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by Salim Parvez & Cricket World Sunday 9 February 2020
Pakistan 445 all out
Bangladesh 233 and 126 - 6 (45.0overs)
At the Close of Play Day 3 - Bangladesh trail Pakistan by 86 runs with 4 wickets remaining
Earlier, the Sunday crowd received a shock with Babar Azam’s dismissal of the first ball he faced today. A hesitant push by the star Pakistan batsman took the edge of his bat to end up in the hands of first slip of Mohammad Mithun off Abu Jayed. In the present form, a maiden double hundred was there for the taking but it was not to be. Babar’s 143 had come off 193 balls and he hit 18 fours and a six, in compiling his fifth Test hundred.
Asad Shafiq too followed Babar when he was caught behind of the inside edge off Ebadat Hossain for 65. Two early strikes lifted Bangladesh as both overnight batsmen could have done serious damage. Even though the morning session belonged to the tourists, Pakistan were sitting comfortable on 420-7 at lunch.
The tourists seam attack is now in the hands of bowling coach Ottis Gibson, whose knowledge of modern-day cricket is quite extensive for he has previously performed the same role with three other Test nations - West Indies, England and South Africa. The efforts of the seam bowlers, in particular that of Abu Jayed (3-86) and Rubel Hossain (3-113) would have pleased Gibson. Bangladesh on the third day went on to pick up seven wickets for 103 runs thus restricting Pakistan to 445.
Trailing by 212 runs, Bangladesh openers made a positive start to their innings and by tea had reached 51-1, which included 10 boundaries and their leading batsman in all three formats, Tamim Iqbal unbeaten on 32. His partner Saif Hassan, the only right-handed in the top four, out to a golden duck on his Test debut on the opening day, showed glimpses of his potential. After four well-timed boundaries, he was bowled, playing back to Naseem Shah for 16.
Immediately after tea, Yasir Shah’s fizzing wrist spin was introduced and Tamim on 34, after top-edging a sweep and escaping a swerving catch to Shan Masood, was trapped leg-before, playing back. A major breakthrough for Pakistan as he, only last week had smashed an unbeaten 334 – the highest first-class score by a Bangladeshi in first-class cricket – for East Zone against Central Zone in Dhaka.
The two left-handed– Najmul (38) and Mominul Haque (37 not out) – added 71 runs for the third wicket and were well trenched to carry on the fight on the fourth day, before the carnage. At 16years and 359 days, Naseem has become the youngest player in history to achieve a Test hat-trick. Previously only three Pakistan bowlers – Wasim Akram (2), Abdul Razzaq and Mohammad Sami – have achieved the feat. Bangladesh closed on 126-6 and still trail by 86 runs with skipper Mominul, with only the lower order to support his resistence.
Pakistan - Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali(c), Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi
Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Saif Hassan, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque(c), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Liton Das(wk), Taijul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Abu Jayed, Ebadat Hossain
Start Time: 05:00
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
Officials: Nigel Llong, Christopher Gaffaney, Marais Erasmus, Shozab Raza, Richard Richardson
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