3rd T20I: Pakistan shrug off late jitters to whitewash Bangladesh

Pakistan beat Bangladesh by five wickets in the third Twenty20 international on Monday, completing a series whitewash. Mohammad Nawaz hit a boundary off the final ball. After restricting the hosts to 124-7 in Dhaka, the visitors appeared to be coasting until Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah Riyad sparked late excitement in the final over.

Mahmudullah captured two wickets in two deliveries with Pakistan needing eight runs to win. Iftikhar Ahmed hit the fourth ball for a six to dismiss Mahmudullah and reclaim the match before being bowled out with only one more ball to bowl.

Nawaz came to Pakistan’s rescue, bringing the score to 127-5 and breaking Bangladesh’s heart. Mahmudullah, who finished with 3-10, was disappointed with their batting total.

“Both teams’ batters suffered a little,” Mahmudullah observed at the conclusion of the match. “To capitalise, we needed to spend some time in the crease.”

Babar Azam, Pakistan’s captain, was bowled for 19 runs, while Mohammad Rizwan’s 51-run stand with Haider Ali handed the foreigners an early lead. Debutant Shahidul Islam broke the stand by bowling Rizwan for 40 runs, but Haider kept Pakistan in contention with 45 off 38 balls before becoming Mahmudullah’s first victim in the last over. After the hosts chose to bat first, Pakistan’s bowlers kept any momentum in check.

In the second over of the session, debutante Shahnawaz Dahani dismissed Najmul Hossain for five runs before Mohammad Wasim and Usman Qadir unsettled the hosts. Wasim finished with a score of 2-15, while Qadir finished with a score of 2-35 in his first match of the series. The first two matches were won by Pakistan by four and eight wickets, respectively.

Babar commended the series victory to the team’s enthusiasm. “Credit to the ensemble for the way each member performed. There’s always room for advancement “he stated

The tourists will now play two Test matches, the first of which will take place on November 26 in Chittagong.