Dropped catches are usually foreboding sights for only the fielding team, but at the start of the day when Kayes and Shakib were given let-offs from English fielders, it was an ominous sign for the batting side. It displayed the brewing impatience from the top order which was apparent after the wickets started falling. Kayes went first with 78 soon Shakib and Mushfiqur followed and the collapse began. Shuvagata Hom provided a last bit of resistance with lower order batsmen and Bangladesh finished their second innings with a lead of 270 runs.
England started coolly enough, as cool as possible when chasing a 270 lead on a spinning pitch. Cook and Duckett seemed solid as they added 100 runs without faltering. England’s nightmare began at the first ball after lunch break. Miraz slipped one through Duckett’s guard and made a mess off his stumps. A sick Joe Root was sent home and England were suddenly 122 for 2. Then the death spiral started as England lost 4 wickets in the next 38 balls. English middle order was in tatters. Stokes and Woakes added 20 something runs which were giving the English side some notions of hope. But then came a devastating Shakib over which sent off Stokes, Rashid and Ansari in 4 balls off the same over! It was Mehedi Hasan Miraz who wrapped up with Finn’s wicket and ended up with his third 6-wicket haul in 2 matches! Miraz, the 19 year old proved to be an enigma to the English batsmen which is quite evident as he took 19 wickets in his first two matches and was deservedly named man of the match and man of the series.
Bangladesh tied the series with England at one apiece. The matches were thrilling and a joy to watch. The spinners were astounding as they took 38 wickets of the 40 available. This was a great learning experience for the three debutantes and the old ones after a long break. This series will set the benchmark for the Tigers’ next tour at New Zealand.