Pakistan hit back on day two in Dhaka
Taufeeq Umar closed in on a second successive half-century to steady Pakistan on the second day of the second and final Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Sunday.
Taufeeq Umar closed in on a second successive half-century to steady Pakistan on day two of the second and final Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Sunday.
The left-handed opener, who scored 61 in the opening Test in Chittagong, was unbeaten on 44 as Pakistan reached 87 for one in their first innings at stumps after bowling out Bangladesh for 338.
Azhar Ali was 26 not out when play was called off due to bad light.
Pakistan lost in-form Mohammad Hafeez before Umar and Azhar put on 64 unbroken runs for the second wicket, with Umar hitting eight fours in his 79-ball knock.
Bangladesh paceman Nazmul Hossain, returning to the Test side after seven years, struck with his first delivery when he had Hafeez caught behind for only 14 – a stark contrast to the opener's 143 in the last Test.
Bangladesh, resuming at 234 for five, earlier lost Shakib Al Hasan (144) and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (40) off successive balls before being bowled out in the afternoon session.
The hosts were strongly placed at 305 for five before losing their last five wickets for 33, with Shakib's dismissal starting the slide.
Shakib was run out following a mix-up with his skipper as Umar hit the stumps at the non-striker's end from midwicket, while Rahim was caught down the leg-side by wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal off paceman Umar Gul.
Left-handed Shakib and Rahim batted comfortably against Pakistan's combination, of pace and spin, adding 82 runs for the sixth wicket.
Fast bowlers Gul and Aizaz Cheema each took three wickets, while off-spinner Saeed Ajmal finished with two for 64.
Former captain Shakib, 108 not outovernight, cracked 15 fours in a superb 242-ball vigil for his highest score in any form of international cricket, while Rahim hit one six and six fours in his 102-ball innings.
Shahadat Hossain, dropped on five by Abdur Rehman at deep midwicket off Ajmal, remained unbeaten on 21, with the help of one six and two fours.
Pakistan went wicketless in the morning session despite taking the second new ball as soon as it was available as Shakib and Rahim helped their team add 51 runs to their overnight total after a delayed start due to fog.
Pakistan lead one-nil in the series after winning the opening Test by an innings and 184 runs.
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