Bangladesh in Pakistan, 2 Test Series, 2020
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
Date: 07 February-10 February, 2020
RR: 2.69 | Pakistan beat Bangladesh by an innings and 44 runs
The first Test is over but bizarrely, the second Test is two months away. And before that, a one-off ODI would be played as well. That is because Pakistan will now have their domestic T20 league, Pakistan Super League, to be staged from the 20th of this month. In that span, Bangladesh will go back home, host Zimbabwe for a full tour and then return here. Join us for the coverage of that series. And others too, in between. We take your leave for now. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
That ends an expected one-sided Test match. Bangladesh showed some promise but that was far and few in between. But there are signs. The batsmen have the talent but self-discipline is lacking. The bowling is not heavily reliant on the spinners now. Pakistan are seeing some refreshing young talent in both batting and bowling and could see themselves slowly climb up the Test rankings in a year or two. They move to 4th spot in the World Test Championship, with 140 points but India and Australia are well ahead.
Victorious Pakistan captain, Azhar Ali, lauds his side for getting the reviews on track in this Test. Admits that usually, Pakistan are not good with their reviews. On this win, Azhar says that this is included in the Test championship and any Test win is not easy. Praises his bowlers for sticking to their discipline in spite of the wicket not providing enough on the morning of the first day. Then, praises his batsmen for bedding in, supporting the hard work put in by his bowlers. On being asked about which department excites him more, batting or bowling, Azhar says that there are some good batsmen coming up and to see young fast bowlers do well is a great feeling. Thanks the Pindi crowd for turning out in large numbers not only for this match but for also turning up for the Sri Lanka game before this series. Ends by praising Naseem Shah for taking a Test hat-trick at such a young age.
Bangladesh captain, Mominul Haque, is very disappointed for not making a bigger total in the first innings on a flat wicket. On being informed that as many as 10 batsmen were dismissed between 20 and 60, Mominul says that it is a crime if you do not make a century after being set. On the feeling after Bangladesh's triumph in the Under-19 World Cup, Haque smiles and says that it is a massive achievement and believes that the future of Bangladesh cricket is in safe hands.
NASEEM SHAH HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. First, he is asked about his fitness. Naseem says that it is not a major worry and it is just a muscle pull. Hopes to resume bowling within a couple of days. Thanks the almighty for helping him perform well and also the crowd for taking out its time and coming in large numbers to watch the game. On his hat-trick and his energy during that spell, Shah smiles that the first LBW review did the trick, as he initially felt that it was going down the leg side. Once that went in his favour, he decided to go full and straight. Hopes to keep performing like this and wishes that he be remembered in a nice manner.
Now, the bowling. Pakistan were better in these conditions, exploiting the reverse and conventional swing while Bangladesh were not too bad either. Their bowling on Day 3 morning showed that they have fast bowlers coming up the ranks as Abu Jayed and Ebadot Hossain took 3 each. Pakistan have some questions to answer regarding Mohammad Abbas and Yasir Shah but the youngsters Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah highlighted their bowling depth. Yasir took 4 in the second but it was more because of the batsmen throwing it away. Please stay tuned for the presentation.
Second innings was a much better start from the visitors. They looked focused, determined not to throw their wickets away. They were looking in good shape at 124/2 with Sunday about to come to a close but along came Naseem for one final burst and he blew Bangladesh away. His hat-trick completely floored the tourists and they lost their way.
Pakistan too, started poorly, in their batting effort but that was it. Shan Masood grinded the opposition along with Azhar Ali and Babar Azam on Day 2 while Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail took advantage of the platform set. They lost their way towards the end, but a lead of 212 was more than enough on this deck.
A forgetful Test for Bangladesh then. They were rocked early on Day 1 but then recovered well. However, the patience of their batsmen was tested as the middle and lower middle order threw its wickets away, after being set. That meant, only 233 was possible on a good batting track and that perhaps was where the game was gone.
