Pakistan spin their way to clean sweep

December 7, 2011
Shahid Afridi

by Harrias

Pakistan wrapped up a 3-0 series win over Bangladesh in Chittagong yesterday with a 58 run victory.

There was a time during the match where it looked as though Bangladesh would end their 12 year losing streak against the tourists.

Batting first, Pakistan were bowled out for just 177 which looked a below par score even with the wicket offering turn to all the spinners. Umar Akmal (57) and Misbah-ul-Haq (47) were the only batsmen that threatened to make a notable contribution.

Abdur Razzak was the pick of the bowlers for the home side as he claimed 3/21 from his allotted 10 overs.

Bangladesh looked well set for victory as they reached 69-1 with Shahriar Nafees and Mahmudullah at the crease. However, they lost their remaining 9 wickets for just 50 runs leaving them 58 runs short of their target. All 10 wickets in the Bangladesh innings fell to Pakistan spin bowlers.

Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik both picked up 3 wickets, whilst Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal shared 2 wickets each.

Pakistan are starting to deliver performances in both forms of the game that suggest they are a forced to be reckoned with, and England will have to be playing at their best to beat them in the New Year.

Chris Murtagh 07/12/2011

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