Pakistan enjoy strong reply after skittling Tigers

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A familiar tale greeted Bangladesh as they fell to a paltry 135 all out on day one of the first Test against Pakistan in Chittagong.

A familiar tale greeted Bangladesh as they fell to a paltry 135 all out on day one of the first Test against Pakistan in Chittagong.

Prone to rash strokeplay and a severe lack of discipline in shot selection, the hosts fully justified visiting captain Misbah-ul-Haq's surprise decision to bowl first after winning the toss.

The pitch warranted far more than debutant Mohammad Nazimuddin's 31 at the top of the knock and Nasir Hossain's rearguard 41 down the order. Pakistan proved as much in their reply, moving untroubled to 132 without loss at stumps for a mere three-run deficit.

The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium is renowned for its low and slow conditions. Batsmen able to put in the initial graft sport a history of cashing in down the line. This was not the case on Friday, among the Bangladeshis at least. Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar later handed their opposition an abject lesson in Test match batting with 74 not out and 53 not out respectively.

Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan managed a mere 22 runs between them. The seamers – Umar Gul and Aizaz Cheema – did the damage initially, after which the spinners – Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal sealed the deal.

Ajmal, coming to the end of a prolific year, was particularly impressive. The toothless Tigers didn't have a clue in the face of his variation in flight and pace.

Thursday's showing continued a familiar precedent witnessed in the limited-overs leg of the tour, which had the home side slump to four defeats on the trot in the wake of characteristic indiscipline.

The same is likely to continue across the rest of the two-match Test series, unless coach Stuart Law's ongoing calls for maturity and measure are heeded by a brash Iqbal, Ashraful and company.

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