Bangladesh v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Chittagong December 6, 2011

Pakistan spinners seal clean sweep


Pakistan 177 (Umar 57, Misbah 47, Razzak 3-21, Mahmudullah 3-4) beat Bangladesh 119 (Mahmudullah 35, Hafeez 3-27, Malik 3-6) by 58 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Bangladesh had an opportunity to end a losing streak against Pakistan that has lasted 12 years, but the visiting spinners were good enough to put the target of 178 far out of their reach. The track was tailored to suit Bangladesh's strength - spin - but it backfired since they didn't have the batsmen capable of sticking it out long enough to entertain thoughts of earning a consolation win.

Pakistan took the series 3-0, but not without some sweat. Their batsmen too were found wanting against spin, losing nine wickets to the slower men and failing to bat out 50 overs. In the context of the struggles faced by the batsmen from both sides, the stand of 94 between Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal proved the difference. Bangladesh had a similar foundation going between Shahriar Nafees and Mahmudullah, but a floodlight failure disturbed the concentration of the well-set pair and brought about a power-shift towards Pakistan's spinners. Bangladesh crumbled quickly from then, losing their last nine wickets for 50 runs.

Having lost Tamim Iqbal first ball, the pressure was on Bangladesh, with a slip and short leg and the new balls turning and bouncing. The pair of Nafees and Mahmudullah were watchful but importantly, ensured they didn't go scoreless for lengthy periods - a factor in Bangladesh's previous defeats this series. Mahmudullah slogged Mohammad Hafeez in the third over to get the first boundary bogey off the team's back.

The pair gave Bangladesh the edge with a stand of 69, essayed with sweeps off Abdur Rehman and cuts off Shahid Afridi, who in his urgency to break an unusual wicketless-streak - which has lasted two matches - fired the ball too flat.

The interruption after the 15th over, caused a downturn in Bangladesh's fortunes. Saeed Ajmal trapped Nafees lbw playing down the wrong line, before Rehman caught Mushfiqur Rahim in front while trying to sweep. Bangladesh lost their third wicket in as many overs when Hafeez got one to turn sharply and trap Mahmudullah on the backfoot. Both Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain were out cheaply , spooning catches as the chase fell off the rails.

The lower order had no respite. The parsimonious Saeed Ajmal, bowling round the wicket, was scoreless off the bat for 28 successive deliveries. He was lucky, though, to get Farhad Reza lbw, off a thick inside edge. Bangladesh had a semblance of a recovery with a stand of 34 between Reza and Alok Kapali, but the howler cut short their hopes.

The pitch wasn't exactly a minefield, as Misbah and Umar showed. The ball gripped, turned, bounced and forced the visitors to concentrate more than they've had to so far in the series. They had their anxious moments with the ball keeping low, some sliding past the outside edge and the stumps. It wasn't easy for the wicketkeeper Mushfiqur, who by the 15th over had already conceded 12 byes, a Bangladesh record.

Coming in at 39 for 3, Misbah and Umar steadied the innings with a watchful approach against spin. Misbah opened up against Elias Sunny, hammering boundaries to midwicket and down the ground. He also tried disturbing the bowler's rhythm by moving across his stumps to paddle, at times bringing out the reverse sweep. Umar used his feet well, though it was one of his more patient knocks as he regularly came forward to smother the spin and defend. Umar fetched two sixes off Nasir, using his feet for both.

The tide turned when Misbah departed, making room and spooning a catch to short extra cover off Razzak. The wickets started to tumble, leaving Umar with greater responsibility than he would have expected. However, he too trooped off to the pavilion, beaten for turn and bounce by Sunny. Mahmudullah triggered an early end to the innings, assisted by Mushfiqur, who by then was seeing the ball like a football in fading light.

Bangladesh walked off after wrapping up Pakistan a more confident unit. Unfortunately, they couldn't counter the most penetrative spin attack in the world.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Harmon on December 8, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    @Meety :-

    All other things being equal, the Eng batsmen are more likely to put up a big score. Pak have a good bowling attack but even SL with their woeful batsmen managed to bat well in the recent tests. It is another thing that they played atrociously in the 1st test match. However, if Umar Gul and co get reverse swing going then we could see Eng collapsing. I doubt if Anderson etc would be able to sustain their home performances in Dubai. But overall, Eng have a better chance because of greater depth in the batting, a more confident bowling attack, better fielding levels and most imp more in-form batsmen. The only thing against them is the Dubai wicket - if they can adapt to it then Eng will win. Pakistan don't have many batsmen who are in form. As for your opinion about Pak being good enough to beat India - that is your opinion, thats it.

