Lanky paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi took 4 wickets to assist Pakistan dismiss Bangladesh for a paltry 233 on the opening day of the first Test in Rawalpindi on Friday. Shaheen recorded figures of 4-53 in 21.5 overs and was ably assisted by fellow pacer Mohammad Abbas (2-19) and spinner Haris Sohail (2-11) to justify Pakistan’s resolution to ship Bangladesh in to bat on a greenish-yellow Rawalpindi stadium pitch.
Pakistan have been as a result of bat for 5 overs however unhealthy mild compelled umpires to name it a day. Bangladesh might have been bowled out for inside 200 had it not been for a defiant show of batting from Mohammad Mithun who high-scored with 63 together with seven fours and a six in his 193-minute stand. Bangladesh have been reeling in opposition to tempo at 161-6 when Mithun added a useful 53 run stand for the seventh wicket with Taijul Islam who made a resolute 24.
It was Sohail who had Islam caught by Yasir Shah earlier than Pakistan wiped off the tail with the second new ball as 16-year-previous Naseem Shah ended Mithun’s resistance, getting him caught behind. Just earlier than tea, Sohail broke a defiant 54-run stand for the sixth wicket between Liton Das (33) and Mithun as the 2 led Bangladesh’s fightback after the entire dominance of the Pakistan bowlers in the first session.
Sohail had dropped Mithun off a luckless Yasir at broad second slip when the batsman was on 22 however compensated for the lapse with two wickets. Yasir didn’t get a wicket in 22 overs, conceding 83 runs. Earlier, the prolonged two-and-a-half hour first session as a result of Friday prayers really belonged to Pakistan as they saved Bangladesh all the way down to 95-Three by lunch.
Shaheen, 19, eliminated debutant Saif Hassan (nought) off the third ball of the match after which had skipper Mominul Haque (30) to get very important breakthroughs for Pakistan. Abbas trapped opener Tamim Iqbal with the 10th ball of the match for three to go away Bangladesh tottering at 3-2.Iqbal, who final Sunday smashed Bangladesh’s highest first-class rating with 334 not out in a home match, tried to play throughout however missed the ball.
Umpire Nigel Llong of England had rejected the enchantment however Pakistan properly had it reviewed and the replay confirmed the ball hitting the stumps. Haque and Najmul Hossain Shanto (44) revived the innings throughout their third wicket stand of 59 earlier than Haque miscued a drive and was caught behind by wicketkeeper Rizwan off Shaheen.
Haque smashed 5 crisp boundaries throughout his assured knock.
Shanto, whose earlier better of 18 was in opposition to New Zealand in 2017, fell quickly after lunch when he edged one from Abbas to Rizwan. He hit six boundaries.
Mahmudullah, who was shaping properly with 4 boundaries in his 25, performed a rash shot off Shaheen and was caught brilliantly at gulley by a leaping Asad Shafiq.