Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Pakistan lose both openers on first morning in Dhaka. Taijul dismissed both Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique.
Taijul dismissed both Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique.
Pakistan threatened to start off in Dhaka in the same way they finished in Chattogram as openers Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique started off well after Babar Azam won the toss. Mominul Haque expected the early overcast conditions to assist his quicks but that wasn't to be as the Pakistan openers comfortably added yet another 50-run stand. But Mominul's spinners came to his rescue in the second half of the session as Taijul Islam dismissed both the openers. Pakistan went to Lunch break at 78 for 2.
Mominul's hope for the conditions to be his team's ally nearly came true in the very first over of the game when Ebadot Hossain got a length ball to nip back sharply and hit Abid Ali on the pads. After a bit of thought, however, Mominul decided against reviewing the call, perhaps because the ball struck high up the front pad. The decision proved prudent as replays showed the ball would've gone well over the stumps.
Bangladesh welcomed back Shakib Al Hasan as well as fast bowler Khaled Ahmed, who was entrusted with the task alongside Ebadot to make early inroads. But he offered width outside the offstump to Abid Ali who dispatched two such deliveries outside the offstump to the boundary behind point. The home side pacers went through a phase where they tried too hard and ended up overcompensating in lengths as the Pakistan openers collected fours off those deliveries to get their partnership going. They didn't have much restraint against the spinners either as when the opportunities came up, as the Pakistan pair took the team to 54 for 0 after the first-hour mark.
After opening stands of 146 and 151 in Chattogram, Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique looked set for a third big partnership to put Bangladesh under the pump, but both Taijul and Shakib got more turn off the wicket and used their variations better as the session went on. One such variation, a delivery that just went with Taijul's round-the-wicket angle breached the bat-pad gap and sent Shafique packing for a 50-ball 25.
Bangladesh finished the first session much better than they started it, as Taijul soon dismissed Abid too – with an identical delivery that the Pakistan opener chopped on to his stumps. It took Babar Azam 37 deliveries to get his first runs but he and Azhar Ali took Pakistan to Lunch without further damage.
Brief Scores: Pakistan 78/2 (Abid Ali 39; Taijul Islam 2-28) vs Bangladesh