the 14th April at Fatullah Stadium.

Bangladesh Academy 223/10 (Jahurul 52, Nadif 55; Najaf 4/33, Rauf 2/29 & 222/10 (Raqibul 83, Nazimuddin 59; Atif 5/50, Nazaf 3/52)

Pakistan Academy 225/10 (Tanveer 58, Raza 35 ; Mosharraf 4/79, Mehrab 2/18) & 143/10 (Fawad 47, Zhoaib 33; Ziaur 3/32, Mosharaf 3/50)

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