Bangladesh had an opportunity to end a losing streak against Pakistan that has lasted 12 years, but Pakistan’s slower bowlers were so far superior than their counterparts that the target of 178 seemed far out of reach for the hosts. The track was tailored to suit Bangladesh’s strength – spin – but it backfired in final analysis as 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 Bangladesh’s spinners, losing nine wickets to them 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 a power-shift towards Pakistan’s spinners. There was no looking back since for Pakistan as they took the 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 ball turning and bouncing. The pair of Nafees and Mahmudullah were watchful but importantly, ensured they didn’t go scoreless for a lengthy period – a factor in their previous defeats this series. Mahmudullah slogged Hafeez in the third over to get the 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 to flat and became predictable.
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 of the stumps trying to sweep. Bangladesh lost their third wicket in as many overs when Hafeez got one to turn sharply to 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 29 deliveries. He was lucky, though, to get Farad 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 spinners enjoyed a pitch that made it extra hard to get them away. The ball gripped, turned, kept low 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 shaving 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, adopting a watchful approach against the spinners. 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 defend, smothering the spin. Umar fetched two sixes off Nasir, using his feet for both.
The tide turned when Misbah departed, making room and spooning a catch at short extra cover off Razzak. The wickets started to tumble and sudden spurt left greater responsibility on Umar than he would have expected. However, he too trooped off to the pavilion before he could script another recovery, beaten for turn and bounce off Elias 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.
Pakistan 177 (46.1 ov) Bangladesh 119 (38.0 ov)
Pakistan won by 58 runs
- Pakistan in Bangladesh ODI Series – 3rd ODI
- ODI no. 3222 | 2011/12 season
- Played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
- 6 December 2011 (50-over match)
|Pakistan innings (50 overs maximum)||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|Mohammad Hafeez||c Farhad Reza b Shafiul Islam||0||2||4||0||0||0.00|
|Asad Shafiq||b Shakib Al Hasan||7||39||23||1||0||30.43|
|Younis Khan||c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Abdur Razzak||26||45||38||3||0||68.42|
|Misbah-ul-Haq*||c Alok Kapali b Abdur Razzak||47||91||89||4||1||52.80|
|Umar Akmal†||st †Mushfiqur Rahim b Elias Sunny||57||110||84||3||2||67.85|
|Shoaib Malik||c & b Abdur Razzak||0||2||2||0||0||0.00|
|Shahid Afridi||c Nasir Hossain b Elias Sunny||9||16||9||1||0||100.00|
|Abdur Rehman||lbw b Mahmudullah||4||26||10||0||0||40.00|
|Sohail Tanvir||c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Mahmudullah||8||7||12||1||0||66.66|
|Umar Gul||c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Mahmudullah||0||2||1||0||0||0.00|
|Saeed Ajmal||not out||3||7||6||0||0||50.00|
|Extras||(b 12, lb 1, w 2, nb 1)||16|
|Total||(all out; 46.1 overs)||177||(3.83 runs per over)|
|Fall of wickets1-0 (Mohammad Hafeez, 0.4 ov), 2-37 (Asad Shafiq, 8.5 ov), 3-39 (Younis Khan, 11.1 ov), 4-133 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 35.4 ov), 5-133 (Shoaib Malik, 35.6 ov), 6-148 (Shahid Afridi, 40.1 ov), 7-162 (Umar Akmal, 42.1 ov), 8-172 (Sohail Tanvir, 44.3 ov), 9-172 (Umar Gul, 44.4 ov), 10-177 (Abdur Rehman, 46.1 ov)|
|Shafiul Islam||6||1||32||1||5.33||(1nb, 1w)|
|Shakib Al Hasan||10||2||21||1||2.10|
