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Pakistan 333-2, surpassing Bangladesh's 332 in 1st test

Pakistan 333-2 at lunch on day 3, surpassing Bangladesh's 332 in 1st test

Pakistan 333-2, surpassing Bangladesh's 332 in 1st test

KHULNA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez closed in on his maiden test double century as the visitors moved to 333-2 in their first innings by lunch on Thursday's third day, surpassing Bangladesh's total of 332.

Pakistan resumed on 227-1 and smoothly batted its way to the lead, losing only one wicket in the morning session while adding 106 runs.

Hafeez, who narrowly missed a double century in his previous test against New Zealand, was 190 not out at lunch while Younis Khan, another in-form batsman, was on 31. Hafeez who started the day on 137, smashed 19 fours and three sixes on his 260 balls knock.

Hafeez continued his dominance over listless Bangladesh bowlers who were unimaginative on a pitch which offered little encouragement for the attack.

The bowlers did not help their cause by sending down too many short of length deliveries which was easily dispatched to boundaries by Hafeez and Azhar Ali.

Bangladesh's lone success in the morning session came when off-spinner Shuvagata Hom bowled Azhar with a quicker delivery. Azhar scored 83 after resuming the day on 65. On his 183 balls knock, Azhar hit four fours and one six.

Shuvagata Hom (1-61) Taijul Islam (1-69) took one wicket apiece.


Updated : 2021-09-24 01:46 GMT+08:00