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At Chittagong, January 16, 17, 18. Pakistan won by an innings and 169 runs. Toss: Bangladesh.
Two more shabby displays of batting gifted Pakistan another comprehensive victory. A masterful, stroke-filled double-hundred from Yousuf Youhana was at its heart, though there were telling contributions from almost all the Pakistan bowlers. Play echoed the pattern of the Dhaka Test, with Bangladesh subsiding inside two sessions, Pakistan batting throughout the second day before declaring, nine down and over 300 ahead, on the third morning. Again, the home batsmen failed to summon the necessary discipline, and they slumped to a fourth consecutive innings defeat, all of which had come within three days' cricket.
After a steady, confident start on a pitch that offered the bowlers little, Bangladesh lost wickets to accurate and thoughtful slow bowling. Both spinners proved difficult to read: Danish Kaneria removed four batsmen, including Mehrab Hossain, bowled shaping to cut a deftly disguised googly, while Saqlain Mushtaq, who had gone wicketless at Dhaka, took five. Bangladesh were not helped by the absence of Mohammad Ashraful, one of their three Test centurions, who was in New Zealand for the Under-19 World Cup.
By the close, Pakistan lay just 49 behind. Next day belonged initially to Younis Khan, with a sparkling century, but he was eclipsed by Yousuf Youhana, who cut, drove and pulled to perfection. Picking up speed after his first hundred, Youhana went on to a career-best undefeated 204, reaching his double with a six off Mohammad Sharif to trigger the declaration. In all, he batted 325 minutes, faced 243 balls and hit 34 fours and two sixes. Sharif was rewarded for a generally consistent line with four wickets in a Test for the first time, but Bangladesh's deficit was still a shiver-inducing 317.
If the result of the game was not in doubt, Bangladesh could at least have made Pakistan work for their wickets. Instead, their cavalier approach gave them away again. By the 12th over, they were 41 for four. Habibul Bashar struck 51 in 49 balls to ward off abject humiliation, but the second innings lasted just three hours. Shoaib Akhtar made hay with four wickets, the last three coming in one over. The Pakistan Cricket Board rewarded Youhana for his innings with a donation of 250,000 rupees (around £2,500).
Man of the Match: Yousuf Youhana.
Man of the Series: Danish Kaneria.
Close of play: First day, Pakistan 99-1 (Taufeeq Umar 47, Younis Khan 47); Second day, Pakistan 429-7 (Yousuf Youhana 174, Saqlain Mushtaq 7).