Bangladesh v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 5th day

Rehman's best sets up clean sweep

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

December 21, 2011

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Pakistan 470 (Taufeeq 130, Misbah 70, Azhar 57, Akmal 53, Shakib 6-82) and 107 for 3 beat Bangladesh 338 (Shakib 144, Nafees 97) and 234 (Nasir 79, Mushfiqur 53, Rehman 4-51) by seven wickets
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Nasir Hossain steers the ball behind point, Bangladesh v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 5th day, December 21, 2011
Nasir Hossain made a career-best 79, but his dismissal set off a collapse that resulted in a Bangladesh loss © AFP
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Pakistan capped off a fruitful year in cricket by completing a clean sweep against Bangladesh in Mirpur on a drama-filled day that showcased the unpredictability of Test cricket.

In the first session, Nasir Hossain and Mushfiqur Rahim batted sensibly, not especially worried about the runs which they were collecting, making the draw seem the likeliest result. In the second, a combination of kamikaze batting and smart spin bowling resulted in Bangladesh losing their final five wickets for 22 runs, leaving Pakistan the seemingly straightforward target of 103. It wasn't though, as Pakistan faced a race against the fading light in the final session, and needed some intrepid batting to secure the victory in the gloom.

There was a helping hand from the weather for Bangladesh early on, as the usual morning fog delayed the start by an hour and a half. Bangladesh's batting has posted 250 in both innings of a Test only four times in the past seven years, and as play began the worry was the home side would fold on a fifth-day track, particularly against Pakistan's versatile spin attack.

Those fears were quelled in the morning as Nasir went on to his maiden half-century while Mushfiqur made his second important contribution with the bat as the pair put on a century stand. After lunch, though, Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal bamboozled the lower order to revive fading Pakistan hopes of a victory.

It was Rehman who did the major damage after the interval. Nasir was hoodwinked by a straighter delivery that beat the bat and crashed into the stumps to end the partnership at 117. Bangladesh still had plenty of reasons to hope: the lead was already 80, Mushfiqur was set and nearing his half-century, the new batsman Elias Sunny had a first-class high score of 176, and the light usually fades well before the scheduled close of play.

Those hopes pretty much evaporated after a wild stroke from Mushfiqur, who charged out and looked to send a Rehman delivery out of the ground, only managing to top edge it towards mid-off. How Mushfiqur can lecture his team-mates about batting responsibly after this shot remains to be seen.

Bangladesh's slide continued thanks to a moment of magic from Younis Khan at slip, which seemed even more spectacular given the number of simple chances that have been put down in the match. It extended Shahadat Hossain's forgettable Test as he attempted a reckless swipe across the line, getting a thick edge which was seemingly flying well wide of first slip. Younis, though, threw himself to his right goalkeeper-style to snaffle it one-handed. Saeed Ajmal then captured the final two victims to take his tally for the year to 50.

In contrast to the helter-skelter batting after lunch, Nasir and Mushfiqur had been level-headed in seeing off the bowling in the morning. Chances fell short, flew wide and soared over slip but Pakistan were unable to make the breakthrough, as both batsmen also played some powerful shots behind point. In the fourth over of the day, Nasir edged an attempted drive just past second slip, but that didn't stop him from a vigorous upper cut over gully for four off the next delivery.

Once the fast bowlers were seen off, Ajmal and Rehman dried up the runs with an accurate spell of bowling. A five-over stretch that yielded only one run was finally snapped by the inevitable big stroke, but Nasir managed to swat it wide of the diving midwicket fielder to pick up a boundary.

Both Nasir and Mushfiqur showed a defensive technique that was mostly watertight, and Pakistan had to turn to their secondary spinners, Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali. A whip to midwicket for four off Ali brought up the hundred stand five minutes before lunch, and Bangladesh were looking forward to escaping with a draw before a depressingly familiar collapse followed.

In this Test, Shakib Al Hasan already had the highest score and the best bowling figures by a Bangladeshi against Pakistan, but he could still have made his most important contribution during the chase. It was getting murky early in the afternoon, and the floodlights were on as early as 3pm - a series of tight overs could have been enough to conjure a face-saving draw. He bowled through the innings but it was a task too tough even for him.

Pakistan had a stretch of 24 dot balls early on, and Taufeeq Umar was dismissed cheaply, but Mohammad Hafeez then took over, expertly pulling the barrage of short balls from the medium-pacers. With Azhar Ali working the singles, Pakistan galloped towards victory even as the light faded. Both Hafeez and Azhar were dismissed with the win in sight, but that only brought in the senior batsmen, Man-of-the-Series Younis Khan and captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who stylishly completed the victory with a six over long-off.

