Pakistan trounce Bangladesh in 1st Test

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Pakistan have crushed Bangladesh by an innings and 44 runs in the first Test in Rawalpindi

Pakistan haven't needed teenage hat-trick paceman Naseem Shah to complete an innings and 44-run victory over Bangladesh on the fourth day of the first Test.

Bangladesh, who needed 86 runs to avoid innings defeat when they resumed on Monday with only four wickets in hand, were bowled out for 168 within one-and-a-half hours in Rawalpindi.

Legspinner Yasir Shah returned 4-58 after left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (1-39) had trapped captain Mominul Haque (41) lbw in the first over of the day.

The 16-year-old man-of-the-match Naseem didn't bowl on day four after leaving the field on Sunday with sore left ribs shortly after becoming the youngest bowler in Test history to take a hat-trick. He finished the innings with 4-26.

Liton Das (29) and Rubel Hossain (5) frustrated Pakistan for almost an hour before Mohammad Abbas (1-33) had Rubel lbw. Yasir wrapped up the match by removing Liton and Abu Jayed (3) in successive overs.

Home captain Azhar Ali hailed Pakistan's effort and was particularly pleased with how smartly they had used the review option in both of Bangladesh's innings.

"One of those games where we can be proud of our reviews; credit to (wicketkeeper Mohammad) Rizwan and the other guys for supporting me there," he said.

"Usually, we're not good at it but this is a very good start for us to carry forward."

Bangladesh were playing catch-up after being dismissed for 233 in the first innings, but Mominul felt things might have been different if some of his batsmen had converted their starts.

"It was a flat wicket and our batting was quite disappointing," he said.

"It becomes very difficult for any team if batsmen get out after getting the starts. No team can come back from such situations."

Pakistan's Naseem, who turns 17 this week, did not bowl on Monday because of rib injury.

"I had an MRI yesterday - nothing serious. I just pulled a muscle there," he said at the presentation ceremony.

"Getting a hat-trick in front of your home crowd is special. I want to thank the fans and will continue to give my best for the country."

Pakistan, with 140 points, are in No.4 place in the ICC World Test Championship behind India (360), Australia (296) and England (146).

Bangladesh return to Pakistan in April to play the second Test of the series and a one-off ODI in Karachi.

Last month, Bangladesh agreed to split the tour to Pakistan into three phases because of security concerns. They lost the Twenty20 series in Lahore 2-0.

Reuters