Pakistan vs Bangladesh 1st Test Day 1 at Rawalpindi, Highlights: As it happened
As it happened: Shaheen Shah Afridi picked four wickets while Mohammad Abbas and Haris Sohail scalped two each as Bangladesh were dismissed for 233 in their first innings. This after Pakistan won the toss and opted to bowl first in Rawalpindi Test. Mohammad Mithun top-scored for the visitors with 63 while Najmul Hossain Shanto hit 44. Few others also got starts but none of the batsmen were able to convert it into big scores.
18:14 hrs: Stumps! After checking the readings on their lightmeter, the umpires have called stumps without a ball being bowled in Pakistan’s first innings. The hosts will be happy that their bowled were able to dismiss Bangladesh for 233 on the opening day of the Test.
17:54 hrs: OUT! Mohammad Abbas runs out Abu Jayed for a duck as Bangladesh are dismissed for 233 in their first innings. Shaheen Afridi was the star of the show for Pakistan as he ended up with a four wicket haul.
17:37 hrs: OUT! Naseem Shah joins in the party now as he picks his first wicket of the innings by getting rid of Mohammad Mithun for 63. Pakistan needed DRS following a thin inside edge which was missed by the umpire. Bangladesh reeling after losing their ninth wicket.
17:29 hrs: OUT! Shaheen Shah Afridi picks his fourth wicket of the innings as he removes Rubel Hossain for 1. Afridi bowls a brilliant inswinger and the batsman misses it completely. Visitors lose their eighth.
17:18 hrs: Fifty! Mohammud Mithun hits a boundary off Yasir Shah and with that, he completes his well-deserved half-century. He has been rock-solid on one end but same cannot be said about his partners.
17:05 hrs: OUT! Haris Sohail picks his second wicket of the innings as he gets rid of Taijul Islam. The batsman went for the big shot but ended up mis-timing the ball into the hands of fielder at mid-off. Bangladesh are seven down now.
16:52 hrs: Mohammad Mithun is nearing his fifty and has stabilised the Bangladesh’s innings along with Taijul. The score has gone past 200 runs.
16:37 hrs: Play resumes after Tea. Shaheen Afridi bowls the first over with Mithun on strike.
16:00 hrs: Tea! Bangladesh batsmen walk into Tea at score of 172/6. Mohammad Mithun is batting on 30 while Taijul Islam has faced 22 deliveries for 1 run. Pakistan will be hoping to bundle out the visitors in the final session if the day.
15:45 hrs: OUT! Haris Sohail has done the trick for the hosts as he gets rid of Liton Das to break the partnership. The umpire gave the decision as not after the floated delivery crashed into his pads. Pakistan opted for DRS and the decision was overturned. Liton departs for 33.
15:30 hrs: Partnership! 50-run partnership comes up between Liton Das and Mohammad Mithun as the duo continue to fightback for the visitors. Liton has been the aggressor of the two batsmen and is taking the attack to the hosts.
15:14 hrs: Liton has hit six boundaries so far while Mithun has slammed three. The two batsmen have showcased good cautious cricket, occasionally taking the risk.
15:00 hrs: So far so good for Bangladesh as Litona and Mithun have kept the Pakistan bowlers at bay. Slowly and steadily Bangladesh are moving towards the 150-run mark.
14:45 hrs: Liton Das and Mohammad Mithun are trying to build a partnership and bail the visitors out of trouble. They have lost five top-order batsmen and this doesn’t bode well for the team.
14:34 hrs: Afridi gets his third! What a brilliant catch by Asad Shafiq. That is as much Shaiq’s wicket as it is Afridi’s. A fuller length delivery outside off stump, Mahmudullah, couldn’t resist the temptation, he goes for a booming drive but ends up getting an outside edge. Shafiq at second slip flies to left and holds on to a blinder.
14:16 hrs: 100 up for Bangladesh! A punch behind square from Mahmudullah and that brings up the 100 for Bangladesh.