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Posted by   on (December 24, 2011, 19:04 GMT)

pakistan team is confident to play with england don,t take it easy to pakistan team bcaz they have to ablity to beat any team in all the world

Posted by   on (December 24, 2011, 13:27 GMT)

The domestic structure of Bangladesh should be a strong one like India specially the first class circuit. Selectors should select good fast bowlers, who are consistent in domestic competitions and proved himself, and please don't select Shahadat again and again.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2011, 6:17 GMT)

i thick that Bangladesh's batsman do not believe that they can bat in one whole day.they always in hurry.coaching staffs should tell to them that your duties are just play one whole day. do not matter whether you score run or not.with time to time they can improve batter and batter

Posted by dulabari on (December 23, 2011, 0:04 GMT)

Micky Tool :" @Dulbari: dont speak Rubbish bro..It took 26 yrs for NZ to win their 1st TEST match but they have DRAWN quite a few TESTS ............." I have already mentioned that DRAW was a little easy for NZ, BECAUSE they used to play 4 day Test matches until 1970. Also there was no pressure of media and fan expectation during that time. Also England , Australia and WI used to send weak team to NZ. Once England sent two teams to Australia and NZ at the same time. I think NZ also has the record of 29 all out.

Posted by Cric_info_pak on (December 22, 2011, 20:59 GMT)

pakistan was the best team when they got test status they beat india in first series n they beat england in england in their first series that time england was very strong team , well india , newzealand and bangladesh is equal every one past record is quite same

Posted by   on (December 22, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

@Dulbari: dont speak Rubbish bro..It took 26 yrs for NZ to win their 1st TEST match but they have DRAWN quite a few TESTS and they were promising and also same goes to India and Srilanka..u shud check urself..BD 's TEST status is given immaturely and we all know who wanted it and helped us..but wat it hurts is DOMESTIC LONGER Version cricket is very poor in BD and None of our so called Star players ever participate and our Board is busy arranging 50 overs league and 20-20 as long as thts not happening our TEST cricket wont go tht far and we will see more humiliating and embarrassing defeats..u take my words bro...

Posted by honestno2 on (December 22, 2011, 20:02 GMT)

and it takes only 2 weeks for Pak to win First test match and also away to India ;)...thats what we call real achievement...

Posted by   on (December 22, 2011, 19:06 GMT)

I would request not to criticize Bangladesh for a poor show. They have a passion for the game and few very talented players the only thing they require in my opinion is an inspirational leader like Imran Khan who can work hard himself and motivate them to do so. Once they start believing that they can get over the line then they will turn the tables. Moreover, their players should take part in other country's domestic set-ups or even import players to show up in their domestic circles.

Posted by dulabari on (December 22, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

Cpt.Meanster: ".... No other team has taken more than 10 years to win games consistently let alone a series......." --- Please see the records. It took 26 years for New Zeeland to win their first Test and more than 20 years for India and Sri Lanka

Posted by Aragorn_11 on (December 22, 2011, 14:33 GMT)

for everyone thinking that Pakistan are gonna have a tough time against England....I doubt it...the English are notoriously poor in subcontinent conditions, not only that, the heat will be draining on them, the ability to bounce on UAE/Subcontinent tracks is halved because of the heat and the pitch, and if they found it hard against a second string indian spin line up recently (which had no Harbhajan Singh) and in the World Cup against do people expect them to play Rehman, Ajmal and Hafeez easily?? The tracks should be suited to Pakistan, as its a "HOME" series....all these people saying they should curate better tracks then the flat ones of the subcontinent, really do not know what home advantage is all about!! Looking forward to Pakistan smothering England, who, just like India, are a top team in home or similar to home conditions...but there arent many teams out there who aren't, which made Australia's dominant team in 90s-00s so good!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 22, 2011, 13:20 GMT)

Pakistan have had a fruitful year for sure. However, their real challenge starts when they take on the no.1 test playing team England. It should be interesting early next year because England have a pathetic record in Asia and Pakistan are known to be unpredictable. Bangladesh sadly DON'T deserve to play test cricket. Their inclusion as a test nation shows that the ICC lacks vision or clear goals. Bangladesh should have been only playing ODI cricket like Ireland and Canada. The country doesn't have a strong domestic structure which is the FIRST requirement for a good test nation. Secondly, the Bangladeshis are offering way too many excuses. For God's sake, you have been playing test cricket since 2000. No other team has taken more than 10 years to win games consistently let alone a series. Even Zimbabwe are better now. I hope the ICC comes up with a 2 tier structure so that we can avoid such lame contests.

Posted by DINESHCC on (December 22, 2011, 12:04 GMT)


Posted by   on (December 22, 2011, 11:05 GMT)

Great Job Done By Misbah and his Army.Congrats now you have to prove in the Upcoming series against england, that you have Improved so much and if you play truely no one can beat you easily. Best of luck pakistan. we are really looking forward to that Series. Thanks cricinfo whole staff,what a site it is.Special thanks to the Commentarians.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2011, 10:28 GMT)

First of all lots of Congratulation especially to Pakistani Team and for all Pakistani's for another fabulous victory of Pakistan in International Cricket. @ Hassan Comment I will also agreed ICC should think about BD tests status.. Indeed Ireland is a good time.

