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Pakistan team celebrating after victory over Bangladesh (Image: PCB Twitter)
Pakistan team celebrating after victory over Bangladesh (Image: PCB Twitter)

Sajid Khan's heroics help Pakistan sweep Test series against Bangladesh

ANI | Updated: Dec 08, 2021 17:42 IST

Dhaka [Bangladesh], December 8(ANI): Off-break bowler Sajid Khan bagged 12 wickets in the entire match as Pakistan beat Bangladesh by an innings and 8 runs at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka to help visitors clean sweep 2-match Test series 2-0.
Resuming the day at 76/7 in the first innings Bangladesh needed a stellar batting display to save the Test match but unfortunately, Taijul Islam was out leg before to Sajid Khan for a duck. Another tailender Khaled Ahmed came and lasted only two balls as he was cleaned up by left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi for no score.
Sajid then got the last wicket of Bangladesh's 1st innings as Shakib Al Hasan was out caught at short cover to Azhar Ali for 33. The hosts were bundled out for a paltry 87 with 4 batters getting out for a duck.
Expectedly Pakistan team enforced a follow on as they were eyeing victory. The Bangladesh team did not learn from their past mistakes losing wickets in heap. Hassan Ali clean bowled opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy for 6 with only 12 runs on the board. In the next over the other opener, Shadman Islam was sent packing by Shaheen Shah Afridi for 2.
Hasan Ali struck again in the very next over dismissing Mominul Haque leg before for just 7. Six runs later the hosts were dealt with another blow as Shaheen Afridi struck again dismissing Najmul Hossain Shanto for 6 leaving visitors tottering at 25/4.

Bangladesh desperately needed a partnership as Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim brought some solidarity and took the team's total beyond the 5-run mark. The duo took their team's total to 72 runs with the loss of 4 wickets at lunch with Liton unbeaten on 27 and Mushfiqur unbeaten on 16.
Resuming at 72/4 post-lunch Liton and Mushfiqur took their partnership beyond the 50-run mark. The resilience broke as Sajid Khan once again proved to be a thorn in the flesh for Bangladesh getting the important wicket of Liton Das for 45.
Mushfiqur Rahim stayed on and struck a partnership with star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and in-process took Bangladesh total to triple figures which they failed to achieve in the first innings. Rahim and Shakib kept Pakistan bowlers at bay for some time and struck a 49-run partnership. Unfortunately, an untimed run out of Mushfiqur Rahim gave the visitors another foot in the door.
Shakib Al Hassan refused to give up notching up his 26th half-century in Test matches. Shakib along with Mehidy Hasan Miraz struck a fifty partnership. Just when it seemed that Bangladesh are clawing their way back Pakistan skipper Babar Azam introduced himself into the attack and dismissed Mehidy Hasan for 14 in his very first over.
Sajid Khan once again got the breakthrough for visitors dismissing Shakib Al Hassan for 63. In his next over he then got Khaled Ahmed out stumped for a duck. Sajid delivered the final nail in the coffin to dismiss Taijul Islam for 5 as the hosts were bowled out for 205. Pakistan won the match by an innings and 8 runs to sweep the series 2-0. Sajid Khan finished with figures of 4/86 in the second innings and in the first innings he bagged 8 wickets for 42. (ANI)