Pakistan beats Bangladesh by 328 runs in 2nd test
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Pakistan finally ended the victory drought on its Bangladesh tour, winning the second and final test by a massive 328 runs Saturday to take the series 1-0.
The test was Pakistan’s last chance to salvage a miserable tour after being swept in the one-day internationals, losing the Twenty20, and conceding a draw in the first test in Khulna.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah returned figures of 4-73 as Pakistan completed the formalities of the victory just one hour after lunch on the fourth day, bowling out Bangladesh for 221 in its second innings.
“We have played really good cricket over the last four, five years and I think we dominated throughout this (test) series also,” Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said. “Even the first test was pretty much in our hands but there was a really good performance by Bangladesh to save the test match.”
Mominul Haque was the highest scorer for the hosts with 68 while Tamim Iqbal made 42. Shuvagata Hom was the last batsman to be out on 39.
Mominul became the fourth batsmen to score a half-century in 11 consecutive tests.
Shah’s four-for was complemented by fast bowler Imran Khan, who finished with 2-56 and ran through Bangladesh’s top order in the morning session to take Pakistan close to victory.
Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hafeez took one wicket apiece.
“When your team becomes capable to score 500 plus runs consistently, you can get any team under pressure,” Misbah said.
Pakistan scored 557-8 in its first innings, and 195-6 in its second.
Most of the Bangladesh batsmen threw away their wickets with impatient strokes.
“In the last test we played really well and we could have at least batted well in this test and that’s why it feels bad,” Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said.
Opener Tamim, who hit a career best 206 in the first test, was the first man out in the morning session when he nicked Imran’s delivery to Sarfraz Ahmed.
He fell seven runs short of becoming the highest run scorer for Bangladesh.
Imran struck again with the wicket of Mahmudullah (2) who pushed away from his body to get an outside edge and Younis Khan took a brilliant reflex catch at slip, leaving Bangladesh 95-3.
Shakib Al Hasan (13) hastened the downfall of the team by playing a rash shot, lured by Hafeez who gave more flight to invite him to attack.
Yasir Shah then removed Mushfiqur for a duck, with the batsman dragging a turning delivery onto the stumps.
Mushfiqur’s dismissal effectively ended Bangladesh’s slim chances of taking the match into the fifth day.
Pakistan needed an hour to complete the formalities after the lunch, with Soumya Sarkar (1) and Mominul removed in the space of just one over.
Shuvagata Hom delayed the inevitable for a while.
Bangladesh, which was bowled out for 203 in its first innings, resumed the day 63-1 in its bid to chase an unlikely target of 550.
“I think it was a good win,” Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said. ”(Bangladesh) fought really hard but we were more experienced.”