Tamim's Double Century And Placid Pitch Ends The Game In Draw
Bangladesh 332 & 555-6 (Tamim 206)
Pakistan 628 (Hafeez 224)
First Test, Khula, day five
In-form Tamim Iqbal continued to make merry with a double ton as Bangladesh played out the whole day to take the game to a comfortable draw after being in a precarious position in the first Test against Pakistan in Khulna.
Bangladesh started the day on 273 for no loss. Pakistan kept it tight for a few overs.
In fact Junaid Khan (2-88) hurled an in-swinging yorker at Tamim’s (206) boot, the batsman taking a while to recover from it.
The same over also saw the first four of the day, Imrul Kayes (150) driving one charmingly through covers.
Bangladesh moved into the lead soon with Tamim charging down the track to leg-spinner Yasir Shah (0-123) and thrashing the ball through covers.
A few quiet overs followed, helping Pakistan to get their first breakthrough, Kayes charging down the track and mistiming a lofted stroke to long off, off the bowling of Zulfiqar Babar (1-125). The opening stand of 312 was finally broken.
The game was interrupted for about an hour due to rain. Early lunch was taken with Bangladesh on 315 for one.
After the game resumed, Mominul Haque (21) showed some aggression hoicking one over long on for a six following it up with a sweep for four off Zulfiqar.
Strangely, Pakistan took the new ball in the middle of that over.
There was more rain in the air, interrupting the game for a few minutes. But soon after, the new ball did the trick, Junaid finally striking with a fuller delivery that swung it to breach Mominul’s defence.
Tamim then in the 180s used his nimble footwork to strike two sixes over long on off Yasir’s bowling.
There wasn’t going to be a nervous 190s phase for him, as he reached his double century with another six, smashing a length ball off Junaid down the ground.
He became the second double centurion in Tests for Bangladesh after Mushfiqur Rahim.
Tamim didn’t make it to 3000 runs in Tests though as he fell soon beaten in flight by Mohammad Hafeez (2-82) and stumped.
With the pitch not doing much even on fifth day, the writing for a draw was on the wall and Bangladesh used the remaining time for good batting practice.
Shakib Al Hasan (76 not out) got some runs too, cracking two fours off Hafeez on either side of the ground.
Mahmudullah (40) was dropped at silly point by Azhar Ali when he was on 30. Bangladesh went into tea on 451 for three, leading by 155.
Mahmudullah was out soon in post-tea session, trapped lbw off a full delivery from Junaid. He reviewed it but to no avail.
Bangladesh lost Mushfiqur (0) for a duck, given out LBW off the bowling of Hafeez, shouldering arms to a fuller delivery turning in. There were a few verbal volleys between the players.
Meanwhile Shakib brought up his fifty too with a four off Hafeez.
Soumya Sarkar (33) lost his wicket holing out to deep midwicket just before the last hour of the play.
The two teams called the game off in the last hour, even though Tamim wanted Shakib to carry on, the latter being close to a century, Bangladesh in front by 259.
For Pakistan, Junaid’s swing was a good sign but it was an otherwise staid day on a dull pitch. The two match series is still level at 0-0.
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