Naseem hat-trick helps Pakistan closer to victory against Bangladesh


Rawalpindi: The 16-year-old Naseem Shah has stunned the cricketing world by becoming the youngest bowler to take a hat-trick in Test cricket against Bangladesh in Pindi Cricket Stadium.

Only the fifth Pakistani to do so in this elite format was on top of his pace bowling as he picked thrice in the 41st over of Bangladesh’s second innings.

Pakistan is just four wickets behind to win the first Test of the two. Naseem’s first victim was Nazmul Hossain, the second was the night watchman Taijul Islam and the third was Tiger’s T20I  skipper Mahmudullah.

Earlier Pakistan was dismissed for 445 and managed to take a big first-innings lead of 212. Centurion Babar Azam was bowled out on the first delivery of the day and departed on a score of 143.

Soon after, Asad Shafiq (65) also got out after adding just five runs to his overnight score. Haris Sohail extended the first innings score and made 75 runs which included seven fours and two sixes.

Bangladesh bowlers had a hard time in the middle. Abu Jayed and Rubel Hossain picked three wickets each. Taijul Islam took two and Ebadot Hossain claimed one.

The visitors got a good start in the second innings but Naseem bowled debutant Saif Hasan on a score of 16. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah struck in his second over of the second innings by trapping Tamim Iqbal in front. Tamim made a solid 34 which included six boundaries.

Nazmul and skipper Mominul Haque recovered after two quick wickets and added 71-run for the third wicket stand after Naseem towards the end of day’s play took the charge away from the visiting side.

The hero of the first innings Mohammad Mithun got clean bowled by Yasir in the final over of the day. Bangladesh at stumps on day 3 are 126-6 and trail by 86 runs.