It was a repeat of yesterday. Heaps of wickets in the first session, none in the last two and early close of play due to fading light. Except, it was Pakistan that reaped benefits today. An unbroken opening century stand by Abid Ali and debutant Abdullah Shafique gave them a solid platform after bowling out Bangladesh for 330 on Day 2 of the first Test in Chittagong on Saturday (November 27).
Ali closed in on his fourth Test century to stay unbeaten on 93 while Shafique was batting on 52 as Pakistan reached 145/0 at stumps, 185 shy of Bangladesh's first innings total. Bangladesh will rue not reviewing an lbw decision against Shafique. The on-field umpire adjudged it not out and Mominul Haque, after a brief discussion with his teammates opted not to review. The replays, however, cleared that it was as plumb as it gets since the bat was behind the back leg, the only confusion attached with the decision. Shafique had only 9 runs against his name at the point of that appeal.
Pace bowler Hasan Ali led Pakistan earlier with the ball, finishing with 5-51, his sixth five-wicket, which kept Bangladesh in check after the hosts resumed at 253/4 in the morning.
Liton Das top-scored with 114 for Bangladesh, adding just one run to his overnight score, while Mushfiqur Rahim, unbeaten on 82 at the end of the opening day's play, fell for 91 runs.
Mehidy Hasan struck an unbeaten 38 to take Bangladesh past 300 before Hasan claimed the last two wickets on consecutive deliveries to bring an end to Bangladesh's efforts with the bat. Pakistan had Bangladesh on the ropes on Day 1 at 49/4 but the hosts fought back, thanks to Liton and Mushfiqur.
The visitors looked sharp right from the start of the second day's play when Hasan trapped Liton leg-before in the second over of the morning. Struck on his backfoot, Liton was initially given not out but Pakistan successfully reviewed the decision. Liton, who shared 206 runs with Mushfiqur for the fifth wicket, hit 11 fours and a six in his 233-ball innings.
Hasan then dismissed Yasir Ali for 4 with a fine in-swinger that rattled the leg and middle stumps of the debutant. Faheem took a thin edge from the bat of Mushfiqur, effectively ending Bangladesh's chance for a big total. Mushfiqur struck 11 fours in his 225-ball stay at the crease.