5 biggest wins in Bangladesh's cricket history
19-year-old Mehdi Hassan picked up six wickets as Bangladesh clinched their first ever Test victory over England at Dhaka on Sunday.
Bangladesh are making huge strides in cricket with their performances against the bigger teams over the past couple of years and despite their supposed arrogance, it is heartening to watch how the Asian minnows are making their mark in international cricket.
ODI series victories over India and South Africa in 2015 proved how dangerous a side Bangladesh are on home soil and the way they have tackled England in the ongoing Test series is proof that they have the caliber to provide any opposition a stiff competition in the longer format of the game as well. Having come agonizingly close in the first Test at Chittagong, the home side finished off the job in Dhaka to tie the two-match Test series 1-1.
Let’s take a look at five of the most famous victories Bangladesh has achieved so far in their cricket history.
#1 Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 1999 World Cup
Bangladesh 223/9 in 50 overs beat Pakistan 161 all out by 62 runs
Bangladesh’s 62-run victory over Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup is undoubtedly the biggest victory in the history of Bangladesh cricket in the sense that the victory propelled their growth as a Full Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Ranked outsiders heading into their first-ever World Cup tournament, Bangladesh failed to offer any resistance to the Test playing nations but did manage to beat fellow minnows Scotland in the group stages.
Heading into the final match against Pakistan, Bangladesh already knew that they were not going to make it through to the Super Six stages of the tournament but a huge crowd turned out at Northampton to watch the battle between the Asian nations. Batting first, Bangladesh only managed 223 in their 50 overs and all signs pointed to a Pakistan victory as was highly expected ahead of the contest.
However, 13 overs into the run chase, half of the Pakistan side were already back in the pavilion with only 42 runs on the board as new-ball bowler Khaled Mahmud did much of the damage picking up three wickets. The other bowlers played their part too and despite some resistance from the lower order, Pakistan were bundled out for 161 runs thus giving Bangladesh an emphatic 62-run victory thus helping them earning the Test status in 2000.