Dhaka - Azhar Ali has smashed a career-best 226 and Asad Shafiq made 107
before the bowlers rattled Bangladesh's top order to leave Pakistan on
top in the second and final Test in Dhaka on Thursday.
put on 207 for the fifth wicket as Pakistan posted 557 for eight before
declaring their first innings during the tea interval at the
Bangladesh tottered to 107 for five in
reply by stumps, still 450 runs behind and facing the daunting prospect
of batting for a major part of the remaining three days to avoid defeat.
seamer Junaid Khan set the hosts back by trapping Tamim Iqbal, who hit a
double-century in the drawn first Test in Khulna, leg-before with the
fourth delivery of the innings.
Junaid also had Mominul Haque
caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed for 13 and leg-spinner Yasir Shah bowled
Imrul Kayes for 32 to reduce Bangladesh to 69-3.
Wahab Riaz had
Mohammad Mahmudullah fending a catch to short-leg and skipper Mushfiqur
Rahim was bowled by Yasir off the last ball of the day. Shakib Al Hasan
was unbeaten on 14.
Pakistan lost skipper Misbah-ul Haq in the
day's second over, bowled by Shakib for nine, before a run had been
added to the overnight score of 323 for three.
But Azhar and
Shafiq denied Bangladesh another success till just before the tea break
when four wickets fell in the space of 27 runs as Pakistan slipped from
530-4 to 557-8.- Reprieve -
The 30-year-old Azhar, who
had been rescued by a no-ball early on the first day after being caught
in the slips off seamer Mohammad Shahid, hit 20 boundaries and two
Having twice fallen for 157 in his 41-Test career, Azhar
moved past that score by edging off-spinner Shuvagata Hom for a
He brought up his 200 by lofting Shakib for a six, while
Shafiq quietly moved to his sixth Test century with a single off
left-arm spinner Taijul Islam.
Speaking to reporters later, Azhar chose to focus on the team's performance rather than his own milestone.
best thing is that we performed well as a batting unit and applied
ourselves," he said. "Our target was to get a big score, but picking up
five wickets was really the icing on the cake.
"The wicket played easy on the first day, but today it began to take turn and the bounce was also awkward."
Bangladesh's Imrul said the hosts were capable of fighting back despite being pushed on the backfoot.
can happen in cricket," he said. "Our first target is obviously to
avoid the follow-on and see how far we can go. If two or three batsmen
get runs, the momentum can change quickly."
hampered by a depleted attack, with seamer Shahadat Hossain sidelined
with a knee injury after bowling just two balls in the match's first
over on Wednesday.
Of the nine bowlers used by the hosts --
skipper Rahim and Tamim Iqbal were the only ones who did not turn their
arms over -- Shahid was the most impressive with figures of two for 72
in 31 overs.
Taijul was hammered for 179 runs for his three wickets and left-arm spinner Shakib went for 1-136 runs in 30 overs.
are seeking their first win at the end of the month-long tour, after
they were routed 3-0 in the one-day series and also lost a Twenty20
international for the first time against Bangladesh.