3rd ODI (D/N), Chattogram, Dec 6 2011, Pakistan tour of Bangladesh
(38/50 ov, target 178)119
Pakistan won by 58 runs
player of the match
Umar Akmal
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• The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Pakistan spinners seal clean sweep

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

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Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Nitin Sundar
Scorecard summary
Pakistan177/10(46.1 overs)
Umar Akmal57 (84)
Abdur Razzak3/21(10)
Bangladesh119/10(38 overs)
end of over 38Wicket maiden
BDESH: 119/10CRR: 3.13 • RRR: 4.92 • Need 59 from 12 overs
Abdur Razzak1 (4)
Shoaib Malik4-2-6-3
Saeed Ajmal7-4-6-2

Right, so Pakistan are winning everything on this tour. Two Tests to come, the first in a couple of days. Can Bangladesh surprise everyone and us in that series? Join us to find out. Until then, on behalf of Alex Winter, Sanjay Murari and the rest of the gang, it is cheers and goodnight from Nitin Sundar. Ta.

Misbah: "This was a really tough game, and our bowlers did wonderfully. We need to improve our batting though. When there is self-belief, you manage to get through. Bangladesh were only one wicket down when the lights went out, and we were a little down. But Mohsin and Ijaz assured us that the game isn't over, and a wicket would bring us back. Umar came in a difficult situation, read the pitch well and that's what was required. Good to have everyone performing, and winning games from such difficult positions."

Mushfiqur: "Our bowlers did well all series, but our batsmen let us down. Hopefully we will overcome this in two days and do well in the Tests."

Umar Akmal: (Translated from Urdu): "It was a difficult wicket, Misbah asked me to build a stand, the ball was skidding, but it got easier. Both batting and keeping are difficult, since our bowlers are good. Thanks to Shahid Azlam Saab for helping me with my work-outs."

Rameez Raja does the presentation, and is a little carried away by the win and terms this "another nail-biting thriller". Mohammad Hafeez is invited for the highest wicket-taker award, and some sheepish faces in the presentation dais as he is wrongly handed the Man of the Match award. The lights are working, in case you were wondering. Nasir Hossain is given a bike for being the most valuable Bangladesh player. Not as strange as Sehwag winning an award in Ahmedabad yesterday for just turning up. Umar Akmal is Man of the Series as well as Man of the Match.

"Shoaib Malik : Man of the Match , is it possible?" Getting ahead of ourselves are we, Asman!

58 for 9 since that ill-fated black-out, and that includes a semi-decent partnership. Since then, Bangladesh have been spun out like a deer caught in the back-up lights that came on later. They looked as incapable of dealing with the situation as the simile in the previous line.

Malik to Shafiul, OUT

And then there were none. Shafiul looks to lash to the leg side as a length ball spins in sharply and breaks the stumps. Malik looks relieved, Misbah smiles like a Cheshire cat, and the crowd looks distraught. Pakistan have swept the series.

Shafiul Islam b Shoaib Malik 0 (2m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Malik to Shafiul, no run

that jumps up and turns in sharply, and goes off pad (and maybe bat) to the leg side. Akmal can't get there.

Malik to Shafiul, no run

Shafiul gets the front foot forward and tries to defend down the line now.

Malik to Shafiul, no run

flighted on leg stump, No. 11 goes for a big heave and misses.

Malik to Elias Sunny, OUT

cleaned him up! Sunny is squared up by grip and spin, and is left groping as the ball breaks past and disturbs spin. This dismissal complements the Tamim wicket at the start of the innings. Sums up Bangladesh's day. They have been squared, and quartered, by Pakistan's spin.

Elias Sunny b Shoaib Malik 1 (12m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20
Malik to Elias Sunny, no run

short and big spin away, Sunny cuts it away to point.

end of over 372 runs
BDESH: 119/8CRR: 3.21 • RRR: 4.54 • Need 59 from 13 overs
Abdur Razzak1 (4)
Elias Sunny1 (3)
Saeed Ajmal7-4-6-2
Shoaib Malik3-1-6-1
Ajmal to Razzak, no run

Razzak's turn to go for a slog-sweep, but he doesn't make clean connection.

