Pakistan clean sweep Test series
Bangladesh suffered an embarrassing defeat by an innings and eight runs against Pakistan in the rain-affected second Test of the two-match Test series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Having crumbled to 87 all out in the morning on the fifth day, the hosts were asked to follow on while trailing by 213 runs. And after 83 overs of batting in the second innings, the Tigers were bundled out for 205.
After two 40+ knocks from Liton Das and Mushfiqur rahim in the second innings, Bangladesh at one stage found themselves at 198 for six after 75 overs and were in with a chance of salvaging a draw after Shakib scored a successive team-highest score and more importantly had brought up an impressive fifty partnership with Mehedi Hasan Miraz.
But then Pakistan skipper Babar Azam pulled a rabbit out of the hat and decided to bring himself on to bowl the second over of his Test career, in an attempt to break the seventh-wicket stand. The decision immediately paid dividends for the visitors as Miraz was trapped in front trying to play across the line. Miraz's patient 70-ball 14-run knock was spoiled by the sweep shot, which also got the better of him in the first innings.
There was still some light at the end of tunnel for the Tigers with Shakib Al Hasan still at the crease. However, he too departed in the next over, on 63 off 130 balls, having failed to read a sharp turning delivery from Sajid Khan which ended up dismantling the off stump.
Sajid went on to scalp the wickets of Khaled Mahmud and Taijul Islam after Taijul and Ebadot Hossain frustrated the visitors with a 34-ball partnership for the last wicket stand.
With four wickets in the second innings, Sajid accomplished a stellar 12-wicket haul in his fourth appearance in Tests while Pakistan add maximum ICC World Test Championships points with a 2-0 series win against Bangladesh.