Bangladesh were unable to recover from the early shocks of losing debutant Saif Hassan and Tamim Iqbal and were all out for 233 runs in their first innings of the first Test at the Pindi Stadium on Friday.
Pakistan’s pace bowlers had struck early to leave Bangladesh struggling at 95-3. Shaheen Shah Afridi stood out as he picked four wickets for 53 runs. Mohammad Abbas and Haris Sohail took two wickets apiece while Naseem Shah dismissed one.
Abu Jayed, who got run out by a throw by Abbas, was the last man to go.
The top scorer from Bangladesh was Mohammad Mithun, who scored 63 runs with the help of seven boundaries and a six. He was caught behind by Mohammad Rizwan on a delivery by 16-year-old Naseem Shah.
Pakistan fast bowlers exploited a tinge of grass on the wicket at the Pindi Cricket Stadium after captain Azhar Ali won the toss and opted to field.
The visitors ran into early trouble against Pakistan’s pace bowlers and after Afridi’s early strike, Abbas successfully went for leg before wicket referral against Iqbal in the second over but Nigel Llong overturned a confident appeal.
Tamim, who scored a triple century in a domestic first-class game last week, scored only three in his comeback Test match after the left-hander missed Bangladesh’s last Test series against India.
Abbas bowled two tidy spells in the first session and gave away only seven runs in his 10 overs for the key wicket of Tamim.
Mominul and Najmul played resolutely after two early setbacks and just when they looked to carry Bangladesh’s fightback, Afridi broke the 59-run third-wicket partnership.
Mominul hit five that included two on driven fours in Afridi’s one over before the left-armer induced a thin edge of Bangladesh skippers bat.
Pakistan opted for the same team that won the second Test against Sri Lanka in Karachi in December last year, playing with three fast bowlers and a lone spinner in Yasir Shah.
Bangladesh handed a Test debut to 21-year-old opener Saif Hassan and also included three pacers as well as a spinner in Taijul Islam
Pakistan: Azhar Ali (captain), Abid Ali, Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Yasir Shah
Bangladesh: Mominul Haque (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Abu Jayed, Rubel Hossain
Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG) and Chris Gaffney (NZL) TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)
Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)a
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