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Pakistan batters agonize Tigers

Published : 27 Nov 2021 07:32 PM | Updated : 27 Nov 2021 07:32 PM

Pakistan have scored 145 runs without losing any wickets at stumps in reply to Bangladesh’s 330 on Day 2 during their first Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram on Saturday.

Pakistan openers Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique comfortably played the sessions and the duo completed half-centuries while Abid expecting his fourth century and Abdullah Safique hit his maiden Test fifty.

Abid and Safique were batting on 93 and 52 respectively at the end of the day's play.

Bangladesh bowlers spend wicketless sessions throughout the day as the openers played cautiously to put on a 145-run opening stand for the visitors. Pakistan faced 85 overs, trail by 185 runs at the end.

Bangladesh's only chance came in the 13th over, when Taijul Islam appealed for a leg-before decision, but it appeared to be all bat as Shafique tried to push the ball off the back foot. Taijul was unable to persuade his captain to take a review, but replays proved that the ball had touched Shafique on the pad first.

After being bundled out for 330 in their first innings, Bangladesh bowlers failed to create any sort of pressure on the Pakistan batters. With a mediocre display of fast bowling, pacers Ebadot Hossain and Abu Jayed only enabled the likes of Abid Ali and young Abdullah Shafique to dominate terms since they came on to bat post-lunch.

Even though the Pakistan batters started off a bit sluggishly, both the openers picked up pace steadily as none of them had to face any real trouble in scoring runs.

Although right-arm pacer Abu Jayed was able to get a few balls to slightly move away from the right-handed opening pair, the 28-year-old lacked the pace needed to cause any sort of problem for the batters. While Abu Jayed was able to get some swing off-the-pitch with the new ball, his partner Ebadot Hossain failed in that regard as well.