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3rd T20I: Pakistan Witwash Bangladesh In Series


Pakistan celebrate after winning the third T20I against Bangladesh on Monday.© AFP

Mohammad Nawaz hit a boundary from the last ball when Pakistan overcame drama over beating Bangladesh by five wickets in Monday’s third Twenty20 match for a series of whitewashes. It looked like the visitors in Dhaka coast after limiting the hosts to 124-7 before Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad conjured up late excitement in the final over. With Pakistan needing eight runs for the win, Mahmudullah took two wickets in two balls. Iftikhar Ahmed hit the fourth ball for a six to deny Mahmudullah and put the win back within reach before going out with just one left to bowl.

Nawaz came to the rescue to take Pakistan to 127-5 and break Bangladesh’s heart.

Mahmudullah, who finished 3-10, ruined their total earlier with the bat.

“Batsmen from both teams struggled a bit,” Mahmudullah said at the end of the game. “(We) had to spend some time at the fold to capitalize.”

Pakistan captain Babar Azam was sacked for 19 while Mohammad Rizwan’s 51-run partnership with Haider Ali gave the tourists an early boost.

Debutant Shahidul Islam bowled Rizwan for 40 to break the stand, but Haider took Pakistan close with 45 off 38 balls before becoming Mahmudullah’s first victim in the final over.

Pakistani bowlers had previously kept any momentum in check after the host opted to bat first.

Debutant Shahnawaz Dahani bowled Najmul Hossain for five in the second over before Mohammad Wasim and Usman Qadir made the hosts roar.

Wasim claimed 2-15 and Qadir finished 2-35 playing his first game in the series.

Pakistan won the first two matches by four and eight wickets respectively.

Babar credited the team spirit for the series White.

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“The way each individual has performed is honor to the group. There is always room for improvement,” he said.

The visitors will now play two Test matches starting on November 26 in Chittagong.

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