Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st Test, Chittagong, 2nd day December 10, 2011

Hafeez, Younis punish average Bangladesh


Pakistan 415 for 4 (Hafeez 143, Younis 96*, Shafiq 40*) lead Bangladesh 135 (Rehman 3-9) by 280 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mohammad Hafeez strolled unimpeded to a century, and Younis Khan got to within touching distance of one, as Pakistan subjected Bangladesh to a comprehensive lesson in crease-occupation. After the chaotic batting from Bangladesh on the first day, the action swung to the other extreme on the second morning as Pakistan blunted the minimal threat posed by their opponents, before gradually moving out of their sight.

Despite it being the weekend, the home fans chose to stay away as their side took a beating for the second day running. Bangladesh had neither the skill nor the discipline to dent Pakistan's now customary Test-match resolve. The seamers, Shahadat Hossain and Rubel Hossain, bowled spells of ornamental value, but the spinners - Elias Sunny and Mahmudullah, in particular - tested the rougher patches on the pitch with flight and rip. However, they couldn't accomplish much against batsmen well-versed in the art of milking spin.

While Shahadat bowled pedestrian lines, Mahmudullah resumed his overnight battle with Taufeeq Umar from the other end, and persevered with loop and turn. Having edged several times while leaning out on the first evening, Taufeeq chose to play Mahmudullah off the back foot as much as possible. More than once, he left alone balls alarmingly close to offstump, and looked at his most vulnerable when reaching out. Hafeez stayed put to defend a series of length balls from Shahadat's end, and Bangladesh strung together five successive maidens to create an illusion of control.

Hafeez resumed progress with a languid cover-driven boundary off Shahadat, but Taufeeq needed 23 balls to score his first run for the day. He even summoned the spirit to advance down the track and loft Mahmudullah for a straight four, but the bowler deservedly had him leg-before with a quick, flat offbreak.

Hafeez carried on as if he hadn't noticed his partner's struggles, steering Rubel past gully before threading Mahmudullah through the covers to reach his fourth Test ton. His celebration was almost mechanical as he pulled off his helmet and kneeled down to perform the sajda, before breaking into a smile.

Azhar Ali was uncharacteristically edgy to start off. He repeatedly charged out of the crease to the spinners, and on one such instance barely cleared mid-on. He was also beaten comprehensively by a huge spinner from Sunny, before being pegged on the back foot by an arm-ball that took a thin inside edge onto the pad. Shahadat finally got him to bottom edge a wide ball to the wicketkeeper to leave Pakistan 220 for 2.

Younis walked in with his accumulation-mode turned on, and rolled into gear with a smooth cover drive off Sunny. Hafeez thumped a Rubel Hossain bouncer in the 80th over so effortlessly that Mushfiqur Rahim took the second new ball as soon as it was available. Younis should have been run out immediately, but Shahriar Nafees missed the stumps and the two fielders backing up comically let the ball escape for four overthrows. Shahadat kept bowling inexplicably short, without the pace or trajectory to back it up. Hafeez took him for fours on either side of the stumps before pulling uppishly to Sunny, who couldn't even get his hands to a tumbling chance at midwicket.

With the bowlers and the fielders looking helpless, Bangladesh needed a poor umpiring call to get a wicket. Hafeez inside-edged a Sunny arm-ball onto his pad, but Billy Doctrove adjudged him lbw. Misbah-ul-Haq pulled his first ball straight at Nafees who had no chance of holding on at short leg, before edging a drive off Shahadat straight past Nafees at slip, who, like Sunny earlier, didn't manage to even touch it.

Misbah couldn't cash in, though, and missed a loopy Sunny full toss to be caught plumb in front. The loss of his favoured partner in defence seemed to ignite a spark of aggression in Younis, and he dispatched Shakib through point, cover and fine-leg to reach his fifty. He then skated out of the crease to dump him for a straight six, in the process chugging past 6000 Test runs, as Bangladeshi shoulders began to slump. It was the moment Pakistan were waiting for, after staying cautious for much of the day.

