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Twenty20 World Championship, 2007


Pakistan edge past Bangladesh despite Junaed heroics

20 September 2007

Junaed Siddique struck a dazzling half-century on debut for Bangladesh, but Pakistan still comfortably secured a four-wicket victory at Newlands in Cape Town today (Thursday). With this win Pakistan grabbed the top spot in Group F while Bangladesh is returning home without a single win in the super eight stage.

Junaed hit 71 from 49 deliveries in his first outing in international cricket, but a lack of support from other batsmen saw Bangladesh dismissed for a modest 140, a total surpassed in the penultimate over of the Pakistan innings despite a mid-innings quiver induced by Bangladesh spinners.

Bangladesh bowlers fought hard to defend the meager total, but could only delay the inevitable after a 15 ball 39 by Shahid Afridi set the platform for an easy Pakistan win.

 Junaid stood tall with a 49 ball 71 in his debut international appearance.

Junaed stood tall with a 49 ball 71 in his debut international appearance © Cricinfo

Young Junaed was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant effort with the bat and his lustrous stroke play made everyone wonder why he had been left out of the playing XI until it was too late for the Tigers.

Junaed after an initial let off by Misbah-Ul-Haque early on in his innings single handedly propelled Bangladesh to 112 in 14 overs. His departure opened the floodgate and the rest of the Bangladesh line-up could only add 28 runs to the Bangladesh total as they were bundled out inside 20 overs.

Bangladesh's performance on the field was almost a repeat of their showing in the Twenty20 Quadrangular against the same opposition in Nairobi where another young man Nazimuddin stood tall within the wreckage, but could not secure the victory for Bangladesh.

After putting into bat by Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik, Bangladesh innings started in a familiar fashion when out-of-form opener Tamim Iqbal paid the price for a poor call and was run out with only 16 runs on the board. His departure could not dent Bangladesh's progress as Junaid and one-down Aftab shared a whirlwind 63 run partnership in the second wicket, and Bangladesh were set for a fighting total in their last appearance in the tournament.

Bangladesh made one of the brightest start of the tournament yet Aftab Ahmed failed to keep his composure, and was outfoxed by a Mohammad Hafeez delivery after his chicken headed charge saw him stranded in the middle. When Mohammad Ashraful was trapped in-front by Afridi and Shakib offered a tame return catch to Mohammad Hafeez, it was all left to the young Junaid to help Bangladesh post a decent score on a friendly surface.

Junaid responded to the situation by hitting Mohammad Hafeez for two sixes over mid-wicket, but the extra burden took the ultimate toll when he could only dispatch a Shoaib Malik delivery at the hands of Misbah-Ul-Huq at cow corner. Bangladesh's hope of making any upset in the match returned to the pavilion along with the young man and Bangladesh ended their Twenty20 world cup campaign with the solitary win against West Indies in the tournament opener.

  • Khondaker Mirazur Rahman

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