Pakistan beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in first Test

By: News Desk      Published: 10:43 AM, 30 Nov, 2021
Pakistan's Abid Ali plays a shot during the fifth day of the first Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. AFP
Pakistan's Abid Ali plays a shot during the fifth day of the first Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. AFP

A brilliant opening stand of 151 runs from Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafiq ensured Pakistan a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first Test of the two-Test series in Chittagong Tuesday.

Pakistan comfortably chased a target of 202 runs on the final day of the match despite the threat of spin could have made it a tricky chase.

Abid and Abdullah sped up the things when Pakistan resumed the innings at 109-0 on the final day and did not feel troubled at any moment. Abid hit Taijul Islam three consecutive fours in what could have been a race between the two openers to reach the three figures first but both failed to reach the mark.

However, Abid and Abdullah were equally brilliant like in the first innings and made it only the second instance when a Pakistani opening pair made a 100-run partnership in both innings of a Test after the same feat was achieved by Taufiq Umar and Imran Farhat in 2003 in South Africa.

Debutant Abdullah carved out another brilliant half-century in the second innings as well before being adjudged LBW off the ball of Mehidy Hasan.

Abdullah made 73 runs off 129 balls and hit eight boundaries and a six in his innings. It may be mentioned that debutant Abdullah brought his fifties in both innings with a six showing the youngster, who is relatively inexperienced, has also the nerves of steel in addition to his brilliant batting technique that has earned him a lot of praise from the cricket pundits.

Last innings Bangladesh bowling hero, Taijul Islam who took seven wickets in the first innings to give the hosts a healthy lead deprived Abid to become the 10th Pakistan player to hit centuries in both innings of a Test match.

Taijul trapped Abid LBW to end a fine innings. Abid scored 91 runs off 148 balls and hit 12 boundaries.

Captain Babar Azam and Azhar Ali ensured Pakistan reached the target without any further loss. Azhar hit Mehidy for two consecutive fours to take Pakistan home. He remained unbeaten on 24 while Babar was unbeaten on 13 runs.

Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi were other stars of the Test for Pakistan as both claimed fiver-fers in both Bangladesh Innings. 

Abid Ali was named Player of the Match.

He said Abdullah Shafique was making his debut, so they tried to stay on the crease, waited for bad balls and succeeded in putting those away.

“I had done well in the domestic cricket and carried that positive mindset here too. Abdullah played really well, I gave him more credit. He was outstanding and my best wishes are with him. I am a bit disappointed that I got out for 91 in the second innings but at the same time I am happy that we won the match,” said Abid.

Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque admitted that they lost the match in the first one hour on both of their innings.

“In first innings, Mushfiqur and Liton stepped up. If we had got 100 more runs, it would have been different. We have to improve against new ball,” he rued.

Pakistan captain was all praise for crucial spells from Hasan and Shaheen.

He said the way Bangladesh played in the first innings that was really good but Shaheen and Hasan were outstanding. “That's the beauty of Test cricket that it allows you to make a comeback.”

He said they didn't have much time to prepare for the Test but they gave their best.

“I am really pleased with the way Abdullah Shafique built his innings. Abid Ali was outstanding, scoring tough runs to pull the team out from difficult position,” added Babar.

SCOREBOARD

Bangladesh first innings: 330 (Liton Das 114, Mushfiqur Rahim 91; Hasan Ali 5-51)

Pakistan first innings: 286 (Abid Ali 133; Taijul Islam 7-116)

Bangladesh second innings: 157 (Liton Das 59; Shaheen Afrdi 5-32)

Pakistan second innings (overnight 109-0)

Abid Ali lbw b Taijul                  91

Abdullah Shafique lbw b Mehidy         73

Azhar Ali not out                      24

Babar Azam not out                     13

Extras (b2)                             2

Total (two wickets, 58.3 overs)       203

Did not bat:  Fawad Alam, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan, Nauman Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Sajid Khan

Fall of wicket: 1-151 (Shafique), 2-171 (Abid)

Bowling: Taijul 28-4-89-1, Ebadot 8-2-30-0, Mehidy 18.3-4-59-1, Jayed 4-0-23-0

Result: Pakistan win by eight wickets

Series Result: Pakistan lead series 1-0

Toss: Bangladesh

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

TV Umpire: Gazi Sohel (BAN)

Match Referee: Neeyamur Rashid (BAN)

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