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Spinners wreck Bangladesh

2011-12-09 11:14

Chittagong - Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal shared six wickets as Pakistan dismissed Bangladesh for 135 in their first innings on the opening day of the first Test on Friday.

Left-arm spinner Rehman finished with 3-9 and off-spinner Ajmal with 3-40 as Bangladesh were all out in 51.2 overs at tea after being put in to bat in Chittagong.

The spin duo were superbly backed by pacemen Aizaz Cheema and Umar Gul, who grabbed two wickets apiece.

Lower-order batsman Nasir Hossain top-scored with 41 with the help of one six and seven fours before being the last man out.

Debutant Mohammed Nazimuddin also offered resistance as he batted more than a session for his 79-ball 31 with the help of five fours before being caught by Mohammad Hafeez in the slips off Gul.

Mohammad Mahmudullah (18) was the other batsman to reach double-figures in a dismal Bangladeshi batting performance.

Pakistan, playing their first Test in Bangladesh in almost a decade, put the hosts in deep trouble in the morning session when they took five wickets for 47 runs in the opening 23 overs.

Cheema rocked Bangladesh with two quick wickets while Gul, and Ajmal and Rehman each took one wicket after the tourists had elected to field.

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq opened the attack with off-spinner Hafeez after winning the toss, but had to rely on his pace duo to jolt the hosts on an easy-paced track.

Hafeez gave away nine runs, including a six over long-off by opener Tamim Iqbal, in his opening three overs before being replaced by Cheema who got a wicket with his fourth delivery.

Cheema had Tamim (nine) caught behind and then had Shahriar Nafees caught by Younis Khan at second slip for no score in his next over to reduce the hosts to 19-2.

Bangladesh continued to struggle against pace as they soon lost Mohammad Ashraful, caught behind off Gul after making just one run.

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (four) was trapped leg-before in Ajmal's first over, while former captain Shakib Al Hasan (eight) was caught at square-leg by Hafeez while sweeping Rehman a few overs before lunch.

AFP