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Bangladesh vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 4: Bangladesh wilt under weight of expectation

The opening Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan at Chattogram, after a couple of sessions hanging in the balance, now finds the tourists in the driving seat.

MATCH SUMMARY

Bangladesh 330/10 (114.4 ov) & 157/10 (56.2 ov)

Pakistan 286/10 (115.4 ov) & *109/0 (33 ov)

Day Break : Day 4 Pakistan need 93 runs to win.

Scorecard

For which their openers – Abid Ali (56 not out) and Abdullah Shafique (53 not out) – deserve most credit. Their unbroken stand of 109 has left their team with another 93 runs on the final day for a victory in the first of the two-Test mini series.

Hasan Ali prized out Mushfiqur Rahim, shouldering arms in the first over on the fourth morning but Bangladesh lower order was not going to surrender. At 43-5, with a slender 87-run advantage, there needed to be something special in this dire situation. Following his maiden hundred on the opening day of the Test, wicket-keeper Liton Das, was prepared to stand up to what was thrown at by Pakistan bowlers. His 59 off 89 balls with 6 fours was a praiseworthy effort during which he lost Yasir Ali, felled by a bouncer against Shaheen Afridi, when their sixth wicket stand had started to frustrate Babar Azam and his men. Yasir with 36 to his name was forced to retire hurt and would not return to bat again. The new ICC code of concussion substitute permitted Abu Jayed to bat in his place. At lunch Bangladesh were 115-6, with plenty more to do.

When the score reached 153-6 and the match now poised for an intriguing contest, Nurul Hasan, who had contributed 15 in a 38-run stand with Das in good time, holed out in the deep, with an indiscreet attempt against off-spinner Sajid Khan. This might be looked back as the pivotal point of the Test match for Pakistan were looking less than sharp and Nurul, one of the three wicket-keepers in the Bangladesh line-up, could have shown more grit to take his side to more safety. His dismissal saw another three wickets claimed in no time as Sajid (3-33) and Shaheen Afridi (5-32), mopped up the tail to restrict the total to 157 all out.

Now set 202 to win Pakistan with a long history of nerve-wrecking wobbles and squanders in the fourth innings, was asked to bat on a surface that was set to be challenging. They had four full sessions to achieve their target. Bangladesh opened their attack with spin/pace combination of Tajul Islam (SLA) and Ebadort Hussain (RFM). Both Abid Ali and debutante Abdullah Shafique set about their task in a level-headed manner and went into tea with 38-0 off 12 overs. So far so good with an odd ball causing an alarm.

In the final session, both batsmen remained untroubled and picked runs with relative ease with Abdullah, catching the eye of most, with a natural ability to pick the length a second or two early to go with his technically sound base as an opening batsman. Tajul Islam carrying his team’s hopes and desperately looking for a breakthrough was still wicket-less after 13 overs with Pakistan on 85-0 at drinks and a strong possibility of finishing the game tonight.

Abid was first to his fifty with an on-side three and had needed 92 balls to reach the milestone and how grateful his team would be for without his contribution this match would have seen Pakistan in a spot of bother. In fact the opening stand in both innings now that 100 was reached in 29.3 overs and barring a miracle, Pakistan were well placed. Remarkably it was only the second time Pakistan openers had posted 100 plus runs in both innings of a Test match – with Taufeeq Umar and Imran Farhat having achieved the feat against South Africa at Lahore in 2003-04 winter.

With bad light having played a part in the three previous evenings, the tourists need not throw away their strong hold in an attempt to score the remaining 100 runs in 20 overs. Only for the dressing room to stand up and applaud Abdullah bringing up his fifty – for the second time in the match with a six, this time off Mehidy Hasan over long-on. Certainly one with a bright future in all three formats, he had also hit six fours in his impressive display.

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), 5-43 (Mushfiqur Rahim - 19.3 ov), 6-115 (Mehidy Hasan Miraz - 42.3 ov), 7-153 (Nurul Hasan - 52.4 ov), 8-157 (Liton Das - 55.2 ov), 9-157 (Abu Jayed - 55.5 ov), 10-157 (Taijul Islam - 56.2 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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