Bangladesh In Dire Straits After Massive Pakistan Total
Bangladesh 107-5 (Imrul Kayes 32) v
Pakistan 557-8 dec (Azhar Ali 226)
Second Test, Mirpur, day two
Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq scored big before Pakistan's declaration and their bowlers knocked out half the Bangladesh side to leave the latter tottering, trailing by 450 runs at stumps on day two of the second Test in Mirpur.
Pakistan resumed the day from a position of strength at 323 for three.
Bangladesh’s moment of joy came really early as Shakib Al Hasan (1-136) got one to turn and beat the bat of Misbah-ul-Haq (9) squaring him all ends up.
However Shafiq (107) and Azhar (226) put up a massive stand of 207 runs for the fifth wicket, playing out 55 overs.
Shafiq was aggressive and Azhar brought up his 150 with a four after the first hour of play but continued with his unwavering concentration.
Shafiq brought up his half-century as well in the first session in 80 balls with five fours and a six.
Pakistan went into lunch at 428 for four scoring 105 in the first session for the loss of just one wicket of Misbah.
Azhar brought up his maiden double-ton, becoming the third in the series to do so, with a big six dancing down the track to Shakib.
Soon Shafiq brought up the 500 for the team with a single and then his sixth Test century with a single to mid-on.
Azhar eventually fell trying to up the ante hitting one down the throat of long off.
Sarfraz Ahmed (21 not out) announced himself with couple of fours. However, on the other end, the big hurrah never came as wickets kept tumbling.
Shafiq holed out to long off after which Taijul Islam (3-179) picked both Wahab Riaz (4) and Yasir Shah (0) in the same over.
That is when Misbah declared with the score on 557 for eight after 152 overs giving Bangladesh close to 28 overs to survive during the day, an entire session almost.
Bangladesh were ill-equipped without one of their frontline bowlers, Shahadat Hossain (0-4), who didn’t make it to the field after his first two balls.
Taijul and Shuvagata Hom (2-76) were the better performers for Bangladesh along with Mohammad Shahid (2-72).
Bangladesh had a horror start as their double centurion from previous game, Tamim Iqbal (4) was trapped lbw in the very first over of the day off the bowling of Junaid Khan (2-26) even after Tamim reviewed it to no avail.
They couldn’t stitch together a single partnership of substance as their top order collapsed in spite of most of them getting starts.
Imrul Kayes (32), who had launched into Junaid striking four fours in one over, was undone by a tossed up leg-spinner from Yasir Shah (2-15) that spun a long way.
Mominul Haque (13) edged one behind the stumps leaving Bangladesh at 38 for two.
Shakib (14 not out) was dropped off the first ball he played, when he edged one off Yasir to first slip, only for the seasoned Younis Khan to drop it in spite of the ball going into both hands.
Mahmudullah (28) struck a couple of handsome fours off consecutive deliveries before his 32-ball knock was brought to an end by a corker of a bouncer from Wahab (1-33).
Mushfiqur Rahim (12) played his brand of aggressive cricket hitting three fours off Wahab late in the day.
But Yasir thrust a dagger into the hearts of Bangladesh fans by getting Mushfiqur out with the final ball of the day with a googly that breached his defence leaving Bangladesh reeling at stumps on 107 for five - still trailing by 450 runs.
For Pakistan, Junaid and Yasir were impressive with a couple of wickets each, while Wahab pitched in with one as they get a second go at Bangladesh’s lower order tomorrow morning.
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