Pakistan vs Bangladesh 1st Test: Hafeez double ton helps visitors take charge
Mohammad Hafeez hit a career-best 224 as Pakistan took charge of the first Test against Bangladesh with an impressive batting marathon during the third day's play in Khulna on Thursday.cricket Updated: Apr 30, 2015 21:04 IST
Mohammad Hafeez hit a career-best 224 as Pakistan took charge of the first Test against Bangladesh with an impressive batting marathon during the third day's play in Khulna on Thursday.
The visitors batted the entire day to move from their overnight score of 227 for one to 537 for five by stumps, a lead of 205 runs over Bangladesh's first innings total of 332.
Hafeez, who started the day on 137, surpassed his previous best of 197, made in Pakistan's previous Test against New Zealand in Sharjah last November.
The 34-year-old all-rounder hit 23 boundaries and three sixes before being dismissed just before tea, gloving a sweep off Shuvagata Hom to Mohammad Mahmudullah at leg-slip.
Hafeez, who had fallen in the 190s on two previous occasions, moved to 198 with a fluent straight-driven four off seamer Mohammad Shahid and then reached his double century with a sweep off Taijul Islam for two runs.
Hafeez said he was relieved to overcome the poor form that had dogged him in the preceding one-day series which Pakistan lost 3-0.
"I was under pressure and I knew I had to do something to regain my confidence," the 41-Test veteran said. "The team needed a positive innings and I am happy that I was able to provide that.
"I am not sure if this was my best innings, but a double hundred is always special for any batsman in the world."
The dominant batting display, in which Pakistan's top seven batsmen were all involved in partnerships of above 50, left the visiting side two days to force a win and take the lead in the short two-Test series.