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Bangladesh vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 3: Bangladesh lead Pakistan by 83 runs with 6 wickets remaining

Bangladesh lead Pakistan by 83 runs with 6 wickets remaining, after the 3rd's day play at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong today.

Match Summary

Bangladesh 330/10 (114.4 ov) & *39/4 (19 ov)

Pakistan 286/10 (115.4 ov)

Day Break : Day 3 Bangladesh lead by 83 runs.


Match Analysis - Salim Parvez - Bangladesh eye historic first


Pakistan regained some lost ground in the final session of the day that saw 14 wickets going down though the Test match against Bangladesh at Chattogram, is very much in balance. The home side with a lead of 83 at the close of play on the third day have six wickets in hand, including that of Mushfiqur Rahim, who now has the highest Test aggregate – 4799 runs at present - in the history of Bangladesh. He certainly has enough experience and skill level to resume the fight on the fourth morning.

The slow left-arm of Tajul Islam has turned the game in Bangladesh’s favour. After relative calm waters of the previous day, Pakistan batsmen found itself wilting under pressure, following the exit of Abdullah Shafique (52) and experienced Azhar Ali, within two balls – both trapped leg-before - in the first over of the morning. A perfect start to the day and by the end of the first hour Mehidy Hasan had claimed the prize wicket of Babar Azam for 10 for which he had faced 46 balls.

The middle and lower order were to face further more dosage of slow bowling in challenging conditions, with a hint of ball keeping low. Both Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan, despite their utmost to occupy the crease, could not reach double figures. It would have much worse if Abid Ali had not carried on from one end. He was the sixth man out having grafted well for his 133 (282 balls, 12 fours, 2 sixes) but with the total now 217, Bangladesh were in sight to gain a healthy lead. It was only Faheem Ashraf’s 38 that saved the tourists from total collapse against the menace of Tajul, whose final figures of 7-116 off 44.4 overs limited Pakistan to 286 all out.

A lead of 44 runs on this surface was a big boost for Bangladesh for their bowlers had in fact claimed all ten wickets within two sessions for 140 runs. Now it was the turn of their batsmen to knuckle down and create an opportunity for their first ever Test victory against Pakistan. They didn’t get off to a great start against the pace of Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali – two of the most successful red-ball bowlers in world cricket. By the end of the sixth over, three batsmen were back in the pavilion with the score on 15. The Test match was now in balance with either side in a position to turn the tide in their favour. It will be interesting to see how responsive Pakistan spinners find the third day pitch. Bad light denied both Nauman Ali and Sajid Khan, to find out.

The diminutive figure of Mushfiqur, who during his innings (12 not out off 30 balls) became the leading Test aggregate for Bangladesh, edging past Tamin Iqbal, carries his side’s hopes from this point onward. His would be the key scalp for Pakistan as Babar took off Shaheen after the bowler had delivered a devastating spell that read 6-3-6-3. The Bangladesh top order has failed in both innings in this contest, which may well be over on the fourth day.

Match Stats 

Bangladesh 1st Innings

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)

Bangladesh 2nd Innings

Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Shadman Islam - 4.3 ov), 2-14 (Nazmul Hossain Shanto - 4.5 ov), 3-15 (Mominul Haque - 5.6 ov), 4-25 (Saif Hassan - 10.1 ov)

Pakistan 1st Innings

Fall of wickets: 1-146 (Abdullah Shafique - 57.5 ov), 2-146 (Azhar Ali - 57.6 ov), 3-169 (Babar Azam - 72.4 ov), 4-182 (Fawad Alam - 77.3 ov), 5-207 (Mohammad Rizwan - 90.1 ov), 6-217 (Abid Ali - 93.4 ov), 7-229 (Hasan Ali - 95.3 ov), 8-240 (Sajid Khan - 98.5 ov), 9-257 (Nauman Ali - 103.4 ov), 10-286 (Faheem Ashraf - 115.4 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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