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Pakistan bowlers reduce Bangladesh to 325-8 in 1st test

Pakistan bowlers strike back, Bangadesh 325-8 in 1st innings at lunch on day 2 of 1st test

Pakistan bowlers reduce Bangladesh to 325-8 in 1st test

KHULNA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah and fellow bowlers combined to take four wickets on the second morning of the first test against Bangladesh, reducing the hosts to 325-8 at lunch on Wednesday.

Shah returned figures of 3-78 as Pakistan made inroads after Bangladesh resumed the day on 236-4. Mohammad Hafeez (2-47) and Zulfiqar Babar (2-99) took two wickets apiece.

At lunch, Shuvagata Hom was batting on 11 with Mohammad Shahid on 6.

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who resumed the day with Shakib Al Hasan, made 32.

Shakib was the first batsman to be out on 25 when he played careless shot off left arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar. Asad Shafiq dived to his left at leg-slip to take a sharp catch.

With the wicket offering a considerable turn and bounce, the Pakistani spinners took the upper hand.

However Mushfiqur Rahim and test debutant Soumya Sarkar still managed to play some gorgeous shots around the wicket.

Soumya who scored a century in the third one-dayer against Pakistan, boldly charged the spinners right from the start but Hafeez got him for 33 as he holed out trying to play a big shot. Asad Shafiq ran from midwicket to take the catch brilliantly.

Pakistan, which missed a succession of chances on the first day, was excellent in catching on the day two.

Shah then dealt a blow to Bangladesh, removing captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Taijul Islam (1) in consecutive overs to establish Pakistan's authority.

Updated : 2021-09-26 00:43 GMT+08:00