Pakistan cruises to 2nd Twenty20 win vs Bangladesh

Pakistan's pacer Haris Rauf, left, celebrates after taking the wicket of Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah, right, during their second T20 cricket match at Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on Jan. 25, 2020. (AP)
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Updated 25 January 2020

Pakistan cruises to 2nd Twenty20 win vs Bangladesh

  • Babar Azam, who was out for zero on Friday in Pakistan’s five-wicket win, remained not out on 66
  • Bangladesh’s top-order batsmen struggled for the second consecutive day as the side was restricted to 136-6

LAHORE: Captain Babar Azam and recalled Mohammad Hafeez struck unbeaten half centuries as Pakistan cruised to a nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second Twenty20 on Saturday and kept alive its hopes of retaining the No. 1 ranking.
Pakistan could stay top if it completes a 3-0 clean sweep by winning the final Twenty20 of the three-match series on Monday.
Recalled 39-year-old Hafeez made an unbeaten 67 off 49 balls while No. 1-ranked Twenty20 batsman Babar remained not out on 66 as Pakistan eased to 137-1 with more than three overs to spare.
Both batsmen entertained a weekend crowd of around 20,000 at the Qaddafi Stadium with a splendid 131-run stand against a listless Bangladesh bowling attack.
Shafiul Islam was the lone successful bowler when he had Ahsan Ali caught at mid off for a duck in his first over before Babar and Hafeez took charge. Bangladesh’s disappointing performance was summed up when wicketkeeper Liton Das dropped Hafeez soon after he had reached his half century.
Hafeez, who completed his half century with two successive fours off Shafiul in the 13th over, struck nine fours and a six while Babar, who was out for zero on Friday in Pakistan’s five-wicket win, hit seven boundaries and a six.
In the absence of the banned Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, who pulled out of the tour due to security concerns, Bangladesh’s top-order batsmen struggled for the second consecutive day as the side was restricted to 136-6.
Earlier, opening batsman Tamim Iqbal labored for 53 balls on his way to a top score of 65 before he was run out in the 18th over as the Bangladesh innings struggled to build any momentum against the Pakistan pace attack.
The inexperienced pace trio of Mohammad Hasnain (2-20), Shaheen Afridi (1-22) and Haris Rauf (1-27) combined to bowl 12 overs, conceding only 69 runs between them and sharing four wickets.
Captain Mahmudullah, who won his second successive toss, surprisingly didn’t put himself in the top order while another experienced batsman, Soumya Sarkar, came in after the fall of Tamim’s wicket with only 14 balls left in the innings.
Bangladesh will round out the first phase of the Pakistan tour on Monday. The team didn’t want to stay in Pakistan for more than a week due to security concerns.
The tour was only finalized last week when Bangladesh agreed to split the Twenty20 series and the two ICC World Test Championship matches into three phases after the countries’ national cricket boards reached consensus in Dubai during a meeting facilitated by International Cricket Council chairman Shashank Manohar.
Bangladesh will return for the first test in Rawalpindi from Feb. 7-11. After a break of almost two months, Bangladesh will play an ODI and the second test in Karachi on April 3-9.
Late last year, Sri Lanka also split its tour to Pakistan into two phases when it played a Twenty20 series in Lahore and then returned in December for two test matches in Rawalpindi and Karachi, staying in Pakistan for 16 days.


Hundreds of Pakistanis in UAE get relief packets amid virus lockdown

Updated 02 April 2020

Hundreds of Pakistanis in UAE get relief packets amid virus lockdown

  • More than 1,700 ration bags have been distributed since the community-driven initiative began about a week ago
  • The program has been supported and facilitated by the Pakistani consulate in Dubai

DUBAI: Pakistani community members, who are facing financial hardships due to the ongoing lockdown in the United Arab Emirates, have been regularly receiving ration bags from the Pakistani consulate for nearly a week now.
A community-driven initiative that is supported by the country’s diplomatic mission, the bags are filled with essential food items, such as rice, milk, flour, biscuits and oil, which are separately packed for families and individuals who are either stuck in the gulf state due to flight closures or facing financial crunch after being laid off.
“More than 1,700 packets have been given to people since we started this welfare service five days ago,” Ahmed Amjad Ali, Pakistan’s Consul General to the UAE, told Arab News on Wednesday.
“In the beginning, we received contributions from three or four philanthropists, but now nearly 50 community members are donating the foodstuff,” he said. “We are also contributing from our end, though we are not accepting any cash.”
The family packs weigh around 20 kilograms and the ration is enough to last for 10 to 15 days.
“We have so much stock available now that we can help people for another two weeks,” he added.
The family ration packs have also been distributed in the Northern Emirates, including Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman and Fujairah.
“Since the situation is troubling and people are in need, we are trying to help as much as possible,” he said.

For families that cannot come to the consulate, the packets have also been distributed among those in Sharjah and Ajman.
“We follow our criteria to see if families are indeed needy or not,” said Ali. “We ask them to show us a proof of their passport. Other than that, people who have letters showing that they have been recently laid off are also given preference.”
The consulate staff has undertaken the responsibility of packing foodstuff with different teams.
“This is really a state of emergency, I would say, and people are helping and coming to us because they trust that the consulate is giving to the needy. Everything is going very smoothly and we hope to do more home deliveries over the weekend,” he said.
Every day the consulate teams go to different cities, a process that the diplomatic mission hopes to continue until the difficult situation lasts.
“We are also trying arrange special flights for the stranded people who want to go back to Pakistan. We have also approached the UAE government to look into the exemption of fines for visit visa holders,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Association in Dubai has called for volunteers to assist the authorities in the gulf state in their ongoing battle against the coronavirus.
“We already have doctors and nurses working at isolation and quarantine facilities, but we need general volunteers to help the Dubai Police with the distribution of food and ration and help with the general work in the quarantine areas,” the association’s president, Dr Feisal Ikram, told Arab News.