Saturday, December 17, 2011

Shakib hammers ton in fight back

A brilliant partnership by Shakib Al Hasan-Shahriar Nafees took Bangladesh past 200 as the Tigers fought back after top order collapse on the first day of the second Test against Pakistan Saturday.

Bangladesh were 234 for five wickets at stumps at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in the capital's Mirpur. 

Shakib, also a former captain, hammered a century off 159 balls with his partner on the crease Nafees going back just three runs short of century.

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, who took to the crease after Nafees’ fall, will resume the second day’s play with Shakib.

The first day’s play came as quite a different experience for the local spectators who were not expecting anything another than short temperament and regular fall of wickets from the host side as the new Test began.
Winning the toss, Pakistan sent Bangladesh to bat.

As feared, opener Nazimuddin, who hit a century in the first Test, went back in the second over. Right arm medium fast bowler Aizaz Cheema made the first blow, trapping him leg before when he was yet to score any run.

He tore through Bangladesh bating line-up bagging three top wickets in 8 overs conceding only 18 runs.
Tamim Iqbal went back to the pavilion in the seventh over scoring 14 runs.

Later, Mahmudullah returned to pavilion in the eighth and Nasir Hosain 14th over.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Nazimuddin, Shahriar Nafees, Nasir Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Elias Sunny, Shahadat Hossain, Robiul Islam and Nazmul Hossain.

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Abdur Rehman, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Aizaz Cheema.

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