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Bangladesh vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 2: Pakistan strengthen their grip

Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique
Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique

Pakistan would have no concerns at close of play on the second day of the Test match against Bangladesh at Chattogram.

Their openers have already posted 145 runs without being separated and at present are 185 runs behind the opposition total. The two batsmen – Abid Ali (93 not out) and Abdullah Shafique (53 not out) – accepted an offer of bad light from the umpires resulting in six overs’ of play lost.

Match Summary

Bangladesh 330/10 (114.4 ov)

Pakistan *145/0 (57 ov)

Day Break : Day 2 Pakistan trail by 185 runs.


Hasan Ali making full use of the shine on the second new ball ran through the Bangladesh lower order. In doing so he assured the home side’s first innings total does not accede 330 – a reasonably good tally but far short of their expectations whilst Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das were adding 206 runs for the fifth wicket. It was Hasan who trapped Das leg-before for 114 to kick-start Pakistan taking control that would see Bangladesh add 77 runs in 29.4 overs for the loss of six wickets on the second morning. Mushfiq, departed nine short of his 8th Test hundred, when taken at the wicket off Faheem Ashraf. Nine of the Bangladesh wickets were claimed by pace bowlers with Hasan finishing with 5-51 – his sixth five-wicket haul in red ball cricket.

Pakistan openers - a new pairing of Abid and Abdullah - walked out after lunch and would add 79 runs in 29 overs by the tea break. Compared to his senior partner, Abdullah understandably was cautious due to nerves in his debut innings. He had replaced Imran Butt in the playing eleven but with only a limited experience of mere three first-class games behind him. Thus far he was seen more of a T20 talent but the Sialkot-born 22-year old right-handed batsman, finds himself entrusted with a role in facing  the new ball in Test cricket.

In the last half hour of the play, Abdullah brought up his fifty with a straight six off slow left-armer – Mominul Haque. He was certainly more confident and had displayed patience against accurate Bangladesh bowling, who till the 55th over had not conceded a single extra runs, in any shape or form. Abid on the other end was his usual steady self but pouncing on all scoring opportunities. A personal milestone of 1000 Test runs was reached in only his 24th innings which matches the achievement of Taufeeq Umar and lying behind Saeed Ahmed (20), Sadiq Mohammed (22) and Javed Miandad (24), amongst Pakistan batsmen.

Bangladesh Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Saif Hassan - 4.3 ov), 2-33 (Shadman Islam - 7.6 ov), 3-47 (Mominul Haque - 15.1 ov), 4-49 (Nazmul Hossain Shanto - 16.2 ov), 5-255 (Liton Das - 86.6 ov), 6-267 (Yasir Ali Chowdhury - 92.3 ov), 7-276 (Mushfiqur Rahim - 98.5 ov), 8-304 (Taijul Islam - 106.4 ov), 9-330 (Abu Jayed - 114.3 ov), 10-330 (Ebadot Hossain - 114.4 ov)

Playing XIs

Pakistan - Abid Ali, Imam ul Haq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf/Kamran Ghulam/Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali, Shaheen Afridi

Bangladesh - Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Mominul Haque (c), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Liton Das (wk), Taijul Islam, Mehidy Hasan, Abu Jayed/Rejaur Rahman Raja, Ebadot Hossain

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