BANGLADESH IN HISTORIC SERIES WIN OVER PAKISTAN

Published : 12:28 pm  April 20, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (390) reads | 

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DHAKA (AFP) -

Tamim Iqbal smashed a second consecutive century to steer Bangladesh to their first ever one-day series win over Pakistan with a seven-wicket victory in the second match in Dhaka yesterday.
The left-handed opener hit an unbeaten runa- ball 116 as the hosts, chasing Pakistan’s 239 for six, cruised home in the 39th over to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The new-look Pakistan, with just four World Cup players in their ranks and led for the first time in a series by Azhar Ali, needed a massive improvement after their 79-run defeat in Friday’s opening match. But a top-order collapse pushed them in a corner and left the tourists seeking a consolation win in the third and final match at the same Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Saad Nasim and Wahab Riaz hit unbeaten halfcenturies to lift Pakistan to a seemingly competitive score after they were reduced to 77-5 by the 22nd over of the day-night international. Tamim, who made 132 in the previous match, made a mockery of the target after racing to his half-century off just 31 balls.
Junaid Khan removed fellow-opener Soumya Sarker cheaply for 17, but Tamim calmed the home supporters’ nerves with three successive
boundaries off both Saeed Ajmal and Wahab Riaz. By the time Ajmal bowled Mahmdullah for 17 to give Pakistan their second wicket, Bangladesh had taken control of the game by reaching 100 in just 14 overs.
Mushfiqur Rahim, who also hit a century in the first game, continued his good form with 65 off 70 balls as Bangladesh ended their series drought against Pakistan with 71 ball deliveries to spare. Shakib Al Hasan hit the winning run soon after Tamim, who struck 17 fours and six, completed his sixth one-day century by gliding Junaid to fine-leg.