Pakistan target to restrict hosts under 350
Liton Das’s maiden Test hundred and Mushfiqur Rahim’s resilient half-century took Bangladesh to 253-4 in 85 overs at stumps on the opening day of the first Test on Friday.
Maksud HaqueDesk Reporter
Bangladesh are in the driving seat of the Chattogram Test, after the Day 1 stumped. The Tigers lost 4 wickets in the 1st session. But, Experienced Mushfiqur Rahim and elegant Liton Das Have been exhibiting extraordinary batting display, as a result, Bangladesh have the upper hand after opening day of the 1st Test.
Liton’s maiden Test hundred and Mushfiqur Rahim’s resilient half-century took Bangladesh to 253-4 in 85 overs at stumps on the opening day of the first Test on Friday.
“The wicket is slow and we have to bowl in the right areas because we need to bowl in the right areas so that batsmen make mistakes and we have more chances to pick wickets,” — Hassan said on Friday after the game.
“I think they are in a good position and finished the day on 253. If we can stop them at 350 that would be great and the way pitch is behaving, our batsmen are very capable and they are in good form and we are confident to put up a big score,” — he added.
“Our plan was to take wickets upfront and we were successful initially. We should appreciate the way both played and took the game away from us. I think they played brilliant innings and after the opening session the ball came to the bat nicely and we could not pick wickets but this is how Test cricket goes on. We will try to strike back tomorrow morning,” — Pakistani Pacer stated.
‘’I think they are on a good position and finished the day on 250. If we can stop them at 350 that would be great and way pitch is behaving our batsman are very capable and they are in good form and we are confident to put up a big score,’’ he said.
Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Sajid Khan took one wicket each for the visitors in the morning session, after which they toiled hard for the rest of the days for no rewards.
Liton remained unbeaten on 113 while Mushfiqur was not out on 82 when the umpires decided to close the play due to bad light but the duo, who got together when Bangladesh was on 49-4 in 16.2 overs, batted till the end of the day to form a 204-run partnership, the highest fifth-wicket stand at the ZACS.