Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pakistan overwhelm Bangladesh by an innings and 44 runs in first Test

Pakistan overwhelm Bangladesh by an innings and 44 runs in first Test

Pakistan quick bowler Naseem Shah has develop into the youngest bowler on this planet to take a hat-trick in Test cricket.

Trailing by 212 runs at the start of their second innings, Bangladesh were bundled out for 168 in 62.2 overs on the back of Pakistan fast bowler becoming the youngest player to register a hat-trick. In the next two consecutive deliverers, the seamer trapped Taijul Islam leg before for a duck, and then got rid of Mahmudullah, to complete his hat-trick.

Naseem, who bowled debutant opener Saif Hassan (16) out and followed it up with his hat-trick, will celebrate his 17th birthday on February 15. He achieved that feat at 16 years and 307 days against Sri Lanka in Karachi last year.

Earlier, Pakistan lost seven wickets on either side of lunch with Sohail holding the innings.

Bangladesh's hopes of forcing the home team to return to batting had fallen largely on Mominul Haque (41), but the captain left on the first day of the day after he unsuccessfully reviewed a lbw decision against Afridi (1- 39).

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Shah's bowling figures of 8.2-2-26-4 before him leaving the field due to a niggle saw him being the pick of the Pakistani bowlers in the second innings. Pakistan need four more wickets while Bangladesh need to score 86 more to make the hosts bat in Rawalpindi.

Bangladesh had put up a slightly better performance in the first innings, when their middle order collectively chipped in, but Afridi made sure to keep them to 233. "So, we are looking at pencilling in the first match on, say, 24th March", added Wasim Khan. He struck seven fours and two sixes for his third Test half-century before holing out off spinner Taijul Islam to deep mid-wicket.

Last man Naseem was run out to end Pakistan's first innings.

A healthy 10,000-strong holiday crowd had come in anticipation of popular batsman Babar Azam scoring a double hundred. They will also play a one-day global in Karachi (April 3) before the second Test at National Stadium Karachi.

Bangladesh, who played a three-match Twenty20 series with Pakistan last month, insisted on splitting their tour into three phases over security concerns.

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