Tamim Iqbal again starred for Bangladesh with the bat © Getty Images
Tamim Iqbal again starred for Bangladesh with the bat © Getty Images

Bangladesh created history once again, this time clinching the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series 2-0 with a comfortable seven-wicket victory in the second ODI at Mirpur, Dhaka, on Sunday. Amit Banerjee presents the top five moments from the memorable encounter, which witnessed the likes of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with several other dignitaries present at the Sher-e-Bangla StadiumMATCH REPORT: Bangladesh create history, thrash Pakistan by 7 wickets

Rubel Hossain strikes off his first ball: The Bangladesh bowlers needed an early dismissal in order to put Pakistan on the backfoot, after the tourists got off to a decent start, reaching 35 for no loss at the end of seven overs. Rubel was introduced into the attack during this time, and was given the responsibility of drawing first blood. The medium-pacer did the needful off his first delivery of the match when Sarfraz Ahmed edged the delivery, that was pitched well outside off, to the slips where Soumya Sarkar held on to the catch. Updates: Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI at Mirpur

Pakistan collapse like nine-pins: Sarfraz’s dismissal was just the beginning, as Pakistan began to collapse thereafter. Mohammad Hafeez was bowled for a six-ball duck off the bowling of Arafat Sunny shortly after Sarfraz’s dismissal. Skipper Azhar Ali, who was scoring a majority of runs till then, departed as Pakistan were handed their biggest blow. Azhar was caught by Mushfiqur Rahim after attempting a sweep of Shakib Al Hasan. Pakistan were 58 for three. Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI at Mirpur

Fawad Alam arrived next, and was expected to play a responsible innings to guide his team out of the mess. That was not to happen however, as Alam was bowled by Shakib Al Hasan for a six-ball duck missing the line of the delivery completely. Incidentally, both Hafeez and Alam were bowled through the gate by two left-arm spinners for six-ball ducks!

Mohammad Rizwan came to the crease thereafter, and showed some promise with a couple of boundaries. He moved to 13 off 22 balls, before getting trapped leg-before by Shakib as the alarm bells began to ring for the visitors.

Middle and lower-order to the rescue: At 77 for five, Pakistan seemed to head towards the usual path of self-destruction, with the 150-run mark suddenly appearing to be a difficult prospect. Haris Sohail, who has turned out to be a reliable figure in the recent months, combined forces with the untested Saad Nasim, who was playing his second ODI. The two defied the Bangladeshi pacers as they added 77 runs for the sixth wicket, with Nasim eventually bringing up his maiden half-century. The duo were defensively slow for the most part, not scoring a boundary for 64 balls at one stage.

Skipper Mortaza managed to get the big breakthrough by dismissed Sohail six runs short of a fifty. The Pakistanis however, were not done as yet. Wahab Riaz, who is known to go crazy with the bat occasionally, proved to be a great partner to Nasim as the pair added 85 runs for the unbeaten seventh wicket partnership, including 74 from the last 10 overs. Riaz struck five fours and two sixes during his stay at the crease to bring up his maiden ODI fifty. READ: Tamim Iqbal completes 6th ODI century

Bangladesh lose an early wicket: Though a target of 240 did not seem very intimidating, especially due to the batting friendly conditions at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. Bangladesh however, could not afford to go complacent at any cost, especially with a pumped-up Riaz and Saeed Ajmal playing an integral part in the Pakistan lineup.

Soumya Sarkar started off well, hitting four boundaries to race to 17 off 10 deliveries as Bangladesh reached 22 for no loss in the third over. Junaid Khan however, managed to get the early wicket as Sarkar edged the fifth delivery of the third over to the wicketkeeper.

Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim combine forces again: The pair were talismanic in the first match at the same venue, sharing a 178-run stand for the third wicket as both batsmen scored centuries to guide their side to a 329-run total. The average Bangladeshi fan would have no reason to fret as long as these two were at the crease, even if the target was around 300. Rahim arrived at the crease when the scoreboard read 100 for two, with Mahmudullah being the second batsman to return to the crease.

The pair were relaxed throughout their 118-run stand, never going to slow or playing too many rash shots. Mushfiqur lived up his tag of being the most consistent batsman in the side by scoring a 70-ball 65. The highlight of the night however, was Tamim Iqbal’s second consecutive hundred that paved the way for the comfortable victory. In the end, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was waving the national flag in the stands as the country tasted one of its greatest moments in cricket. In a way, the series win may have helped ease the bitterness that the Bangladeshi cricket fans felt following the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter-final defeat at the hands of India.

(Amit Banerjee, a reporter at CricketCountry, takes keen interest in photography, travelling, technology, automobiles, food and, of course, cricket. He can be followed on Twitter via his handle @akb287)