Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Bangladesh stretch lead past 150 despite couple of blows. Liton Das helped the hosts reach 115 for 6 at lunch on day four and stretch the lead to 159.
Liton Das helped the hosts reach 115 for 6 at lunch on day four and stretch the lead to 159.
Liton Das's confident batting helped Bangladesh stretch their lead past 150 in the first session on Day 4, giving the home team some confidence leading up to the endgame of the opening Test against Pakistan despite a couple of blows in the session. Yasir Ali, who batted as well as Liton did, had to leave the field owing to a concussion after a blow to his head, as Bangladesh went into Lunch at 115/6, leading by 159 runs.
Bangladesh suffered a setback as early as the opening over. Having clipped one for a boundary off Hasan Ali off the first ball of the day, Mushfiqur Rahim decided to shoulder arms to an incoming delivery and paid the price for his misjudgement. Bangladesh quickly recovered from the blow, though, as Yasir Ali and Liton Das dealt in regular boundaries to add to the lead. Shaheen Afridi was bowling with a lot of pace but the sixth wicket pair managed to keep the left-armer at bay. There were a few plays and misses and lucky edges but there was no shortage of intent from both Liton and Yasir.
Liton also received a reprieve when Rizwan did not collect the ball after the batter missed a slog off Nauman Ali after coming down the track, resulting in a missed stumping. But the partnership came to an abrupt halt when Yasir walked off the field after the 31st over. He was struck on the side of his helmet in the 30th over when he tried to duck under an Afridi delivery which did not bounce much. The physio came out and Yasir appeared fine after an onfield concussion test, and even batted for an over, before deciding to leave.
Liton tried to steady Bangladesh as he built a watchful stand with Mehidy Hasan, also reversing an onfield decision for a bat-pad catch during this partnership. Unlike his 47-run association with Yasir which came in 69 deliveries, Liton's partnership with Mehidy, which lasted as many balls, yielded only 25 runs. Sajid Khan ended this cautious alliance when he trapped Mehidy leg-before for 11 off 44, and the batter also took a review with him. Nurul Hasan, who replaced Yasir as a concussion substitute, was unbeaten along with Liton, having survived a Pakistan review for caught-behind, as Bangladesh ended the engrossing first session without further damage.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 330 & 115/6 (Yasir Ali 36, Liton Das 32*; Shaheen Afridi 3-18, Hasan Ali 2-41) lead Pakistan 286 by 159 runs.