Sports Desk: In the first match of the tri-nation series, visiting Bangladesh and Pakistan took the field in the first match of the tournament today (October 7). Pakistan won the match by 21 runs. Bangladesh sent Pakistan into bat after winning the toss at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. In the beginning of the match, Pakistan's two openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan continued to give excellent performances. The team broke their pair by 52 runs. Babar was dismissed by Mehdi Hasan Miraj for a personal 22 runs. Rizwan then paired with Shan Masood. When the team got out for 94 runs, their pair got separated. He was dismissed for 31 runs. None of the subsequent batsmen could give a good innings, but Rizwan single-handedly led the team to a good score. 78 runs from 50 balls came from his bat. This opener eventually left the field unbeaten. Pakistan's innings ended at 167 runs with the loss of 5 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Bangladesh's Taskin Ahmed took two wickets. Mehdi Hasan Miraj, Nasum Ahmed and Hasan Mahmud took one wicket each. In response, Bangladesh lost the first wicket for just 25 runs. Mehdi Miraj was dismissed for a personal 10 runs. Sabbir Rahman, who was out of the national team for a long time, returned with 14 runs after adding only 12 runs to the team. Liton Das and Afif Hossain lead the team. However, Afif could not extend his innings when Liton returned to personal 35 runs in the team's 87 runs. Afif, who has consistently performed well in the team's 99 runs, got out with 25 runs off 23 balls. In the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, Nurul Hasan Sohan returned to the pavilion by scoring 8 runs. As the rest of the batsmen failed to bat at the end, only Yasir Ali continued to play aggressively against the Pakistani batsmen. But his innings could only reduce the team's margin of defeat. Yasir scored an unbeaten 42* off 21 balls. Bangladesh's innings ended at 146 for 8. Pakistan won by 21 runs. In the next match, Bangladesh will face New Zealand on the same ground on 9th.