Angry Hathurusingha sparked Bangladesh fightback



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After putting up a somewhat ineffective show with the ball in the afternoon session, Bangladesh players got an earful from coach Chandika Hathurusingha at the tea break on the third day of Mirpur Test.


Whatever their Sri Lankan mentor said, it worked, as the spinners came out all guns blazing in the final session to overwhelm the English batsmen and claim a historic 108-run win at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday.


Needing 273 to win, the tourists’ openers Alastair Cook and Ben Duckett paired in a 100-run stand - England’s highest first wicket partnership in the series - and Bangladesh spent a wicketless session before heading for tea.


Hathurusingha, however, had marched off from the dugout towards the dressing room a while before the break.


Teenaged spin sensation Mehedi Hasan Miraz, playing only his second Test, emerged as the hero with his third six-wicket haul in four Test innings. He and Shakib Al Hasan reduced England’s fortress to rubble. They shared all the wickets between them as England lost 10 for 64 in a spectacular collapse.


During the presentation ceremony, skipper Mushfiqur Rahim said the coach was a bit ‘fired up’ at tea because they ‘didn’t bowl too well’.


Hathurusingha later confirmed the matter in the post-match press briefing but he did not reveal what he had said.


"I have to use the words carefully because I wasn’t happy. We didn’t do what we planned to do. So I actually had to talk to them in the tea break."


"I cannot tell you [what I said then]. I just reminded them what we were supposed to do. Some big players have to step up. It is good that they got the message."


The tour-concluding Test picked up pace and ended in nine intriguing sessions.


Hathurusingha said he had predicted it. "I said either way, this match will only be three days."


Bangladesh’s win left the series tied 1-1 after England eked out a 22-run win on the final day of Chittagong Test last week.


The first Test matched the intensity of the second as it swung in favour of both side through 13 sessions of play.


Hathurusingha regrets losing the opening Test.


"I am always optimistic. If we had more match experience, we would have won 2-0," he said.


"It is easy to say afterwards, we didn’t know sometime how to win in certain situations but we are more confident now when we get into these kind of situations."


It was Bangladesh’s first win over England in 10 attempts, their eighth overall in 95 matches, and first against a top-ranked Test team.


All previous seven wins came against Zimbabwe and second-string West Indies sides.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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