Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Pakistan openers remain unscathed at Tea on Day 2. Abid Ali brought up his fifty in the second session
Abid Ali brought up his fifty in the second session
Bangladesh's day continued to grow from bad to worse as they endured a wicketless post lunch session with Pakistan's openers batting in a steady manner. Pakistan went into Tea on Day 2 at 79 for no loss.
After being bowled out for 330, Bangladesh pacers failed to make much of an impact as Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique batted with a lot of solidity. The debutant Shafique got off the mark in Test cricket off his 10th ball and also managed to have the beginner's luck on his side as Bangladesh didn't review an LBW shout against him off the bowling of Taijul Islam, with replays revealing that he would have been trapped in front. The newcomer was on 9 when he had the reprieve.
However, the seasoned Abid Ali took on the role of being the aggregator and got to his third Test fifty. He looked unfazed while the debutant provided good support as the track played pretty flat and Bangladesh's bowlers also failed to apply enough pressure.
Earlier, Hasan's Ali's five-wicket haul helped Pakistan wrestle back control. Bangladesh were pegged back early after losing centurion Liton Das for 114, with Hasan proving to be his nemesis. The new man Yasir Ali also didn't last long as Hasan struck again soon after. Mushfiqur Rahim, the other overnight batter, fell to Faheem Ashraf who induced an edge with him on 91.
The tail did wag a little with Mehidy Hasan playing a few shots but the fun didn't last long as Hasan returned to pick up the last two wickets with Mehidy unbeaten on 38 after a handy cameo. Hasan returned with 5 for 51 to help Pakistan make a superb comeback.
Brief scores:Bangladesh330 (Liton Das 114, Mushfiqur Rahim 91; Hasan Ali 5-51) lead Pakistan 79/0 (Abid Ali 52*, Abdullah Shafique 27*) by 251 runs.