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Yasir Shah four-for wraps up innings win for clinical Pakistan on day four
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Yasir Shah four-for wraps up innings win for clinical Pakistan on day four

Yasir Shah hastened the demise of Bangladesh's second innings as Pakistan romped to a dominant innings win on the fourth morning of the first Test in Rawalpindi.

The senior leg-spinner scalped two of the last four wickets to fall, finishing with impressive returns of four for 58 - a considerable improvement compared to his wicketless spell in the first innings.

The first incision on day four was made by left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi as he removed skipper Mominul Haque in the first over with a full delivery tailing into the batsman.

Liton Das, the last recognized batsman for the tourists, then put up a stubborn stand alongside Rubel Hossain battling for almost 12 overs against Pakistan's relentless bowlers.

Their show of dogged resistance was marked by a period of sedate progress with Bangladesh still requiring a mountain of runs to make the hosts bat again.

Once Rubel got out to a sharp in-swinging ball from Mohammad Abbas, it was a matter of time before Pakistan gained an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Liton faltered to an ill-attempted sweep shot for the second time in the match when he missed a tossed up loopy delivery from Yasir. Initially adjudged not out on the field, Pakistan opted for another successful review - a positive pattern observed during the game with regards to their handling of the DRS.

Later, No. 10 Abu Jayed took a wild swing off Yasir's bowling to hand him his fourth wicket as Bangladesh crashed to their fifth innings defeat in their last six Test matches.

Bangladesh's second innings promised to be an upgrade of their abysmal first-innings performance but they wilted in the face of a stunning hat-trick from player of the match Naseem Shah.

The teenage fast bowling phenom terrorized the visitors' lineup with hostile pace, causing a dramatic collapse in the final hour of day three.

Naseem's record-breaking feat was followed by a minor rib injury, depriving him of the opportunity to snatch his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

Pakistan's comprehensive victory was praised by captain Azhar Ali, who spoke on the importance of bagging wins at home as a way of boosting the confidence of his troops.

"It's an important win and home wins always increase confidence within the team," he said.

"We have to play important away series including one in England (July-August this year) so we will carry this confidence.

"Naseem and other bowlers bowled superbly and it was an outstanding batting display, so all in all it was a complete team effort."

The dismal loss sounds alarm bells for the struggling Bangladesh Test side, yet to get off the mark in their World Test Championship campaign compared to Pakistan's fourth position in the points table.

"Disappointing batting on a flat wicket (in the first innings) and no team can come back from such situations," Mominul remarked having faced defeat in all of the matches in charge of the team.

"Pakistan bowled superbly and exploited our weaknesses and that hat-trick changed the game completely to open Pakistan's victory path."