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Pakistan retain No.1 ranking spot despite the washout
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Pakistan retain No.1 ranking spot despite the washout

The crescendo was building up for the final T20I clash between Pakistan and Bangladesh but the rain has played spoilsport and culminated in a dreary washout.

The scheduled cut-off time was 4:30 pm but amidst murky conditions, the match was abandoned prematurely at 3:50 pm.

Beefed up security was witnessed as both teams reached the idyllic Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore but much to the dismay of players and fans, they had to settle with match abandonment as the forecast didn't look bright for the entire day.

Pakistan bag the series 2-0 and more importantly hold onto the top spot in the T20I rankings. The hosts have got back to winning ways and they were assisted big time by the undercooked touring party that didn't play with the typical aggression which they instilled in their game over the last few years.

The return of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik proved to be a good omen for Pakistan as they made sure smooth run chases in both T20Is and prevented a batting collapse. Furthermore, all bases were covered in the bowling attack as the lethal pace attack didn't let Bangladesh get off the hook and the spinners thrived on slow tracks as well.

There is a lot to ruminate for Bangladesh who slipped to their old ways as they lacked application and an all-out approach in the T20Is. It could be a case of poor acclimatization to somewhat unfamiliar conditions, given the fact that Bangladesh is visiting after a 12-year-hiatus and they also didn't have services of the senior pros. Bangladesh would return for the second leg of the tour for the first Test in Rawalpindi, set to commence from February 7.