Saturday, December 3, 2011

Dominant Pakistan win Bangladesh series

Ruthless Pakistan drubbed Bangladesh by 76 runs in the second one-day international in Dhaka on Saturday to take a decisive 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Umar Akmal scored 59 & Shahid Afridi hit 42 off 27 balls as Pakistan piled up 262-7 after they won the toss & selected to bat in the day-night match at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

The total proved beyond Bangladesh's reach after they were reduced to 19-4 in the 10th over, & managed only 186-7 despite a maiden international century from Nasir Hossain.

Nasir cracked 100 & Shakib Al Hasan made 34, the pair sharing a fifth-wicket stand of 106 runs, but Bangladesh were never in the hunt against the tight Pakistani bowling.

The 20-year-old Nasir, playing only his ninth one-dayer, plundered 11 boundaries as well as a six before they was dismissed in the final over.

Seamer Umar Gul completed with for 36, while off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez conceded 15 runs in his ten overs with wickets.

Pakistan's 27th win over the Tigers in 28 one-dayers has left only academic interest in the third & final match to be played in the port city of Chittagong on Tuesday.

The one-dayers will be followed by Check matches.

Pakistan had won the Twenty20 international by 50 runs & the first one-dayer by wickets at the same venue.

Gul also had Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim caught at gully, before Nasir & Shakib delayed the inevitable with their century partnership.

Hafeez, who opened Pakistan's assault, removed Imrul Kayes & Shahriar Nafees in successive overs after Gul had dismissed the aggressive Tamim Iqbal in his second over.

Hafeez (32) & Younis Khan (37) put on 57 for the second wicket after opener Imran Farhat had fallen in the third over.

Pakistan's innings revolved around a fourth-wicket stand of 83 between Akmal & Misbah-ul-Haq (37), before Afridi smashed sixes & boundaries towards the finish to boost the total.

The 21-year-old fell in the next over, the 39th of the innings, when they holed out in the deep off Shakib to make Pakistan 176-4.

Akmal lifted the tempo by reaching his 11th one-day half-century off 49 balls, steering seamer Rubel Hossain to the third-man fence.

It soon became 193-5 as one-day debutant Elias Sunny picked up his first wicket when they had Misbah caught in the deep in the 42nd over.

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