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2nd ODI: Ban want batsmen to fire vs Pak

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Dec 02, 2011 at 04:14pm IST

Mirpur: There are problems aplenty for Bangladesh before they take on Pakistan in the second ODI at the Shere Bangla National Stadium here on Saturday.

Bangladesh's batsmen looked completely clueless against the Pakistan bowling - both pace and spin - in the first match which they lost by five wickets.

Nasir Hossain top-scored for the home side with 21, with only Rubel Hossain (15 not out), Shakib Al Hasan (15) and Rahim (11) reaching double figures as their innings ended at 91 in just 30.3 overs.

Bangladesh were shot out for just 91 in the first ODI as their batsmen were clueless against Pakistan bowling.

Though Bangladesh bowlers tried hard to restrict Pakistan by reducing them to 5 for 63 at one stage, unbeaten innings from skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi ensured that Pakistan crossed the finish line without much drama.

Afridi once again displayed his all-round ablities by taking a five-for and staying at the wicket till the end.

Pakistan took an early initiative from Bangladesh by starting the bowling with offspinner Mohammad Hafeez. The visitors may come out with few more surprises on Saturday.

The home side, on the other hand, will expect their batsmen to score runs, especially their top-order.

The toss can play a big factor as rain is expected to affect the match proceedings.

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