BANGLADESH POST HIS­TORIC TEST VIC­TORY AGAINST ENG­LAND

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

BANGLADESH recorded their first Test vic­tory over Eng­land yes­ter­day, tak­ing all ten wick­ets in a sin­gle ses­sion thanks to teenage off-spin sen­sa­tion Me­hedi Hasan to win the sec­ond Test by 108 runs and square the se­ries. Cel­e­bra­tions erupted at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla 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. Me­hedi 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. Shakib then took Bangladesh to the brink of vic­tory be­fore Me­hedi -- the man of the match and of the se­ries – trapped Steven Finn leg be­fore.

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