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Players thoughts after 1st T-20 at Lahore

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At the end it was a easy victory for Pakistan. Picture: PCB

Babar Azam: The victory was very important. The way the bowlers did was brilliant. We didn’t expect the pitch would be this slow, but the way our bowlers planned for it, I give them all the credit. One thing to improve on is the way we bat in the Powerplay.

Shoaib Malik: From the beginning what I saw was that against the new ball you could play through the line. Credit goes to the bowlers, they restricted them even after a good start. Fielding was very good, everyone was running around. When you’re chasing you give yourself a chance by taking it deep. You kill a few overs by taking singles and you have power on the bench later.

Shoaib Malik became the Man of the Match.

Mahmudullah: Good contest. Wicket was surprising and hard to play shots once the ball got older and softer, thought the bowlers did well. We were about 15 runs short today and gave away too many boundaries. We missed a few run out chances and catch chances. The hospitality has always been good in Pakistan, we’re looking forward to the next game.

Izaz haque: “Again, resting on one performance. If Shoaib had not clicked today, who would have carried Pakistan. Can’t think of anyone other than Babar. Really weak performance from both teams.”

Hamza shah: “Everyone was expecting a high scoring match as per previous record, but this was amazing behavior by pitch a bit slower and respecting bowlers. Such matches bring more charm to the game rather than big hit fun”

Not a nail biting match by any means. A slow surface aided by the sunlight in a day match. Shoaib Malik summoning all his experience to take Pakistan through. Decent hand too from Ahsan Ali, the debutant. His 36 off 32 proved vital. Boundaries were hard in both innings and for the most part, wickets weren’t exactly on offer either.  Shafiul and Al-Amin the bright spots for Bangladesh in their defence, but 141 wasn’t going to be enough. Bangladesh had Babar Azam in the second ball, but it was mostly easy going for the hosts. Pakistan snap a five-match losing streak.

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