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Khulna Test: Bangladesh trail by 23 runs against Pakistan
Observer Online Desk
Published : Friday, 1 May, 2015,  Time : 10:43 PM,  View Count : 39
Khulna:Bangladesh trailed by 23 runs against Pakistan in the second innings on the fourth day in their first Test of the two-match Dan Cake Test Cricket Series at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna on Friday.

Replying to Pakistan’s mammoth score of 628 runs in the first innings, Bangladesh (332 runs in the first innings) opened the second innings on the fourth day and scored 273 runs for no loss in 61 overs that involved 28 fours and seven sixes, spurred by the unbeaten
opening stand of 273 runs between Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes, both scoring their individual centuries.

On the way to Tamim’s seventh and Imrul’s third Test centuries, they established another milestone in their opening stand piling up the
highest-ever record of partnership score of 273 runs in the Test cricket for Bangladesh, breaking the earlier highest one of 267 runs between Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim against Sri Lanka, in the fifth wicket stand at Galleon March 8, 2013.

Tamim hit his unbeaten century of 138 runs off 183 balls that featured 13 fours and four sixes while Imrul’s unbeaten one of 132 runs came off 185 balls with 15 fours and three sixes.

It has been the third consecutive Test century in three matches for Tamim while the second consecutive for Imrul.

Earlier, visiting Pakistan resumed the first innings on the fourth day with overnight 537 runs for 5 in 148 overs, and raised the tally
at 628 for all in 168.4 overs, jolted by Taijul Islam’s 6/163 in the first innings.

Overnight batsman Asad Shafiq stayed for 83 runs off 158 balls with six fours and was caught and bowled by Shakib Al Hasan at team’s 617 for 8 in 165.3 overs.

Meanwhile, on his way to maiden Test wicket haul, Mohammad Shahid made the fourth day’s breakthrough in the visitors batting castle claiming another overnight batsman Sarfraz Ahmed who scored 82 runs off 88 balls with five fours and two sixes. Sarfraz was caught by Liton Das at 594 for 6 in 159.4 overs.

Sarfraz-Asad pair contributed 126 runs in 27.3 overs, in the sixth wicket stand, to carry the team total form overnight score of 468 for
5 in 132.1 overs to 594 for 6 in 159.4 overs.

To fulfill his six wickets haul for 163 runs in 46.4 overs in Pakistan’s 1st innings, left arm spinner Taijul Islam bowled out Wahab Riaz with duck, trapped Yasir Shah (13) lbw and bagged Zulfiqar Babar (11), who was stumped by Mahmudullah, on the fourth day.

On third day (Thursday), Taijul grabbed three wickets for 116 runs in his 36 overs spell.

Pulling this six-wicket in the first innings, third times five wickets haul in an innings in his Test career, Taijul bagged total 31 wickets conceding 841 runs (average 27.12runs) playing six Tests including 11 innings with best 8/39 in an innings against Zimbabwe.

Shuvagata Hom took two wickets for 120 runs in 34 overs in the first innings.

Brief score:

Bangladesh first innings: 332/10 in 120 overs; Mominul Haque 80, Imrul Kayes 51, Mahmudullah 49, Wahab Riaz 3/55, Yasir Shah 3/86, Mohammad Hafeez 2/47, Zulfiqar Babar 2/99.

Bangladesh second innings: 273/0, at stumps, in 61 overs; Tamim Iqbal not out 138, Imrul Kayes not out 132.

Pakistan first innings: 628/10 in 168.4 overs (overnight 537/5 in 148 overs); Mohammad Hafeez 224, Azhar Ali 83, Asad Shafiq 83, Sarfraz Ahmed 82, Misbah-ul-Haq 59, Asad Shafiq 51, Sarfraz Ahmed 51, Taijul Islam 6/136, Shuvagata Hom 2/120, Shakib Al Hasan 1/146.


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