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08-Feb-2020 12:45:00 GMT
Pak v Ban - 1st Test, Rawalpindi, day 2

Babar, Masood punish Bangladesh Put Pakistan on top

Rawalpindi: Pakistan reached 342-3 at stumps on the second day of the first Test in reply to Bangladesh's first innings total of 233 at Rawalpindi stadium on Saturday.

Left-handed opener Shan Masood was out for 100 and with him Babar Azam was unbeaten on 143 after Pakistan lost record-seeking Abid Ali for duck in the second over.

When Pakistan started their innings in the morning all focus was on Abid who had scored two hundreds in his first two Tests against Sri Lanka in December last year.

Another hundred would have equalled Indian player Mohammad Azharuddin's unique record of three successive centuries in his first three Tests, but Abid fell way short when he was dismissed without scoring.

He edged a short and wide delivery from Bangladeshi paceman Abu Jayed into the hands of wicketkeeper Liton Das and trudged off to the pavilion heartbroken.

Skipper Azhar Ali added 91 runs for the second wicket with Masood and looked set for a big score until he miscued a drive off Jayed and was caught by Najmul Hossain Shanto in the slip.

Azhar's attractive 34 included four boundaries.

Brief scores:
Pakistan 342 for 3 (Babar 143*, Masood 100, Shafiq 60*) lead Bangladesh 233 (Mithun 63, Afridi 4-53) by 109 runs

Masood scores his third Test century and has struck 11 boundaries. Taijul Islam bowled Masood extactly on 100.

Babar Azam struck fifth Test century and has so far struck 19 boundaries and a six.

On otherhand, Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on 60, looked 13-Test hundred on third day.

Jayed was the most successful bowler with 2-66.


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