Bangladesh turned up the heat on England batsmen in the second Test at Mirpur to clinch a memorable win by 108 runs. The hosts posted a target of 273 runs with England having full two days to chase down the score but spinners Mehedi Hasan Miraaz and Shakib-ul-Hasan had other ideas as they produced match-winning spells to upstage England, thereby levelling the series at Mirpur.
England were coasting at one stage with 100 runs on the board after 23 overs with openers Alastair Cook and Ben Duckett laying an ideal platform for the side to chase down the score set by Bangladesh. Once again, the man who turned the tide for the hosts was Miraaz who got Duckett and Ballance in quick succession to see the visitors in all sorts of trouble. Shakib also produced a good delivery to dismiss England’s premier batsman Joe Root, who was trapped leg before for 1 to see England slide at 124 for 3 after a couple of overs into the last session. Moeen Ali also was undone by a good delivery from Miraaz, his third wicket of this innings. Cook’s rearguard action with the bat also failed as Miraaz dismissed him soon after with Mominul Haque at silly point grabbing the catch safely.
England had lost half their side in a space of few overs. Jonny Bairstow has been the guy to bail out England on numerous occasions but this game was not one of those as he prodded a ball anxiously to be taken by leg slip. The wicket gave Mehedi his third five-wicket haul of his career as he delivered yet another terrific performance in back-to-back innings for Bangladesh.
Shakib also came into his own with the ball as he nailed Stokes to see Bangladesh on top. Stokes could only see his stumps get clattered as he made his way back to the pavilion after making 25 runs. Adil Rashid was caught on the wrong side of a top-notch delivery from Shakib as England lost their eighth wicket of the innings. Zafar Ansari and Steve Finn could not the hold the fort for long as England got bundled out for 164 runs in 45.3 overs with Mehedi taking six wickets in the innings for Bangladesh to level the series and win the game by 108 runs.
The century of Tamim Iqbal was also one of the big moments for Bangladesh in this match. Tamim managed to outclass England along with spinners in Shakib-ul-Hasan and Mehedi Hasan Miraaz who bowled probing spells to deliver a memorable win for the hosts. This will surely go down as one of Bangladesh’s finest victories in Test cricket, ever since their triumph against the West Indies in 2009.