About Our Team (Pakistan) keep work hard and try to prove your self brilliant in every field in up coming England Series Our best wishes with Team Pakistan We wish & want another clean sweep by Pakistan :)

Cheers & Best of Luck

Posted by   on (December 22, 2011, 9:26 GMT)

Great to see Pakistan playing some good and positive cricket. Hope they keep it up in series against England.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2011, 9:17 GMT)

Pakistan are expected to cleaned up Bangladesh and the done that ,Congratulation to them and Bangladesh still needs lots of improvement otherwise they are considered to be liablity in test cricket.Pakistan are better frame of mind to tackle England in a upcoming series at UAE While England have a challenge in front of them to defend their No 1 title in Subcontinent Pitches hoping for a Crack a jag contest between England vs Pakistan.....

Posted by   on (December 22, 2011, 8:44 GMT)

@justipl dude i was thinking the same thing :) why not asian ashes between Pak Vs India 5 test matches in every 2 years... ICC should think of it they can generate lot of revenue

Nothing is better than that

Posted by Nasee2010 on (December 22, 2011, 7:52 GMT)

nice to see pak whitewashing.Eagerly waiting matches with Eng

Posted by JustIPL on (December 22, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

On the final morning Bangladeshis were like a piece of meat in the minceing machine just escaping the blades. There were so many close shaves but they have created a fresh wave of hope for fans anyway. I think India should also play Bangladesh and Afghanistan and Asian Ashes b/w India and Pak should be revived. I call it Asian Ashes because England and Australia have same relationship as India and Pakistan.

Posted by JustIPL on (December 22, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

It was calculated freedom provided by Pakistan to Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

Pakistan ends the years with a SIX !!! fitting ending to an amazing year

Posted by   on (December 22, 2011, 6:26 GMT)

get ready pakistan for 3-0 trashing :)

Posted by   on (December 22, 2011, 6:18 GMT)

my playing 11 for pak v eng for test matches 1.hafeez 2.asad shafiq 3.azhar ali 4. younus khan 5. misbah ul haq 6. umar akmal 7. adnan akmal. 8. gul 9. tanveer ahmad/ junaid khan 10. ajmal. 11. rehman.......... this seems to me the best that best tnat can crush england in uae..

Posted by   on (December 22, 2011, 6:12 GMT)

BD played better than before but still they r far away from being Consistent in TEST cricket..wat hurts me is thier approach..i dont think they know U can DRAW a TEST match..out of thier 74 TESTS, they cud have drawn at least 7-10 TESTs but they never tried..Players temperment,patience,approach,class all temporary..need to work hard on that if they want consistent Success in TEST cricket..

Posted by   on (December 22, 2011, 5:36 GMT)

Congratulation Team Pakistan.... All in all good performance in the end, was very dark yesterday in mirpur and Pak batsman good positive approach won the match....

I agreed with few comments that BD cricket boys should play with 1st class cricket in different test nations country like in Quad e Azam trophy, Ranji Trophy, Sheifield and In England so that they can play more positive 5 days cricket other wise they can not learn even for next 50 years....

BD cricket board should take some important action and ask Asian cricket council to create good infrastructure of 1st class cricket in thr country...

ICC should think again if BD deserve test status thn why not Ireland ??? I can bet ireland can beat BD in 5 days game

Posted by face2faceuni on (December 22, 2011, 5:32 GMT)

@Dr. Naveed, Umar Akmal can keep in T20 but he is not test wicket keeper. For a five day match you need a 100% wicket keeper.

Posted by birdz_eye on (December 22, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

Now thats what I was expecting from BD to make Pakistan work hard for victory. Surely a BD victory is becomes unlikely against top test sides but they can at least make them sweat. This proves that the more they play test matches the batter they will be. However I would recommend them to take a break voluntarily from International test matches & improve their domestic structure for longer version of cricket. Pakistan are jelling up to be a good fighting unit hopefully we will see the redemption in England series. May victory be yours Pakistan

Posted by   on (December 22, 2011, 5:13 GMT)

Desperately missing Umar Akmal. Its good to see Azhar batting with higher strike rate, he should be given a change in ODIs as well.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2011, 4:22 GMT)

Pakistan real test will b England lets c what happens it will b good series i guess !

Posted by dulabari on (December 22, 2011, 3:33 GMT)

kriskini: ".... India & Newzeland when they strated were able to atleast draw test matches even though tey waited for 20 years to see their first test win." ...draw was little easy that time, because, IN, Pak, & NZ used to play 4 day tests for a long time. There was no pressure of media and expectation or minimum 90 overs. England, Australia, and WI used to send weaker teams for NZ, Pak., or India during 40s, 50s, and 60s. Once England sent two teams to Australia and NZ at the same time. Do you know that NZ has the record of 29 all out. Bangladesh has a better chance because the cricket culture exists there as it was a part of a test playing country from 1947-71.

