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Taijul picked 7-116
Taijul Islam's stunning figures of 7 for 116 shot down Pakistan for 286 and helped Bangladesh bag a crucial 44-run first-innings lead at the end of the second session on day three. Pakistan came into the day at 145 for no loss and were able to add 83 in the session for the loss of six wickets.
Taijul set the tone early in the day when he dismissed Abdullah Shafique and Azhar Ali on consecutive deliveries in the opening over of the day. Babar Azam played out the hat-trick delivery and was involved in a short partnership with Abid Ali as the visitors looked to steady things. Ali got to his fourth Test ton to keep Pakistan fighting but he soon lost Babar and Fawad Alam to go into the Lunch break at 203 for 4.
It was Ebadot Hossain who started the procession in the second session with the wicket of Mohammad Rizwan. However, the crucial blows were once again landed by Taijul. In the 94th over, the left-arm spinner trapped Ali in front after the opener had scored 133 off 282. At 217 for 6, Pakistan were in danger of conceding an even bigger lead and things went from bad to worse as Taijul completed his five-wicket haul with the scalp of Hasan Ali.
Sajid Khan and Nauman Ali too couldn't rally around Faheem Ashraf as the visitors were reduced to 257 for 9. Ashraf and Shaheen Afridi did well to frustrate Bangladesh and reduce the deficit during the 72-ball stay where they scored 29. Taijul finished things off at the stroke of tea and the onus will now be on the batters to ensure they bat Pakistan out of the contest.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh 330 (Liton Das 114; Hasan Ali 5-51) lead Pakistan 286 (Abid Ali 133; Taijul Islam 7-116) by 44 runs