Pakistan openers a class apart for Bangladesh bowling attack

Kingshuk Kusari

| Nov 29, 2:31 PM

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Pakistan openers Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique put on strong performances to prime Pakistan for the win in the first Test match at Chattogram, Bangladesh.

An unbeaten opening partnership of 109 runs on the fourth day set the visitors up for a big win while chasing 202 runs.

Both openers etched their names in the record books en route their respective innings, but above all built a strong foundation with risk-free shot making.

The openers, who had made a century stand in the first innings as well, became only the second Pakistani opening duo to achieve the feat in both innings of a Test match. Scoring at a healthy rate throughout their innings, both openers brought up their half centuries before the end of day’s play. While Abid scored 56 off 105 balls, Shafique put up 53 off 93 balls to become the fifth Pakistan batsman to score half centuries in both innings.

Earlier in the day, Shaheen Afridi ripped through the Bangladesh batting order to give Pakistan a great chance at the Test match, despite being behind in the first innings. The pacers, who have been in great form throughout the series, bundled Bangladesh in just under 57 overs, for the batter to have a good crack at the total.

With one day’s play left, Pakistan need to score just 93 runs with 10 wickets in hand.

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