Openers press home Pakistan advantage in first Test

Pakistan ended day two of the first Test on 145-0 in reply to Bangladesh’s 330 at Chattogram; seamer Hasan Ali took 5-51 before an unbroken opening stand between Abid Ali (93no) and debutant Abdullah Shafique (52no) put the tourists in a strong position going into the third day

Last Updated: 27/11/21 12:15pm

Abdullah Shafique and Abid Ali put on 145 for the first wicket as Pakistan bossed day two at Chattogram
Abdullah Shafique and Abid Ali put on 145 for the first wicket as Pakistan bossed day two at Chattogram

Pakistan made a strong reply and reached 145 for no loss after fast bowler Hasan Ali claimed 5-51 to dismiss Bangladesh for 330 on day two of the opening Test on Saturday.

Openers Abid Ali and debutant Abdullah Shafique played out the second and third sessions comfortably in a good batting track to cut the deficit to 185 runs.

Abid, who reached the 1,000-run mark in his 15th test, closed in on his fourth century, remaining unbeaten on 93 at stumps, owing to bad light. Shafique overcame a nervy start to finish the day on 52 not out.

Abid was fluent in his approach and glanced offspinner Mehidy Hasan for a couple to reach his third half-century off 84 balls.

Shafique brought up his half-century in style, clubbing occasional bowler Mominul Haque for the maximum.

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Bangladesh’s hope of racking up a substantial total was dashed by fast bowler Hasan Ali earlier. Ali broke Bangladesh’s resistance in the first session as the home side resumed on 253-4.

He alone took four wickets on day two with Bangladesh adding just 77 runs for the last six wickets.

Ali’s sixth five-for was well-complemented by his new ball partner Shaheen Shah Afridi who returned figures of 2-70 and medium pacer Faheem Ashraf, 2-54.

For Bangladesh, Liton Das top-scored with 114 after hitting his maiden century and Mushfiqur Rahim added 91. Mehidy Hasan was not out on 38.

Liton, starting the day with 113, added just one run before Ali had him leg-before, the umpire initially disagreed, only for the decision be overturned on review.

Hasan Ali took a five-for as Pakistan bowled Bangladesh out for 330
Hasan Ali took a five-for as Pakistan bowled Bangladesh out for 330

Debutant Yasir Ali spent some nervy moments in the crease and survived an lbw review by Pakistan.

However, he got off the mark in international cricket with a cover-drive four off Afridi on the 14th ball he faced. But Ali tested him with short balls and finally rattled his stump with a delivery that jagged in sharply.

Bangladesh relied on overnight unbeaten Mushfiqur to take the side to safety and he grew with confidence, hitting Afridi for a boundary through backward point.

Medium pacer Ashraf moved the ball nicely to coax an edge from him as Mushfiqur, who reviewed the decision in vain, fell nine runs short of his eighth century.

After losing three wickets for just 23 runs, the much-needed resistance came from Mehidy Hasan who guided the lower order amid the well-directed short ball barrage of Afridi and Ali.

Hasan Ali cleaned up the tail to bring an end to the innings.

Source : Sky Sports