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Ban v Pak, 1st Test, Khulna
Bangladesh force first draw against Pakistan
Published : Saturday, 2 May, 2015,  Time : 5:50 PM,  View Count : 26
Bangladesh 332 (Mominul 80, Wahab 3-55, Yasir 3-86) and 555 for 6 (Tamim 206, Kayes 150. Shakib 76*) drew with Pakistan 628 (Hafeez 224, Azhar 83, Shafiq 83, Sarfraz 82, Taijul 6-163)

The first Test match between Bangladesh and Pakistan has finished in a draw as Tigers helmed the second innings with strong hands against the visitors on the final day in Khulna.

The Tigers chasing the Pakistanis for 296 runs managed to bag 555 for 6 wickets from 136 overs.

Tamim Iqbal composed the highest individual score as a Bangladeshi in Tests to help the hosts ground out a creditable draw. This was the first time they drew a Test match against Pakistan.

It was high-octane stuff from Tamim as he smashed the opposition to shreds and scored a double ton. Tamim survived a couple of lbw shots, but other than that, he played with spirit and spunk. In fact, one has to remember that Imrul Kayes gave Tamim valuable support. They even strung together a monumental stand of 312. It turned out to be the first 300-run partnership for Bangladesh in the history of Test cricket.

The highlight of the day has to be Tamim getting to a double hundred and the minor altercation between Shakib and Riaz. Apart from that, it was a dull, drab and uninspiring day. 45 minutes were lost to rain but that was just a momentary break. Do stay tuned for the match summary and the post-match presentation... Rahim comes out and shakes hands with his left-hand. Remember he has an injury to his right. Draw was the favourable result going into the final day and even though there were phases when things happened, it was never enough. Tamim made double hundreds, Kayes 150 and Shakib helped himself to a fifty plus score.

There was a triple-hundred stand for the opening wicket in Tests for Bangladesh this day as well. Pakistan tried whatever they could, engaged in a bit of verbal banter too but eventually the pitch won. So the final day's play petered out especially in the final hour when Misbah and his team were just going through the motions. Everyone wanted the game to get over so they could go off.

All eyes on Misbah and they are shaking hands. That's it. The game is off. Tamim was pointing at the batsmen to stay there but Shakib decided enough was enough. The umpires came together and shook hands. First ever draw for Bangladesh against Pakistan in Tests after eight successive losses.


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