Bangladesh Take Series With Another Comprehensive Victory
Bangladesh 240-3 (Tamim 116no) beat
Pakistan 239-6 (Nasim 77no) by seven wickets
Second One-Day International, Mirpur
Tamim Iqbal scored an unbeaten century as Bangladesh beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the second One-Day International in Mirpur to move into an unassailable 2-0 series lead.
Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat in what was Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza's 150th game.
He started with a no ball, Azhar Ali (36) striking a four off the free hit.
Taskin Ahmed (0-41) brought some real pace in the sixth over after being struck for two fours by Ali, hitting him on the helmet with a fast bouncer.
Rubel Hossain (1-27) came on as second change and picked Sarfraz Ahmed (7) with his very first ball, generating pace and bounce.
Mohammad Hafeez (0) failed once again and by the time Shakib Al Hasan (2-51) got Ali’s wicket, caught behind attempting a reverse sweep, Pakistan were tottering at 58 for three in 16 overs.
Fawad Alam (0) joined the bandwagon of ducks the very next over.
One of Pakistan’s better players of last game, Mohammad Rizwan (13) struck couple of boundaries before being trapped lbw off Shakib’s bowling.
Pakistan were in deep trouble at 77 for five by the end of 22 overs before the rescue act began.
Saad Nasim (77 not out) stroked two gorgeous fours in the 35th over just before the power-play off Mortaza’s bowling.
The batting power-play seemed to be going Pakistan’s way until the last ball of the 39th when Mortaza picked Haris Sohail’s (44) wicket, caught and bowled, ending a 77-run partnership.
Pakistan managed 44 in the power-play without losing any more wickets, after Wahab Riaz (51 not out) smoked two fours off Rubel in the 40th.
Pakistan managed 74 in the last 10 overs as Wahab smacked five fours and two sixes in his 40-ball knock.
Nasim stayed on the crease till the end striking six fours and a six.
Pakistan did well to manage 25 runs off the last two overs, Shakib and Taskin going for 14 and 11 in the 49th and 50threspectively, helping Pakistan reach 239 for six in their 50 overs.
For Bangladesh, Arafat Sunny (1-41) was brilliant picking Hafeez’s wicket while Nasir Hossain (1-17) and Rubel both went for less than four per over.
It was an eventful start for Bangladesh as Soumya Sarkar (17) stroked three fours against Junaid Khan (1-61) before edging one to the wicket-keeper, Bangladesh 22 for one after three overs.
Tamim (116 not out) flicked two fours in the fourth over and Mahmudullah (17) did the same in the fifth.
Tamim then smacked three fours off Rahat Ali (1-57) before punishing Saeed Ajmal (1-49) with three fours in the ninth over.
The swashbuckling left-hander was in imperious form as he smoked Wahab (0-36) for three fours in the 10th to bring up his fifty in just 31 balls, Bangladesh reaching 83 for one after 10 overs of power-play.
Ajmal picked his first wicket after international comeback, castling Mahmudullah’s stumps in the 15thover to end a 78-run partnership.
However, things went from bad to worse for Pakistan as one of Bangladesh’s most consistent batsmen, Mushfiqur Rahim (65) added 118 for the third wicket with Tamim.
Mushfiqur played fearlessly stroking eight fours and a six in his 70-ball knock including three successive fours off Rahat in the 22nd.
He survived a review in the 24thover as well.
Bangladesh didn’t lose focus amidst floodlight issues, Mushfiqur bringing up his fifty with a four off Wahab.
They went into the batting power-play on a high, after Mushfiqur creamed Nasim for two fours in the 35th.
In the first over of the power-play, Tamim brought up his second successive century of the series with a glanced four off Junaid.
Mushfiqur fell just at the doorstep of victory but man-of-the-match Tamim saw Bangladesh through after stroking a four and six off Junaid. Bangladesh chased down the target in just 38.1 overs.
For Pakistan, Junaid, Rahat and Ajmal picked a wicket apiece.
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