BANGLADESH: Pakistani cricket team whitewashed Bangladesh by dominantly winning the 3-match T20I series. After winning the toss Bangladesh chose to bat first. “The Tigers” were looking to avoid a clean sweep. On the other hand, Pakistan was looking quite determined to whitewash their opponent.
Bangladesh lost their first wicket in the 2nd over of the powerplay as their opener Najmul Hossain Shanto got out after scoring just 5 off 5 deliveries. After 1.3 overs Bangladesh was 7/1. Shamim Hossain and Mohammad Naim tried to establish a partnership but Hossain got out after scoring 22 runs off 23 deliveries which included 4 fours. At that time, Bangladesh scored 37/2 in 7.2 overs.
Bangladeshi batsmen were scoring runs at a really slow rate as Mohammad Naim scored 47 runs off 50 deliveries with a strike rate of just 94. Naim’s partner Afif Hossain scored 20 runs off 21 deliveries at a strike rate of 95.24. As a result, Bangladesh scored just 124 runs in his 20 overs while losing 7 wickets.
For Pakistan, Mohammad Wasim Jr and Usman Qadir took 2 wickets each whereas Shahnawaz Dahani and Haris Rauf took 1 wicket each.
Pakistan started their batting innings slow and cautiously as their openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam added 28 runs in the 6 overs mandatory powerplay. Soon after the end of the powerplay, Babar Azam got out after scoring 19 runs off 25 deliveries which included 2 fours. Pakistan was 32/1 after 7 overs at that time.
After Babar Azam’s dismissal, Mohammad Rizwan and Haider Ali stitched up a 51 runs partnership and took Pakistan to 83 runs after 15 overs. Rizwan got out after scoring 40 runs off 43 deliveries which included 2 fours and 1 six.
Pakistan needed 8 runs in the last over and it seemed like they would score the runs quite easily. However, Bangladeshi bowler Mahmudullah took 2 wickets in 2 balls that taking the game to an interesting level.
Pakistan now needed 8 runs off 3 deliveries. Pakistani batsman Iftikhar Ahmed hit a huge six to help his team. Unfortunately, he got out at the next delivery.
Pakistan needed two runs off the final delivery. Mohammad Nawaz danced down the track and smashed it over extra cover to seal the victory for Pakistan. From Pakistan’s side, Haider Ali played a handy knock of 45 off 38 deliveries which included 3 fours and 2 sixes.
For Bangladesh, Mahmudullah took three wickets while Shahidul Islam and Aminul Islam took one wicket each.