Hosts Pakistan has gripped the first Test firmly after day one as Bangladesh crumbled to a paltry total of 233 runs batting first in the first Test at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Friday.
It was in the brink of ending the first day when visitors lost their last wicket Abu Jayed fall short of the crease against Mohammad Abbas’ throw before opening up his account.
The procedure began with Pakistan winning the toss and sending the tourists to bat first. The home team bowlers well judged the decision and the condition removing both of their openers before two overs of the innings completed.
The star of the show was Shaheen Afridi who picked up a four-fer although Mohammad Abbas was most economical. Abbas’ opening spell of 6-4-5-1 provided Pakistan a perfect start while his new-ball partner Afridi was instrumental as well.
When Bangladesh were 95/3, skipper Mominul Haque and Nazmul Hossain Shanto tried to respite the innings but failed to continue by the time it needed most.
After being settled well in the crease, Nazmul Hossain threw away his wicket scoring 44 leaving the team in deep water. His 59-run stand for the third wicket with captain Mominul Haque (30) was broken by Shaheen who returned with a figure of 4-53.
Bangladesh produced another fifty run partnership in between Mithun Ali and Liton Das to get passed 200-run mark.
Mithun became the highest scorer with 63 and Liton added 33. Bangladesh might resolute some pride in later stage of the innings but Pakistan bowlers wrapped the tail in quick succession.
At the end of the day, Shaheen said he was happy to do his part. “It’s my role to get wickets and I am happy that I did that.
“You aim at improving your figures but the beauty of Test cricket is that you don’t always break records. Other team also comes to play and it was unlucky that the last man got run out but it’s always a team game,” said Shaheen.
Bangladesh 1st innings: 233/10 in 82.5 overs (Mithun 63, Shanto 44, Liton 30; Shaheen 4/53, Haris 2/11, Abbas 2/19)
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