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Sublime Tamim helps Bangladesh seal series

Opener hits second successive century as host wins by seven wickets to take 2-0 lead over Pakistan

Sublime Tamim helps Bangladesh seal series - Cricket News
Tamim Iqbal's seventh ODI century helped Bangladesh beat Pakistan by seven wickets and win the three-match series, 2-0.
Tamim Iqbal struck a magnificent seventh One-Day International century as Bangladesh crushed Pakistan by seven wickets in the second One-Day International at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday (April 19). In doing so, Bangladesh recorded only its first-ever series win over Pakistan, taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match showdown.
Iqbal's second successive ton, an unbeaten run-a-ball 116, was built around two partnerships. If the 78-run stand with Mahmudullah set the tone, the 118-run association with Mushfiqur Rahim (65) sealed the deal as Bangladesh romped to a seven-wicket victory with 71 balls to spare. 
It was Bangladesh's second successive win over Pakistan after it had broken a 25-match losing streak on Friday, when it won by 79 runs.
A new-look Pakistan, in search of solidity in the middle, looked out of the running at 77 for 5 in the 22nd over after opting to bat. But Saad Nasim and Wahab Riaz hit sprightly half-centuries to lift it to a competitive 239 for 7.
Bangladesh's chase of 240 began positively as Sowmya Sarkar struck a couple of sparkling boundaries. But Junaid Khan had him caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed for 17 to give the host some early jitters. 
But Tamim batted with the fluency of a man in rich form, smashing Rahat Ali for five fours across two overs. The onslaught didn't stop there as Saeed Ajmal was thrown off gear as Tamim hit him for three successive boundaries as Bangladesh threatened to run away with the contest even before the halfway mark.
Bangladesh appeared to be cruising till Ajmal had his first wicket on his return to international cricket when Mahmudullah missed a sweep on 17. But Rahim, who also hit a century in the first game, continued his rich run with a 70-ball 65. The winning runs were hit by Shakib Al Hasan.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan was lifted to a total of respectability courtesy an unbeaten 85-run stand for the seventh wicket between Nasim and Riaz. Nasim, playing in only his second ODI, was unbeaten on 77. 

For most parts of his innings, he played the role of a sheet anchor. His cause was helped by Riaz, who provided the impetus towards the end with a breezy 40-ball 51 that helped Pakistan cross the 225-run mark on a slow turner.
The seeds of resurgence were sown by Nasim and Haris Sohail, who added 77 for the sixth wicket. Sohail made 44. This was after Bangladesh had Pakistan on the mat for the first 20 overs.
The slowness of the surface was superbly exploited by Shakib, who removed Azhar Ali, the Pakistan captain, for 36 and then trapped Mohammad Rizwan lbw for 13 after a familiar top order wobble. In between those two dismissals, Nasir Hossain cleaned up Fawad Alam for a duck to break in to a brittle lower middle order.
Nasim took charge under these circumstances and exhibited tremendous character to steer Pakistan to calmer waters. While that gave Pakistan hope, it wasn’t quite enough against a hungry outfit desperate to build on its World Cup success.

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