Friday 11 April 2008 

Pakistan Thrash Bangladesh Again In Faisalabad

Bangladesh 225-8 (Tamim Iqbal 60, Mahmadullah 58no) v
Pakistan 158-3 (Salman Butt 76) in Faisalabad

Pakistan won by seven wickets (D/L) and lead the series 2-0
By Graham Wilson

Pakistan wrapped up a second consecutive Duckworth-Lewis victory over Bangladesh, winning by seven wickets in the second of five One Day Internationals in Faisalabad.

Set 158 to win in 25 overs, Salman Butt hit 76 from 72 balls to underpin their run chase, which was helped along by Mohammad Yousuf, who was unbeaten on 32, and finished off by captain Shoaib Malik, who hit the only ball he faced for four after Butt was run out by Mohammad Ashraful.

Nasir Jamshed (21) and Younis Khan (13) hit quick runs before falling, bowled by Shakib Al Hasan and Farhad Reza respectively.

Their target was reduced after a rain shower prevented play for over an hour with Bangladesh's innings closing after 48.2 overs.

Rain stopped play with Bangladesh on 225 for eight after they won the toss and chose to bat in the second One Day International against Pakistan in Faisalabad. A delay of an hour meant their innings was eventually closed short of its full quota.

Tamim Iqbal (60) got his side off to a decent start but yet again they were stymied by the loss of wickets as Shahriar Nafees (four), Aftab Ahmed (one) and Mohammad Ashraful (22) all fell early.

Iqbal was dismissed when he was caught by Umar Gul off of Shahid Afridi, who also got rid of Shakib Al Hasan for four and Farhad Reza for 26 to leave Bangladesh in trouble before an impressive half-century from Mahmudullah helped them towards a more respectable score.

He was unbeaten on 58 when play was interrupted by rain having shared in stands of 37 with Reza and 75 with Dhiman Ghosh (27) before Pakistan hit back by removing Ghosh and Mashrafe Mortaza (one) in quick succession.

1-0 down in the series after a crushing 152-run loss in the opening match in Lahore, Bangladesh introduced left-arm seamer Syed Rasel into the side in place of batsman Raqibul Hasan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan named the same team that comfortably won the first match.

The five-match series was arranged to fill the gap when Australia refused to travel to Pakistan citing security concerns.

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