• Wednesday, Dec 01, 2021
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Liton, Mushfiq guide Tigers to commanding position at stumps

  • Published at 09:45 am November 26th, 2021
Bangladesh's Liton Das celebrates reaching his maiden Test hundred on the opening day of their first Test against Pakistan at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong Friday AFP

Liton struck his maiden Test ton and was unbeaten on 113, while Mushfiq was not out on 82 as the Tigers posted 253/4  

Middle-order batsmen Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim guided Bangladesh to a commanding position after bad light brought an end to the opening day's play of their first Test against Pakistan at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Friday.

Liton struck his maiden Test hundred and was unbeaten on 113 off 225 balls, while Mushfiqur Rahim was not out on 82 off 190 deliveries, as the Tigers posted 253/4 in 85 overs after batting first.

The unbroken fifth wicket stand of Liton and Mushfiq added 204 runs after the hosts were reduced to 49/4 earlier in the first session.

Openers Saif Hasan and Shadman Islam and No 3 batsman Nazmul Hossain Shanto all got out for identical score of 14, while captain Mominul Haque was dismissed for six. 

Shadman could have departed in the very first ball of the match as the left-hander edged Pakistan left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi but got reprieve as the visitors failed to hear the snick.

But Afridi ultimately provided the breakthrough in the fifth over when the score was 19 as right-hander Saif Hasan failed to evade his bodyline bouncer and Abid Ali caught a dolly at short leg.

Shadman failed to utilize the early chance as he was trapped in front by right-arm pacer Hasan Ali to leave his side on 33/2.

Mominul was caught behind by wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan off off-spinner Sajid Khan.

Initially he was given not out but upon review it was seen that Sajid found the edge of the southpaw and Bangladesh’s score became 47/3.

Shanto followed him in the next over as attempted a drive off medium pacer Faheem Ashraf -  which was way outside the off stump - and was caught by Sajid at backward point.

Mominul earlier won the toss and decided to take first guard. 

Middle-order batsman Yasir Ali Chowdhury was handed his first Test cap at his home ground while Pakistan batsman Abdullah Shafique also made his debut. 

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