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Liton, Shakib guide Bangladesh to 173/6 against Pakistan

Liton scores 69 while Shakib makes 68 batting first in dead rubber

Update : 13 Oct 2022, 10:00 AM

Quickfire fifties from Liton Das and captain Shakib al Hasan steered Bangladesh to 173/6, their highest score in the Tri-Nation Twenty20 International Series, against Pakistan in the sixth and last game of the round robin campaign in Christchurch Thursday.

Liton struck his seventh T20I half century before perishing for a well constructed 42-ball 69, while Shakib played the same number of deliveries for his entertaining 68 – 12th time he crossed fifty in the shortest format.

Perhaps Bangladesh’s best batting display in the tri-series, it all came too late in the dead rubber, ahead of Friday’s grand finale between hosts New Zealand and Pakistan.

Having suffered three consecutive losses, the Tigers elected to bat in their bid of a consolation win prior to their departure to Australia for the all-important T20 World Cup.

All-rounder Mosaddek Hossain and right-arm seamer Ebadat Hossain made way for right-arm pacemen Taskin Ahmed and Hasan Mahmud in two changes for the Tigers.

The troubles in the top-order though continued as Soumya Sarkar (four) and Nazmul Hossain Shanto (12) – yet another different opening pair tried by team management before T20 World Cup – departed early.

Liton and Shakib however, recovered the early damage with their 88-run stand for the third wicket.

The right-handed Liton hit over the Hagley Oval boundary ropes twice, besides striking half a dozen fours, while Shakib hammered seven fours and three maximums to give the Tigers a fighting total.

But after their departures, Bangladesh’s total somewhat petered along to 173/6. 

Right-arm seamers Naseem Shah and Mohammad Wasim bagged two wickets each.

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