Saturday 17 December 2011 

Nafees And Shakib Launch Bangladesh Fightback

Nafees And Shakib Launch Bangladesh Fightback
Nafees And Shakib Launch Bangladesh Fightback
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Bangladesh 234-5 (Shakib Al Hasan 108no) v Pakistan
Second Test, Dhaka, day one

A 180-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Shakib Al Hasan and Shahriar Nafees carried Bangladesh to a position of 234 for five at stumps on day one of the second and final Test against Pakistan in Dhaka.

The pair came together with their side in trouble at 43 for four but Nafees made 97 and Shakib an unbeaten 108 - his second Test century - to produce an encouraging fightback.

Bangladesh made a dreadful start as Nazimuddin and Mahmudullah both fell to Aizaz Cheema without scoring while Tamim Iqbal (14) was caught by Cheema off Umar Gul.

Nasir Hossain made just seven before he was caught behind as Cheema grabbed his third wicket.

However, Nafees then stroked 97 in 177 balls, hitting 12 fours as he and Shakib revived the innings and he just missed out on a century when he was caught by Adnan Akmal off Gul.

Shakib faced 168 balls, hitting 14 fours in a fluent innings and unbeaten alongside him when bad light brought about an early close to proceedings was captain Mushfiqur Rahim, on five.

Cheema returned three for 52 and Gul two for 63.

Pakistan lead the series 1-0 after winning the opening match by an innings and 184 runs in Chittagong.

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