BANGLADESH MAKE HISTORY WITH ENGLAND VICTORY
Bangladesh make history by securing thumping win over tourists
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.