|Bangladesh innings (target: 178 runs from 50 overs)||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|Tamim Iqbal||b Mohammad Hafeez||0||1||1||0||0||0.00|
|Shahriar Nafees||lbw b Saeed Ajmal||25||70||52||4||0||48.07|
|Mahmudullah||lbw b Mohammad Hafeez||35||79||73||4||0||47.94|
|Mushfiqur Rahim*†||lbw b Abdur Rehman||0||3||3||0||0||0.00|
|Shakib Al Hasan||c & b Mohammad Hafeez||9||19||17||1||0||52.94|
|Nasir Hossain||c Misbah-ul-Haq b Abdur Rehman||3||16||8||0||0||37.50|
|Alok Kapali||c Asad Shafiq b Shoaib Malik||12||46||32||0||0||37.50|
|Farhad Reza||lbw b Saeed Ajmal||21||37||29||2||0||72.41|
|Elias Sunny||b Shoaib Malik||1||12||5||0||0||20.00|
|Abdur Razzak||not out||1||10||4||0||0||25.00|
|Shafiul Islam||b Shoaib Malik||0||2||4||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||(b 4, lb 3, w 5)||12|
|Total||(all out; 38 overs)||119||(3.13 runs per over)|
|Fall of wickets1-0 (Tamim Iqbal, 0.1 ov), 2-69 (Shahriar Nafees, 19.4 ov), 3-70 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 20.3 ov), 4-72 (Mahmudullah, 21.6 ov), 5-81 (Shakib Al Hasan, 25.2 ov), 6-83 (Nasir Hossain, 26.1 ov), 7-117 (Farhad Reza, 34.6 ov), 8-117 (Alok Kapali, 35.5 ov), 9-119 (Elias Sunny, 37.2 ov), 10-119 (Shafiul Islam, 37.6 ov)|
|Toss Pakistan, who chose to bat
Series Pakistan won the 3-match series 3-0
|Player of the match Umar Akmal (Pakistan)
Player of the series Umar Akmal (Pakistan)
|Umpires JD Cloete (South Africa) and Enamul Haque
TV umpire Sharfuddoula
Match referee J Srinath (India)
Reserve umpire Gazi Sohel
Big Picture, Match Facts and Predictions
The fact that the third ODI is a dead rubber is hardly surprising. There has not been an ounce of competitiveness in each of the three games so far in this tour. Nasir Hossain’s battling century in the second game in Mirpur wasn’t enough to mask the bigger problem for Bangladesh – the batting. The overall reaction among passionate Bangladesh fans, going by feedback received by ESPNcricinfo, was not necessarily that of disappointment, but more specifically, anger. Some went as far as to question Bangladesh’s right to participate at the international level. Their status as a Test nation has always been debated, though now fans have extended that discussion towards their ODI status too. Public memory is short. It’s easy to forget that just over a year ago, Bangladesh thrashed a listless New Zealand 4-0 at home.
It’s the failure of the batsmen that has deflated the team. All efforts on the field have been nullified by the top order collapses. They were dismissed for 91 in the first game and in the second, the chase was all but lost at 19 for 4. Bangladesh threw in the towel at that stage. Given the situation, Bangladesh did the best they could to salvage some pride by batting out the 50 overs. It didn’t make a good advertisement for one-day cricket, but in the process they discovered what Nasir is capable of. A bit more support from the top order would’ve been handy though.
“The wicket was really good in the last game, but there were several dot balls,” Mahmudullah said. “Shakib and Nasir played well, especially Nasir who has taught us some stuff, like how to be patient against this attack.”
There are fewer concerns for Pakistan. However, they didn’t have the best outing in the field for the second match, spilling catches off Nasir and Shakib Al Hasan. Shahid Afridi had a rare off-day with the ball, conceding 49 off 7 overs and failing to take a wicket. The final game gives them a chance to rest a couple of players and give everyone in the squad a chance.
Bangladesh: LLWLL (most recent first)
In the spotlight…
Since his 128 against India in the 2009 Champions Trophy, Shoaib Malik has gone 14 innings without a fifty, with a highest of 39. He’s been a shadow of the player he was when he was captain, and before. His bowling gives Pakistan another spin option, but he’s in the team primarily as a batsman.
