Tamim Iqbal (right) and Mushfiqur Rahim shared a 114-run stand for the third wicket © AFP
Tamim Iqbal (right) and Mushfiqur Rahim shared a 118-run stand for the third wicket © AFP

Bangladesh created history when it clinched the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan 2-0 with an comfortable seven-wicket victory in the second match at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday. It was Tamim Iqbal and wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim who shined with the bat once again, scoring 116 not out and 65 respectively in order to guide their team home with 71 balls to spare. They shared a 118-run partnership for the third wicket, which played a pivotal role in guiding their team home. Updates: Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI at Mirpur

Bangladesh were fast-paced right at the start of their innings, scoring at a run rate of around seven in their first three overs. Soumya Sarkar struck four boundaries, looking set to get a big score to his name after failing to do the same in the first ODI. Pakistan however, got their first strike when Sarkar edged a Junaid Khan delivery to opposition wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed to depart for an 11-ball 17, with the scoreboard reading 22 for one. Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI at Mirpur

Tamim however, began to settle at the crease, and go for the occasional boundary. He soon brought up his half-century, as the cheers from the local fans grew with each passing minute. The dashing southpaw added 78 runs for the second wicket with Mahmudullah, who added 17 runs to his account off 28 deliveries, including two boundaries. Saeed Ajmal, who went for 74 runs from his quota of 10 overs without taking a wicket in the previous game, finally got his first wicket since his return to the international fold by bowling Mahmudullah, who missed the line of the delivery completely while attempting a sweep. READ: Tamim Iqbal completes 6th ODI century

It was a Tamim and Mushfiqur then onwards, as the pair began to score runs at ease as the likelihood of a Pakistani series defeat grew with each passing minute. The duo once again proved that they were a dangerous force when together, carrying their form over from the previous game and bringing up another century stand between them to pave a smooth road to a second consecutive win. Mushfiqur justified his tag as ‘Mr. Consistent, as he brought up his 22nd ODI fifty. The highlight however, was Tamim, who struck 17 boundaries and a six, scoring 64% of his runs in boundaries as a result.

Following Mushfiqur’s dismissal, which was pretty irrelevant at the time of occurrence,  Tamim ensured along with Shakib Al Hasan that they did not disappoint Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as well as several other dignitaries, who were present at the venue to witness their national team create history.

The Pakistani camp will bear a gloomy look after the match. Coach Waqar Younis and captain Azhar Ali will be under most pressure, with the latter becoming the ODI captain despite not having much experience in the 50-over format. While the Pakistan middle and lower-order was impressive, with Saad Nasim (77) and Wahab Riaz (51) scoring their maiden fifties. Haris Sohail too chipped in with a useful 44, as the trio pulled their side from a vulnerable 77 for five to a respectable 239 for six.

Among the bowlers, Ajmal was slightly better than in the previous game, and was the pick among the Pakistan bowlers with figures of 9.1-1-49-1 at an economy of 5.34. Wahab Riaz once again impressed with an economy of 4.5, conceding a mere 36 runs in eight overs. The match would have been quite disappointing for him, especially due to his all-round performance and the aggression that he displayed during the game. It is not all over for the visitors though, as they have one more game left in the series, and a victory in that would be a consolation for them.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 239 for 6 in 50 overs (Azhar Ali 36, Haris Sohail 44, Saad Nasim 77*, Wahab Riaz 51*; Shakib Al Hasan 2 for 51) lost to Bangladesh 240 for 3 in 38.1 overs (Tamim Iqbal 116*, Mushfiqur Rahim 65; Saeed Ajmal 1 for 49) by seven wickets.

Man of the Match: Tamim Iqbal.

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