Bangladesh whitewashed Pakistan in an ODI series for the first time after winning the third match by an emphatic eight wickets.
Bangladesh went into the match having already achieved a first ODI series win against Pakistan, and made more history.
|It is great moment for Bangladesh cricket. Credit goes to the boys. They have improved a lot and have put their hands up. I want to keep going. The boys are confident and ready for the T20s and Tests.
I’d like to congratulate Bangladesh. We played well in patches but we could not put it together. As everybody knows, the senior players have left. The youngsters have to stand up and we have to pull our heads together.
Opener Soumya Sarkar struck his maiden century as Bangladesh raced to 251-2 in the 40th over, after bowling out Pakistan for 250 in 49.
Soumya was unbeaten on 127 off 110 balls, smashing 13 fours and six sixes.
Fellow opener Tamim Iqbal, who hit consecutive centuries in the last two matches, made 64 to take his run tally to 312, the highest for a Bangladeshi in any bilateral series, and the third highest in any three-match series.
Tamim hit eight fours and one six in his 76-ball innings.
Tamim and Soumya shared 145 in their opening stand, to set the platform for Bangladesh’s 10th clean sweep in its history.
Mushfiqur Rahim joined Soumya to pile the misery on the listless Pakistani bowling attack. They shared an undefeated 97-run partnership, and Rahim fittingly hit the winning boundary off Junaid.
Earlier, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali spearheaded his side’s effort with 101, but Pakistan wasted a good start, and lost its last eight wickets for 47 runs.
Azhar’s maiden century came off 111 balls, hitting 10 to the boundary. He shared in two significant partnerships before Bangladesh hit back.
Azhar and fellow opener Sami Aslam, on debut, combined for 91.
Left-arm spinners Shakib and Sunny, and fast bowlers Mashrafe and Rubel Hossain took two wickets each.
Pakistan 250 all out in 49 overs (Ali 101, Shakib 2-34)
Bangladesh 251-2 in 39.3 overs (Sarkar 127*, Junaid 2-63)