Bangladesh earned their first Test win over England, as Alastair Cook’s side spectacularly lost 10 wickets for just 64 runs after tea on the third day of the second Test in Dhaka. The result means the series between the sides ends as a draw, but for Bangladesh it will be remembered as momentous victory.
Young Mehedi Hasan was the hero as he took 6-77, including four of England’s top five, while Shakib Al Hasan took the remain four wickets to bowl the tourists out in a remarkable two hours in the final session.
I think 160 million people in Bangladesh will have been glued to the TVs, radios and phones. I feel privileged to be here to have seen it.Athar Ali Khan on TMS
Batting performances aside, England will rue early dropped chances in the game which allowed the hosts to score a total of 296 and set a target of 273, no mean feat in the turbulent Dhaka conditions.
Things started well for England as Cook and Duckett managed to build a decent partnership, with Duckett scoring a formidable 56, including seven fours and a six. The Northamptonshire batsman played an accomplished and aggressive array of shots including a number of reverse sweeps and pull shots.
Once Duckett’s wicket fell, Mehedi Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan took to tearing through the England batting order. By the time captain Alastair Cook fell on 59, England were 127-5 and looked in real danger for losing the match. However, the Bangladeshi bowling momentum didn’t stop, after Cook was dismissed Mehedi and Shakib continued to take wickets and sent the England tail packing for just 37 runs in the final 5 wickets.
Speaking on BBC Test Match Special former Bangladesh all-rounder Athar Ali Khan said, “That was a very special win for Bangladesh. I think 160 million people in Bangladesh will have been glued to the TVs, radios and phones. I feel privileged to be here to have seen it.”
Many England fans and media commentators have been quick to describe this loss as an embarrassing defeat, but the facts are that Bangladesh are a formidable side when playing in home conditions. Following this famous win for the home team, visiting team would do well to be extra cautious on their next visit to Bangladesh, as this young team have shown they are a talented group.
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Moving on, England are set to begin a five Test Match series tour of India, starting in Mohali on Saturday 26th November and ending with a final Test Match starting on Friday 16th December 2016 in Chennai. After the Christmas break England will resume in India playing a three game One-Day International series and a single T20 fixture before heading to Barbados for ICC Champions Trophy preparation vs West Indies.
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