Pakistan win series as BD go down fighting
LAHORE: Pakistan won their third consecutive One-day International but not easily this time as minnows Bangladesh gave a tough fight and lost the match by a mere 23 runs in the end.
Chasing a huge target of 309, Bangladesh finished at 285 runs for seven wickets in the allotted 50 overs in the third one-dayer here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday.
After losing their first wicket at 23, opener Tamim Iqbal (63) and Aftab Ahmed (42) added 90 runs for the second wicket to raise their hopes of winning the match.
Later, Shakib Al-Hasan (75) and Mahmudullah (24) were engaged in the fifth wicket partnership of 59 runs.
Leg-spinner Shahid Afridi captured two wickets while Sohail Tanvir, Iftikhar Anjum and Shoaib Malik tokk one wicket each.
Earlier, Pakistan set a tough winning target of 309 runs to Bangladesh after winning the toss and elected to bat.
They compiled the huge score of 308 runs for the loss of eight wickets with the help of a big opening wicket partnership of 151 in just 23.5 overs.
Both the openers, Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal, hit centuries to help Pakistan amass a big total.
The left-handed opener, Salman, scored 132 off 127 balls with 15 fours while wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal made exact 100 off 81 deliveries with 16 boundaries and a six.
Kamran after completing his fourth ODI hundred was bowled by Mahmudullah and Salman, who hit his fifth ODI hundred was caught behind off Mashrafe Motaza.
Mashrafe and Shakib Al Hasan claimed two wickets each for 47 and 50 runs, respectively.