Pakistan dominate proceedings

Opener Abid Ali smashed a fifty as Pakistan dominated terms in the second session on the second day of their first of the two-Test series against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram today.

In reply to Bangladesh’s 330 all-out, Pakistan moved on to 79 for no loss after 29 overs before tea.

Abid Ali was the stand-out performer in this session as the right-hander remained unbeaten on 52 off 89 deliveries. He smashed a total of six fours and a maximum during his stay.

Young Abdullah Shafique, the other Pakistani opener, has been a bit cautious, scoring 27 not out off 85 deliveries.

Both batters are cruising along without much of a resistance as the Chattogram pitch is offering very little to the bowlers. Pacer Abu Jayed did get some off-the-pitch movement at the beginning but that did not put to the test of the Pakistani batters.

Bangladesh, however, could consider themselves a bit unlucky as they could have gotten a breakthrough had skipper Mominul Haque decided to review an LBW decision. Young right-handed batter Abdullah Shafique, who is making his Test debut having played just three first-class games, survived a major scare as he was a bit late to a quicker from left-arm spinner Taijul Islam. Taijul’s delivery went in with the arm and hit Shafique’s pad before the batter could hit it with his bat. But Mominul, who thought the ball had hit the bat first, did not opt for a review, which later showed that the ball, in fact, had hit the pad first.

Pakistan makes a solid start

Pakistan openers Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique helped their side get off to a solid start, denying the Bangladesh bowlers from making any inroads after lunch on the second day of the two sides’ first World Test Championship fixture at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram today.

Bangladesh pacer Abu Jayed initially got the ball to move away from the right-handed opening pair of Pakistan but that never put the batsmen in any sort of trouble. Abid Ali has scored the bulk of the runs so far for Pakistan, smashing four boundaries and a solitary maximum on his way to moving on to 30 off 61 deliveries after 18 overs in their first innings.

The Tigers, however, could have gotten a breakthrough had skipper Mominul Haque decided to review an LBW decision. Young right-handed batter Abdullah Shafique, who is making his Test debut having played just three first-class games, survived a major scare as he was a bit late to a quicker from left-arm spinner Taijul Islam. Taijul’s delivery went in with the arm and hit Shafique’s pad before the batter could hit it with his bat. But Mominul, who thought the ball had hit the bat first, did not opt for a review, which later showed that the ball, in fact, had hit the pad first.

Hasan fifer helps Pakistan fightback

Pacer Hasan Ali bagged a fifer, helping Pakistan to a roaring comeback in the first session on the second day of their first of the two-Test series against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram today.

Despite dominating the opening day and resuming on 253 for four today, Bangladesh was bundled out for 330 as umpires signaled for lunch.

Hasan Ali acted as the destroyer in chief, picking up the wickets of centurion Liton Das (114 off 233) and debutant Yasir Ali in his first spell while giving away just seven runs in those six overs.

He first had Liton trapped in front before going through the defense and shattering the stumps of Yasir Ali.

Mushfiqur Rahim missed out on his eighth Test ton as he was the next to depart, edging a Faheem Ashraf delivery to the wicketkeeper following his 225-ball 91.

This was the fourth time that Mushfiqur was dismissed in the nineties in Tests, most by Bangladeshi batters in the format. The right-handed middle-order batter was also just a run short of catching up to Tamim Iqbal, who is the highest run-getter in Tests for Bangladesh with 4788 runs in 64 matches. Mushfiqur, who is playing his 76th Test, has now scored 4787 runs in the format.

Mehedi Hasan Miraz added some valuable runs at the death, smashing as many as six boundaries during his 68-ball 38-run unbeaten knock. But the right-hander was left stranded as Hasan returned to bowl near the end of the first session and wrapped up the tail by picking up the wickets of Abu Jayed and Ebadot Hossain in the same over.

Hasan had said after yesterday’s play that ‘Pakistan would like to restrict Bangladesh to a total less than 350’ and the 27-year-old pacer lived up to his words as he ended with figures of five for 51 in 20.4 overs that included five maidens.

Mushfiqur fails to bring up his eighth Test ton 

Bangladesh batter Mushfiqur Rahim failed to get to his eighth Test ton as Pakistan made a roaring comeback in the first session on the second day of the two sides’ first World Test Championship fixture at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram today.

It seemed like Bangladesh had gotten past the tricky initial phase of the day’s play as Hasan Ali, who scalped the wickets of Liton Das and debutant Yasir Ali early to put the Tigers on the backfoot, was taken out of the attack by Pakistan skipper Babar Azam. However, Faheem Ashraf, who was introduced into the attack instead of Hasan, did the trick as he had Mushfiqur edge one back to the wicketkeeper.

A back of a length delivery from Faheem and Mushfiqur, who played with his bat close to his body, had a faint edge to the ball that was moving away. The bat, however, had brushed his pads which probably led Mushfiqur to take a review. But as there was a clear spike when the ball went past the bat, the umpire’s initial decision stood and Mushfiqur had to depart after a 225-ball 91, exposing the Tigers’ tail in the process.

This is the fourth time that Mushfiqur was dismissed in the nineties in Tests, most by Bangladeshi batters in the format. The right-handed middle-order batter was also just a run short of catching up to Tamim Iqbal, who is the highest run-getter in Tests for Bangladesh with 4788 runs in 64 matches. Mushfiqur, who is playing his 76th Test, has now scored 4787 runs in the format.

Earlier on the day, it was Hasan Ali who acted as the destroyer in chief, getting the new ball to get significant movement off the pitch. The right-arm pacer got the prized scalp of Liton, who had picked up his maiden Test ton yesterday, and also went through the defenses of debutant and local boy Yasir Ali, shattering his stumps.

Ton-up Liton departs early on Day 2

Pakistan got off to a positive start as they removed overnight Bangladesh batsman Liton Das early on the second day of the two sides’ first World Test Championship fixture at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram today.

Liton, who had notched his maiden Test ton on an opening day, could only score one run this morning, departing after a 233-ball 114.

After having swung the previous few deliveries away from Liton, Hasan Ali had one pitch outside off and come sharply back in towards the right-hander that struck him on the thigh of his back leg. The umpire gave not out initially but Pakistan skipper Babar Azam decided to review, which, in fact, showed that the ball would have hit the top of the middle and leg stump.

A very well taken review for Pakistan and Bangladesh, who had not lost a wicket for over two sessions yesterday, lose the prized wicket of Liton that also ended a 206-run stand between the batter and Muhsfiqur Rahim, who is approaching his eighth Test ton.