Shaheen Afridi struck the right chord as he dismissed Mominul Haque in the first over of the morning. That nearly ended all hopes of a fightback and a possibility of Pakistan batting again but Rubel Hossain and Liton Das' effort managed to revive the hopes a little. They hung in there for 71 balls but eventually, the hosts found a way to break through.
Easy peasy for Pakistan then. Just 85 minutes needed to wrap the innings up on Day 4. 104 balls required to take the 4 wickets. Victory was never in doubt and it was only a question of whether Bangladesh could avoid an innings defeat.
Ebadot Hossain is the last man in.
Huge shout for LBW! Not given and Azhar Ali takes the DRS. Nigel Llong is the umpire again. Will this be the 6th decision overturned in this Test against him? Yes sir. Poor Nigel Llong.
Abu Jayed walks in now.
DRINKS BREAK. Bangladesh have done well to drag this into the second hour. They lost Mominul in the very first over of the day but the 71-ball stand between Rubel and Das did raise the hopes of the deficit being erased. Still 56 runs adrift. Can they make Pakistan bat again? The bowlers have been on song and it really looks like a matter of time before this game is done.
Mohammad Abbas comes back on. Just 2 overs in his fourth spell, which happened this morning. 13.4-5-27-0 so far. If you are wondering why has he bowled 4 balls in one over, he came on last evening to complete Naseem Shah's over after the latter went off the field complaining of pain in the ribs.
Yasir Shah into the attack now.
The camera pans onto the Pakistan dressing room where Naseem is shown resting. He went for an MRI scan last evening and everything was shown clear. But these are pretty early signs of stress fatigue. Pakistan need to handle him with care.
Rubel has been adjudged LBW! He has taken the review immediately though. Inside edge? Yes. Ultra Edge confirms.
Round the wicket for this final ball...
Mohammad Abbas to share the attack this morning.
Rubel Hossain walks in, in the very second over of the morning.
A wicket in the first over of the day! But Mominul has reviewed this. He indicates to his partner that he has hit this, on being adjudged LBW. Ultra Edge detects a massive spike but the bat has hit the pad and the ball has hit the bat at the same time. Close call. But the third umpire feels the ball has hit the pad alone. Ball Tracker shows it to be hitting the leg stump. Gone!
The players are out in the middle. Shaheen Afridi to start off proceedings for the day to Mominul Haque. Here we go...
Pakistan coach, Misbah-ul-Haq, is having a chat with Danny Morrison. Smiles and praises Bangladesh for bowling really well in the morning session on Day 3. Lauds their discipline but also rues some loose shots from Pakistan batsmen. Honestly says that the team was looking at a lead of around 300 but then credits Bangladesh. Then comes to his own unit and appreciates the way the bowling performed.
PITCH REPORT - Danny Morrison observes a few cracks around the good length area and expects the spinner (s) to have a say. Expects a bit of lateral movement early in the morning and predicts a quick finish in the first session itself.
WEATHER - A bright and sunny morning welcomes us to Monday in Rawalpindi. There is a forecast of rain but around 4 pm local time.
Day 3 was turning out to be an ordinary dull day of a Test but Naseem Shah's hat-trick not only spiced things up, but also hastened this match towards completion. But cricket is a story of uncertainties and comebacks. Not too long ago, the colts from Bangladesh staved off a stunning attacking bowling display from India to win the 2020 Under-19 World Cup. Can the seniors take any inspiration from the same?
Final day of the match? Final session perhaps? A trail of 86 with just one recognized batting pair left. Bangladesh find themselves against the wall with a difficult task of saving an innings defeat, let alone the Test. They have no way to go apart from try and bat for as long as possible and keep it in small aims. Hello and a warm welcome.
... DAY 4, SESSION 1 ...
Looking at the game, Pakistan are in the driver's seat as they are just 4 wickets away from sealing a win. Bangladesh, on the other hand, still trail by 86 runs and will look to erase that first without losing any further wickets. Day 4 might see the end of this match but you never know. Will Pakistan win by an innings or will Bangladesh make them bat again? Do join us on Day 4 at 1000 local (0500 GMT). Till then cheers!
