Hasan leads Bangladesh to his­toric win

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP): OFF-SPIN­NER ME­HEDI Hasan claimed a Bangladesh Test match record of 12-159 as his side se­cured a first-ever win against Eng­land – a com­fort­able 108-run vic­tory – to level the se­ries 1-1 yes­ter­day.

Me­hedi took 6-77 in the sec­ond in­nings to rip through Eng­land, which lost all 10 wick­ets in the post-lunch ses­sion in its pur­suit of 273 runs to win.

Left-arm spin­ner Shakib Al Hasan com­ple­mented Me­hedi’s ef­fort with 449 with three wick­ets in four balls to help the side earn the vic­tory in­side three days.

“It is a very big achieve­ment in Bangladesh’s Test cricket his­tory,” said Bangladesh cap­tain Mush­fiqur Rahim. “It came against a very good Eng­land side, but there will be a time when we will win a se­ries 2-0 against any big team. This is a start.”

Eng­land cap­tain Alas­tair Cook made 59 and Ben Duck­ett scored 54 as they kept the side un­scathed be­fore lunch, reach­ing 100-0.

“Very hard (to ex­plain). 100-0 was a re­ally good ses­sion. I was re­ally pleased with the way Ben played,” Cook said.

“We pos­si­bly showed our in­ex­pe­ri­ence in those con­di­tions, even though I was out there ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it – it was amaz­ing the dif­fer­ence be­fore tea and af­ter tea. You lose a cou­ple of wick­ets, then men come round the bat, crowd gets into it – be­ing able to deal with and get through it – you know it doesn’t last for­ever, but that half an hour, 40 min­utes is cru­cial, and we just weren’t good enough to be able to get through.”

Me­hedi struck with the first ball of the fi­nal ses­sion, dis­miss­ing Duck­ett with a de­liv­ery that kept low.

NO LOOK­ING BACK

From then on, Bangladesh never looked back. Only Stokes, apart from Cook and Duck­ett, reached dou­ble dig­its as Me­hedi and Shakib made in­roads at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals.

“From the time we knew Eng­land were com­ing, we planned to make wick­ets that would help our spin­ners and trou­ble the English bats­men. Here our bowlers ex­e­cuted our plans and the bats­men did well too, which made this win pos­si­ble,” Mush­fiqur added.

Shakib Al Hasan re­moved Joe Root for one as Bangladesh spin­ners used the crack of the pitch per­fectly to leave Eng­land in tat­ters.

Me­hedi fit­tingly ended the match with the wicket of Steven Finn and to claim five or more wick­ets in the first two Tests three times. He also eclipsed left-arm spin­ner Ena­mul Haque Bangladesh’s Me­hedi Hasan Mi­raz bowls against Eng­land dur­ing the sec­ond cricket Test match in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ju­nior’s 18 wick­ets to be the high­est wicket-taker (19) in a se­ries for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh ear­lier set Eng­land a 273-run tar­get to win the sec­ond Test af­ter it was bowled out for 296 shortly af­ter lunch on the third day.

Opener Im­rul Kayes made 78, while Mah­mudul­lah scored 47 to give Bangladesh a fight­ing chance of lev­el­ling the se­ries on an in­creas­ingly turn­ing, de­te­ri­o­rat­ing wicket.

The high­est suc­cess­ful chase in the fourth in­nings at Sher-e-Bangla Na­tional Sta­dium was 209-1 by Eng­land against the same op­po­nent in 2010.

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