Posted by Saghyr on (December 22, 2011, 3:18 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan on ICC no 5 rank Team....!

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (December 22, 2011, 2:00 GMT)

The longsuffering Bdesh fans need something to cheer about. The players still make drastic mistakes, amateurish. They fail to learn fast enough. Batting needs anchoring in sometimes instead of vainglorious shotplay. The batsmen need to resist temptation.,and build innings.The talent is there but not the temperament.The pace bowlers run in manfully trying to ban the ball in on the most unsympathetic surfaces. The board need help to try and get the wickets more lively- hard I know given their location in the Ganges delta lands. The spinners look okay-Shakib is v. good- but discipline in large quantities is needed. The future is hard but not impossible I think.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2011, 1:33 GMT)

Bangladesh is now playing international cricket for well over 10+ years that's more than a decade! and to be honest I have seen a decline only in them let alone any improvement. It's High time ICC takes notice of such performances and bar such teams at-least from Test arena. Bangladesh should go on self exile like Zimbabwe and work on their domestic structure, players and the fielding/temperament levels before re entering to Test cricket.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2011, 1:14 GMT)

Well, believe me this Bangladeshi side is a strong one, however they just an't get this belef inside that they can defeat higher ranked team like Pakistan, this is a mental block, nothing else, they should have easily won the 1st t20, 1st odi, 3rd odi and this test had it not for lack of confidence, I am sure you'll see a totally different team in Asia cup inshaAllah.

Posted by drnaveed on (December 21, 2011, 22:02 GMT)

i think the test side against england should be 1) hafeez 2) taufeeq 3) azhar 4) younus 5) misbah 6) asad 7) umar akmal (wk) 8) abdul rehman 9) umar gul 10) ajmal 11)cheema or junaid . bd should play more five day first class matches in their country,to get stamina to play five days test cricket, presently they have stamina for just first three days of a test.they should take all the chances (catches) that come in their way.they should learn the difference between test and one day cricket .......... sooner the better.

Posted by dmqi on (December 21, 2011, 21:17 GMT)

I am eagerly waiting too see how the emerging Pakistani side play with a top rated team, I hope the pith is not totally spin favored, like those dead Indian pitch. Then we will have a good fight to enjoy. England favorite, sorry Pak fans, you are still number 4 at the most in ranking, Eng is #1.

Posted by Geonewz on (December 21, 2011, 21:07 GMT)

I wouldn't mind Mohsin as coach, he isn't too bad. SERIES WINS in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe (Clean Sweeps to be precise). Those criticizing are Misbah are blind... His approach is very defensive, like you mentioned the 80z style, but its paying off (Drew with South Africa, Won in West Indies, Won in NZLD, Won in Zimbabwe, Won with Sri Lanka and Won in Bangladesh). More aggressive earlier captains (From Misbah's era) like Shoaib Malik, Younis and Afridi never led Pakistan to this many successive campaigns. I don't mind a over all test batsmen strike rate of 30-35 as long as we are winning. Its good now that we have genuine test batsmen (Each batsmen has the capability to stay in for a whole day in a test match) like Azhar Ali, Shafiq, Misbah, Taufeeq and Younis. We struggled to get batsmen like that in the past (Eg. Pakistan in Aus 2010 Series) the batsmen were not even staying in against an ordinary attack. The only batsman good in that tour was Mohammad Yousuf. Pakistan Zindabad!

Posted by maddy20 on (December 21, 2011, 20:51 GMT)

@Naim Asghar Back in the 30's there were no video cameras and no analysts recording every ball and helping batsmen improve their technique and bowlers to look for chinks in a batsman's defense. Once this was available India has won their first WC within 12 years after they started playing them. s for Bangladesh? Well they are yet to win an ODI series against any side ranked in the top 5 let alone WC!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 20:41 GMT)

well i think that it was really good to see both the teams struggling for their countrys win.BD PLAYED AMAZINGLY well against one of the world's most threatening team,at the end of the day,i would say that in this test both teams played some good cricket,unlike indiaan teams matches,this test was worth watching...pakistan zindabad.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 20:25 GMT)

Bangladesh lost all matches against Pak ....1 T20, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests. Im not happy that Pak won from Bangladesh cuz Ban is a weak team. We see Pak vs Eng.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 20:07 GMT)

I think Afghanistan would be a better Test playing nation than Bangladesh....

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 20:03 GMT)

Shakib Al Hasan becomes the number 1 all rounder in both test & ODI with ratings 404 & 420 respectively. :)

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 19:49 GMT)

Bangladesh needs to start good first class cricket and play test too OFTEN as well. Shakib, Mushfiq, Tamim and Nasir are only four good players. Everyone else are just guests in the team. Congrats to Pakistan. They played well.