  • Mujahid on December 8, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Honorable Chairman of ICC and PCB I missed this Match bcoz this is they "YOUM E AASHOORA" Shahadat of Imam HUSSAIN (A.S.) I request you to avoid This Day at least for Pakistan Cricket Team. It is the biggest SAD EVENT of the Universe. May God help you to remember it and take care of it. I pray for you that May God forgive you and give you the best reward for the step. This is my own opinion May any one oppose me.

  • Talha on December 8, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    @harmony11 and Aina Maria Waseem: too much criticism on Pak cricket is not good at all. If it comes to invention in cricket Pak is greatest among all.....example doosra, reverse swing and many more........and let the speaking left to england tour for all who are criticizing pak.........VIVA LA PAK

  • adam on December 8, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    All hail the spinners, going from fast bowling attacks to all spin is a biggest change Pakistan has brought to the game and it seems to work. this series is dead as Bangladesh has less resilience to show against such a world class bowling they also can not capitalize on the poor batting form of Pakistan.

  • Khawar on December 8, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Mohammad Hafeez is best all rounder in the world. Shoaib Malik need to improve his bating. We invite BCCI to fix a Pakistan India series in UAE. This is a great cricket season for Pakistan.

  • Gaurav on December 8, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Aina Maria Waseem- Just have a look at Indian cricket pages, you will find lot of so called unreasonable fans from your side making comments out of context,so accept it that trolls from your side too are responsible for this unnecessary war of words.Give respect , get respect.I praised Pak not only in this article but also after World Cup semis as in my view they played very well,so opinion should not be formed on the basis of fans on Cricinfo but on the basis of how a cricket a team plays.I would form my opinion on the basis of what Imran khan , Wasim ,Waquar ,Abdul Quadir,Abbas and other legends has to say about our team not on the basis of some out of context fan coming out of nowhere writes.Wasim and Imran bhai has criticized India many times ,have you seen any controversy or unrest? that is because they praise too when its due .I hope you and other fans from your side got my point.

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    i m a pakistani,i lyk my team very much but i also lyk indian players including tendulkar kohli and rohit sharma...........we shuld not fight and just focus on our objctives to make our country prosper in every field .........and al;so in cricket..........i lyk when tendlkar and laxman ae hammring austrailian bowlers in australia and wen australian batsmen are bowled by pakistani bowlers in there countries.....looking forward fo pak vs england in uae and india in australia a great season ahead i luv cicket

  • Harmon on December 8, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    @Aina Maria Waseem:-

    I would say that Eng bowling attack is better and more all-round than SA. Swann is a good spinner for those conditions. I don't think Broad and Anderson would be too big a threat but good bowling attacks tend to cover up for the individual deficiencies. I don't see Strauss, Cook, Trott, KP, Bell getting out cheaply on those placid pitches unless Umar Gul goes ballistic. Ajmal looks good but would he be effective in the longer format? Most imp. will the Pakistani batsmen stand up? I would say that if Pakistan can get its batsmen to perform, they can win this test series. I would ideally love to see Pakistan winning by an innings margin. Ho Ho.

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    my advice to bcb why don't you look for new talent across the international border for example chris gayle rana naved and many more who want to represent at international level . if south Africans can represent England and Australian can represent south Africans why don't you attract few players. for Pakistan it is important to throw away tanveer shoib and farhat as early as possible right now they are improving but these hurdles would not let them rise above 4th position in test or odi India has the team and opportunity to clean sweep Aussie but there worth is 3rd in test and may be Ist three in odi

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    There is no comparison between India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.... they are from different leagues.... If you look at Bangladesh they are classified under the 3rd grade lower catagory along with Zimb and Ireland. Pakistan on the other hand is classifed under the 2nd grade upper catagory along with Srilanka and England and India is classifed under 1st grade lower catagory along with Australia and South Africa. My classification of team into three catagories are based on current form and their playing ability. Here is the listing:

    1st Grade Catagory Aus (1st Grade Upper) SA (1st Grade Upper) Ind (1st Grade Lower) 2nd Grade Catagory Eng (2nd Grade Upper) Pak (2nd Grade Upper) SL (2nd Grade Lower) NZ (2nd Grade Lower) 3rd Grade Catagory WI (3rd Grade Upper) BD (3rd Grade Lower) ZMB (3rd Grade Lower) IRE (3rd Grade Lower)

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