Ajmal to Razzak, no run

Razzak stays back to a quick offbreak that straightens, and can't work the flick away.

Ajmal to Elias Sunny, 1 run

Sunny gets the single now, pushed through mid-off.

Ajmal to Elias Sunny, no run

fired onto the pads, Sunny tries to work it square but can't get it away.

Just for a moment, it looked like Shafiq was going down on a knee to propose to an imaginary person standing beyond the boundary. That's the pose with which he completed the catch.

Ajmal to Razzak, 1 run

angled into Razzak's pads, and he nurdles it square for a single.

Ajmal to Razzak, no run

straightening from outside off, defended off the front foot.

Ajmal continues.

end of over 36Wicket maiden
BDESH: 117/8CRR: 3.25 • RRR: 4.36 • Need 61 from 14 overs
Elias Sunny0 (1)
Abdur Razzak0 (0)
Shoaib Malik3-1-6-1
Saeed Ajmal6-4-4-2
Malik to Elias Sunny, no run

extra turn from middle and off, Sunny searches for the line and defends shakily to the off side.

A spring in Malik's step now.

Malik to Kapali, OUT

the crowd is stunned. Kapali is gone and that should be the game. Tossed up invitingly on off stump, Kapali plants the front foot across and mows across the line. He got pretty good connection on it, but not enough to clear Shafiq who wasn't fully back on the square leg fence. He had to turn to his right and back to take the catch, and it popped out in the first attempt. But he kept his cool and lunged back to pluck the rebound, a foot or so in front of the ropes.

Alok Kapali c Asad Shafiq b Shoaib Malik 12 (46m 32b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.5
Malik to Kapali, no run

another topspinner, Kapali spots it late and works it off the outer half of the blade to the bowler.

Malik to Kapali, no run

the straighter one outside off, guided off the outside edge towards backward point.

Malik to Kapali, no run

kapali skips out of the crease and drives down the track, but can't get it past Malik.

Malik to Kapali, no run

he defends a length ball on middle and leg back to the bowler.

Cruel irony there, in a batting Powerplay coming on at this stage. Malik round the stumps.

end of over 353 runs • 1 wicket
BDESH: 117/7CRR: 3.34 • RRR: 4.07 • Need 61 from 15 overs
Alok Kapali12 (27)
Saeed Ajmal6-4-4-2
Shoaib Malik2-0-6-0
Ajmal to Farhad, OUT

Reza is gone, and he's unlucky. There was an inside edge there, that umpire Cloete missed. Ajmal follows up the topspinner with a sharp offbreak that lands on off and hurtles in. Reza was pinned on the crease and the bat came around late, but he still managed to edge it onto the pad. The umpire didn't notice it, and has sent him back.

Farhad Reza lbw b Saeed Ajmal 21 (37m 29b 2x4 0x6) SR: 72.41
Ajmal to Farhad, no run

there you go, the topspinner tossed up wide of off. Reza nearly bites as he looks to lash through the covers. The ball is too good for the edge.

Widish slip. Expect a slider or a topspin ner.

Best performances - batsmen
Umar Akmal portrait
Umar Akmal
57 runs (84)
3 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
17 runs
0 fours
1 six
Misbah-ul-Haq portrait
47 runs (89)
4 fours
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
21 runs
2 fours
1 six
Best performances - bowlers
Shoaib Malik portrait
Shoaib Malik
Abdur Razzak player portrait
Abdur Razzak
Match details
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan tour of Bangladesh
Player Of The Match
Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal
Player Of The Series
Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal
Series resultPakistan won the 3-match series 3-0
Match numberODI No. 3222
Hours of play (local time)13.30 start, First Session 13.30-17.00, Interval 17.00-17.45, Second Session 17.45-21.15
Match days6 December 2011 - daynight match (50-over match)
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Enamul Haque
South Africa Image
Johan Cloete
TV Umpire
Bangladesh Image
Reserve Umpire
Bangladesh Image
Gazi Sohel
Match Referee
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Javagal Srinath