Posted by Rehan7070 on (December 21, 2011, 19:39 GMT)

I think before criticizing BD, we should look at the poistives like Nasir Hossain, Nizamuddin and Shakibs performance. I think BD has a lot of talent and they will improve , we just need to be patient and conitnue to back this BD squad. They showed signs of immense improvement in econd test and it was lot closer affair. Sometimes things dont turn out to be good but I am sure once the team clicks it will a far difefferent story! Looking forward to Pak vs England....which will be a tough one! Love to BD and BD team from Lahore!!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 19:38 GMT)

This is the team which known as real pakistan class,Misbah so far leading the site very well now Big Deal is coming with england,this is the time to Chose some class ones,my team against England should be.. ODI SIDE 1.Hafeez 2.Kamran Akmal 3.Younas Khan 4.Misbah 5.Umer akmal 6.Asad Shafiq 7.Afrdi 8.Gul 9.Junaid 10.Wahab 11.Ajmal... In test team Umer akmal shuld bring back in palce of Asad shafiq... In t20 Awais Zia should open the inning with Hafeez,no more place for imran farhat... i am sure this time england will fell heat,Pakistan is now one of the most toughest opposition to beat...

Posted by Desihungama on (December 21, 2011, 19:09 GMT)

@Dave Brown - By my reckoning if there was no fog for the five straight days the match would have been over on Day 4. But that's my 2 cents. Well played Bangladesh, no doubt.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 19:05 GMT)

it amuses me to find so many Indians writing against the BANGLADESHI test status.Have they forgotten the dismal start to the tests when INDIA was allowed to play in 30's.It takes time to make good players and team especially today when the weaknesses of any team are discussed so openly and naively.

Posted by Desihungama on (December 21, 2011, 18:53 GMT)

A huge effort from Bangladesh but just could not finish in the end. Mind you, Bangladesh scored over 575 runs against one of the best bowling attacks. That is significant improvement from the start of the series and a testimony to why they have a Test status. Keep working. Pak Cric Supporter

Posted by trueindian on (December 21, 2011, 18:52 GMT)

Bangladesh played nice until after lunch. Mushfiqur really wasted his wicket. He should have kicked himself for that horrendous dismissal. Well, great performances from this Pakistan team-they have won many series this year

Posted by kriskini on (December 21, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

Bangladesh holds the record number of consecutive test defeats with 21. Next is Zimbabwe with 13. India & Newzeland when they strated were able to atleast draw test matches even though tey waited for 20 years to see their first test win.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 18:44 GMT)

i think that BD needs to improve their domestic structure to produce players that can compete at this level against superior sides. Moreover i think that PAK has much to prove against better sides such as ENG, SA, AUS, IND only then we can say that PAK has improved wining against ZIM, WI, BD doesnt prove much

Posted by sameer111111 on (December 21, 2011, 18:43 GMT)

I feel that Bangladesh has actually gotten worse with time. When they first came to the scene, I remember them giving the bigger teams quite a scare in test matches. They almost won against Pakistan but were thwarted by Inzamam's batting and also managed to push India in their first match. Nowadays they struggle to avoid innings defeat even at home. Maybe the constant defeats have started to take it's toll and it would be better for them to play at a lower level befor playing against the top teams.

Posted by ZsZs on (December 21, 2011, 18:41 GMT)

I am from Bangladesh. Pakistan was tested in the 2nd test by Bangladesh. Had the fielding been better it would have been a great test for BD. I am glad also that Pakistan faced some resistance as it will hone their skills for England. I wish Pakistan sincere best wishes and good luck for that series. Especially after the 2010 situation, where I still think that money took advantage of a young promising bowler. May this series be a redemption for the Pakistan team - hang tough - and dominate. God Speed to the Pakistanis.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 18:40 GMT)

Thankx God end of series. I wish Pakistan never play BD in feature

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 18:37 GMT)

I am realy worried for Pak. team against Eng. because I think, though BD is not a good team, but they made way too many mistakes themself that would caused them the game, it was not Paki team, it was BD Pak. needs to up there game and work hard,or else U know what they did to India, is gonna happen to Pak.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 17:54 GMT)

Well done Misbah. Your cool headed approach is a blessing for Team Pakistan. Muhammad Hafeez-You are the player of 2012. I am confident that in the next calender year, you will top all formats, provided you avoid mid-wicket half pulls. You are best player of point/cover and in the V. Play on your strengths and see.

Best of luck against England Team. In Sha Allah you will sort them out.

