Abdur Rehman grabbed four wickets as Pakistan thrashed Bangladesh by an innings and 184 runs on the penultimate day of the opening Test in Chittagong yesterday.
Pakistan's Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal share a light moment yesterday. Pic/AFP
The left-arm spinner finished with 4-88 as Bangladesh, trailing by 459 runs, were bowled out for 275 in their second innings after lunch to suffer their 62nd defeat in 72 Tests.
Rehman, off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and paceman Aizaz Cheema shared five wickets that fell on a fourth-day track offering help to spinners after Bangladesh had resumed at 134-4.
Fast bowler Rubel Hossain did not bat due to a shoulder injury, suffered while fielding on Sunday. "Rehman is our main spinner and he has been performing well since he came into the side," said Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq. "We are not relying only on Rehman or Ajmal since Umar Gul, Cheema and Mohammad Hafeez are also bowling well. The team is more confident now and the batsmen are also more experienced."
Debutant Mohammed Nazimuddin (78), Shakib Al Hasan (51) and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (49) were the main run-getters for Bangladesh. Cheema ended the innings when he had Shahadat Hossain (21) caught by Gul in the covers in his first over with the second new ball.
Rehman dismissed well-set Nazimuddin and former captain Shakib in the morning session before accounting for Rahim to finish the match with seven wickets after having taken three in the first innings. Ajmal was the other wicket-taker in the morning when he bowled Mohammad Mahmudullah for no score.
"It's difficult to come back when you lose five wickets for 47 in the first innings, but we fought back well in the second," said Rahim.