On Day 3 in Dhaka, Bangladesh continued where they left off as Mehidy Hasan Miraz completed an impressive five-wicket effort by returning the lethal Rishabh Pant and the strategically placed Axar Patel. India was left completely in the dark after going seven down for only 74 runs. While seeing the happenings of the Mirpur Test from a few distances to the east, the Pakistani squad, led by Babar Azam, was preparing to celebrate. R Ashwin and Shreyas Iyer, however, had other plans. India set up a counterpunching partnership that baffled Bangladesh as they eventually managed a three-wicket triumph. Pakistan’s prospects of making it to the World Test Championship final are very tenuous as a result of India’s win at Mirpur, which gave them a clean sweep of Bangladesh.

Pakistan had a decent chance to get to the WTC final when their series against England began earlier this month at home. However, Pakistan only earned 38.89% PCT after a humiliating defeat—the first of its kind on home soil.

Pakistan will now play New Zealand at home in a two-match series. If Pakistan can shut out the Kane Williamson-led team, they would finish second overall in the 2021/23 WTC cycle with a 47.62% mark, ahead of India.

In the fourth innings of a Test match, Iyer and Ashwin’s unbroken 71-run partnership for the eighth wicket, India’s second-highest ever, improved their chances of winning the WTC final while making things more difficult for Pakistan.

Pakistan would also want to see India, which is now in second place with a PCT of 58.93%, lose the Border-Gavaskar series at home in an unexpected manner the following month. India’s PCT would be 45.83% if the outcome was 0–4. Pakistan also needs Australia to win the current series against South Africa, New Zealand to sweep Sri Lanka in March, and West Indies to win one of their two Test matches against the Proteas and draw the other.