Pakistan rode brilliant batting performances from Shoaib Malik and Fahim Ashraf to beat Bangladesh by 2 wickets in their ICC Champions Trophy warm-up encounter in Birmingham on Saturday.
Shoaib Malik (72 off 66 balls) provided the perfect foundation for the run chase and Fahir Ashraf scored an unbeaten 64 off just 41 balls to clinch the match for Pakistan.
Chasing a huge target of 342, Pakistan were off to a rocky start after they lost Azhar Ali and Babar Azam within the first five overs of their innings. However, Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez steadied the innings and both the batsmen were unlucky to miss out on their fifties by fine margins.
Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals and although Shoaib Malik (72 off 66 balls) was steady on one end, it seemed that he will run out of partners. But, Imad Wasim provided the perfect support to Malik and the pair put Pakistan in the driver’s seat. Bangladesh were able to dismiss both of the batsmen, but a late flourish from 23-year old Fahir Ashraf was enough to clinch the game for Pakistan.
The all-rounder slammed 4 fours and 4 sixes in his exciting innings and along with Hasan Ali (27 off 15 balls), he was able to control his nerves to guide his team to victory.