Posted by FrenchCricketFan on (December 21, 2011, 17:42 GMT)

well-done pakistan, I rekon england pakistan test would be some interesting contest. The way ban fought from 5 wicket down situation seems they learned something and improving slowly. I think its not right some people want their test status taken off immidiately, let them play test and improve slowly, they will get there soon or later.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 17:33 GMT)

my prophecy came true. 1. bangladesh to be bowled out between 300-350 2. pakistan is going to pile up huge number of runs 3. bangladesh is going to collapse in 2nd innings and pakistan will win the test match easily.

it makes me feel embarrassed as a bangladeshi seeing our rubbish players still being given the opportunity to play international level cricket. Even though people criticize Geoffrey Boycott for his often harsh comments on Bangladesh, in fact i think he is spot on. our country doesn't need cricket at the moment. first our corrupt billionaire government people need to get moral first and then everything will change. ICC pls I beg you take away our cricket membership. and one last time Shakib pls think of start playing for IPL and county leagues man!!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

Congratulation Pakistan team. No doubt Pakisatn is superior team. However, you have to feel for bangladesh. Bangladesh is the victim of several wrong decision of Umpiring in crucial stage of both test, I really hope ICC must improve the umpiring. They must reconsider the decesion review system. I admit BD is weaker than Pak. If BD would not the victim of Poor umpiring, BD may be able to achieve much better result.

Posted by prashkannam on (December 21, 2011, 17:27 GMT)


Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 17:19 GMT)

Those of you Pakistani fans whoa re over the moon nedd to think about something.

Did Pakistan win because they worked hard? NO, the Bangladeshi batsmen gifted their wickets in a silly way. Thats' why Pakistan won. Don't be decieted by the fact just because they won, they are a super team. They weren't tested in the entire series at all.

Posted by reality_check on (December 21, 2011, 17:05 GMT)

@hakapuu. Give Bangladesh a break will you. India got their test status in 1932 but did not win their first test match until 1951/52. That is 20 years. You need to give Bangladesh another 10 years to come upto speed. 3 out of 73 is irrelevant as there are more tests being played now then in 30's/40's or 50's.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 16:58 GMT)

Aragorn_11 I dont think the guys you mentioned as being on the bench " Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat" belong anywhere near a pakistan first X1. The fact these 3 have been sidelined is a strong reason why the current pakistan test team are a cohesive unit. Those 3 have had chances and failed. Umar akmal is young but will never be a test bastman he doesnt have the temprament, and some of his past antics are not good for team cohesion.

Posted by sunnymachoo on (December 21, 2011, 16:58 GMT)

This series might have been a walk in the park but the real test is coming ahead. Beating England would be really difficult, I mean not easy at all. So no need to party at the moment. The team should just focus on the next tour. Good luck Team Pakistan!

Posted by ArsalAAK on (December 21, 2011, 16:51 GMT)

Great victory for Pakistan.Hopefully they can carry on like this against England.Younis is looking in good touch,batting will depend heavily on him and Hafeez in my opinion.Ajmal and Juniad will also prove to be a treath for Eng,not sure about Gul and Rehman though,all in all a treat of a series coming up vs Eng. PS: And oh boy!Wasn't that catch by YK just spectacular.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 16:32 GMT)

Wahab Riaz and Umar Akmal should be in against England in UAE. The rest seems OK. Cricket lovers all around the globe are awaiting for the series to see who holds the nerves.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 15:38 GMT)

To all BD test status haters, BD will play test as long as test match exists. In 2014, the ICC President will be from BD. So, u all keep dreaming......hahaha! I wonder India's test match status may be cancelled for breaching of FTP then!

Posted by Asif-RS on (December 21, 2011, 15:31 GMT)

If i were a Pakistani Cricket fan i would not praise there performance so early....

Posted by zico123 on (December 21, 2011, 15:19 GMT)

Pakistan team is in good form, they should beat England and take their revenge

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 15:07 GMT)

It's another good performance against a weak team lacking in confidence that can't take simple catches ( a bit like Pakistan too ) but well done PAk for getting the job done and being professional. My fear is that having watched Pakistan in this series that the penetration shown by our strike bowlers is only v average and will be a weakness against England's top quality batting line up. The strike bowlers do not pitch in the zone enough to make the batsmen play and they are easy leaves for them. This is a big problem, we may have to have Junaid playing or Wahab Riaz as a 4th or even 5th bowler. Our only chance lies in our spin attack in UAE conditions. Our batting will severely tested by England's seam attack too. The team also may suffer from fatigue at some point too as it's been a very long year. The last point is that England are mainly athletes who rarely drop catches sooo get ready Pakistan as a dose of reality is awaiting you in 2012. Best of luck though.

Posted by sunnymachoo on (December 21, 2011, 14:59 GMT)

Bangladesh have been playing international cricket for quite a long time and they should not be considered for removal from test cricket, perhaps only because of their participation for such a long time. HOWEVER there is no good excuse with Bangladesh for not being able to come up to the level of other test playing nations. As a cricket fan, I do feel a lot and remain concerned about Bangladesh. After all what is wrong with them? Whats the matter guys? What do you want? Why this so much week performance in every match? Please work on it! Get physically strong, get mentally strong. Show some true passion yaar! =(

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 14:51 GMT)

Well done Pakistan! I hope we'll do well against England Insha Allah! *Prepare in Advance for better performance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *Nothing is impossible, The word it self says "I'm Possible"!!!!!!!!!!! Abdur Rahman from Sri Lanka, Colombo!

