Day 3: Shaheen shines as Bangladesh 39-4 at stumps against Pakistan 

By: AFP      Published: 05:51 PM, 28 Nov, 2021
Azhar Ali and Sajid Khan congratulate Shaheen Shah Afridi after a wicket • Nov 28, 2021 © AFP
Azhar Ali and Sajid Khan congratulate Shaheen Shah Afridi after a wicket • Nov 28, 2021 © AFP

Bangladesh were struggling at 39-4 against Pakistan in their second innings at stumps on the third day of their first Test against Pakistan in Chittagong on Sunday.

Taijul Islam earlier claimed 7-116 to help Bangladesh bowl out Pakistan for 286 runs and give the hosts a 44-run starting lead, with Abid Ali top-scoring at 133 for the visitors.

But Pakistan struck back in spectacular fashion with Shaheen Afridi dismissing Shadman Islam (one), Najmul Hossain (zero) and Saif Hasan (18) to finish the day 3-6 and reduce Bangladesh to 39-4 at stumps. 

Hasan Ali also scalped the wicket captain Mominul Haque for a duck to rob the hosts of their advantage.

Mushfiqur Rahim remained unbeaten on 12 alongside debutant Yasir Ali, 8 not out.

Ali earlier made 133 off 282 balls, holding one end for Pakistan for a long stretch after Taijul's early strike of two wickets in two balls in the day's first over.

After taking a first-innings lead of 44 runs, the Bangladeshi batsmen again miserably failed to show spine against the raw pace of the Pakistani speedsters.

The top three Bangladeshi batsmen were sent back to the pavilion with just 15 runs on the board. 

Shadman Islam was out lbw to Shaheen Afridi for one, Naimul Hossain Shanto was caught by Abdullah Shafique off Afridi for naught whereas captain Mominul Haque was caught by Azhar Ali off the bowling of Hasan Ali also for naught.

Opener Saif Hassan was unbeaten at 14 runs and Mushfiqur Rahim was yet to score.

Earlier, Taijul Islam claimed his ninth five-wicket haul to put Bangladesh on top in the first Test against Pakistan on Sunday despite Abid Ali's century.

The hosts bowled out Pakistan for 286 on the stroke of tea on the third day to take a 44-run lead into the second innings thanks to the mesmerising bowling of Taijul, who finished with 7-116.

Ali made 133 off 282 balls, holding one end for Pakistan for a long stretch after Taijul's early strike of two wickets in two balls in the day's first over.

Faheem Ashraf added 38 late in the innings to keep Pakistan in contention before he was last man dismissed.

Pakistan, who resumed on 145-0 and looked poised for a big total, suffered a setback very early when Taijul trapped debutant Abdullah Shafique leg-before on his fifth ball.

Shafique left without adding to his overnight 52, and Taijul took Azhar Ali for a duck in the very next ball when the delivery hit him on the foot.

Azhar was initially given not out but the decision was reversed on review.

Babar Azam saw off the hat-trick ball in Taijul's next over but did not survive long.

Mehidy uprooted his off-stump with a straight delivery after the Pakistan skipper made only 10 runs.

Taijul grabbed his third wicket when he beat Fawad Alam with spin to remove the batsman for eight.

Bangladesh sought a review after the umpire turned down a confident caught-behind appeal.

The replay indicated the ball took a feather touch on Alam's glove, ending his brief stay at the crease.

Ali, who struck 12 fours and two sixes, was also lucky to survive after he was dropped at slip by Najmul Hossain off Taijul at 113.

He was dropped again by Yasir Ali at forward short leg on 133 but it did not cost Bangladesh much, with Taijul taking him leg before two balls later.

His dismissal cruelled Pakistan's chance of a comeback, having already lost Mohammad Rizwan to Ebadot Hossain, who bowled 2-47.

BANGLADESH VS PAKISTAN FIRST TEST SCOREBOARD

Scoreboard at stumps on the first day of the first Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Sunday:

Shadman Islam lbw b Shaheen            1

Saif Hasan c and b Shaheen            18

Najmul Hossain c Shafique b Shaheen    0

Mominul Haque c Azhar b Hasan          0

Mushfiqur Rahim not out               12

Yasir Ali not out                      8

Extras                                 0

Total (four wickets; 19 overs)        39

To bat: Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain

Fall of Wickets: 1-14 (Shadman), 2-14 (Najmul), 3-15 (Mominul), 4-25 (Hasan)

Bowling: Shaheen 6-4-6-3, Hasan 5-0-19-1, Faheem 3-1-6-0,  Nauman 4-2-7-0, Sajid 1-0-1-0

Toss: Bangladesh

Umpires: Michael Gough (ENG), Sharfuddoula (BAN)

TV Umpire: Gazi Sohel (BAN)

Match Referee: Neeyamur Rashid (BAN)

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