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Despite late stumble, Pakistan complete T20I clean sweep against Bangladesh

22 Nov, 2021
Bowler Shaheen Afridi takes a team selfie after beating Bangladesh in the final match of T20I series. Photo: @twitter.com/TheRealPCB
Bowler Shaheen Afridi takes a team selfie after beating Bangladesh in the final match of T20I series. Photo: @twitter.com/TheRealPCB

Pakistan beat Bangladesh in their last T20I international match at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on Monday for a clean sweep of the three-match series.

While the match went to the last ball, the visitors emerged victorious by five wickets.

The low-scoring match was full of drama with the Men in Green losing three wickets in the last over of the game while chasing eight runs.

Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah Riyad, who bowled the last over, tried his best to overturn a clean sweep but all-rounder Muhammad Nawaz’s boundary off the last ball of the game derailed his plans.

The dead rubber of the three-match series also saw the debut of Shahnawaz Dahani, who picked a wicket in his first over. Earlier, Dahani was handed his maiden cap by former skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Dahani was in the action early, claiming the wicket of opener Najamul Hassan Shanto. However, his partner Mohammad Naim defied Pakistan’s attack to the top score with 47, with Shamim Hossain and Afif Hossain also contributing.

For Pakistan, pacer Mohammad Wasim Jr took two wickets for 15, while debutant Dahani and Haris Rauf took a wicket each respectively as they limited Bangladesh to 124/7 in their allotted overs.

While chasing the target on a slow track, Pakistan lost skipper Babar Azam with a score at 32. Mohammad Rizwan and hard-hitter Haider Ali then put together a 51-run partnership to put Pakistan firmly in command.

A flurry of late wickets, triggered by Shahidul Islam bowling Rizwan for 40, brought the hosts back into the game.

The last over of the game saw Pakistan need 8 runs for victory, with Mahmudullah taking three wickets to give Bangladesh an outside chance.

A boundary of the last ball of the match put paid to any such hopes as Pakistan emerged victorious by five wickets.

Haider Ali was awarded the player of the match award while wicketkeeper-opener Muhammad Rizwan was named player of the series.

Pakistan will now play two Test matches against Bangladesh, with the first match starting in Chattogram (Chittagong) on November 26.