3rd ODI: Spinners seal series whitewash

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Published: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 14:29 [IST]
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Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 58 runs

Chittagong, Dec 6: Pakistan's spinners crushed Bangladesh for 119 runs on a wicket which turned and bounced to win by 58 runs in the third and final ODI Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in the port city of Chittagong.

[Scorecard: 3rd ODI; Bangladesh V Pakistan, Chittagong]

Shoaib Malik, who played his 200th one-dayer continued his poor form with the bat but impressed with the ball claiming three wickets for six runs in four overs. Another off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez picked up three for 27 runs as the Tigers were bowled out in 38 overs.

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.

The match was stopped for 20 minutes in the second session when the floodlights went off, leaving the entire stadium in total darkness.

Opener Tamim Iqbal fell off the first ball of the innings, bowled by Hafeez. 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.

Pakistan lost wickets early as they score were precariously placed at 39/3 while Misbah and Umar Akmal walked in. The duo put in 94 runs for the 4th wicket as Misbah (47) and Umar Akmal (57) helped the hosts reach 177. Umar Akmal scored his 12th half century as the knock came at the time when Pakistan needed a partnership to rebuild the innings.

The track did not assist batsmen as the visitors noticed it in the first half of the innings as they had scored only 83 runs for the loss of three wickets during the half way mark. The ball gripped, turned and kept low which made batting difficult and also forced the batsmen to concentrate more on the deliveries.

Umar Akmal top scored with 57 while Misbah scored 47, three short of his 19th fifty. Openers were dismissed early as Hafeez fell for a nought in the first over of the innings. Asad Shafiq (7) too was removed soon. Younis Khan started off well but could not survive for a long time as he fell for 26.

While the rest of the team did not manage to get into double digits as Bangladesh enjoyed the dismissal of every batsman and sensed a victory in sight.

Abdur Razzak and Mahammadullah were the pick of the bowlers for Bangladesh as they claimed 3 wickets. Mohammadullah's over was indeed a shocker as he picked 3 wickets in 1.1 overs. Aoart from that, Elias Sunny grabbed two wickets and others grabbed one each.

Once Bangladesh got rid of Misbah, tapering the tail wasn't tough as the Pakistan team lost 6 wickets for 44 runs.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat in the final One day international against Bangladesh at Chittagong on Tuesday. With the series already with Pakistan, they made a few changes to give others a chance and rest their main players.

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, (capt), Umar Akmal (wk), Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Abdur Rehman

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Alok Kapali, Farhad Reza, Abdur Razzak, Elias Sunny, Shafiul Islam


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