Late Rahim Dismissal Dents Bangladesh’s Resolve

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Late Rahim Dismissal Dents Bangladesh’s ResolveBangladesh found some calm in the second session after a wicket-filled morning phase

After a horror-filled morning session, Bangladesh found some calm and reached 147 for 6 at Tea on the final day against Pakistan. While they still trail by 66, they crucially lost Mushfiqur Rahim for 48 to a run out in the final over before the break, that sullied the resolve they showed throughout.

Unlike the morning session, where Bangladesh lost seven wickets in the opening 80 minutes, they were steady courtesy Liton Das, Rahim and Shakib. Das started the session with a boundary against first-innings hero Sajid Khan and looked in good touch throughout his knock. Rahim and Liton made 73 off 150 and took the side close to 100 before Sajid struck.

Sajid offered a short, hit-me ball to Das and the batter smashed it straight to short leg much to the disbelief of everyone. However, instead of panicking, both Rahim and Shakib ensured there was no more drama and steadily increased their association to 49 before catastrophe struck. Shakib flicked the ball to the on side and called Rahim for a single. Even with a full length dive, Rahim was short and had to walk back having made 48.

Earlier in the day, Bangladesh were kept to just 87 after they started on 76 for 7. Shakib needed the bowlers to bat around but instead Taijul Islam and Khaled Ahmed got out for ducks before the allrounder was the last man to fall. Sajid Khan, who had picked six wickets on the fourth day, ended with figures of 8 for 42.

Pakistan had no hesitation in enforcing the follow-on in a bid to push for the win, and soon left the hosts reeling at 25 for 4. In the fourth over, Hasan nipped out Mahmudul Hasan Joy and in the fifth Shaheen trapped Shadman Islam lbw. Mominul Haque too was lbw and opted for the review to try and turn the decision. The Bangladesh captain, however, was given out because of the lack of conclusive evidence with the ball hitting the pad and the bat at the same time.

There was resistance from Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das as both batters played positively to stretch their association to 47. Both took on Sajid and bagged 20 runs from the two overs from the off spinner. On the first delivery of the 18th over – Nauman Ali had Liton caught behind but there was no appeal as the pair went unbeaten to Lunch.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 300/4 decl. (Babar Azam 76, Azhar Ali 56; Taijul Islam 2-73) lead Bangladesh 87 (Sajid Khan 8-42) & (f/o) 147/6 (Mushfiqur Rahim 48) by 66 runs.

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