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Pakistan wraps up Bangladesh tour with Test win

Misbah’s men pick up eight wickets in little over a session on the fourth day to win by 328 runs

Pakistan wraps up Bangladesh tour with Test win - Cricket News
Misbah-ul-Haq recorded his 16th win as captain as Pakistan won by 328 runs.

Pakistan ended its tour of Bangladesh with a Test series win on Saturday (May 9), after having lost three One-Day Internationals and the one-off Twenty20 International.

Starting the fourth day of the second and final Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on 63 for 1, Bangladesh was bowled out for 221 in its second innings just after lunch to hand Pakistan a 328-run win.

Chasing 550, Bangladesh would have pinned its hopes on the second-wicket pair of Tamim Iqbal – who made 206 to draw the first Test – and Mominul Haque to play out as much time as possible on the penultimate day of the game. Things, however, did not pan out as planned with Tamim departing in the ninth over of the morning.

Imran Khan, the right-arm medium pacer, got Tamim to nick an away-going delivery that Sarfraz Ahmed picked up behind the stumps. Tamim made 42, and four overs later, Imran struck again.

Mahmudullah edged a back-of-the-length delivery that Younis Khan caught at second slip on the second attempt. Not long after that, Mohammad Hafeez had Shakib Al Hasan, who had made an unbeaten 89 in the first innings, caught by Wahab Riaz at mid-off in his first over.

The focus then shifted to Mushfiqur Rahim putting up a fight and building a partnership with Mominul, but it was not to be the skipper’s day. Yasir Shah got him to play on before he could open his account.

Mominul brought up his fifty, joining West Indies great Vivian Richards and the Indian duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir as the only batsmen to score 50 runs or more in 11 consecutive Tests. He, however, was one of the two wickets to fall within seven balls after the lunch break, which effectively ended Bangladesh’s hopes.

In the fifth ball of the second session, Soumya Sarkar’s flick down the leg side off Riaz resulted in him gloving one and Sarfraz accepting his second catch of the day. Then, in the next over, Mominul was on 68 when he drove a pitched-up delivery from Shah for Asad Shafiq to take a low catch at cover.

Shuvagata Hom and Taijul Islam added 34 runs, but Taijul’s attempted sweep went wrong as Sami Aslam took a running catch at short fine-leg to give Shah his fourth wicket.

There was enough fuel left in Bangladesh's tank for the ninth-wicket pair of Hom and Mohammad Shahid to produce an entertaining stand of 44 runs, much to the delight of the weekend crowd. It was fun till it lasted before Junaid Khan's sharp yorker castled Hom for 39.

With Shahadat Hossain ruled out of the game with a serious knee injury on the first morning, Hom's wicket marked the end of the game as Misbah-ul-Haq recorded his 16th win as captain.

Pakistan will next prepare for international cricket at home for the first time in six years through a limited-overs series against Zimbabwe.

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