Posted by keptalittlelow on (December 21, 2011, 14:43 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan, they are now No. 5 in the ICC Test rankings, just 4 points behind Australia. If they beat England they will go 1 up to No. 4.

Posted by Advanced_Donkeys on (December 21, 2011, 14:37 GMT)

miyaaw..what a victory.morale booster for the bangla pussycats..miyaaw!!

Posted by Fazal123 on (December 21, 2011, 14:21 GMT)

Nice. Cant wait for for the English test series.

Posted by Aragorn_11 on (December 21, 2011, 14:19 GMT)

Congratulations you showed a true hunger chasing 103 in poor conditions (did it in just over 20 overs)...lets hope the next test series, against England, will define you as a big force in Test cricket again....there is no doubting your ODI and T20 attributes, but it's in Test cricket where we have been poor, but this group (with Junaid Khan, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat all in the wings) looks like they have the combination and bench strength to take on the best....finally!

Posted by honestno2 on (December 21, 2011, 14:18 GMT)

Where are the smart stats ??? plus i think thou Pak have a great year but tough time lies ahead....i hope they pass this phase with flying color...but our bowling is not like Pakistan bowling attack of the recent times....Pak all the way...Keep it up guz..

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 14:18 GMT)

Great performance Pakistan. Now stage all set for the biggie against England. Just few words for Cheema, well he is among the wickets but too short for my liking.

Posted by zesh92 on (December 21, 2011, 14:08 GMT)

I think it was a good performance by pak team and they also have shown that they can play fast as well i thought they have forgot to play fast. but it was a plan to bat slow in the first inning but it might become handy if our bowlers doesn't pick wickets at the right time.

Posted by FLying.Horse on (December 21, 2011, 14:08 GMT)

The 1 Who Thiought Unpredictable Tag Should Not Engage with Pakistan any more?How Would They Describe the LAst Session Victory For Pak?..........Incredable.....I Switched OFf After Lunch , But I was Surprized TO see In News Pak WON,, Its Party Time,, Get Ready England,, V R Coming tO Get YOu. Best Of Luck Pakistan For Brand New Crickiting Year,,

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 13:59 GMT)

Job well done. It looked in the ist session that Bangladesh can avert the inevitable but it was the match between the experience vs inexperience. A good way to finish the rubber, the series and the year 2011. HATS OFF to Pak team.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 13:47 GMT)

bangaladesh team is in need of playing domestic cricket for two years and then only they should given chance to play international cricket. now they have learnt how to loose the match early .this is very very bad to the BD cricket.for pakistan this victory dosent make any difrance to world cricket.

Posted by Sam_k14 on (December 21, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

This result shows BD woes are not because of Ashraful. Poor guy has been unfairly singled out when the entire BD team is below ordinary. I dont know what Shahardat Hossain is in the team. Another farce of a test match. BD should really not be playing test cricket.

Posted by hakapuu on (December 21, 2011, 13:31 GMT)

Why is bangladesh still playing test cricket! 3 victories in 73 tests over last 10 yrs (one at home against Zim and 2 against second string windes side!). Place vacate a test slot.;home_or_away=1;home_or_away=2;result=1;result=2;result=4;template=results;type=team

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 13:31 GMT)

This is the first ever test inning of Misbah where his strike rate is 100+ :D

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 13:31 GMT)

brilliant performance by the pakistani team........hope that they carry on the winning streak

Posted by Ahmad.Tazeem on (December 21, 2011, 13:28 GMT)

Well done,team Pakistan...........u rocked d year 2011..........but if u add just a bit of aggresssion u r going too b invincibles

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 13:27 GMT)

there first innings score was pretty good, too bad there bowlers couldnt back up

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

i wish bangladesh had at least tied the match they deserved it........ but alas bad fielding and poor umpiring just left me and million of bengali fans speechless.........

Posted by ste13 on (December 21, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

Is this a real Bdesh improvement on the first test? With exception of Shakib, not really. Pakistan won comfortable - excluding overs lost due to bad light - nearly within 4 days.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (December 21, 2011, 13:04 GMT)

It is the time to think about a 2 level system for tests too. Bottom teams must play 4 days test with associates and allow top associate teams to play with rest of the test teams 5 days match. Some teams like BD not able to compete even in home conditions and cannot avoid defeat. On the other hand some teams like Ireland is waiting outside to get test status!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

Great Victory Keep it up Pakistan!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 12:47 GMT)

By my reckoning if Bangledesh had managed to bat an extra 10 overs per innings they probably would have got a draw, granted an undeservered draw, but a draw all the same. Can someone (coach i assume?) sit them down and explain this basic of test cricket. 50 off a 100 balls can often (in these circumstances) be better than 55 off 55 balls. Yes, 55 of 55 is moe entertaining and is more likely to win you a match, as Pak had to do in their second innings, but Bangledesh are quite some way from being in such a winning position. Play the basics, occupy the crease and take time out of the game. Look at how well Trott/Cook done in Australia last year employing this tactic. 5 days is a long time, make sure you use all of it! Scoring 400 off 175 overs is much more likely to be game changing than 300 off 100 overs (or similar calculation of your choice depeding on the current batting circumstances.).

