BANGLADESH MAKE HIS­TORY WITH ENG­LAND VIC­TORY

Bangladesh make his­tory by se­cur­ing thump­ing win over tourists

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Eng­land crum­bled to the spin of 19-year-old Me­hedi Hasan Mi­raz and vet­eran Shakib Al Hasan to slump to their first-ever Test match de­feat to Bangladesh, in Mir­pur yes­ter­day.

The tourists seem­ingly had things un­der con­trol as they went to tea hav­ing reached 100 with­out los­ing a wicket, but the Tigers launched a spin at­tack that Eng­land sim­ply had no an­swer for.

“It’s a great mo­ment for Bangladesh cricket,” said cap­tain Mush­fiqur Rahim. “The Test was up and down and you never knew who would win.”

Par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive for the home side was Me­hedi who, in just his sec­ond Test match, picked up his sec­ond five-wicket haul as he ended with match fig­ures of 12-159.

Eng­land’s bats­men strug­gled with the young spin­ner as they lost all 10 wick­ers for just 64 runs af­ter tea.

“The se­nior play­ers have helped me. Some­times when you are ner­vous, they were a lot of sup­port for me,” said Me­hedi.

“Every­body showed a good per­for­mance. I think this wicket is good and it let us en­joy ourselves. Tai­jul and Shakib were good sup­port for me.”

Eng­land cap­tain Alas­tair Cook put on a brave face and ad­mit­ted that the tar­get of 270 for vic­tory was al­ways go­ing to be a tough chase. “[A tar­get of] 270 would have been a hell of a chase but we got off to a re­ally good start,” said Cook. “We spoke at tea about start­ing again and try­ing to con­sol­i­date if we lost a wicket. “We showed our in­ex­pe­ri­ence in these con­di­tions. A lot of these guys haven’t played many Test matches and when that ball got rolling we found it hard to stop.” Eng­land’s man­age­ment will now have to re­assess as de­spite draw­ing the se­ries 1-1, they know they are in for a far tougher test against In­dia.

It wasn’t long ago that the Eng­land were bam­boo­zled by the spin of Pak­istan’s Yasir Shah at home and be­fore they could re­group Me­hedi and Co have left them dazed again.

With Joe Root not fully fit, a frag­ile mid­dle and lower order and a high sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to spin, Eng­land will have to vastly im­prove if they hope to be com­pet­i­tive against the No. 1 Test side in the world.

In­dia have been ex­cep­tion­ally strong on home soil, leav­ing Eng­land a huge up­hill task to win the five-match Test se­ries which starts next month.

The first Test be­tween Eng­land and In­dia takes place from Novem­ber 9.

There will then be four more Tests, three ODIs and three T20 games in the se­ries that ends next Fe­bru­ary.

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