Despite losing openers early, Pakistan dominated the day one of second Test at Shere Bangla stadium in Dhaka after put to bat on a wicket that had a tinge of grass on it. Azhar Ali along with Younis Khan stitched a 250-run stand for the third wicket courtesy that the visitors ended with 323 for three at stumps. Bangladesh have had their moments early in the game but what followed was a run riot by Pakistan’s number three and four batsmen. Here are the highlights of day’s play in case you missed out on the action- Also Catch-BAN vs PAK 1st Test Day 1- As it Happened.
Bangladesh goes bowler short: Shahadat Hossain, who replaced injured Rubel Hossain for this match, bowled just two deliveries before being taken off the field. The pacer hurt himself when he fell in his follow-through. However, he returned to field and took the catch to dismiss Pakistan opener Sami Aslam. During the break while training the seamer got injured again and was taken off on the stretcher.
Pakistan openers back early: Double Centurion from last match Mohammad Hafeez was the first of the openers to be dismissed. The right-hander fell in the fourth over as Mohammad Shahid induced an edge from his bat. Sami Aslam then shared a 49-run stand with Azhar Ali to steer Pakistan, but he too fell while trying to attack spinner Taijul Islam. At Sami’s fall, Pakistan scoreboard read 58 for two. Also Read- PAK vs BAN 2nd Test Day 1 Report.
Younis joins Bradman: Younis Khan slammed his Test career’s 29th century and now joins Sir Donald Bradman on the most centuries list in Test cricket on number 12. The right-hander scored at a healthy rate throughout his knock, which included 11 fours and three sixes.
Azhar followed Younis: Soon after Younis registered his hundred, Azhar Ali followed footsteps of the senior batsman to notch up magical three-figure mark. Azhar was slowest of the two but made sure Pakistan do not lose any wicket. The right-hander remained unbeaten on 127 when play ended.
Two drop catches = two tons: Call it luck or what, both Azhar and Younis got reprieve after being caught off no-balls. Azhar survived the scare while batting on 18 when Shahid had him caught at third slip. Younis, who mistimed a shot straight to fielder after the Tea break off Soumya Sarkar, was batting on 79 when he was remitted. On both occasions umpire went upstairs only to find bowlers had overstepped.