Celebrations started at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla Stadium as well as across the country when Bangladesh created history as they won their first ever Test match against England by 108 runs at home and square the series.
Bangladesh took England’s all ten wickets in a single session. Off-spin sensation Mehedi Hasan took the final wicket of Steven Finn to finish with 6-77 in the innings and 12 for 159 in the match.
England looked well on their way to seal a 2-0 victory. However, an inspired spell from Mehedi Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan’s supporting act meant that the visitors lost 10 wickets for 64 runs.
Bangladesh Captain Mushfiqur Rahim praised 19-year-old spinner. “We always knew Mehedi Hasan is going to shine. We did not think, he will in this series though. He is going to have a great prospect for Bangladesh in future,” he said.
On Bangladesh’s terrific comeback despite a strong start from England, Rahim said: “It is really a great moment for Bangladesh cricket. They were 100 for none, but we had a belief that if we got one wicket, we could do it. The coach was a bit fired at tea, the guys bowled well and tried to work in good areas. New ball suits the England batsmen but after that it became tough.”
“Our next target is to perform in overseas conditions. Our boys have done well and hopefully we can do well abroad. In the last one year or so, we have done well. Hopefully, the ICC and our board will get us a few more series against the big teams,” the Bangladesh captain added.
England skipper Cook, who lamented the lack of partnerships from the middle-order batsmen, said his team’s inexperience proved to be the difference. “270 would have been a hell of a chase on that wicket. We got off to a good start. We needed partnerships but couldn’t get going. These are young fellows and the inexperience showed. Credit to Bangladesh, they bowled well, caught well. 220 would have been a different story,” Cook said.