14:00 hrs: Great start by Pakistan! Just like the first session, Pakistan have struck in the first over of the second session. Nazmul won’t be happy with that shot, that was veery loose outside off-stump. He tried to flay that despite that being well outside off. The keeper gobbled it easily. Abbas gets his second.
13:00 hrs: That’s Lunch! The umpires have take the bails off and that will be lunch on Day 1. Pakistan would be the happier side one would have to say after those three wickets they got but Bangladesh have done a good job after losing their openers inside 10 balls.
12:45 hrs: Good period of play for Bangladesh! Mahmudullah and Nazmul have looked good. This is the only Bangladeshi pair which hasn’t been troubled by the Pakistan bowlers today.
12:25 hrs: Two fours! That’s some positive batting from both Mahmudullah and Nazmul. Despite Bangladesh being under pressure, they have decided not to let leg-spinner Yasir Shah settle into a rhythm.
12:14 hrs: Afridi breaks stand! Edged and gone! Afridi gets his man, his second wicket and the huge one of Mominul Haque. It was a fullish delivery outside off and the left hander got an outside edge as he tried to drive this one away from his body. The partnership has been broke.
12:04 hrs: Fifty up for Bangladesh! Two boundaries! terrific timing from Mominul. Identical shots from the Bangladesh captain. Afridi just strayed on the pads and Mominul used his wrists to find the vacant area between mid on and square leg.
12:00 hrs: First sight of spin! Leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been introduced into the attack. It will be interesting to see whether he gets some purchase of this track.
11:56 hrs: DROPPED! That was a difficult chance, those catches need to stick. And on this occasion, it did not. A super delivery from Afridi, it bounced awkwardly from the good length area and got the outside edge of Mominul’s bat. Asad Shafiq at third slip did a good job to get a hand to it but it was too far away. Mominul riding his luck.
11:41 hrs: Mominul finds his touch! Cracking pull shot from the Bangladesh captain. Naseem Shah bangs it short around leg, but this one doesn’t have much venom. Mominul rocks back quickly and pulls it away confidently to collect his third boundary.
11:35 hrs: Crunched! The shot of the day so far. Full and wide from Afridi and Nazmul gets a good stride forward and just strokes it through the covers for a boundary. First real short of confidence from a Bangladeshi batsman today.
11:28 hrs: Edged and four! Same length, a bit close to Mominul’s body, he hangs his bat in hope, the ball takes the outside edge and luckily for Bangladesh, it flies over the slip cordon for another boundary. The Bangladesh captain is living dangerously here.
11:22 hrs: FOUR! First boundary of the Bangladesh innings but not convincing at all. Naseem would feel hard done by there. That was a snorter from the medium pacer, it rose off length and caught Mominul off guard, he looked to fend it away and somehow managed to guide it over the slips for a boundary.
11:08 hrs: Bowling change! That was a bit of a surprise, Azhar Ali has decided to take Shaheen Shah Afridi off the attack and introduce young Naseem into the attack.
10:59 hrs: Maiden from Abbas! This has been a terrific start by the Pakistan new ball bowlers and Abbas in particular. He bowls a maiden, pressure on Bangladesh.
10:44 hrs: Abbas removes Tamim! LBW! What a review Pakistan, what a start altogether. That always looked plumb and Pakistan did well to send it upstairs and the decision has been reversed. Two wickets with the new ball, Tamim Iqbal now departs for 3. A length ball, in line of the stumps, Tamim, by virtue of habit, looks to flick but falls over in the process as he misses the shot. Normally, Abbas is very straight and you cannot miss the ball when he is bowling. But Tamim does and birngs about his downfall.
10:35 hrs: Wicket in first over! 3 balls. That is all it has taken for Shaheen Shah Afridi to give Pakistan the first breakthrough. Full and wide outside off, the debutant Saif cannot resist himself from having a feel for it. Goes for the drive and all he manages is a thick outside edge. It goes towards the packed slip cordon where Asad Shafiq gets across from second slip and takes it to his left. Nothing special about that delivery. Just the tentativeness in Hassan’s mind to get his first Test runs.
Pakistan Playing XI: 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 Playing XI : Mominul Haque (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Abu Jayed, Rubel Hossain