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Taijul outshines Shakib, Rafique

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 28th November, 2021 10:55:11 PM
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Taijul outshines Shakib, Rafique

Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam put his name in the record books with a magnificent seven-wicket haul against Pakistan on the third day in the opening Test in Chattogram on Sunday.

Taijul tore through the visitors’ batting line-up on the third day, recording the best bowling figure by a Bangladesh bowler against Pakistan in Test.

Taijul captured 7 for 116 in 44.4 overs at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium as Pakistan collapsed to be all out for 286 before tea in the first innings after Bangladesh posted 330 in their first innings.

The 29-year old’s haul is the best by any Bangladesh bowler against Pakistan in Test cricket, eclipsing the 6-82 of Shakib Al Hasan in 2011 in Dhaka.

With this amazing figure, Taijul also becomes the most wicket-taker for Bangladesh against Pakistan and he has 19 wickets now, surpassing former left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique’s 17 wickets.

With this brilliant effort, Taijul recorded the fifth-best figure for Bangladesh in a Test innings, equaling Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Enamul Haque Jr who all claimed seven wickets in a single innings previously.

However, he is still holding the top spot in the list having picked up eight wickets in an innings for Bangladesh in Test which he recorded (8-39) in 2014 against Zimbabwe in Dhaka. Shakib registered figures of 7-36 against New Zealand in 2008 while Mehidy took 7-58 against West Indies in 2018 and Enamul took seven wickets for 95 runs against Zimbabwe in 2005.

This is the second time Taijul has taken five or more wickets in a single innings against Pakistan. Previously, he grabbed six wickets against Pakistan in a drawn Test match in 2015 in Khulna.

With a seven-wicket haul, Taijul is now just nine wickets away from the 150-wicket landmark in Test cricket as the second Bangladeshi bowler. Shakib is the most wicket-taker in Test cricket for Bangladesh with 215 wickets.

The third day morning session belonged to Taijul who removed opener Abdullah Shafiq and one down batsman Azhar Ali in successive deliveries in the first over of the day. A little later Fawad Alam became Taihul’s third victim.

However, after the lunch break, he again brought another glory for Bangladesh in the first over. This time he trapped centurion Abid Ali. Later, he completed a five-wicket haul for the second time against Pakistan after bamboozling Hasan Ali. He also claimed Pakistan’s last two wickets to help Bangladesh’s crucial 44-run lead.