Pakistan crush Bangladesh by innings in first Test

RAWALPINDI (AFP) – Pakistan completed a crushing innings-and-44-run victory over Bangladesh on the fourth morning yesterday, taking a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.

Bangladesh were bowled out for 168 in their second innings after resuming the day on 126-6 as Pakistan’s pace and spin attack was too hot to handle despite a flat Rawalpindi stadium pitch.

Fast bowler Naseem Shah, who at 16 years and 359 days became the youngest bowler to take a Test hat-trick last Sunday, finished with 4-26 and was declared man of the match.

Despite Naseem being unavailable to bowl yesterday with rib pain, Pakistan mopped up the last four wickets in 90 minutes, inflicting their 10th defeat on Bangladesh in 11 matches with one draw.

Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali said home wins – only possible in recent months, after the resumption of Test cricket in Pakistan following a decade’s isolation over security concerns – were important to boost confidence.

“It’s an important win and home wins always increase confidence within the team,” said Azhar. “We have to play important away series including one in England (July-August this year) so we will carry this confidence.”