Sensing the slackening intensity, Asad Shafiq kicked off by heaving Sunny over extra cover, and launching Shakib straight for sixes. Suddenly, Bangladesh were forced to do away with the extra catchers they had employed through the day. That didn't stop the run-flow, though, as both batsmen swept and steered efficiently to pick up boundaries. With stumps approaching, Younis made a concerted dash towards his ton, slamming Mohammad Ashraful straight and slapping Shakib to midwicket for boundaries to reach 96. Shafiq couldn't give him the strike in the day's final over, though, but Younis didn't seem too perturbed.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas, You guys are outsider and this match does not involve India. Remember the 4-0 thrashing in ENG and stop bullying small teams. You better reserve your energy for AUS. Sehwag himself sometimes becomes very ordinary too.He does not have any match winning test hundred outside sub-continent. He has 5 hundreds outside sub-continent but all of the matches were either lost or drawn. We Bangla Fans respect Tendulkar, Gavaskar and Dravid though. And I agree with you one thing though, BD should not play test cricket. A couple of years or more may give us ample time to improve.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    First of all BD need to recognize the fact that they are not the best team in the world as their managements team and captain talk about..... They need to come out of that shell and treat their opposition teams with respect. I feel that BD team do not realise where they stand in terms of their cricketing abilities..... they need to know the difference between ODI, T20 and Test cricket. The way they Bat in ODI is similar to how they bat in Test and is similar to how they bat in T20..... In my conclusion they are not ready to play test cricket but since they are part of the testing playing league than perhaps they need to understand the concept of test cricket.... I know Pakistani bowling attack is good but the way BD batsman played is not the art of Pakistani bowlers but it is the failure of BD batsmen.

  • jagannathan on December 11, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    i think bangladesh can play wit under 19 teams of other nations and against englsih county to develop themselves...its very sad to see their bowlers...this s d chance pak are piling on the runs...whoever wants can score hundred

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    following is the roadmap to improve Bangladesh test cricket: 1. First class matches should be organized properly 2. Instead of four days, matches should be played for six days to improve endurance and patience. If a side gets bowled out before 150 overs, it should be made play again and again. 3. Each ream to play minimum 04 top class overseas players. 50% of the expenses for these players to be borne by BCB. 4. 50% pitces to be bouncy, fast and uneven, rest 50% to be for spinners. 5. Prize moey should be minimum 5 crores. 6. Sports minister should inaugrate the championship while Prime Minister should witness the final match. 7. President of the BCB shoul be a full time job with an ex cricketer. 8. Must play cricket round the year. 9. School level cricket should be played seriously. DCs should be made responsible for organising the cricket. In case of failure, DCs must loose their jobs. 10. Club cricket should be orgaised by a high ranking committee headed by a powrfull minister.

  • syed on December 11, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    Taufeeq Umar used up all nine lives to reach 61. And Azhar Ali never looked comfortable in the last two test series, including the one where he made the century. I am really worried about the upcoming England serires. The sad thing is that we have options in the bullpen back in Pakistan and yet we keep playing the same options over and over again. <Sigh> I need to switch to a different sport, I think.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    Is it just me or what. Someone please take a look at Hafeez's last photo where he raises his bat after reaching his century. Now tell me if you think he really resembles Roger Federer, the tennis player.

  • Rana on December 11, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    Really, anyone still want to defend this worthless pathetic outfit as a "TEST" team? Take all the pot shots you want, still doesn't change facts. Its embarrassing to watch failure after failure, collapse after collapse. The worst is, people coming on and actually defending them and making excuses for them. Stats from these games should come with an asterisk. Go ahead, start with the excuses already...

  • farooq on December 10, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    @zaf100: 100% agree with u abt bagaldesh team to be sent to play club teams at abroad. they are not ready yet to play test matches. About pakistan, they performing nice and but they need to drop Taufiq umar (i know he scored 200 recently but i still think he won't be able to play against any highr rank team) Shafiq or azhar ali can open with hafeez and we can include umar akmal as no 6 batsmen. He can also excelerate average as with current squad we can draw the game easily but hard to win against top teams. Another option for no 6 is shoaib malik if he is back in the form. He can also bowl few overs. other than that very balanced team. very happy with younis scoring runs...

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Only if Mohammad Yousaf was also a part of this side and with Riaz and Junaid on the benches we shall be a force to reckon with for a couple of years iA.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    I think Pakistan will give England a tough fight in all formats, and will probably win the limited overs series. Looking forward to it. Let's hope for a good tough series without any of the controversy that so often wrecks England v Pakistan series. As for this game, Pakistan are playing well, and Bangladesh aren't. You can only beat the team put in front of you, and Pakistan should do that by a distance.

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