The Pakistani bowlers did not take much time as they crushed Bangladesh by an innings and 44 runs on the fourth day of first Test match played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Monday. With this win, Pakistan earned 60 more points in the latest ICC Test Championship.
Starting on the overnight score of 126 for 6, Mominal Haque played a lovely boundary before being dismissed by Shaheen Shah Afridi. Liton Das looked confident with his stroke play and made batting look easy. Rubel Hossain also showed resolve playing 26 balls and hitting 5 runs. Das played 4 balls and then tried to hit a boundary. Mohammad Abbas produced a beauty to dismiss Rubel Hossain. Hossain and Das added 26 runs for the 8th wicket. Das played some brilliant shot and never allowed the tailenders to expose. Yasir Shah got wicket of Das with a review. The umpire gave it not out and immediately Azhar Ali reviewed it and decision was reversed. Shah got the final wicket of Abu Jayed trying to hit a big shot and was caught by Asad Shafiq. Pakistan bowled Bangladesh for 168 runs to give Pakistan a commanding an innings and 44 runs win.
It was a dominating performance by the Pakistani Cricket Team right from winning the toss on day 1. Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled a stunning spell and took 4 for 53 to bowl out Bangladesh for 233. In reply thanks to Babar Azam 143, Shan Masood 100, Haris Sohail 75, Asad Shafiq 65, Pakistan posted 445 runs in the first innings and got a lead of 212 runs.
Bangladesh started well in their 2nd innings with Tamim Iqbal looking confident with his stroke play. With things looking comfortable at 124 for 2, Naseem Shah produced a brilliant hat-trick to leave the visitors in big trouble at 124 for 5. At the end of day 3, Bangladesh were 126 for 6.
Yasir Shah and Naseem were the chief destroyer for Pakistan in the 2nd innings.
Pakistan 445 in 122.5 overs (Babar Azam 143, Shan Masood 100, Haris Sohail 75, Asad Shafiq 65, Abu Jayed 3/86, Rubel Hossain 3/113 ) beat Bangladesh 233 in 82.5 overs (Mohammad Mithun 63, Najmul Shanto 44, Shaheen Shah Afridi 4/53)) and 168 in 62.2 overs ( Najmul Shanto 38, Mominal Haque 41, Liton Das 29, Naseem Shah 4/26, Yasir Shah 4/58) by an innings and 44 runs.
For his hat-trick on Sunday, Naseem Shah was awarded the man of the match. The 2nd Test match of the series will be played from 3rd April 2020.