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Miraz magic helps Tigers snatch first Test victory over England


Dhaka – Bangladesh drew the series 1-1 with their maiden Test victory against England by 108 runs spurred by sensational off-break spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz’s 12-wicket haul in
the 2nd Test that ended on the third day at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur here on Sunday.Having 244 in the first innings, England opened their 2nd innings on
the 3rd day to chase a target of 273 and fell short of 109 as Miraz’s six for 77 restricted them at 164/10 in 45.3 overs.On the way to his six for 77 in the 2nd innings on day 3, Miraz
bowled out Ben Duckett to make the first breakthrough as wells to depart the 100-run opening pair in 23.1 overs, then dismissed Gary Balance, Moeen Ali, skipper-cum-opener Alastair Cook, Jonny Bairstow and Steven Finn to fill the quota six-for,UNB News Agency Reported.Miraz claimed a total of 12 wickets for 159 runs in two innings of 2nd Test that included six wickets for 82 runs in the 1st innings.Miraz was adjudged man of the match and man of the series for his outstanding performance in the two-match series as he bagged 19 wickets for 397 runs in the series, including six-for 80 in the first innings on his Test debut in Chittagong. He bagged successive five wickets in two Tests.On the 3rd day’s play, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan captured the remaining four wickets for 49 runs to debacle the giant English batting castle on their 10th Test meeting since 2003.Tigers’ bowlers were barren in the 2nd session as the England collected 100 for no loss in 23 overs before tea, but shook down the visitors’ batting line in 22.2 overs of the 3rd session.Cook stayed for top-scoring 59 off 117, including five boundaries,while Duckett out for 56 off 64 balls that witnessed seven boundaries and one six. Ben Stokes was another double figure scorer wit 25 runs for the side.Miraz showed Moeen Ali and Steven Finn the exit way for duck, while
Shakib did the same for Adil Rashid and Zafar Ansari.Earlier, Bangladesh set a significant fourth-innings target of 273 runs on the day against England to chase on an exhausting surface.With 220 in the first innings, Bangladesh resumed the 2nd innings with an overnight lead of 128 on 3rd day and extended it scoring 296/10 in 66.5 overs that included the overnight score of 152 for 3 in 31 overs.Overnight batsman Imrul Kayes hit a boundary facing 39 balls on the day to add 19 runs to his previous figure of 59.Kayes played top-scoring 78 off 120 balls, including nine boundaries, and was trapped lbw by Moeen Ali’s bowling at 200/4 in 45.1 overs.To ensure a good start in the first session on the day, Kayes stayed
with Shakib Al Hasan in the 4th wicket for 48 off 14.1 overs starting from overnight score of 152/3 in 31 overs. However, Kayes’ overnight 3rd wicket stand of 86 in 17.5 overs with Mahmudullah on the 2nd day motivated the batters to set the big innings lead.Shakib continued his composure to be another notable scorer with 41 off 81-ball, including six boundaries, on the day before he was bowled out by Adil Rashid at 238/5 in 54.5 overs.Number-6 batsman Sabbir Rahman who mesmerised with bat patiently on his Test debut in Chittagong, was the last man downed before lunch, trapped lbw off Adil Rashid bowling firing three boundaries on the way to add 15 off 17-ball, leaving team collection at 268/7 in 60.3 overs.Shuvagata Hom added unbeaten 25 off 28 balls including four boundaries.Leg-break spin bowler Adil Rashid was most successful in the innings bagging four wickets for 52 runs while Ben Stokes captured three also for 52. Debut left-arm orthodox spin bowler Zafar Ansari bagged two wickets for 76 runs while Moeen Ali took one for 60.In the 1st Test, Bangladesh conceded a narrow 22-run defeat in a thrilling climax from winning position.
Brief score:
Bangladesh 1st innings: 220/10 in 63.5 overs; Tamim Iqbal 104, Mominul Haque 66, Mahmudullah 13, Shakib Al Hasan 10, Moeen Ali 5/57, Chris Woakes 3/30, Ben Stokes 2/13.
Bangladesh 2nd innings: 296/10 in 66.5 overs (overnight 153/3 in 31 overs); Imrul Kayes 78, Mahmudullah 47, Shakib Al Hasan 41, Tamim Iqbal 40, Shuvagata Hom 25(not out), Sabbir Rahman 15, Adil Rashid 4/52, Ben stokes 3/52, Zafar Ansari 2/76, Moeen Ali 1/60.Englans 1st innings: 244/10 in 81.3 overs; Joe Root batting 56, Chris Woakes 46, Adil Rashid 44 (not out), Jonny Bairstow 24, Alastair Cook 14, Zafar Ansari 13, Moeen Ali 10, Mehedi Hasan Miraz 6/82, Taijul Islam 3/65, Shakib Al Hasan 1/41.Englans 2nd innings: 164/10 in 45.3 oves; Alastair Cook 59, Ben Duckett 56, Ben Stokes 25, Mehedi Hasan Miraz 6/77, Shakib Al Hasan  4/49.


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