Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st Test, Chittagong, 4th day

Another innings defeat for limp Bangladesh

The Report by Nitin Sundar

December 12, 2011

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Pakistan 594 for 5 decl. (Younis 200*, Hafeez 143, Shafiq 104) beat Bangladesh 135 (Rehman 3-9, Ajmal 3-40) and 275 (Nazimuddin 78, Shakib 51, Rehman 4-88) by an innings and 184 runs
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Nazimuddin goes over the top, Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st Test, Chittagong, 4th day, December 12, 2011
Nazimuddin's batting on debut was the only positive for Bangladesh © AFP
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Bangladesh crashed to their 35th innings defeat in 73 Tests, after Pakistan's spinners ran circles through the middle and lower order on the fourth morning in Chittagong. The result seemed inevitable right from the first day, when the hosts put on a batting horror show to fold for 135 in their first innings. They made a better fist of things in the second dig, though the pitch had turned much more difficult after baking under the sun for three days. Their late defiance, however, only served to extend the game into its 11th session, before Pakistan completed their fifth win in nine Tests this year.

That the hosts even survived until lunch was down to the opener Nazimuddin, whose approach contrasted sharply with the impatience of his top-order colleagues. He made 78 off 189 balls, taking his match tally on debut to 109, giving the hosts something to salvage from another shambolic Test match. Nazimuddin's vigil was particularly impressive given the sheer quality of spinners he was facing. With the rough patches on the leg-stump area opening up finally, Saeed Ajmal was lethal from round the stumps, while Abdur Rehman produced drift and sharp turn with an attacking line. Together, they made short work of a line-up that lacked the technique to survive against a spin attack far superior to their own.

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  • The innings-and-184-run win is the second-highest victory margin for Pakistan against Bangladesh in Tests. The highest remains the innings and 264 run win in Multan in 2001. It is also the fourth-largest victory margin for Pakistan against any team.
  • The innings defeat is Bangladesh's 35th in Tests and their fourth against Pakistan. South Africa and Sri Lanka have beaten Bangladesh the most number of times by an innings (7).
  • Pakistan's win is their fifth of the year so far. Their only loss came against West Indies at Providence in May.
  • Abdur Rehman's four-wicket haul is his fourth in Tests and his second outside home. He now has 52 wickets in 11 Tests at 31.11.
  • Nazimuddin's 78 is the fifth-highest score by a Bangladesh batsman on debut. The record is held by Aminul Islam who scored 145 in Bangladesh's first Test, against India in Dhaka in 2000.

The signs were ominous for Bangladesh from the moment Umar Gul got a ball to scoot low, just away from the stumps, in his opening over. Nazimiuddin nearly played on to Rehman, left balls that were uncomfortably close to off stump, and almost soft-batted a fizzing Ajmal offbreak back onto the wickets. He carried on, though, unfazed by the close misses, and was prepared to look ugly if he had to, unlike his trigger-happy team-mates.

Shakib Al Hasan began with an expansive cover drive off Umar Gul for four, but fell after reaching 50, outdone by his perilous tendency to play back to the spinners. That gave Rehman his 50th Test wicket in 11 Tests, joint-fastest for a Pakistan spinner, along with Ajmal. Rehman should have had Mushfiqur Rahim in the same over, but umpire Billy Doctrove adjudged the lbw appeal in the batsman's favour.

Nazimuddin reached his 50 with a nurdle through midwicket, and summoned the confidence to hoist Ajmal over mid-on for four. Adnan Akmal helped him along with two drops behind the stumps, and Nazimuddin celebrated by spooning Rehman inside-out, and planting Ajmal over midwicket for sixes. Two more pleasing fours followed, and Misbah-ul-Haq - a defensive captain at the best of times - promptly pushed men back to long-off, square leg and midwicket. That didn't stop Nazimuddin from another loft down the ground, and he grimaced in self-admonishment as soon as he played the shot, realising he had holed out to long-off.

Mushfiqur hung on gamely, reading the spin variations from the crease, but Mahmudullah was owned by an Ajmal doosra that spun across to hit off stump. Pakistan had five more overs before lunch to bring an early close to the action, but Mushfiqur and Elias Sunny survived till the break. The final rites were administered soon after, with Rehman trapping Mushfiqur in front for 49, and Aizaz Cheema getting the ninth wicket with the second new ball. Rubel Hossain was unavailable to bat after injuring himself on the third day, but he wasn't the only Bangladeshi who failed to turn up.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by imransangdil on (December 15, 2011, 21:05 GMT)

bangladesh is boring team

Posted by khiladisher on (December 15, 2011, 20:37 GMT)

