Saturday, May 1, 2010

Pakistan make 172-3 against Bangladesh

GROS ISLET, Saint Lucia (AFP) – Defending champions Pakistan made 172 for three off their 20 overs against Bangladesh in their World Twenty20 match here on Saturday after winning the toss.

Their imposing total was built around a huge first-wicket partnership of 142 between openers Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt, who both made 73.

Akmal was dropped on 13 by Mohammad Ashraful, running back at mid-on, off Mashrafe Mortaza, whose four overs cost 39 runs.

Fellow paceman Abdur Razzak's four overs were even more expensive, going for 41 runs and Bangladesh's spinners were unable to repair the early damage.

There was little respite for Bangladesh as Pakistan, who beat Sri Lanka in last year's final at Lord's, made a strong start to their title defence.

Butt's fifty took just 29 balls, with two sixes and six fours, while Akmal reached the landmark in 43 balls, with six boundaries.

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan did though take two wickets for 27 runs with his slow left-armers.