Pakistan Charge Along Towards Series Win Against Bangladesh
Bangladesh 203 & 63-1 (Tamim Iqbal 32)
Pakistan 557-8 dec & 195-6 dec (Misbah 82)
Bangladesh need 487 to win
Second Test, Mirpur, day three
After setting a target of 550 for a win, Pakistan did well to dismiss Imrul Kayes at stumps on day three as Bangladesh are looking at nothing short of a Herculean effort to overhaul the target needing 487 more runs to win the second Test in Mirpur.
Bangladesh resumed play on day three, stumbling at 107 for five after 28 overs.
Shakib Al Hasan (89 not out) was fortunate in the very first over when Asad Shafiq almost pulled off a one-handed screamer at gully only for the ball to pop out of his hand.
Wahab Riaz (3-73) was fast and bowled couple of brilliant short balls before getting Soumya Sarkar (3) with a length ball.
Shuvagata Hom (0) fell victim to Wahab from the first ball he faced, a short one with zip that popped at gully when fended.
Taijul Islam (15) hit a couple of good-looking boundaries but perished slog-sweeping to Mohammad Hafeez (1-13) and missing the ball.
Shakib got a reprieve as he was bowled by Wahab with the latter overstepping.
Shakib tried to get some runs quickly with a six and four off Yasir Shah (3-58) and then two more fours and a six the next over from the Pakistan leg-spinner to get to his half-century.
He took on the pace of Wahab as well, hitting three fours in one over and then two more off him the next.
Shakib looked like he was racing away to a hundred smashing Wahab yet again for three successive fours, two off short quick deliveries.
However, he was left stranded at one end after his 91-ball knock, when Yasir got the wicket of Mohammad Shahid (1), who toiled for 20 balls in a 63-run last-wicket partnership in which he scored just a single run.
Shahadat Hossain, who left the field in the first over of the game didn’t come in to bat as Bangladesh conceded a 354-run first innings lead to Pakistan.
Pakistan didn’t enforce the follow-on and instead came out to bat. Hafeez (0) was out in the first over, Pakistan going into lunch after three overs at seven for one.
A series of very tight overs followed with Pakistan losing their other opener Sami Aslam (8) nicking one to slips.
Pakistan managed just 34 for two before Younis Khan (39) smacked two consecutive fours off Shahid (2-23).
Sarkar picked Azhar Ali’s (25) wicket which brought Misbah-ul-Haq (82) to the crease. Younis was dropped on 17 but Misbah attacked at the other end with two fours off Sarkar.
Eventually, Younis surpassed Sir Vivian Richards’ Test tally but fell the very next over offering a return catch to Taijul (1-56).
Bangladesh lost both their reviews soon in search of wickets. In an eventful over from Shuvagata (1-18), Shafiq (15) fell to a low delivery but Sarfraz Ahmed (18 not out) cracked a four taking Pakistan’s lead reached 500 and Misbah reached his half-century with another four.
The next over was massive as Misbah punished Taijul with two sixes and two fours in a 21-run over, reaching 70 in just 57 balls.
However, Misbah missed out on a well-deserved century as he holed out to deep mi-dwicket, Pakistan declaring immediately on 195 for six, the lead propelled to 549 thanks to their skipper.
Bangladesh batted 14 overs and went at a fine clip too knocking 63 runs off the target to be behind by 487.
However, with two days remaining, a draw isn’t an option in this game as Pakistan have given themselves plenty of time to bowl Bangladesh out.
Both Tamim Iqbal (32 not out) and Kayes (16) looked positive with a flurry of boundaries as Bangladesh reached 46 for no loss in 10 overs.
But, just when they looked set to see the day out, Yasir (1-7) bowled a ripper that was tossed up and spun from outside off to knock middle stump out.
Mominul Haque (15 not out) smacked Wahab (0-15) for three consecutive fours in the next over.
Bangladesh reached stumps at 63 for one with a Herculean task awaiting them.
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