Pakistani bowlers were too devastating for Bangladesh and earned them second successive victory and ultimately clinched three match One Day Internationals series 2-0.
Pakistan scored 262 runs playing first and Bangladesh fell short of 76 runs while chasing which was highlighted by a ton from their middle order batsman Nasir Hossain. Nasir was declared ‘Player of the match’ which he earned because of his brave innings demonstrated against the lethal bowling attack of Green Shirts.
Earlier Misbah-UL-Haq won with the coin and elected to bat to get a psychological advantage by scoring ample runs. They lost the first wicket at 12 runs, consolidated the innings later with nominal contribution of their top order. Umar Akmal blossomed the innings with a quick fired 59 off 54 balls and shared 83 runs partnership with Misbah. Shahid Afridi punished the rival bowling during his short stay at the wicket and scored 42 runs off 27 balls with the help of two towering sixes and three fours.
Pakistan scored 262 runs after losing seven wickets in the allotted quota of 50 overs. Shafiul Islam and Rubel Hossain were the top wicket takers with two wickets each while Shakib Al Hasan, Abdur Razzak and Elias Sunny shared one wicket each.
Bangladesh had a quite start with their openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes who were on their back foot from the first over of Mohammad Hafeez. They scored just seven runs in three overs and Tamim was caught acrobatically by Younis Khan in the slips off Umar Gul for four runs.
That was the ridiculous start by the home side which lead to the disaster as the wickets started crumbling all around. Pakistani bowling duo of Hafeez and Gul was unplayable which resulted four quick wickets at mere 19 runs in 9.1 overs.
Shakib Al Hasan was stranded at one end when Nasir joined him at the crease in horrible scenario. Nasir was dropped on the last ball of the 11th over by Younis in the first slip off Hafeez when he had not opened his account. He again got a life once dropped again by the wicket keeper Sarfraz Ahmed on the bowling of Sohail Tanvir at nine runs.
Shakib was also dropped on the last ball of the 23rd over off Afridi by Hafeez at 9 runs. The duo capitalized the chances and steadied their innings by ticking the score board with occasional hits to the boundary.
Hundred of the innings was achieved in the 36th over and Nasir scored his fifty on the first ball of the 39th over.
They shared a wonderful partnership of 106 runs for the fifth wicket when Shakib was gone after scoring 34 runs. Mahmudullah replaced Shakib and joined with aggressive Nasir who was doing well at the other side.
Afridi was not at his best toady and got harsh treatment from Nasir and especially in the 49th over he smashed him for 14 runs which included two fours and a six and he completed his maiden ODI century. He was finally dismissed on exact 100 runs caught at third man by Imran Farhat off Umar Gul.
Bangladesh managed 186 runs for the loss of seven wickets at the end of the 50th over.
Umar Gul was the star performer for Pakistan with four wickets, Hafeez took two as Saeed Ajmal claimed one wicket. Pakistan won the match convincingly by 76 runs, they are leading 2-0 and have already won the series.