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09-Feb-2020 13:19:00 GMT
Pak v Ban - 1st Test, Rawalpindi, day 3

Naseem Shah hat-trick leaves Bangladesh reeling

Rawalpindi: Pakistan Youngster Naseem Shah has taken the world by storm since his debut against Australia in November last year.

The 16-year-old continued his rise to the top as he took a hat-trick in the ongoing 1st Test between Pakistan and Bangladesh.

This is the fifth occasion that a player from the country has taken a hat-trick in this format of the game.

The teenager ran through Najmul Shanto, Taijul Islam and Mahmudullah to accomplish this great feat which left the visitors struggling at 124/5 in the 41st over of the game

Naseem Shah has taken a hat-trick in the Test match between Pakistan and Bangladesh and in doing so became the youngest player to achieve the feat in this format.

In his eighth over of the match, Shah first dismissed Najmul Shanto as he trapped him in front of the stumps.

The visitors then sent nightwatchman Taijul Islam to bat and he was no match for the brilliance of the teenager as he dismissed him on the following delivery.

The next to come in was Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah, Shah had two slips, a short extra-cover and an FSL in place and bowled a wide delivery.

Mahmudullah tried to drive the ball and could just knick it into the hands of keeper Haris Sohail, giving the youngster a chance to script history

Brief scores:
Bangladesh 233 (Mithun 63, Afridi 4-53) and 126 for 6 (Mominul 37*, Naseem 4-26) trail Pakistan 445 (Azam 143, Sohail 75, Shafiq 65, Abu Jayed 3-86, Rubel 3-113) by 86 runs

Bangladesh, trailing by 212 runs in the first innings after bowling out Pakistan for 445 in the second session, were rocked by Naseem in the 41st over of their second essay when he dismissed Najmul Hossain Shanto (38), Tajiul Islam (0) and Mahmudullah (0) in successive deliveries.

The 16-year-old youngster trapped Shanto and Islam leg before with fast inswing deliveries and had the experienced Mahmudullah driving at one outside the off-stump to Haris Sohail's hands at second slip to complete his hat-trick and finish with impressive figures of 4 for 26.

In the last session, Bangladesh collapsed to 126 for 6 from 124 for two to end the day still requiring 86 runs more to avoid their third successive innings defeat in Test cricket.


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