Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Babar Azam, Azhar Ali lead Pakistan's recovery. Azhar Ali scored his 19th Test half century
Azhar Ali scored his 19th Test half century
Pakistan's senior pair of Babar Azam and Azhar Ali regained control of the proceedings in Dhaka with an undefeated stand that stretched all through the middle session on Day 1 as Pakistan went into Tea break at 161/2.
Taijul Islam, whose 11-over spell earned Bangladesh the two wickets in the morning session, continued from one end after the Lunch break. He bowled six more overs without making inroads into Pakistan's third-wicket stand before rain halted play.
After a brief 20-minute halt due to passing showers, the Pakistan pair continued to add to the team total. Mominul employed spin from both ends with Shakib-Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan, but Pakistan marched on unscathed, with Babar bringing up his 19th Test fifty. By Tea, the pair had added 91 runs for the third wicket.
Taijul enjoyed a far better morning session, where his wily arm balls gave Bangladesh two breakthroughs. Pakistan openers Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique came with the intention of adding to their partnerships of 146 and 151 in Chattogram, but could only go as far as 59 in Dhaka before Taijul breached Shafique's bat-pad gap. Shortly after, Abid followed suit on a similar delivery, playing it onto the stumps.
Brief Scores: Pakistan 161/2 (Babar Azam 60*, Abid Ali 39; Taijul Islam 2-49) vs Bangladesh