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Tigers seal ODI Series against Pak
Sports Reporter
Published : Monday, 20 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 25
Tamim and Mushfiq led the Tigers to book a glorious series win over Pakistan for the first time as they won the second match of the Dan Cake three-match ODI series by seven wickets with 71 balls to spare at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Winning the toss Pakistan opted to bat first and post a moderate 239 for 6 in 50 overs.
Chasing the target of 240, Tigers openers gave them a stormy start adding 22 runs in just 2.5 overs before Soumya got out scoring 17 off 11 with four boundaries. Then Tamim and Mahmudullah made a partnership of 78 for the second wicket. Tamim who was ferocious from the beginning of the match got 50 of just 31 balls with 12 fours. He was at 39 in the 10th over and back to back three fours off Wahab Riaz to get the 50.
Though Mahmudullah got out scoring 17, Tamim and Mushfiq did the rest of the job adding 118 runs for the third wicket stand. Like Tamim, Mushfiq also picked up his 50 hitting Wahab Riaz for a four.
Tamim smashed his second ton in the series off 108 balls. In the 35.2 overs Tamim glanced away a fuller delivery of Junaid Khan for a four to knock his successive centuries and rolled his bat in the air.
As these two were batting, the victory of the Tigers was a matter of time. Tough Mushfiq got out off Rahat Ali scoring 65 off 70 with eight fours and a six, Tamim and Shakib sealed the victory easily.
In the 38.1 overs Shakib (7) took the winning run off Ajmal delivery and the whole stadium burst out with joy roaring, 'Bangladesh''Bangladesh.'
Tamim was unbeaten with 116 off 116 smashing 17 fours and a massive six. Tamim was adjudged the Man of the Match for his superb knock.
Earlier, Pakistan started well adding 36 runs in seven overs for the opening stand. Tigers' pacer Rubel Hossain broke the partnership grabbing the wicket of Sarfraz Ahmed in the very fast of his first spell. In the next over spinner Arafat Sunny sent back Mohammad Hafeez for a duck to create pressure on Pakistan.
Losing two quick wickets Pakistan went backward and Bangladeshi bowlers started to dominate the tourist batsmen. Shakib sent back two inform batsmen Azhar (36) and Rizwan (13) who got 50s in the last match to keep the dominance. After a while the score of Pakistan turned into 77 for five in 16.5 over which was 36 for none in seven overs.
Then the scenario of the Pakistani innings changed gradually. Middle order batsman Haris Shohail and lower order batsman Saad Nasim who was playing his second match got set on the wicket and were riding their innings smoothly.
These two added the precious 77 runs for the sixth wicket stand. They were on rush in the batting power play and skipper Mashrafe gave the break through picking the wicket of Haris Shohail. Haris Shohail scored 44 off 61 with a four and six each before he was being caught and bowled.
After that Saad Nasim and Wahab Riaz boosted-up the Pakistani innings adding 85 runs in last 11 overs for the seventh wicket pair. Saad Nasim got his first ODI 50 and remained not out with 77 off 96 hitting six fours and a six while Wahab Riaz contributed unbeaten 51 off 40 with five boundaries and two over boundaries.

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