Saturday 3 December 2011 

Nasir Century In Vain As Pakistan Seal ODI Series

Nasir Century In Vain As Pakistan Seal ODI Series
Nasir Century In Vain As Pakistan Seal ODI Series
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Pakistan 262-7 (Umar Akmal 59) beat
Bangladesh 186-7 (Nasir Hossain 100) by 76 runs
Second One-Day International, Dhaka

Nasir Hossain's maiden One-Day International century was in vain as Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 76 runs in the second match in Dhaka to move into an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

Nasir struck 100 in 134 balls before the home side closed on 186 for seven, well short of Pakistan's score of 262 for seven.

Umar Akmal top scored for the tourists with 59 while Shahid Afridi (42), Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (both 37) and Mohammad Hafeez (32) also made handy contributions to post a winning score.

Pacers Shafiul Islam and Rubel Hossain grabbed two wickets apiece.

In reply, Umar Gul and Hafeez snapped up two wickets apiece quickly as Bangladesh stumbled to 19 for four, Gul going on to return four for 36 by dismissing Tamim Iqbal (4), Mushfiqur Rahim (1), Nasir and Abdur Razzak (0).

Shakib Al Hasan, who made 34, and Nasir, advanced the score to 125 by putting on 106 for the fifth wicket to at least prevent their side from being humiliated and Mahmudullah made an unbeaten 20 although their efforts were far too little, far too late and Pakistan's breakthroughs with the new ball effectively won them the game.

Hafeez bowled outstandingly to return two for 15 with two maidens from his ten overs and Saeed Ajmal was the other man to pick up a wicket when he had Shakib caught and bowled.

Nasir hit 11 fours and a six during his innings - just his sixth at ODI level.

The final game is in Chittagong on 6th December.

© Cricket World 2011

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