@SUBHASH DEVADIGA- UNLESS AND UNTIL PAKISTAN BEAT INDIA AT THE GLOBAL LEVEL OR AT AN ICC EVENT FINAL-INDIA WILL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE PAKISTAN EVERYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD- WE BEAT PAKISTAN IN INDIA-PAKISTAN-AUSTRALIA-ENGLAND-TORONTO-SOUTH AFRICA AND WE ALSO BEAT THEM AT SHARJAH-{THE TOUGHEST PLACE TO BEAT PAKISTAN-THE LOGIC YOU USED IS VERY CORRECT-THAT IT IS NOT THE #OF MATCHES WON BUT TH GLOBAL EVENTS WON AND THE IMPORTANT KNOCK OUT MATCHES WON. PAKISTAN HAS ENTERED 12 SEMI-FINAL AT GLOBAL ICC EVENTS-BUT HAVE ENTERED ONLY 4 FINALS AND JUST WON 2 WORLD CUPS.WE EVEN BEAT PAKISTAN 4-1 IN TORONTO WHEN THEY HAD ALL THE GREAT BOWLERS-WASEEM-WAQAR-SHOAIB-SAQLAIN-AND MUSHTAQ PLAYING-SAURAV GANGULY SINGLE HANDEDLY WON US 4 MATCHES WITH BAT AS WELL AS THE BALL IN THE 1997 SERIES.

Posted by Safran17 on (December 15, 2011, 19:41 GMT)

I don't understand why our team don't learn from their mistakes. Is this what they learn from the coaching staffs? Don't they know the basics of cricketing shots? I admit Pakistan is very strong as a bowling side but I could see our batsman giveaway their wickets! Test cricket is very important, and this is the only game where you have to show patience, tolerance and stamina. I wonder why they attempt for lofted shots other than rotating strikes. 90 over means 540 balls in a day! and if you can strike singles 300 times runs will come easily.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

@Subhash Devadiga the point about the pitch its firstly only my opnion my actual point regarding this was to everyone who said that UAE should be home to pakistan it isnt! home is home and your advantage is there for all sorts of reasons. it was not the excuse for why we lost to australia and im sure you know why we did the most capped batsman in the top 6 in that team was abdul razzaq with 23 games in fact steve waugh had more caps than the entire pakistan team that is what happens when you lose all your top players in one go a heavy lesson in why you must bring on youngesters the same lesson australia are going through now... my debate isnt whose better or who has been better but just putting my point forward. i can argue about stats all day as im sure you know yours and i do mine. if you dont agree with me about the pitch that is totally up to you. pakistan are not only not a bad team but is playing some good cricket away from home..

Posted by   on (December 15, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

@szrana007 its not about How many matches u have won more its all about how many important matches you have won For eg look at SA team in every global tournament till the knock out phase they were regarded The best team in the business but once the sudden death round start they r the first who knocked out easily .Their single deefeat in abig tournament comes at most important phase which deprive them the title Victory.Similarly we agrees Pak have an edge over India in ODI and test But India World Cup(5-0) .T20 (2-0) and Asia Cup(5 -1)force over Paksitan completely over shadows their achievements.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2011, 6:19 GMT)

@ Asghar Maqsood I too cant believe your Extraordinary comments regarding Playing Australia is totally different from any subcontinent pitches except India OK than I wants to make one point clears that on the basis different pitches theory even next town I also pointing u eevn the Practice pitches played on same Ground are not almost similair to the one in the centre.No excuse for Pakistan 2002 mauling at the hands of Australian.You pointed out India are superior side atleasts against Pakistan than why we are squaring up for this debate.I also believe that Pakistan were at their prime in Imran-Javed era and its clear they will past their prime too further India will face the same once the batting stallwart retires,Yes I dont even said that Pak has been Bad team but some of comments were the Counter attack from the statement made from ur end as well as camp to settle the things

Posted by crictime11 on (December 15, 2011, 4:00 GMT)

from the scoreboard i can see tht our fast bowlers umar and now tht other new guy are starting to come along they are starting to gel and so is our spin attack with rehman and THE MAN saeed ajmal... i think that our bowling attack is up to par with most teams now and that we shld focus more on developing our batting talents to get our team on the top acres of the ICC rankings once again

Posted by   on (December 14, 2011, 22:20 GMT)

@khiladisher also although india have the edge on wins in ICC events against pakistan again that is not always 2009 champions trophy :-) and your question regarding what icc events we have won 2 in the last 20 years ... 1992 and 2009.... no doubt i will see your made up fantasy on other pages i just hope no one actually believes it lol

Posted by   on (December 14, 2011, 22:04 GMT)

@khiladisher are you ever going to come to reality come out your bubble... pakistan only beat india in sharjah? india have been far superior?? if you are talking odi's as of late i agree that the series have become more even but before that do you even have a clue have a look at who was far superior between 1978 - 2002 yes it has slowed down since we lost a llot of good players at the time a phase india is yet to face like all other teams.... i would do the stats but they would a get wasted on you and b would nt fit...

Posted by ZAIDI9 on (December 14, 2011, 18:12 GMT)

@dariuscorny.... LOLZ!!!!! Thats really a Silly and Outlandish statement from your side.i really did't expect that a sensible person like you really don't even try to understand that Srilanka recentlly come in Finals against India...Plz try to accept the truths...remember Srilankans are not of club levels.they have strong batting and bowling line-ups

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