Pakistan secure victory against Bangladesh in first Test match

Nov 30, 2021: Pakistan captain Babar Azam and veteran batsman Azhar Ali saw the Pakistan team through their first victory in a two-match Test series against Bangladesh as the visitors beat the hosts by eight wickets on Tuesday.

After half-centuries from openers Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafiq, Pakistan was ready to win the match with ease.

Bangladesh spin magician Tejul Islam LBWed Abid Ali for 91 runs while Abdullah Shafiq was dismissed for 73 by Mehdi Hassan. However, a strong partnership between Azhar Ali (24) and captain Babar Azam (13) ensured Pakistan’s victory.

On stumps on the fourth day, Pakistan ended 109-0, only 93 runs were needed on the last day. Ali was unbeaten on 56 at the end of the game, adding 133 to his first innings score, while debutant Shafiq remained unbeaten on 53.

“In Test cricket, a fourth day is very crucial,” Shafique had said.

“Our plan today was to restrict them for the lowest total possible so that we can easily chase it down. This is what we were trying and we were successful.”

Earlier, fast bowler Shaheen Afridi claimed 5-32 in Pakistan’s second innings to bowl out Bangladesh for 157 despite wicketkeeper-batsman Lytton Das making a fifty.

Resuming at 39-4, Bangladesh looked down and out after losing Mushfiqur Rahim in the first over of the day, before Lytton, who scored a century in the first innings, scored 59 off 89 balls.  Afridi trapped Lytton in leg before and then completed the fourth round of five wickets in a Test by dismissing Abu Jaid at zero. Off-spinner Sajid Khan, who finished 3-33, sent Tejul Islam back to the pavilion.

On day 4, Mushfiqur hit a boundary on the first ball of the morning, bowled by Hassan Ali and the hosts had a positive start.

But two balls later he left a delivery that darted back in and departed for 16 after Hasan uprooted his off-stump.

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