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Nasir Hossain's maiden ton not enough for the losing hosts

Bangladesh beaten by a ruthless Pakistan side, but newcomer's century proves to be a silver lining for the hosts.

Bangladesh's Nasir Hossain, right, scored a century that won praise from Mushfiqur Rahim, his captain.
Bangladesh's Nasir Hossain, right, scored a century that won praise from Mushfiqur Rahim, his captain.

A ruthless Pakistan side drubbed Bangladesh by 76 runs in the second one-day international in Dhaka on Saturday to take a decisive 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Umar Akmal scored 59, and Shahid Afridi hit 42 off 27 balls, as Pakistan piled up 262 for seven after they won the toss and elected to bat in the day-night match at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

The total proved beyond Bangladesh's reach after they were reduced to 19 for four in the 10th over, and managed only 186 for seven despite a maiden international century from Nasir Hossain.

Nasir cracked 100 and Shakib Al Hasan made 34, the pair sharing a fifth-wicket stand of 106 runs, but Bangladesh were never in the hunt against the tight Pakistani bowling. Nasir, 20, playing only his ninth one-dayer, plundered 11 boundaries and a six before he was dismissed in the final over.

Seamer Umar Gul finished with four for 36, while off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez conceded 15 runs in his 10 overs with two wickets.

Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, saluted Nasir's effort, saying the youngster showed his teammates how to compile an innings.

"I am very disappointed [with] the way we played, but Nasir deserves a lot of praise," said Rahim. "He showed us how to bat on this pitch. But it's time we start playing as a team. Everyone has to contribute."

Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, said the win proved his team was becoming formidable. "It's really pleasing that the guys are doing such a good job," he said. "It was a big enough total because it was not the best wicket to bat on."

Pakistan's 27th win over the Tigers in 28 one-dayers has left only academic interest in the third and final match to be played in the port city of Chittagong on Tuesday.

The one-dayers will be followed by two Test matches. Pakistan had won the Twenty20 international by 50 runs and the first one-dayer by five wickets at the same venue.

Hafeez, who opened Pakistan's attack, removed Imrul Kayes and Shahriar Nafees in successive overs after Gul had dismissed the aggressive Tamim Iqbal in his second over.

Gul also had Rahim caught at gully, before Nasir and Shakib delayed the inevitable with their century partnership.

Pakistan's innings revolved around a fourth-wicket stand of 83 between Akmal and Misbah (37), before Afridi smashed two sixes and three boundaries towards the end to boost the total.