Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 2nd Test Day 1: Rain spoils Pakistan’s chances of scoring big on 1st Day
Rain marred the 1st day’s play between Bangladesh and Pakistan, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur today.
Pakistan *161/2 (57 ov)
Close of Play – Pakistan are 161/2
Match Analysis - Salim Parvez
Pakistan closed on 161-2, on the opening day of the second Test against Bangladesh at Mirpur, Dhaka. Skipper Babar Azam, with hardly any innings of substance on the present tour, is unbeaten on 60 and would be aiming for a big hundred.
Pakistan following their convincing win at Chattogram, had no reason to make any changes in their line-up and decided to bat first. Bangladesh however were forced to make three changes, including handing a Test cap to Mahmudul Hasan Joy, slotted in apparently as an opening batsman. A drizzle in the second session and bad light in the last one, would only allow 57 overs to be bowled in the day and when the two umpires took the players off the field, officially there were still ten overs to be bowled. Pakistan batsmen were unable to bat at all after taking the tea break.
The two Pakistan openers – Abid Ali (39) and Asadullah Shafique (25), after their two hundred-run partnerships in the opening Test, had the measure of the bowling attack that had been boosted by the inclusion of star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Abdullah brought up the fifty-run stand with a superbly timed six off Tajul Islam over long-off. The bowler was soon to take his revenge. Their stand was worth 59 when Tajul went through the defences of Abdullah and 11 runs later he had done the same to Abid. The slow left armer has so far bowled 17 overs for his figures of 2-49 and will be expected to lead Bangladesh attack in this match.
With slow bowlers bowling in tandem Bangladesh reeled away 31 overs by lunch and keeping the score down to 78-2. The unbeaten 91-run stand between Azhar Ali (36 not out) and Babar who has already hit 7 fours and a six, tourists hope will show his true colours on this wicket. Both men were patient at the beginning and didn’t let a sequence of six maiden overs deter them from their aim to post an imposing first innings total in the second and the last Test of the series.
Pakistan 1st Innings Fall of wickets: 1-59 (Abdullah Shafique - 18.3 ov), 2-70 (Abid Ali - 24.6 ov)Match Summary
Bangladesh - Shadman Islam, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Nurul Hasan
Pakistan - Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Nauman Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Sajid Khan
Start Time: 04:00
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur
Officials: Michael Gough, Sharfuddoula Saikat, Gazi Sohel, Masudur Mukul, Neeyamur Rahul
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