Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Pakistan in command after Abdullah, Abid’s half-centuries

Abid Ali (L) and Abdullah Shafique (R). — AFP
Abid Ali (L) and Abdullah Shafique (R). — AFP 

CHITTAGONG: Openers Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique every hit an unbeaten fifty to place Pakistan in a commanding place within the first Test in opposition to Bangladesh in Chittagong on Monday.

Set a goal of 202, the guests reached 109-Zero at stumps and want solely 93 runs on the ultimate day on Tuesday.

Ali was batting on 56 on the finish of the day’s play, including to his first-innings rating of 133, whereas debutant Shafique was unbeaten on 53.

Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi earlier claimed 5-32 to assist Pakistan bowl out Bangladesh for 157 runs of their second innings regardless of wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das making a combating fifty.

Resuming on 39-4, Bangladesh seemed down and out as soon as they misplaced Mushfiqur Rahim within the first over of the day, earlier than Liton, who struck 100 within the first innings, hauled the hosts again to respectability with 59 off 89 balls.

Afridi trapped Liton leg-before after which had Abu Jayed out for a duck to finish his fourth five-wicket Test haul.

Off-spinner Sajid Khan, who completed with 3-33, wrapped issues up by dispatching Taijul Islam.

The hosts had bought off to a constructive begin with Mushfiqur hitting a boundary off the primary ball of the morning, bowled by Hasan Ali.

But two balls later he left a unsuitable supply and departed for 16 after Hasan struck off-stump.

Liton joined in a single day batsman Yasir Ali to stop additional collapse.

Just once they seemed able to prosper, Afridi’s low bounce hit the helmet of Yasir, who retired harm after making 36.

Liton survived on 26 when he was given out, caught at quick leg off Sajid Khan.

The replay confirmed that the ball solely hit his pad and was happening the leg.

Sajid was rewarded for his persistence as he trapped Mehidy Hasan leg-before for 11.

Substitute Nurul Hasan changed Yasir after Mehidy’s dismissal and barely survived a powerful caught-behind enchantment simply earlier than lunch.

Nurul heaved one at long-on to Faheem Ashraf off Sajid after the break, getting dismissed for 15, and Pakistan took little time to take the remaining wickets.

Bangladesh have didn’t defeat Pakistan in any of their 10 earlier encounters.