Chittagong: Pakistan’s spinners revelled in helpful conditions to crush Bangladesh by 58 runs in the third and final one-day international on Tuesday to win the series 3-0.
The tourists, bowled out for a modest 177, hit back to dismiss Bangladesh for 119 on a wicket that turned and bounced at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in the port city of Chittagong.
Shoaib Malik marked his 200th one-day appearance with three wickets for six runs in four overs and fellow off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez picked up three for 27 as the Tigers were shot out in 38 overs.
It was Pakistan’s 28th win in 29 one-dayers against Bangladesh, boosting the confidence of Misbah-ul-Haq’s men ahead of the two-Test series starting on Friday.
The match was interrupted for 20 minutes in the second session when the floodlights went off, plunging the entire stadium in total darkness.
Bangladesh were sailing smoothly at 69-1 in the 20th over when five wickets crashed for 14 runs to allow Pakistan to bounce back in the match.
Bangladesh lost opener Tamim Iqbal off the first ball of the innings, bowled by Hafeez, before Shahriar Nafees and Mohammad Mahmudullah put on 69 for the second wicket.
The home team lost Nafees (25), skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (0) and Mahmudullah (35) in the space of three runs — all leg-before to the spinners — to slide to 72-4 by the 22nd over.
Hafeez took a return catch of Shakib Al Hasan in his final over before Nasir Hossain, who scored a century in the last match, was caught off Abdur Rehman for three.
Farhad Reza and Alok Kapali delayed the end with a seventh-wicket stand of 34, before Malik polished off the tail to complete his team’s emphatic win.
Earlier, Bangladesh spinners Abdur Razzak and Mahmudullah shared six wickets to bowl Pakistan out cheaply.
Left-armer Razzak claimed three for 21 in 10 overs and off-spinner Mahmudullah grabbed three wickets in seven balls as Pakistan folded in 46.1 overs.
Umar Akmal top-scored with 57 and Misbah made 47, the pair adding 94 for the fourth wicket after Pakistan were reduced to 39-3 by the 12th over.
Pakistan made a shaky start, failing to score off the first 15 deliveries after Hafeez was caught in the covers from the fourth ball of the innings.
Misbah and Akmal stayed together till the 36th over to rebuild the innings before Razzak struck twice in his eighth over.
Pakistan leveled the world record of winning 22 consecutive ODI’s against any team, Pakistan done it against Bangladesh. Mohammad Hafeez has moved up to no.2 in the ICC ODI ranking for bowlers. Two Pakistani bowlers (Saeed Ajmal & Mohmmad Hafeez) are now holding the top two world spots.
This is the 6th consecutive ODI series win for Pakistan. 2011 proved to be a fantastic year for Pakistan.
Result: Pakistan won by runs.
Man Of The Match: Umar Akmal (Pakistan).
Winner Of The Series: Pakistan by 3-0.
Man Of The Series: Umar Akmal (Pakistan).
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Comments by both captains and by man of the series:
Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain of Bangladesh): ”Our bowlers did well all series, but our batsmen let us down. Hopefully we will overcome this in two days and do well in the Tests.”
Misbah-ul-Haq (Captain of Pakistan): ”This was a really tough game, and our bowlers did wonderfully. We need to improve our batting though. When there is self-belief, you manage to get through. Bangladesh were only one wicket down when the lights went out, and we were a little down. But Mohsin and Ijaz assured us that the game isn’t over, and a wicket would bring us back. Umar came in a difficult situation, read the pitch well and that’s what was required. Good to have everyone performing, and winning games from such difficult positions.”
Umar Akmal (Man Of The Series): ”It was a difficult wicket, Misbah asked me to build a stand, the ball was skidding, but it got easier. Both batting and keeping are difficult, since our bowlers are good. Thanks to Shahid Azlam Saab for helping me with my work-outs.”