Bangladesh records a historic Test 108 run victory over England
30 October 2016, Nirapad News: Youngster Mehedi Hasan Miraz continued his prolific form with the ball as he captured 12 English scalps for 159 to power Bangladesh to record a historic Test 108 run victory over England in the 2nd and final Test at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur.
This incredible victory enabled Bangladesh to square the series 1-1 after winning by 108 runs on Sunday. Mehedi Hasan was the hero ably supported by Shakib Al Hasan with 4 for 49 as England chasing 273 to win, collapsed from 100 for no loss to 164 all out after tea.
It was paradise for the Bangladesh spinner as they captured all 20 wickets to fall in the match but it was awful batting by England just after tea.
England went to tea at 100 for no loss but Shakib and Mehedi in a devastating bowling spell simply disseminated the famous English batting line up.
This is Bangladesh’s first ever victory over England, the first time they have ever won a Test against a top-ranked country and their only win over someone other than West Indies or Zimbabwe. The hosts set a target of 273 after a morning session in which England dropped a number of chances, but eventually bowled Bangladesh out for 296, Adil Rashid taking 4-52.
Joe Root took to the field following a stomach upset although the Yorkshire man failed to hold on to a sharp chance at slip to dismiss Imrul Kayes, who had earlier been dropped by a diving Alastair Cook at leg slip. Opener Imrul, given let-offs on 67 and 74, finally departed on 78 after missing a sweep off Moeen Ali, who rapped Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim on the pads early in their innings, although England opted not to review the decisions that would have been overturned.
England’s run chase started in fine style, as Ben Duckett batted brilliantly to reach his first Test 50, and captain Alastair Cook joined him to put on that opening century partnership. But just after tea Mehedi set to work, bowling Duckett before Shakib trapped Root lbw from his second ball.
Gary Ballance followed shortly afterwards with an ugly shot, spooning a leading edge to mid-off, while Mehedi then dismissed Moeen for a duck and took the prized wicket of Cook for 59.
From that point it was a procession, only Ben Stokes offering resistance with 25, and the rest fell for single-figure scores, and it was fitting that Mehedi took the clinching wicket, trapping Steven Finn lbw. Mehedi, who only turned 19 shortly before this game and was appearing in just his second Test, ended with figures of 6-77 for the innings and 12-159 in the match, while Shakib took 4-49.
Miraz was named the player of the match and also player of the series for his impressive performance. Bangladesh win by 108 runs, the series is shared 1-1, and this is the most famous day in their history. They have been a Test nation since 2000 and this is their eighth victory overall, but none come as close to this for the size of scalp.
Bangladesh players began their celebrations by capturing last English scalp, and they fully deserved this historic win. Tigers showed their truer characters despite losing a close contest in Chittagong, geared back just in a week ago to tame the Lion. Hats off to them as they have captured all ten wickets in a session, just remember as England were 100 for 0 at tea. Then Ben Duckett departed first ball of the final session and the rest is history.