When England were going strong at 100 without loss in pursuit of 273, with captain Alastair Cook and opener Ben Duckett at the crease, perhaps they could never imagine what was coming after the tea break.
The Tigers roared back to take all 10 wickets in a single session as the visitors were skittled out for 164, courtesy brilliant displays by player of the series Mehedi Hasan Miraz and all-rounder Shakib al Hasan, to give the home side a 108-run victory.
As a result, Cook was left to rue what might have been as the Tigers caused havoc, all in the span of 40 crucial minutes after the tea break.
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England's Ben Duckett goes big during the first session DHAKA TRIBUNE
“100/0 was a really good session. Yeah, it was amazing how things can turn. We possibly showed our inexperience in those conditions, even though I was out there experiencing it – it was amazing the difference before tea and after tea. You lose a couple of wickets, then men come round the bat, crowd gets into it – being able to deal with and get through it – you know it doesn’t last forever, but that half an hour, 40 minutes is crucial, and we just weren’t good enough to be able to get through,” Cook told the media on Sunday.
He added, “Full credit to Bangladesh for a brilliant series and I'm very pleased to lead a side out here. I'm proud to be here and more teams need to come out here and play cricket.”
Cook admitted that the home side's spinners were superior to England's with Miraz and Shakib accounting for all the 10 wickets to fall in the second innings of the Dhaka Test.
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This was a common scene throughout the Bangladesh-England Test series DHAKA TRIBUNE
“Yeah, I think they did outbowl our spinners. But, you know, that’s credit to those guys. We know we’re not hiding behind the fact that we haven’t got world-class spinners. We’ve got guys who can bowl some really good balls and spells. You see the difference in environment. Bangladeshis turning up here, there’s not much in it for a hit-the-pitch bowler who seams it or swings it. You’ve got to reverse it or skid it or spin the ball. That’s the challenge of Test cricket,” he said.
Cook informed that the Tigers have shown a great deal of improvement over the last few years and said the current side is a whole lot different than the one in 2010.
“They’ve obviously taken big strides, but we’ve played them on totally different wickets. Last time the wickets were flatter, they didn’t spin as much, or games going five days. They’ve decided that’s the way they want to be brave and try to win the game, and why wouldn’t you as a side? They’ve got some good spinners. But we’ve seen some improvements over the past couple of years. They’ll find it hard on bouncy wickets. But in these conditions they’re a good side,” he said.