Magical spinners defended lowest score

Pakistani deadly spinners were difficult to handle by the Bangladeshi batsmen which resulted in their successive 22nd loss in One Day Internationals against the visitors in the third and final match of the series.

Umar Akmal Scored Crucial 57 against Bangladesh in 3rd ODI
Umar Akmal Scored Crucial 57 against Bangladesh in 3rd ODI

The Green Shirts were restricted to their lowest total of 177 against the hosts in Bangladesh as the previous highest of 202 runs was scored at the Chittagong Stadium, on January 22, 2002.

Bangladesh was bowled out for 119 runs with 12 overs to spare and Pakistan won the match by a reasonable margin of 58 runs. Umar Akmal was declared man of the match which was earned because of his important innings of 57 runs at a crucial juncture.

The encounter was held at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong, December 6, 2011.

Bangladesh Captain Misbah-Ul-Haq won the toss, elected to bat while the innings was initiated by Mohammad Hafeez and Asad Shafiq . Pakistan came across first shock of the day when Hafeez was gone on the fourth ball of the first over without any run on board.

The seasoned Younis Khan and young Asad Shafiq started off with patience and picked up later when Younis dispatched three fours at regular intervals. Asad could not carry on and lost his wicket at seven runs as the score board reflected 37 runs on board. Younis followed him with the addition of two runs in the total at his individual contribution of 26 runs.

It was difficult for the batsmen to play their shots at a turning and uneven tarck once Misbah and Umar Akmal joined together. The duo brought discipline in the innings and Pakistan looked like achieving a score of 230 plus. They shared a dedicated partnership of 94 runs when Misbah was gone at 47 runs.
Shoaib Malik’s poor form with the bat continued and went back to the pavilion for a duck and Umar took charge of the innings. He scored valuable 57 runs while the last five batsmen could not enter in double figures. Pakistan was bowled out at 177 runs in 46.1 overs and the crowd cheered their national team for the wonderful achievement.
Abdur Razzak and Mahmudullah were the highest wicket takers with three each, Elias Sunny claimed two as Shafiul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan shared one wicket each.

Bangladesh faced the same fate as of Pakistan and lost their first wicket without opening account. Shariar Nafees and Mahmudullah worked out well and shown their supremacy on the rival bowling and the total looked in reach. They shared a determined Partnership of 68 runs when Misbah handed the ball to the world’s no.1 bowler, Saeed Ajmal who fulfilled his promise by breaking the partnership.

Shahriar was declared lbw on 25 runs and that was the start of disaster for Bangladesh as Pakistani spinners gained back the rhythm. The second wicket was lost at 69 runs, Mushfiqur Rahim departed one runs later and Mahmudullah followed after the addition of two runs in the total at his score of 35 runs.
Alok Kapali and Farhad Reza showed some resistance when Pakistani Spinners folded their innings at 119 runs in 38 overs.

The whole home side was dispatched back by the spinners and batsmen found it hard to tackle them.
Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik were the key wicket takers with three while Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal ended up with two wickets each.

Umar Akmal was declared ‘Player of the match’ and ‘Player of the series’ for his highest score in the match and his consistent batting performance in the series.

Pakistan won the match with a significant margin of 58 runs and won the three match series 3-0.


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