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 12:37 GMT)

Awesome play by Pakistan! All those people who are on about Pakistan's scoring rate need to realise that this is a test match and not one-day or t20! No matter what the opposition THIS IS the way to play a test match! Besides you all missed the Pakistani strategy of batting late till 4th day and then exposing the fragile Bangladesh batting line up on a 5th day track! Rehman and Ajmal bowled brilliantly! Come on boys, put your heads down and work for the England series now :)

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 12:35 GMT)

A good performance, include ahmad shahzad for england series, rest is fine ...

Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (December 21, 2011, 12:31 GMT)

Hopefully, this career best of Rehman should boost his confidence of beating England but he should be careful to not get hit by sixes and he is quite prone to. Saeed Ajmal didn't really put on a good performance with the ball but hopefully he will against England.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 12:29 GMT)

hmmm pak go to face England Fired up all right!!!

Posted by keptalittlelow on (December 21, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

I am proud of my team Pakistan, they have shown what they are capable of when focussed fully. Hats off to the skipper and the management for pulling things together after the traumas of last year, how many teams in the world did go through waht Pakistan team did. Dont let anyone spoil your party by telling you it was against the weaker test sides, clean sweep is a cleen sweep and you deserve all the credit, well done boys, well done.

Posted by malepas on (December 21, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

Well done Team Pakistan, good going, but still lots of work to be done for English series, the most important one is to bring Umer Akmal in this line up,,as he has proved now with lots of recent match winning knocks, Pak batting line up desperately needs a player who can make an impact on the game, the current line up is very defencive in nature apart from Hafeez,they must play Umer for Asad(very defencive) as he can bring much needed flair and punching ability in this lineup.They gonna need him against the side like England, who gonna be coming down on them very hard,just the defensive approach not gonna work against them, so BRING BACK UMER AKMAL if Pakistan want to harbour any idea of winning against England which they are well place to do if they can approach these games with aggression and confidence. Good luck Team Pakistan.

Posted by KarachiKid on (December 21, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

Though it ended in a defeat for Bangladesh, I feel the team is imporving, albeit slowly. In a matter of few years they should be able to challenge establised teams just like in ODI's.

Posted by rahul_sai on (December 21, 2011, 12:20 GMT)

bangladesh - better pick up younus' words and play more test matches, but against the indian ranji teams and see where u stand. probably u mite not stand even. discount shakib and the rest of the line up is as feeble as a baby's legs. and dont say u had some positives, u dont ve any, the half century makers in ur side cant score anything for atleast next 10 test matches after which they will be dropped, same old story. u r just not gud enough to play the elite teams.

Posted by sumonmhr on (December 21, 2011, 12:20 GMT)

I think Yesterday's wrong umpiring made the effect in this match ...specially Tamim & Shahriar's out...but BD showed some resistance that they can play test.....fact is after this test BD will play next test after 4/5 months...then BD wil struggle again...BCB should take step that this national players should play more and more 4 day matches before their next Test.....

Posted by AussieGreekCricketLegend on (December 21, 2011, 12:19 GMT)

I was so happy to see Bangladesh fight for a good period... Their time is getting closer..Come on Bangladesh!!!!

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 21, 2011, 12:12 GMT)

What a way to finish, hats off to the team of the year. Bangladesh though got better and better as the series progressed and played really well in this match but are still lacking that talent to challenge Pakistan. Bangladesh needs more such series against top class sides, they have learned alot from this series such as application and patience, though both teams need to work on their fielding. Will Bangladesh be able to remember the lessons learned in this series, we shall see when they visit Pakistan in April next year. Congrats Pakistan!!!

Posted by UAETigers on (December 21, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

Congrats to Team Pakistan for finishing the year on high note!!! Wishing good luck against England series.

Posted by SyedArbabAhmed on (December 21, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

Good but will they be able to perform in the same manner against England the no. 1 test side in the world, that is a big question.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 12:07 GMT)

welldone pakistan...but real test is against england next month of luck

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

Very well fought Bangladesh, winning or losing is not important. It's the effort which matters. We will always support u if u fight like this. Again very well fought.

Posted by hakapuu on (December 21, 2011, 11:54 GMT)

I have asked this mutiple times before and still ask the same question..'Why are bangladesh still playing test crciket!!'

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 11:54 GMT)

congrats to pakistani team

Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 11:53 GMT)

bring imran nazir for odi macthes vs eng....

Posted by JustIPL on (December 21, 2011, 11:47 GMT)

Wonderful stuff. Now India should also gather some courage and face Bangladesh in Bangladesh. It is real arrogance refusing to play them in the future test programs.

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Posted by   on (December 21, 2011, 11:38 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan. Though a good fight from Bangladeshis till lunch.

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