by ASHLEY WILBY
Bangladesh have beaten England in Dhaka by 108 runs in just under three days to cement their most famous test match victory. Here is how each day unfolded.
Spin dominated on day one of the second test as Bangladesh collapse to 220 in Dhaka on a day seeing thirteen wickets.
Tamim Iqbal and Mominul were in control with Bangladesh, taking a commanding position going into the start of the afternoon session on 171-1.
However in the space of twenty two overs and forty nine runs the hosts lost their remaining nine wickets.
Iqbal stood tall for a session and a half scoring his eighth International Test century with three of those coming against the tourists, but the opener was soon trapped LBW by Moeen Ali for 104.
Iqbal would be one of five wickets for Moeen Ali, as the spinner and Ben Stokes bowled inspiring spells to tear through the host’s middle order in no time.
Alastair Cook and Joe Root especially starred in the field with some excellent close in slip catching off the spinners.
However, Bangladesh garnered the momentum at the close of play with England’s age old failings coming into play, three quick wickets from the host’s spinners left the tourist’s 50-3 at the close of play.
Cook, Ben Duckett and Gary Ballance all faced the brunt of the Bangladesh spinners with the new ball leaving England’s middle order once again with the job of salvaging a respectable total.
England struck with the final ball on day two in Dhaka to leave the game right in the balance setting up an enthralling conclusion.
The 19 year old Mehedi finished what he started on the close of play last night taking another six wickets overall, leaving the tourist’s struggling on 144-8.
Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid battled together to make a respectable 99 partnership, giving England an unlikely lead of 24 as they finished on 244 all out.
Although the host’s took the advantage in their second innings, regaining the initiative through Imran Kayes unbeaten 59 and Mohammed Mahmudulluh’s 47.
With Bangladesh set to go into day three in control, Mahmudullah was bowled with the final ball of play by debutant Zafar Ansari for 47, giving the debut man his second wicket after removing Iqbal earlier in the day for 40.
The host’s closed on 152-3, a lead of 128 after another ten wickets fell in the day’s play.
England certainly face a battle to prevent the host’s from their most famous test match victory.
Bangladesh’s only test match victories since 2000 have come against Zimbabwe and West Indies.
It took until just after tea for England’s collapse to be complete as the tourist’s lost ten wickets for just 64 runs, falling to a disappointing 164 all out.
Ben Duckett and Alastair Cook steered England to the best possible start at 100-0 chasing the host’s 273 to win the series 2-0
The 19 year old Mehedi Hasan starred once again as his spin terrorised England on a deteriorating pitch, the young man left with his third 6 wickets in one innings of the series (6-77).
The more experienced Shakib Al- Hasan provided solid back up at the other end with figures of 4-49.
The host’s 108 run victory on the final test ties the test series 1-1, Bangladesh’s only ever test match victories since 2000 have come against Zimbabwe and the West Indies.
England certainly made the chase hard work for themselves as they dropped four catches before dismissing the host’s for 296 at the start of the day.
England needed their highest ever successful run chase in Asia, the openers made that more than possible with their impressive start, but within just 22.5 overs after tea England lost all ten wickets prompting mass celebrations from the host’s.
Mushfiqur was full of praise for his side and the young Mehedi:
“It is a great moment for Bangladesh cricket. The boys showed their character at 100/0 and we did really well to come back. Coach fired into us at tea!”
“We knew that Mehedi was going to shine but we didn’t know it was going to be like this.”
Mehedi certainly staked his claim for man of the series with 19 wickets in the series, the fourth highest wickets total after two test matches.
England travel back with a little less respectable record of the third biggest collapse from 100-0 in test match history.