A brief history March 31, 2008

Pakistan v Bangladesh

2002


The artist formerly know as Yousuf Youhana was a major pain for Bangladesh, especially in ODIs © AFP
 

Pakistan's first full tour of Bangladesh ended in a whitewash of the hosts, both in the Tests and one-day internationals. Pakistan won by an innings and 78 runs on day three of the first Test at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Waqar Younis took six to dismiss Bangladesh for 160, Pakistan's batsmen racked up 490, and Danish Kaneria polished off the local batting order with seven wickets.

Bangladesh didn't fare much better in Chittagong, making scores of 148 and allowing Pakistan to score 465 - Yousuf Youhana had an unbeaten 204 to his name and Younis Khan 119. Reeling under the mountain of runs they crashed to an innings-and-169-run defeat.

Tests: Pakistan 2, Bangladesh 0

Bangladesh were clearly overawed by their opponents as the ODI series began. Bangladesh, owing plenty to debutant Tareq Aziz's 3 for 19, bowled Pakistan out for 202 in 49.5 overs in the series opener in Dhaka but flopped with the bat. Pakistan used eight bowlers - even Inzamam-ul-Haq bowled a wicket-maiden - and won by 49 runs. Crowd trouble marred the second ODI - Shoaib Akhtar, who was fielding near deep fine leg, got hurt when one of the spectators hurled something at his head and had to go to hospital to receive treatment - but Pakistan won by 72 runs. The rout was completed thanks to Adbul Razzaq's 6 for 35 and Shahid Afridi's 44-ball 83 in the final game.

ODIs: Pakistan 3, Bangladesh 0

2003

Pakistan hosted Bangladesh for a return series in the second half of 2003 and the result was the same. Hundreds in both innings from Yasir Hameed, on Test debut, was the highlight of a seven-wicket win at Karachi's National Stadium. Habibul Bashar was Bangladesh's star performer with 71 and 108 but there was little else. Shabbir Ahmed, another debutant, and Kaneria each grabbed eight wickets in the match.

Bangladesh made 361 in their first innings in Peshawar, with Javed Omar scoring 119 and Bashar 97, but folded for just 96 in the second as Shoaib finished with ten wickets in the game. Mohammad Hafeez's maiden hundred then sealed a nine-wicket win.

The series ended in a thriller in Multan, sealed by Inzamam's masterclass. Bangladesh bowled extremely well to gain a 106-run lead but collapsed to 154; set 262 to sweep the series Pakistan struggled spectacularly and owed everything to Inzamam's unbeaten 138. Victory was attained by one-wicket and Inzamam was rewarded with the captaincy.

Tests: Pakistan 3, Bangladesh 0

Bangladesh stayed on for an ODI series and lost 5-0. The margins of victory were comprehensive, bar the fourth ODI when Bangladesh pushed Pakistan to the wire. Hameed's maiden hundred powered the hosts to a 137-run win in Multan; Youhana's 106 set up a 74-run win in Faisalabad; the series was clinched with a big win in Lahore, thanks in no small part to Umar Gul's economical five-wicket bag; Pakistan edged a Rawalpindi thriller in game four, chasing down 223 off the penultimate ball of the match with Youhana not out on 94; and the drubbing came with a 58-run win in Karachi, one set up the top order. Youhana's 366 runs pushed him into the top ten of the ICC's ODI batsmen.

ODIs: Pakistan 5, Bangladesh 0

Jamie Alter is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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