Two nifty fifties by young talented Pakistani players, Abid Ali, and Abdullah Shafique helped Pakistan seal their convincing win over Bangladesh, here in Chattogram. This is their second win in the running test championship and they are second on the table right now.
On the other hand, Bangladesh, the losing side, kept their low performances since the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup event and couldn’t win a single game against any test-playing nation in any event.
Bangladeshi fans, known as the most cricket-crazy fans in the world, are still hoping to come back strongly in the second test match of the running Test Championship 2021-23 which will be held on 4-8 December.
The visitors finished day 4 at 109 for no wicket to chase down 202 runs which might seem to be a tricky chase in test matches but their two openers made the most of the task.
Batting first, Bangladesh were able to put up a total of 330 runs with Liton Das, scoring a stunning maiden test century and a massive partnership of 206 runs for the fifth wicket between him and the experienced one, Mushfiqur Rahim.
It was Pakistani bowler, Hasan Ali, being top of them, who maintained the pressure with tight lines and lengths, and spectacularly picked up his sixth five-wicket haul. Though Shaheen Shah Afridi and Faheem Ashraf gave good support to him from the other ends.
In reply, Pakistan started brilliantly with 146 runs opening partnership and a ton by Abid Ali, top-run scorer for Pakistan not only in the first innings but also in the whole match. His hard work paid him the man of the match award.
Bangladesh, losing four early wickets, had not the good start in their second innings as auspicious as the first day. The skipper, Mominul Haque badly failed to lead from the front, scoring only 6 runs in the first innings, and a duck in the second innings as he had to be more responsible.
Bangladesh was able to score only 157 runs while having 44 runs lead. Once again, Liton Das came as a savior for them with his fifty. According to the “Sport News BD experts”, it looks like he is fit for this format rather than shorter versions.
An interesting fact is that this is the second time Bangladesh had the concussion substitute, Nurul Hasan in the test championship. Before that, the first one was against India in the day-night Pink ball test.
Mominul Haque: We lost in the first one hour in the first innings and second innings as well. I thought Mushi and Liton batted really well. The pitch was still good for batting. But credit to them especially Afridi and Hasan Ali. They bowled really well.
Babar Azam: The way they played after the first session… but we came back well the next day and that’s what Test cricket is all about. You have time to make a comeback. When there is a partnership we have to be more consistent with our bowling. But we had very little time to prepare for this test as there were only two days after the T20s, but we are professionals and have to be prepared. I am happy with the way he (Abid Ali) built his innings and he will only keep improving, also the way Abdullah played, they will make a good opening pair.