Bangladesh beat Pakistan by 79 runs in first ODI

DHAKA: Spirited Bangladesh on Friday defeated Pakistan by 79 runs after setting up a massive 330 run target to the visitors, to take the lead in the three-match series.

The hosts piled up 329 for six after electing to bat and then bowled out their rivals for 250 in 45.2 overs at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

It was only the second win for Bangladesh over Pakistan in 48 games across Test, one-day and Twenty20 formats, and the first since 1999.

The second match will be played at the same venue on Sunday.

Earlier, Tamim Iqbal scored 132 and Mushfiqur Rahim hit 106 off 77 balls batting first after winning the toss.

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, returning after an eight-month absence due to an illegal bowling action, was hammered for 74 runs in 10 wicketless overs.

Left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz claimed four wickets.

The first ODI saw the return of ace Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal with a remodeled action, eight months after the International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended the bowler for an illegal action.

“I am really excited about it. I take a lot of pride in it and I’m really happy,” said Pakistan captain Azhar Ali after the toss.

He said that there “a lot of young blood” and “a lot of agility and energy” in the Pakistan side, which will see two players making their debuts today.

The debutantes include Mohammad Rizwan and Saad Nasim, who were both described by Azhar as all-rounders and “very exciting characters”.

He said that it would become clearer how many runs would be a good total, but hoped Pakistan will restrict Bangladesh to a small first innings total.

Pakistan faced a string of setbacks before the start of the tour, with leg-spinner Yasir Shah ruled out due to a thumb injury at the last moment.

Shah was the third such injury for the touring side in the past two weeks, and it was unclear if the leg-spinner will be available for the subsequent Test series.

Two other World Cup squad members, Sohaib Maqsood and Sohail Khan, were earlier ruled out of the tour with injuries.

Pakistan will play three one-day internationals, a solitary Twenty20 game and two Tests on the month-long tour of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has not won an ODI against Pakistan in 16 years.

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