Bangladesh lose 4 wickets as the Test hangs in balance
Bangladesh finish the day with 39/4 with a lead of 83.
Saif AL Imam ShotaEditor
Despite taking the lead in the first innings of the Chittagong Test, Bangladesh aren't in a comfortable situation. The hosts have lost 4 wickets in the final session of the third day after bundling out Pakistan for 286, thanks to Taijul Islam's 7 wicket haul.
The day started with Taijul removing well set Abdullah Shafique and Azhar Ali in consecutive deliveries. Captain Babar Azam couldn't stay in the crease for a long time as he was castled by Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
Fawad Alam and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan also had their stay cut short by Taijul and Ebadot respectively. But when centurion Abid Ali was finally removed for 133 by Taijul, the Tigers could finally dream about a first innings lead.
Despite some late resistance from the tailenders, Bangladesh managed to salvage a lead of 44 in the first innings, putting them in a good position. Taijul ended with a remarkable figure of 7/116, while Ebadot chipped in with 2 wickets.
However, the hosts could not maintain their advantage, as Shahhen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali came in and wrecked havoc all over the top order. Bangladesh were 4 down with only 25 on board. Mushfiqur Rahim and debutant Yasir Ali dug deep in order to prevent further casualties.
Insufficient light caused the day's play to be cut short, as Bangladesh finish the day with 39/4 with a lead of 83. An interesting day awaits us tomorrow.