Mehedi Hasan Miraz on Saturday became the first Bangladesh cricketer to bag consecutive five-wicket hauls in the first two Test matches. Thanks to his heroic effort, the Tigers bundled England out for 244 during the second day of the second and final Test in Mirpur.
His 6/82 meant he also became the fourth spinner, after Australia's Clarrie Grimmet, England's Nick Cook and India's Narendra Hirwani, to pick up consecutive five-wicket hauls in the first two Tests.
The 19-year old earlier notched seven wickets on his Test debut against England in Chittagong. After announcing his grand arrival in the port city, courtesy his 6/80 in the first innings, he continued his brilliant run with the ball in his second five-dayer.
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Miraz appeals for a LBW decision DHAKA TRIBUNE
Previously, only six Bangladesh bowlers - Naimur Rahman, Manjural Islam, Mahmudullah, Elias Sunny, Sohag Gazi and Taijul Islam – registered five-wicket hauls on debut. However, none of them were able to grab five wickets, or for that matter four, in their second Test. Mahmudullah’s three wickets in the first innings of his second Test was the nearest one.
Captain of the Bangladesh Under-19 team, Miraz continued from where he had left off in Chittagong, removing the dangerous English skipper Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance on the first day of the Dhaka Test.
Coming into the second day, the youngster took up the responsibility and bowled accurately to acquire the maximum purchase out of the pitch. He bagged the big wicket of Moeen Ali when his straightish delivery went on to hit the timber while he soon trapped Jonny Bairstow in front to bring the home side back into the game.
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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim celebrates with Miraz after the latter dismissed Jonny Bairstow DHAKA TRIBUNE
The Barisal-born Khulna lad eventually picked up his fifth wicket when he dismissed Zafar Ansari.
England were struggling on 144/8 and the Tigers were looking to take the all-important first-innings lead when Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid intervened. They added a record 99 runs for the ninth wicket, thus frustrating the home side a great deal.
But once again it was Miraz who initiated the much-needed breakthrough after skipper Mushfiqur Rahim handed him the new leather. He accounted for Woakes' dismissal as England were soon all out for 244.