Pakistan edge past Tigers

Malik's side made to work by Bangladesh

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Pakistan edge past Tigers

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Pakistan warmed-up for the ICC World Twenty20 semi-finals with a four-wicket victory over Bangladesh.

Shoaib Malik's side had already qualified from Group F following victories over Australia and Sri Lanka, but they did not have it all their own way against Bangladesh on Thursday.

Junaid Siddique hit 71 as the minnows made 140 all out from 19.4 overs after losing the toss and being put in.

Pakistan eventually reached their target with one over to spare having lost six wickets.

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Shahid Afridi top-scored with 39 from just 15 balls after being promoted to open, putting on 59 with Mohammad Hafeez.

However, Bangladesh's spinners put the brakes on Pakistan's progress, which was not helped by the comical run out of Salman Butt.

The left-hander was caught short of his ground at the non-striker's end by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim's throw.

At that stage Pakistan were 119-6, but opener Imran Nazir - who had retired hurt earlier on following a sickening blow - saw his team home with 27 not out.

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Bangladesh had lost nine wickets for 61 runs in their innings after looking well-set for a big score at 79-1.

Siddique, playing his first game of the tournament, was particularly aggressive against some lacklustre seam bowling.

The 19-year-old left-hander struck six fours and three sixes in his 49 deliveries before becoming the fifth wicket to go down with the score on 112.

Only three of his colleagues managed to get into double figures, two run outs not helping the cause as Bangladesh were bowled out in 19.4 overs.

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