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DHAKA, Oct 30: Bangladesh today recorded their first Test victory over England, taking all ten wickets in a single session thanks to teenage off-spin sensation Mehedi Hasan to win the second Test by 108 runs and square the series.

Celebrations erupted at Dhaka�s Sher-e-Bangla Stadium and across the country as Bangladeshis revelled in one of the proudest moments in their sporting history.

Chasing a target of 273, England seemed to be cruising when Alastair Cook and Ben Duckett guided them to 100 without loss at tea. But 19-year-old Mehedi, playing in only his second Test, triggered a dramatic collapse in the final session of the third day.

England crumbled to 164 all out to suffer their first ever defeat by Bangladesh in 10 Tests and share the two-Test series 1-1.

Bangladesh secured Test status in 2000 and the win was only their eighth in 95 Tests.

Mehedi, who celebrated his 19th birthday this week, took the final wicket of Steven Finn to finish with 6-77 in the innings and 12 for 159 in the match.

It was his country�s best-ever bowling figure in Tests, overtaking Enamul Haque Jr�s 12-200 against Zimbabwe in 2005.

He finished the series with 19 scalps.

Shakib Al Hasan, the only other Bangladeshi apart from Mehedi and Enamul to take 10 or more wickets in Tests, joined the party with 4-49, including three wickets in an over.

England had reason to feel confident after Duckett and Cook gave them a confident start in pursuit of an achievable target, before Mehedi struck with the first ball of the final session.

He bowled Duckett for 56 and then quickly removed Garry Ballance (five) and Moeen Ali (zero) before delivering a telling blow with the wicket of Cook, the only other half-century maker with 56.

With Shakib having already removed Joe Root for one in the meantime, England were desperate for Jonny Bairstow to replicate his recent fine form.

SCORECARD

Bangladesh 1st innings 220

England 1st innings 244

Bangladesh 2nd innings (overnight 152-3): Tamim Iqbal c Cook b Ansari 40, Imrul Kayes lbw b Ali 78, Mominul Haque c Cook b Stokes 1, Mahmudullah b Ansari 47, Shakib Al Hasan b Rashid 41, Mushfiqur Rahim c Cook b Stokes 9, Sabbir Rahman lbw b Rashid 15, Shuvagata Hom not out 25, Tajiul Islam c Bairstow b Stokes 5, Mehedi Hasan c Root b Rashid 2, Kamrul Islam c and b Rashid 7. Extras: (B-17, LB-7, W-1, NB-1) 26. Total: (all out in 66.5 overs) 296. Fall of wickets: 1-65, 2-66, 3-152, 4-200, 5-238, 6-238, 7-268, 8-273, 9-276. Bowling: Finn 3-0-18-0, Ali 19-2-60-1, Ansari 19-0-76-2, Stokes 12-2-52-3, Rashid 11.5-1-52-4, Woakes 2-0-14-0.

England 2nd innings: Alastair Cook c Mominul b Mehedi 59, B Duckett b Mehedi 56, J Root lbw b Shakib 1, G Ballance c Tamim b Mehedi 5, M Ali lbw Mehedi 0, B Stokes b Shakib 25, J Bairstow c Shuvagata b Mehedi 3, C Woakes not out 9, A Rashid lbw b Shakib 0, Z Ansari c Kayes b Shakib 0, S Finn lbw b Mehedi 0. Extras: (B-4 LB-2) 6. Total: (all out in 45.3 overs) 164. Fall of wickets: 1-100, 2-105, 3-124, 4-124, 5-127, 6-139, 7-161, 8-161, 9-161. Bowling: Mehedi 21.3-2-77-6, Shakib 13-1-49-4, Shuvagata 6-0-25-0, Taijul 5-2-7-0. � AFP

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DHAKA, Oct 30: Bangladesh today recorded their first Test victory over England, taking all ten wickets in a single session thanks to teenage off-spin sensation Mehedi Hasan to win the second Test by 108 runs and square the series.

Celebrations erupted at Dhaka�s Sher-e-Bangla Stadium and across the country as Bangladeshis revelled in one of the proudest moments in their sporting history.

Chasing a target of 273, England seemed to be cruising when Alastair Cook and Ben Duckett guided them to 100 without loss at tea. But 19-year-old Mehedi, playing in only his second Test, triggered a dramatic collapse in the final session of the third day.

England crumbled to 164 all out to suffer their first ever defeat by Bangladesh in 10 Tests and share the two-Test series 1-1.

Bangladesh secured Test status in 2000 and the win was only their eighth in 95 Tests.

Mehedi, who celebrated his 19th birthday this week, took the final wicket of Steven Finn to finish with 6-77 in the innings and 12 for 159 in the match.

It was his country�s best-ever bowling figure in Tests, overtaking Enamul Haque Jr�s 12-200 against Zimbabwe in 2005.

He finished the series with 19 scalps.

Shakib Al Hasan, the only other Bangladeshi apart from Mehedi and Enamul to take 10 or more wickets in Tests, joined the party with 4-49, including three wickets in an over.

England had reason to feel confident after Duckett and Cook gave them a confident start in pursuit of an achievable target, before Mehedi struck with the first ball of the final session.

He bowled Duckett for 56 and then quickly removed Garry Ballance (five) and Moeen Ali (zero) before delivering a telling blow with the wicket of Cook, the only other half-century maker with 56.

With Shakib having already removed Joe Root for one in the meantime, England were desperate for Jonny Bairstow to replicate his recent fine form.

SCORECARD

Bangladesh 1st innings 220

England 1st innings 244

Bangladesh 2nd innings (overnight 152-3): Tamim Iqbal c Cook b Ansari 40, Imrul Kayes lbw b Ali 78, Mominul Haque c Cook b Stokes 1, Mahmudullah b Ansari 47, Shakib Al Hasan b Rashid 41, Mushfiqur Rahim c Cook b Stokes 9, Sabbir Rahman lbw b Rashid 15, Shuvagata Hom not out 25, Tajiul Islam c Bairstow b Stokes 5, Mehedi Hasan c Root b Rashid 2, Kamrul Islam c and b Rashid 7. Extras: (B-17, LB-7, W-1, NB-1) 26. Total: (all out in 66.5 overs) 296. Fall of wickets: 1-65, 2-66, 3-152, 4-200, 5-238, 6-238, 7-268, 8-273, 9-276. Bowling: Finn 3-0-18-0, Ali 19-2-60-1, Ansari 19-0-76-2, Stokes 12-2-52-3, Rashid 11.5-1-52-4, Woakes 2-0-14-0.

England 2nd innings: Alastair Cook c Mominul b Mehedi 59, B Duckett b Mehedi 56, J Root lbw b Shakib 1, G Ballance c Tamim b Mehedi 5, M Ali lbw Mehedi 0, B Stokes b Shakib 25, J Bairstow c Shuvagata b Mehedi 3, C Woakes not out 9, A Rashid lbw b Shakib 0, Z Ansari c Kayes b Shakib 0, S Finn lbw b Mehedi 0. Extras: (B-4 LB-2) 6. Total: (all out in 45.3 overs) 164. Fall of wickets: 1-100, 2-105, 3-124, 4-124, 5-127, 6-139, 7-161, 8-161, 9-161. Bowling: Mehedi 21.3-2-77-6, Shakib 13-1-49-4, Shuvagata 6-0-25-0, Taijul 5-2-7-0. � AFP

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