5 Talking Points from Bangladesh's historic victory against England in the 2nd Test
Mehedi Hasan's stunning entry, Bangladesh shed minnows tag, ominous signs for England and much more
With the sun slowly disappearing, the effect of artificial lighting began to grow even more pronounced. However, what transpired on the field could be perceived as the moment of shining triumph for Bangladesh cricket following their epoch-making 108-run victory against England in the 2nd Test at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur.
After coming agonizingly close in the previous match at Chittagong, they finally managed to create national history by registering their maiden Test win over England to level the series 1-1. During the course of this monumental display, Bangladesh even managed to unearth a 19-year old spinner who could very well go to have an illustrious career.
Here are five of the most pertinent talking points from the riveting contest.
#5 – Well begun is half done
As recently as last year, Test cricket in Bangladesh involved some of the flattest pitches known to mankind and the home team going into the match with the sole objective of somehow escaping with a draw. They even stacked their side with batting depth whilst remaining content with employing half and half cricketers instead of a significant amount of specialist bowling option.
However, this series saw Bangladesh shunning their traditional approach by preparing viciously turning pitches which allowed low-scoring thrillers. In doing so, a clear message was sent out that they are here to play.