Bangladesh’s pathetic batting helped Pakistan to win even this game where only two and a half days of play was possible
Poor batting let Bangladesh down yet again as the Tigers failed to hold the nerve and avoid defeat in their second Test match of the series against Pakistan in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Bangladesh were all out for 205 in their second innings as Pakistan off-spinner Sajid Khan took the last wicket, that of Taijul Islam, when around half an hour’s play was remaining on day five.
Bangladesh were still eight runs behind Pakistan following on and that meant the Tigers suffered a defeat by an innings and eight-run margin and got whitewashed in the two-match series.
The first three days of the Dhaka Test were rain-affected due to depression caused by Cyclone Jawad over the Bay of Bengal as 57 overs were bowled on the first day, 6.2 overs on the second while the third was a complete washout with not a single ball bowled.
But Bangladesh’s pathetic batting helped Pakistan to win even this game where technically two and a half days of play were possible.
In reply to Pakistan’s first innings total of 300/4 declared, the Tigers were already stuttering on day four as the score was 76 for seven and still 24 short of the follow on.
Slight hope was there as Shakib al Hasan was still unbeaten at the crease on day four stumps.
But Bangladesh were wrapped up for 87 within the first hour of day five.
This score was the joint lowest total for Bangladesh in Tests on home soil as Bangladesh were also bowled out for the same total in 2002 against the West Indies.
Sajid was the chief destroyer for Pakistan as the 28-year old took eight wickets in the first innings conceding 42 runs.
Bangladesh had 80 odd overs on day five to save the Test match and earn a draw on a good batting pitch and relatively batting friendly condition but it was the same old story as the top-order crumbled like amateurs.
It was just a good display of swing bowling from Pakistan fast bowling pairs Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali, which is expected at the international level.
But the Tigers top-order were blown away for the umpteenth time as after only eight overs the score was 25 for four at lunch.
Experienced Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das offered some resistance as these two added 73 for the fifth wicket.
But Liton got out while trying a casual shot in the 34th over of the innings.
Mushfiq and Shakib tried to regroup but just before the final over on the eve of tea session, Mushfiq got run out while attempting a cheeky single.
Shakib then formed a 51-run partnership with Mehedi Hasan Miraz and it looked like Bangladesh might manage a draw but Pakistan skipper Babar Azam picked up Miraz’s wicket trapping him in front, which gave the edge to Pakistan.
It was Babar’s first wicket in any form of international cricket.
Sajid then inflicted a huge blow on Bangladesh as Shakib was bowled in the 77th over.
With just two wickets in hand Bangladesh tail-ender had to survive around 15 overs to save the Test.
Eventually Sajid took the remaining two wickets and sealed the match for the visitors when half an hour’s play was remaining.
Thus Bangladesh’s hope of securing at least four points in the World Test Championship points table was shattered and this defeat also confirmed the 2-0 series sweep for Pakistan.
Sajid had a superb game as he took 12 wickets in two innings conceding 128 runs and was adjudged man of the match.