Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza once again proved that age is just a number with an absolute stunning catch against Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup-clash.
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Mashrafe Mortaza did not hesitate in batting first in the do-or-die clash after winning the toss. The decision initially backfired as Junaid Khan and Shaheen Afridi reduced them to 12 for 3. However, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun once again bailed Bangladesh out of trouble with a brilliant stand.
The duo added 144 runs for the fourth wicket. Hasan Ali broke the stand when he dismissed Mithun for 60. Rahim, on the other hand, held firm and took his team’s score close to 200-run mark. But his heroic knock ended in a heartbreak manner as he was out for 99. Bangladesh’s lower-order batsmen, meanwhile, failed to finish strongly as the Tigers were all out for 239.
Bangladesh, however, did not let their late collapse affect them as they came out all guns blazing with the ball. In no time, they reduced Pakistan to 18 for 3. But just when it looked like Bangladesh would make light work of Pakistan, Shoaib Malik and Imam-ul-Haq steadied the ship. The duo helped Pakistan cross the 50-run mark and also went past the 50-run mark for the partnership.
With not much runs on the board, Bangladesh desperately needed a wicket. And they finally got it when their 34-year old skipper Mortaza rose up to the occasion to take a world-class catch. Rubel Hossain bowled a fuller delivery to Malik who whipped it across towards midwicket. Not even a single individual would have anticipated what was going to happen in the very moment.
Mortaza made a full-length dive to his left and completed the catch with both of his hands while still in air.
Here is a clip of that catch:
Meanwhile, the dismissal ended the stand which was already worth 65 runs. The winner of this game will take on India in the final.