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Pakistan ripped through Bangladesh's top order
Pakistan could not have asked for a better morning as their bowlers dominated proceedings by removing Bangladesh's top four inside 90 minutes of the first session of the first of two Test series between Bangladesh and Pakistan in Chattogram.
Barring Nauman Ali, every other bowler got off the mark in the wickets column and the visiting bowlers made full use of the moisture on offer after being asked to bowl. Shaheen Afridi got one to leap up in his third over and removed Saif Hassan, who looked all at sea against the skiddy bouncer around his neck. Afridi's bowling partner, Hasan Ali, too got his reward two overs later as he got one to nip back in to dislodge the other opener.
Just when the pair of Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mominul Haque looked set to steady the ship, the introduction of first change bowlers – Sajid Khan and Faheem Ashraf – caused yet another blip as both gifted their wickets in the space of 7 deliveries. Mominul's dismissal had to be reviewed as the umpire didn't pick the edge but UltraEdge showed a clear spike to send the skipper packing for a single-digit score.
On a day when tremors were felt in parts of Chattogram and Dhaka due to an earthquake, hours before the start of the game, it was the Bangladesh dressing room that will feel a bit wobbly having lost all their top four batters for low scores. Earlier in the day, opener Abdullah Shafique became the 246th player to represent Pakistan in Test cricket while the highly-rated 25 year-old Yasir Ali debuted for Bangladesh, who is slated to bat in the lower-middle order at 7.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 69 for 4 at Lunch (Saif Hassan 14; Sajid Khan 1-9) vs Pakistan.