Pakistan vs Bangladesh (PAK vs BAN) 1st T20: Pakistan, the top-ranked T20I team of the world, beat Bangladesh by five wickets to win the first T20I in Lahore on Friday. Chasing a target of 142, Pakistan kept a measured approach and Bangladesh simply left their bowlers with too much to do. Shoaib Malik was the star of the evening with his 8th T20I half-century which helped the hosts reach the finishing line with three balls to spare.
After the 0-3 drubbing at the hands of Sri Lanka last year, Babar Azam & co. will have to clean sweep the current series to hold on to the numero uno spot. As for Bangladesh, they are without the services of Mushfiqur Rahim, who backed out citing security concerns. However, they do have enough firepower to hold their own as Liton Das, Mohammad Naim, and Tamim Iqbal were among the leading run-scorers in the BPL.