Rawalpindi Test: Shaheen Afridi's deadly bowling, Bangladesh's first innings collapsed for 233 runs

by Jeremy Spirogis
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With the assistance of quick bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi's 4 wickets, Pakistan on Friday bundled Bangladesh to simply 233 runs on the opening day of the primary Test. Afridi took 4 wickets for 53 runs in 21.5 overs and was supported by fellow quick bowler Mohammad Abbas and spinner Haris Sohail, who took two wickets every. With this, Pakistan's determination to ask Bangladesh to bat by successful the toss of Rawalpindi Stadium proved helpful.

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Bangladesh might have been lowered to 200 runs however Mohammad Mithun shared a 53-run partnership with Taizul Islam (24 runs) for the seventh wicket. The staff was then battling for 161 for six. Mithun remained the highest scorer with 63 runs, batting for 193 minutes and hitting seven fours and a six within the innings.

Sohail struck Islam's wicket and 16-year-old Nasim Shah ended Mithun's innings. Before tea, Sohail broke 54-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Litton Das (33) and Mithun.

Fielding coach R Sridhar, who got here to the protection of spinner Kuldeep Yadav, mentioned – to get the rhythm of this Chinaman bowler.

When Mithun was on 22, Sohail gave up his life by dropping his catch however it was compensated by taking two wickets. Yasir Shah plundered 83 runs in 22 overs however couldn’t take wickets.

For Bangladesh, captain Mominul Haque contributed 30, Linton Das 33 and Najmul Hussain Shanto contributed 44 runs. Mahmudullah scored 25 runs with 4 fours.

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