ISLAMABAD:( ARIF MEHMOOD ) Teenage paceman Naseem Shah became the youngest player to
record a Test hat trick as Pakistan closed in on victory against Bangladesh in Rawalpindi on Sunday.Just
when Bangladesh seemed to have fought their way back into the match at 124-2 minutes before the
close on the third day, Naseem destroyed them with three wickets off successive deliveries.Aged 16
years and 359 days, he becomes the youngest player to record a Test hat trick, besting Bangladeshi Alok
Kapali who achieved the feat aged 19 in 2003.Naseem trapped Najumul Hossain Shanto leg before off
the fourth ball of his seventh over for 38, then followed up with dismissals of Taijul Islam (lbw) and
Mahmudullah (caught) with the next two deliveries.Naseem had figures of 4-26 before he left the field
with a shoulder injury.Shanto and Mominul Haque, unbeaten on 37 at the close, had added 71 for the
third wicket after they lost Saif Hassan on 16 and Tamim Iqbal on 34.At the close, Bangladesh were 126-
6 and needing another 86 runs to avoid an innings defeat with two days to play.Naseem, who burst onto
the scene on Pakistan’s Australia tour last year, is also the youngest fast bowler and second bowler
overall to take five wickets in a Test innings.He achieved that feat at 16 years and 307 days against Sri
Lanka in Karachi last year.Saif Hassan, playing his first Test, was on a pair after his second-ball duck in
the first innings but he started confidently to reach 16 with four boundaries before he was bowled by
Naseem.Tamim Iqbal, fresh from scoring the highest first-class score on Bangladeshi soil of 334 not out
last week, was trapped leg-before by Yasir Shah.Earlier, Pakistan lost seven wickets either side of lunch
with Sohail holding the innings together. He struck seven fours and two sixes for his third Test half-


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