Pakistani openers Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique skinned the Bangladesh attack on day two of the first test in Chattogram. At the end of the second game day, the guests were 145/0 in 57 overs.
Pakistan gave a strong response, scoring 145 without a loss after fast bowler Hasan Ali 5-51 claimed to sack Bangladesh for 330 on the second day of Saturday’s opening testing.
The openers Abid Ali and debutant Abdullah Shafique played the second and third sessions comfortably in a good stroke distance to reduce the gap to 185 runs.
Abid, who hit the 1,000-run mark in his 15th Test, completed his fourth century and stayed because of bad light with 93 stumps unbeaten. Shafique got off to a nervous start in order not to end the day at 52.
“We are in a good position now and will try to pull it off session after session,” said Ali.
“Our first goal is it is to beat the Bangladeshi 330 and then we will try to take a great lead to give our bowlers an advantage. “
Abid was fluent in his approach and took a look at offspinner Mehidy Hasan, around to reach his third half century with 84 balls.
Bangladesh’s hopes for a considerable sum had previously been dashed by the fast bowler Hasan Ali.
He alone took four wickets on the second day, with Bangladesh only 77 runs for the The rest of the six wickets added.
Ali’s sixth five-for was well complemented by his new ball partner Shaheen Shah Afridi, who delivered numbers 2-70 and medium-speed Faheem Ashraf (2-54).
For Bangladesh Liton Das achieved the best P with 114 number after reaching his first century and Mushfiqur Rahim added 91. Mehidy Hasan wasn’t eliminated at 38.
Liton, who started the day at 113, just added one run before Ali leg-before, which the umpire disagreed, only to overturn the review decision.
“At the moment Pakistan is dominating the game but we still have a chance to hit back,” said Liton. “We have to take a couple of wickets quickly tomorrow and only then can we put pressure on them.”
Debutant Yasir Ali spent some nervous moments in the Kink and survived a leg-before-review through Pakistan.
He came however, in international cricket with a cover-drive four from Afridi on the 14th ball, which he faced, hit the mark.
But Ali tested him with short balls and finally shook his stump with a sharp delivery. </ Bangladesh relied on the overnight unbeaten Mushfiqur to get the site to safety and he grew with confidence, hitting Afridi for a boundary through the backward point.
Medium-fast Ashraf moved the ball well to get him an edge when Mushfiqur, who checked the decision in vain, missed nine runs behind his eighth century.
After losing three wickets for just 23 runs, much-needed opposition came from Mehidy Hasan, who directed the lower order in the midst of the well-directed brief ball fire from Afridi and Ali.
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