Pakistan Demolish Bangladesh To Take Series
Pakistan 557-8 dec & 195-6 dec (Misbah 82) beat
Bangladesh 203 & 221 (Mominul 68) by 328 runs
Second Test, Mirpur, day four
Yasir Shah picked a four wicket haul to help Pakistan win series as Bangladesh, jaded by the loss of their pace bowler, folded over on fourth day failing to reproduce the fight and gumption shown in the first Test, losing by a mammoth 328 runs in the second Test at Mirpur.
Bangladesh had lost one of their openers towards the end of day three, chasing a mammoth target of 550.
With two more days available, draw wasn’t on the cards and the only option available for Bangladesh batsman was to guts it out on a not-so-bad track for batting and get close to the target.
However, any such plans were laid to rest as soon as play resumed on day four.
Bangladesh started on 63 for one, still 487 behind.
Only after half hour of play, Imran Khan (2-56) got the big wicket of Tamim Iqbal (42) who edged one to the wicket-keeper, chasing a length delivery angling away.
Not too long after, Imran also snared Mahmudullah (2) who was peppered in the previous over by Wahab Riaz (1-36) with short balls.
Mahmudullah was out fishing off a back of length delivery outside off that Younis Khan at second slip grabbed on second attempt.
The procession continued as Shakib Al Hasan (13) after playing just 20 deliveries gave Mohammad Hafeez (1-3) a wicket in his very first over of the day, charging down the track, lofting the ball and mistiming it to mid-off.
There was some cheer for Bangladesh as Mominul Haque (68) reached his fifty with a dab behind point, to become only the fourth batsman ever after Viv Richards, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir to register fifty-plus scores in 11 successive Tests.
On the other end, he was running out of partners as Mushfiqur Rahim (0) played on to his stumps even without opening his account.
Bangladesh went into lunch 134 for five, their session stats dismal at 71 for four.
It didn’t take long in the post-lunch session for Pakistan to erode the lower order of Bangladesh.
Wahab got Soumya Sarkar’s (1) wicket in the fourth ball of the session as the batsman unfortunately for him, gloved a short delivery down the leg side.
Yasir (4-73) picked the massive wicket of Mominul whose 102-ball vigil ended with a low, sharp catch at cover by Asad Shafiq after the batsman charged down the track to a tossed up delivery and drove one to the right of cover.
Although it was just a matter of time after that, Taijul Islam (10) added 34 for the eighth wicket with Shuvagata Hom (39) who was the last Bangladesh batsman to go, bowled by Junaid Khan (1-45).
That was after he added a match-delaying 44 runs for the ninth wicket with Mohammad Shahid (14 not out).
Bangladesh lost by a whopping 328 runs, one of Pakistan’s biggest wins in terms of runs and that too away from home.
They were also undone by the fact that Shahadat Hossain was ruled out of the game after bowling just a couple of deliveries first over of the match.
Azhar Ali was adjudicated man-of-the-match and the man-of-the-series.
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