Who would have predicted that: Bangladesh whitewash Pakistan in maiden ODI series win
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It had taken 13 years for Bangladesh to beat Pakistan for the first time in an ODI - in the 1999 World Cup. Their next three victories over the rivals came within three games. Pakistan suffered an embarrassment when they were whitewashed by Bangladesh on their 2015 tour of the nation.
After losing the first two games by 79 runs and 7 wickets respectively, the visitors had already lost the series. In fact, Pakistan had even struggled to compete in the first two games and the final match was going to be no different. Betting Sites in India would have had Bangladesh firm favourites in this clash, but what was not expected in this series was the fact that Pakistan were to be rolled over by Bangladesh in all three matches.
Pakistan 250(49 Overs) - Azhar Ali 101 (112), Haris Sohail 52 (58); Shakib Al Hasan 2/34 (10), Arafat Sunny 2/43 (10)
Bangladesh 251/2(39.3 Overs) - Tamim Iqbal 64 (76), Soumya Sarkar 127* (110); Mohammad Hafeez 0/37 (8), Junaid Khan 2/67 (7.3)
Result - Bangladesh won by 8 wickets (with 63 balls remaining)
Pakistan got off to a great start with a 91-run partnership between openers Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam. Captain Ali spearheaded his side’s effort with 101, but Pakistan wasted a good start, and lost its last seven wickets for 47 runs. Haris Sohail, with 52 off 58 balls, was the only other batsman who created an impact.
It was an all-round bowling effort from Bangladesh as each of Shakib Al Hasan, Arafat Sunny, Taskin Ahmed and Rubel Hossain picked up two wickets each to bowl out Pakistan for 250.
Fall of wickets: 1-91 (Sami Aslam, 17.6 ov), 2-105 (Mohammad Hafeez, 21.2 ov), 3-203 (Azhar Ali, 38.4 ov), 4-207 (Haris Sohail, 39.2 ov), 5-213 (Mohammad Rizwan, 40.5 ov), 6-224 (Fawad Alam, 43.1 ov), 7-243 (Wahab Riaz, 45.6 ov), 8-244 (Umar Gul, 46.4 ov), 9-245 (Saad Nasim, 47.3 ov), 10-250 (Junaid Khan, 48.6 ov)
In reply, opener Soumya Sarkar struck his maiden century as Bangladesh raced to 251-2 in the 40th over, after bowling out Pakistan for 250 in 49. Soumya was not out on 127 off 110 balls, smashing 13 fours and six sixes.
Fellow opener Tamim Iqbal, who had hit consecutive centuries in the last two matches, made 64 to take his run tally to 312, the highest for a Bangladeshi in any bilateral series, and the third highest in any three-match series. Tamim hit eight fours and one six in his 76-ball innings. Tamim and Soumya shared 145 in their opening stand, to set the platform for Bangladesh’s 10th clean sweep in its history.
Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan (2-67) dismissed Tamim and Mahmudullah (4) in the space of nine runs to leave Bangladesh 154-2. However, Bangladesh effortlessly pushed on, as Mushfiqur Rahim joined Soumya to pile the misery on the listless Pakistani bowling attack. They shared an undefeated 97-run partnership, and Rahim fittingly hit the winning boundary off Junaid.
Fall of wickets: 1-145 (Tamim Iqbal, 25.3 ov), 2-154 (Mahmudullah, 27.5 ov)
Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Arafat Sunny, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain
Pakistan - Azhar Ali (c), Sami Aslam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saad Nasim, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Zulfiqar Babar
Match: Bangladesh v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Pakistan tour of Bangladesh, 2015
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and opt to bat
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Umpires: Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Sharfuddoula
Third Umpire: Nigel Llong
Match Referee: Jeff Crowe
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