Pakistani fast bowlers strike hard at Bangladesh in 2nd innings

By: AFP      Published: 11:29 AM, 28 Nov, 2021
Pakistani fast bowlers strike hard at Bangladesh in 2nd innings
Shaheen Shah Afridi celebrates after taking a Bangladeshi wicket.

Pakistani fast bowlers ripped through the Bangladeshi top order again on Sunday as they began their second innings on the third day of the first cricket Test being played in Chittagong.

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.

AFP

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