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Bowlers put Pakistan on top on opening day of Rawalpindi Test
Day one report

Bowlers put Pakistan on top on opening day of Rawalpindi Test

Shaheen Shah Afridi on Friday bagged four wickets as Pakistan dismissed Bangladesh for 233 on the opening day of Rawalpindi Test.

Shaheen took 4 for 53 during his spell and was supported well enough by Mohammad Abbas, who kept Bangladesh batsmen under check with figures of 2 for 19 in a 17-over spell.

In reply, Pakistan were expected to bat for five overs but poor visibility forced the umpires to finish the day earlier. Mohammad Mithun’s valiant effort saved Bangladesh from getting bowled out inside 200. He top-scored with 63 off 140 balls.

Bangladesh were reeling at 161 for 6 at one point but Mithun and Taijul Islam added 53 runs for the seventh wicket stand. Islam scored a dogged 24 off 72 balls.

Haris Sohail ended Islam’s resistance before Naseem Shah finally got the better of Mithun. Haris had earlier dropped Mithun at wide slip off Yasir Shah’s bowling when he was batting on 22, but later on compensated for the loss with two wickets.

Earlier, the extended two-and-a-half hour first session belonged to Pakistan, keeping Bangladesh to 95 for 3 at the stroke of lunch.

Shaheen first removed debutant Saif Hassan (nought) off the third ball as the young batsman flashed hard well outside off-stump. From the other end, Abbas trapped opener Tamim Iqbal right in front of the stumps.

Tamim Iqbal, who scored Bangladesh’s highest first-class score with an unbeaten 334, played across his front pad. The appeal was turned down by the on-field umpire Nigel Llong but the replays showed the ball crashing into the stumps.

Skipper Mominul Haque and Najmul Hossain Shanto re-built the innings with a third-wicket stand of 59 before the skipper was drawn into a wider ball by Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Shanto, scored 44 off 110 balls, which was his highest-ever score in Test cricket. His previous highest score was of 18 against New Zealand in 2017. He struck six boundaries in his knock.