Khulna - Mohammad Hafeez was 10 runs away from a maiden double-century as
Pakistan easily surpassed Bangladesh's first innings total of 332 on the
third day of the first Test in Khulna on Thursday.
unbeaten on 190 as Pakistan moved to 333 for two by lunch at the Sheikh
Abu Naser stadium and set to build a huge lead with eight wickets in
Hafeez has so far hit 19 boundaries and three sixes as he
closed in on his career-best score of 197, made in Pakistan's previous
Test against New Zealand in Sharjah last November.
Azhar Ali was the lone batsman dismissed in the morning session after Pakistan resumed at 227-1.
taken his overnight score of 65 to 83, Azhar was bowled by Shuvagata
Hom to end a 227-run partnership for the second wicket with Hafeez.
Younis Khan kept Hafeez company at lunch on 31, the pair having added 56 for the third wicket.
took the field without captain and wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim, who
had injured a finger while attempting to take a catch on the second day.
Kayes kept wickets and the captaincy was handed to Tamim Iqbal, whose
review for a leg-before appeal when Hafeez was on 173 was turned down by
both the on-field and TV umpires.
The second and final Test of the short series will start at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka on May 6.