Bangladesh made amends to their bowling from the other day and came out with a plan. Their opening bowlers Abu Jayed and Ebadot Hossain bowled with great rhythm and kept the opposition batters quiet. Rubel Hossain was lethal in his bowling as he constantly peppered the batsmen with short stuff. Taijul Islam held one end up and that helped the pacers to chip in with wickets. In the morning session, they took 4 wickets which included the wicket of centurion Babar Azam as well. At the end of Pakistan's innings, Bangladesh were trailing by 212 runs.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan resumed their innings from 342/3 but could not get partnerships going as they lost wickets at regular intervals. The last 7 wickets added just 103 more to their overnight score and managed to post 445 on board. Haris Sohail took the fight to the opposition and somewhat succeeded in his attempt but lack of support from the other end brought about his downfall.
An engrossing session of play. What looked like a sedate session early on, Naseem Shah's spell brought life to it. He was class apart in his bowling as his hat-trick took the wheels out of Bangladesh's batting. In the process, he became the youngest bowler to claim a Test hat-trick. Still trailing by 86 runs and with just 4 wickets in hand, it looks a daunting task for the visitors to save this match.
Well, the light is not that great and the umpires are taking the players off. Since we are already past the scheduled close of play, it will be STUMPS ON DAY 3!
Liton Das comes into the middle now.
Yasir Shah is on now.
Oh dear. Naseem is off the ground. He is being treated on his right elbow. Hope it is nothing serious.
Mohammad Mithun walks in now to face the music.
Mahmudullah has to come out now. He is facing a young lad on fire, to try and become the youngest to take a Test hat-trick.
Taijul Islam walks in as the nightwatchman. Not much time left. His job is to ensure Mominul does not get much strike.
An appeal for lbw! Pakistan have taken the review. Height seems to be an issue. Ultra Edge detects no inside edge on this one. Here comes Ball Tracker. And it shows three reds. Shanto will have to go!
Shaheen Afridi is back on. 8-1-33-0 are his figures so far.
Naseem Shah is back on.
Asad Shafiq to bowl now.
Drinks Break! It has been an excellent hour for Bangladesh. Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mominul Haque have done well to stay out there. On the other hand, the hosts have done well to keep it tight and will look to pick quick wickets after the break.
Mohammad Abbas is back on. 6-3-9-0 are his figures so far.
Shaheen Afridi is on. 4-0-22-0 so far from him.
Mominul Haque, the skipper, is the new batsman in.
Naseem Shah to bowl from the other end. 3-0-20-1 are his figures so far.
We are back for the final session of Day 3. The Pakistan players are out in the middle. Tamim Iqbal and Najmul Hossain Shanto will resume their innings for Bangladesh. Yasir Shah will inaugurate the final session of Day 3.
... Day 3, Session 3 ...
Pakistan batted for 10.5 overs after Lunch and were bowled out for 445 on board and ended with a lead of 212 runs. Bangladesh started their second innings watchfully and then were getting a move on but they lost Saif Hassan to a beauty from Naseem Shah. Pakistan new ball bowlers Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Abbas looked for some assistance from the surface but failed to find any of it. But introduction of Naseem Shah was a great move from skipper Azhar Ali. He not only got the ball to skid but also got some extra bounce on his deliveries. A couple of his deliveries also kept low and one such delivery consumed Saif Hassan. Pakistan still have enough in their pockets to play with. They would look to dent Bangladesh in the final session of the day and push them on the back foot. On the other hand, Bangladesh would want their batsmen to stay out there and not lose any more wickets. Join us back at 1500 local (1000 GMT).
Najmul Hossain Shanto is the new man in.
Naseem Shah is on now. it would be a challenge for the batsmen to counter his extra pace on this flat and skiddy surface.
Mohammad Abbas to bowl from the other end.