After hitting two half-centuries against Australia, Shahriar Nafees has done little of note, with the highest score of 14 in his last five ODIs. He has failed to recreate the kind of form he showed in 2006. It’s been nearly five years since he scored an ODI century.
Pakistan are likely to make a couple of changes, dropping Imran Farhat and Sohail Tanvir, and bringing in Asad Shafiq and the left-arm seamer Mohammad Khalil.
Pakistan (probable) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Asad Shafiq, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq, (capt) 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Shahid Afridi, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Umar Gul, 11 Mohammad Khalil.
Imrul Kayes is set to miss out due to a groin injury, and will be replaced by Alok Kapali or Naeem Islam. If the pitch takes more turn than the one in Mirpur, Bangladesh could field a spin-heavy attack at the expense of a fast bowler.
Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Shahriar Nafees, 3 Alok Kapali/Naeem Islam, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Abdur Razzak, 9 Elias Sunny, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain.
Stats and trivia
- Bangladesh have found boundaries hard to come by at the start of the innings. In the Twenty20, they scored their first in the ninth over, in the first ODI it came in the sixth, but the wait was the longest in the second ODI – it took them 11 overs.
- Bangladesh have won both their day-night games at this venue, against England and West Indies.
“Some of the youngsters who’ve come into the side have worked hard to make their spot worthy. All of us have set a goal that we will now need to raise the bar.”
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq
“The top order has no clue how to bat, and @ the moment it has left me clueless in regard to what I tweet next.”
Former Bangladesh opener, now commentator Athar Ali Khan can’t hide his disappointment while watching the second ODI
“Everyone says this is our lucky ground. Let’s see what it can do for our fortunes. We have some good memories at this ground.
Mahmudullah points out a feel-good factor for his side to keep in mind
There is a solid possibility that Asad Shafiq, Abdur Rehman and Aizaz Cheema will make it to the final XI. As a result Sarfaraz Ahmad, Sohail Tanvir and Imran Farhat might miss out.
Tomorrow’s game is going to be a tester for out of form Shoaib Malik, probably his last chance to impress the selectors so that they may select him for the England Series.
Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Aizaz Cheema
Bangladeshi middle order showed a bit of resistance in the last game, they’ll be looking forward to restore the pride by trying and winning the last game thus it’s unlikely that we will see any hefty changes in the Bengali XI tomorrow. They’ll play their best available combination. Though they might reshuffle their batting order with last match’s centurion Nasir Hossain coming ahead of Mushfiqur and Shakib.
Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes , Shehriar Nafis, Nasir Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib ul Hassan, Mahmudullah, Farhad Reza, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain
Chittagong features almost same conditions as Dhaka. Seamers will get some assistance earlier on but after that, it’s going to be the spinners’ game.
Batting will be a touch easier due to the better pace and bounce offered by the Chitagong track. Pakistani batting line up can well post a target around 280 runs. On the other hand Bangladeshi batsmen will have to lift their game big time if they want to achieve that 250 runs mark.
Pakistan’s highest runs scorer this year, Mohammad Hafeez has been a revelation ever since his comeback. He exhibited fair bit of form in last 2 ODIs but failed to convert them into biggies. He’ll be desperate to go out in the middle, latch onto his form and transform that good form onto the scoring sheet. Talking about his bowling: Bangladesh have got 6 left-handers in their bating line-up, ‘nuff said.
Nasir Hossain has been in good form; well enough, but I still reckon Shakib as Bangla’s top seed player. He has bowled beautifully all along the series, also scored some runs last game but that inning didn’t have a direction. Shakib will try to be more impetus and positive next time around. If Bangladesh plan on to win tomorrow’s game; Shakib will have step up and prove his worth with both: bat and the ball.
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