Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Afridi fifer gives Pakistan a target of 202. Pakistan reached 38 for no loss at tea on day four after Afridi's 5 for 32 shot down Bangladesh for 157.
Pakistan reached 38 for no loss at tea on day four after Afridi's 5 for 32 shot down Bangladesh for 157.
Shaheen Afridi's fourth five-wicket haul ended Bangladesh's second innings on 157 in the second session on Day 4, giving Pakistan a target of 202 in the opening Test in Chattogram. Liton Das scored a fighting half-century to stretch Bangladesh's lead past 200 but the hosts lost their last five wickets for 27 runs, with their last four wickets falling for the addition of only four runs. Pakistan went into Tea at 38/0, needing 164 more for a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique gave their team a good start, with the former targeting Ebadot Hossain in particular. Ebadot was clocking in excess of 140 kph and troubled Abid at the start, even forcing Bangladesh for a caught-behind review, which, however, was not successful. The bowler, though, wasn't always on the mark and Abid made his pay for the loose deliveries. Shafique was solid at the other end, rotating the strike well while he also did not allow the Bangladesh spinners to settle down, scoring boundaries off Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan, with the openers managing five fours between them in the 12 overs they batted before the break.
Earlier, Mushfiqur Rahim was trapped in front by Hasan Ali in the first over of the day but Bangladesh managed to make good progress thanks to a good stand between Liton and Yasir. Despite Pakistan coming at the sixth wicket pair with all their might, Liton and Yasir batted with a lot of intent, scoring regular boundaries. Liton also received a reprieve when Mohammad Rizwan missed a stumping chance off Nauman Ali's bowling. 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.
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 involved in a 38-run partnership with Liton as they stretched the lead past 200. But Afridi came back to restrict Bangladesh, getting Liton out lbw before bagging his fifth when he got Abu Jayed to glove the ball to the ‘keeper. Taijul was the last to depart, stumped off Sajid who finished with three wickets.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 330 & 157 (Liton Das 59, Yasir Ali 36; Shaheen Afridi 5-32, Sajid Khan 3-33) lead Pakistan 286 & 38/0 (Abid Ali 20*, Abdullah Shafique 18*) by 163 runs.