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Hasan Ali Smashes Multiple Records as He Picks Up a 5-fer Against Bangladesh

Pakistan’s ace right-arm seamer, Hasan Ali, rattled the Bangladesh batting unit on Day 2 of the first Test match as he finished with figures of 5/51 to dismiss Bangladesh for 330 in the first innings. This was Hasan’s fifth five-wicket haul in Test cricket in the calendar year and his sixth overall in his Test career.

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Hasan has been in outstanding form in Test cricket ever since his comeback from the injury. The spearhead of the Pakistani bowling unit did not take part in a single Test match in 2020 due to injury but ever since his comeback he has taken 37 wickets at an average of 15.40 in 13 innings. He is the third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket in the current calendar year.

The 27-year old created multiple records in his exceptional bowling spell. He became the second-highest Pakistani bowler with the most five-wicket hauls in a calendar year. Former fast bowler, Waqar Younis holds the record for most five-wicket hauls in a calendar year by a Pakistani bowler as he took six 5-fers in 1993.

Hasan’s fifth five-wicket haul in 2021 equaled the record of Yasir Shah, Saqlain Mushtaq, Imran Khan, and Waqar Younis who had taken five-wicket hauls in a calendar year on previous occasions. Hasan only took 13 innings to achieve the milestone of five 5-fers in the calendar year. In comparison, Saqlain Mushtaq took 13 innings and Imran Khan took 17 innings to achieve the feat. Waqar’s six five-wicket hauls on the other hand came in only 12 innings.

Hasan’s 5/51 is also the best bowling figure by a fast bowler at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhry Stadium in Chattogram. Former Bangladeshi fast bowler, Shahdat Hossain previously held the record as he finished with figures of 5/71 against India in 2010.

Hasan’s magnificent bowling early on in the morning has put Pakistan in a strong position to take the lead over Bangladesh and post a daunting total on the board.

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