Afridi shines while Bangladesh loses seven wickets
RAWALPINDI: The sensation of teenage rhythm Shaheen Shah Afridi grabbed three wickets on Friday when Bangladesh had a troubled start in the first Test in Rawalpindi.
Saif Hassan, 19, dismissed the debutante in the third ball, while eliminating the pattern Mominul Haque after managing to accumulate only 30 races.
Starter Najmul Hossain Shanto tried to make up for his early loss, however, he managed to make 44 runs before Mohammad Rizwan caught him through Abbas’ delivery.
Meanwhile, Mahmudullah was sent back for 25 races, marking the third gate of the fast bowler.
Harris Sohail shone at 56 minutes when he fired Tiger Wicketkeeper Liton Das for 33 races.
Earlier, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the draw and sent Bangladesh to bat.
Pakistan opted for the same team that won the second Test against Sri Lanka in Karachi in December last year, playing with three fast bowlers and a solo spinner at Yasir Shah.
Bangladesh delivered the Test debut to 21-year-old starter Saif Hassan and also included three pacemakers and a spinner in Taijul Islam.
After this Test, Bangladesh will return home and return for an international day (April 3) and a second Test (April 5 to 9), both in Karachi.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali (captain), Abid Ali, Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Yasir Shah
Bangladesh: Mominul Haque (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Abu Jayed, Rubel Hossain
Referees: Nigel Llong (ENG) and Chris Gaffney (NZL) TV Referee: Marais Erasmus (RSA)
Match Referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)