Pakistan players take selfie after winning the third Twenty20 cricket match against Bangladesh at Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Monday. AFP
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Mohammad Nawaz scored a boundary off the last ball as Pakistan beat Bangladesh by five wickets in the third Twenty20 international on Monday, completing a series sweep.
After limiting 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 deny Mahmudullah and put victory back within grasp before going out with only one left to bowl.
Nawaz came to the rescue to take Pakistan to 127-5 and break Bangladesh's heart.
Mahmudullah, who finished with 3-10, was disappointed with their batting total.
"Batters from both teams struggled a bit," Mahmudullah said at the end of the match.
"To capitalize, we needed to spend some time in the crease."
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam credited team spirit for the series whitewash.
"The way every individual has performed, credit to the group. There is always scope for improvement," he said.
Azam proved yet again why he is one of the top batsmen in white-ball cricket with an attractive 55-ball 82 to anchor Pakistan's chase of a modest 157-run target in 18.5 overs.
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