Pakistan take control of Rawalpindi Test
February 8, 2020 01:32 PM
Pakistan wasted no time in taking control of the first Test match against Bangladesh as they now only trailed by 138 runs at the end of the first session at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
The second day started well for the Bangladeshis when Abu Jayed Rahi got rid of Abid Ali for a six-ball duck in the second over.
The pressure on Pakistani batsmen did not last long enough with opener Shan Masood and captain Azhar Ali getting easy runs courtesy of Bangladesh’s bowling.
Abu Jayed seemed to be the only Bangladeshi pacer making proper use of the conditions whereas Ebadat Hossain and Rubel Hossain’s inconsistency with line and length added more woes to the visitors.
The duo of Shan and Azhar put up a 91-run partnership for the second wicket. It was Jayed who brought the breakthrough, getting Azhar caught at first slip for 34 runs in the 23rd over. Pakistan at lunch have scored 95 runs by losing two wickets in 27 overs.
Spirited bowling from Jayed and Taijul Islam slowed down the scoring rate in the last half-an-hour. Masood, who brought up his eighth Test half-century, is unbeaten on 83-ball 59 runs including nine fours. Alongside him is Babar Azam, who is yet to score a run from 14 deliveries.
Earlier on day one, Pakistan sent Bangladesh into batting. The visitors were bundled out for 233 in 82.5 overs on the opening day. Mohammad Mithun top-scored for them with 63 runs. Shaheen Shah Afridi grabbed four wickets for 53 runs.