Pakistan closes in on victory in 1st test with Bangladesh

Fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed 5-32 as Pakistan closed in on victory in the primary cricket test towards Bangladesh on Monday.

Afridi’s fourth five-wicket haul in checks wrapped up Bangladesh’s second innings for 157 on Day 4, setting Pakistan a 202-run goal to win.

Openers Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique then helped Pakistan attain 109-0 at stumps, leaving the crew needing 93 extra runs on the ultimate day.

Ali, who scored 133 in the primary innings, was on 56 and debutant Shafique was unbeaten on 53 when unhealthy gentle ended play early for the fourth consecutive day.

Bangladesh had a 44-run first-innings lead after posting 330 after which bowling Pakistan out for 286.

“We simply had a horrible final session yesterday which put us below a whole lot of stress in the sport,” Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo stated.

“They (Pakistan) want one other 93 runs, so it would want one thing actually particular. Anything is feasible in test cricket. We have to come back tomorrow morning believing we nonetheless have an opportunity. If we will choose up one or two wickets in the primary half an hour, something is feasible.”

Ali and Shafique introduced up their second consecutive century partnership in the match, irritating Bangladesh bowlers for one-and-a-half periods.

Ali accomplished his third half-century off 92 balls, flicking left-arm spinner Taijul Islam for 3 runs.

Shafique joined him in reaching his fifty in the next-to-last over, lofting offspinner Mehidy Hasan for the lone six of the innings, over deep mid-wicket.

“We deliberate to have a very good begin to the chase and we’re profitable,” Shafique stated. “We at the moment are on course of a victory however we must always nonetheless play nicely as a result of the fifth day morning session could possibly be difficult one.”

Earlier, Liton Das, who hit 114 in the primary innings, battled with little help from his Bangladesh teammates in making 59 off 89 balls.

Debutant Yasir Ali scored 36 and appeared to regular Bangladesh’s innings, combining with Liton for 47 runs.

But he needed to go away the bottom after being hit on his helmet by a short-pitch delivery from Afridi.

It ruined the momentum Bangladesh gained after starting the fourth day on 39-4 and dropping skilled batter Mushfiqur Rahim (16) in the primary over when he supplied no shot towards quick bowler Hasan Ali (2-52).

After Yasir retired, Sajid Khan trapped Hasan (11) lbw with a delivery that spun sharply.

Yasir’s concussion substitute, Nurul Hasan, then performed a rash shot to be dismissed for 15.

Liton, in the meantime, performed confidently to carry up his tenth half-century off 83 balls, guiding Afridi’s delivery to backward level for a single.

But he didn’t keep lengthy as Afridi had him lbw with an inswinger after which dismissed Abu Jayed with a brief ball.

Sajid Khan, who completed with a career-best 3-33, had Taijul stumped to carry an finish to the Bangladesh’s innings because the hosts misplaced their final three wickets in six balls for no runs.

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