Bangladesh post his­toric Test vic­tory against Eng­land

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Bangladesh yes­ter­day recorded their first Test vic­tory over Eng­land, tak­ing all ten wick­ets in a sin­gle ses­sion thanks to teen off­spin sen­sa­tion Me­hedi Hasan to win the sec­ond Test by 108 runs and square the series.

Cel­e­bra­tions erupted at Dhaka’s Sher-eBangla Sta­dium and across the coun­try as Bangladeshis rev­elled in one of the proud­est mo­ments in their sport­ing his­tory. Chas­ing a tar­get of 273, Eng­land seemed to be cruis­ing when Alas­tair Cook and Ben Duck­ett guided them to 100 with­out loss at tea. But 19-year-old Me­hedi, play­ing in only his sec­ond Test, trig­gered a dra­matic col­lapse in the fi­nal ses­sion of the third day. Eng­land crum­bled to 164 all out to suf­fer their first-ever de­feat by Bangladesh in 10 Tests and share the two-Test series 1-1.

Bangladesh se­cured Test sta­tus in 2000 and the win was only their eighth in 95 Tests-and the first against a full-strength side from a ma­jor coun­try. “It’s a great mo­ment for Bangladesh cricket. It was up and down and you never knew which team would win,” said ju­bi­lant cap­tain Mush­fiqur Rahim. “The coach was a bit fired up at tea. We didn’t bowl too well. Then they tried to bowl in good ar­eas and did re­ally well. The bowlers did a great job. “We didn’t think Me­hedi will shine like this. He’s a good bats­man as well and hope­fully will be a great all-rounder for Bangladesh.” Me­hedi, who cel­e­brated his 19th birth­day this week, took the fi­nal wicket of Steven Finn to fin­ish with 6-77 in the in­nings and 12 for 159 in the match. It was his coun­try’s best-ever bowl­ing fig­ure in Tests, over­tak­ing Ena­mul Haque Jr’s 12-200 against Zim­babwe in 2005. He fin­ished the series with 19 scalps. Shakib Al Hasan, the only other Bangladeshi apart from Me­hedi and Ena­mul to take 10 or more wick­ets in Tests, joined the party with 4-49, in­clud­ing three wick­ets in an over.

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