Live Cricket Score: Pakistan vs Bangladesh :
There are two ways of looking at Bangladesh’s batting performance on the opening day of the Rawalpindi Test. That they lasted nearly an entire day here to make 233 against a competent pace battery – after just 71.4 overs over two innings in their previous Test in Kolkata – should count as an improvement.
But that five of their batsmen got to or crossed 25, and just Mohammad Mithun crossed a half-century, puts their underwhelming show into perspective. This meant Pakistan, who elected to bowl after being influenced by the green-tinged surface that wasn’t half as menacing as it looked, took the honors after the first day of exchanges
Afridi was superbly complemented by the metronomic Mohammad Abbas, who gave Azhar Ali control each time Bangladesh’s batsmen threatened to take the game away, while Naseem Shah provided more glimpses of his talent as a 16-year-old, bowling fast, beating the batsmen for pace and even roughing up an accomplished batsman like Mominul Haque with the short ball.
Liton and Mohammad Mithun’s brief flurry had become a minor irritant for Pakistan towards tea. The pair raised a quickfire half-century stand to leave Azhar searching for options, and Sohail delivered with Liton trapped lbw looking for an expansive sweep.
Pakistan would have missed the wicket if not for Sohail’s insistence on a review, and replays suggested the ball had pitched in line and would have crashed into leg stump.
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