In the first match of the tri-series in Christchurch, New Zealand, Pakistan easily defeated Bangladesh by 21 runs in the first match. On Friday, Bangladesh decided to bowl to win the toss. Wicketkeeper batsman Muhammad Rizwan played an unbeaten innings of 78 runs while opening. Captain Babar Azam scored 22 runs. Shan Masood scored 31 runs, Hyder Ali scored 6 runs, Iftikhar Ahmed scored 13 runs and Asif Ali scored 4 runs. Muhammad Nawaz was not out for 8 runs. On behalf of Bangladesh, Taskin Ahmed took 8 wickets while Hasan Mehmood, Naseem Ahmed and Mehdi Hasan got one wicket each. Pakistan scored 167 runs in the allotted 20 overs at the loss of 5 wickets.
Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by 21 runs | Tri-series in Christchurch
As Bangladesh started to chase the target, Mohammad Wasim’s nippy bowling failed to get one of them going. He got 3 wickets by giving 24 runs. Mohammad Nawaz took 2 wickets. Shahnawaz Dhani, Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf got one wicket each. Middle order batsman Yasir Ali played an innings of 42 runs for Bangladesh. Liton Das scored 35, Afif Hussain scored 25 runs. Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by 21 runs. Mohammad Rizwan was declared the best player of the match. Pakistan and New Zealand teams will be seen in action in the second match of the tri-nation series on Saturday.