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

Hafeez, Younis punish average Bangladesh

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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • vivekjagan 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

  • 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.

  • AnotherCricketer 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.

  • 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.

  • DocBindra 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...

  • Crazy4cricket40 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • vivekjagan 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

  • 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.

  • AnotherCricketer 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.

  • 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.

  • DocBindra 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...

  • Crazy4cricket40 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • kriskini on December 10, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Is Bangladesh # 2 ranked in test cricket? Some one may question you if you show them the list of test playing countries alphabetically sorted. Australia comes first and then Bangladesh.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 10, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Bangladesh shouldn't be allowed to play test matches. Remember what Sehwag said - Bangladesh is an ordinary team in test matches. I think Sehwag was being too generous when he said Bangladesh is an ordinary team. Dear Bangla fans, look at your hopeless sitting ducks at home before you come onto India's matches to take visceral pleasures by taking pot shots at our big boys.

  • Stark62 on December 10, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    @ Alam acca

    Actually you make me laugh!

    He is 34 yrs of age and averages 32.79 in ODI's. If Ind can drop Dravid then, what makes you think Younis can't be?

    Dravid was a rock but he had to give way for youngsters and that too with a very healthy average. Is Younis in the same league? Maybe in Tests but definitely not in ODI's.

  • drnaveed on December 10, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    i think the test side against england should be 1)mohammad hafeez 2) taufeeq umar 3) azhar ali 4) younus khan 5) misbah ul haq 6) asad shafeeq 7) umar akmal (wk) 8) abdul rehman 9) umar gul 10) saeed ajmal 11) aizaz cheema.

  • on December 10, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    @Stark62 although i am a fan of bringing new players in a think its a little soon to add yet another new person... agreed about taufeeqs technique but he shold be given a run and these things can be something they can straighten... we really need a batting coach.... infact a back up team like the rest of the top teams who study the competition!

  • kriskini on December 10, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    I remember Sri Lanka playing many Unofficial test matches with India before getting test status. They were 4 day matches. This was not the case for BD. They jumped into test cricket just by winning one ODI against PAK in world cup. The result of that match in 1999 was no use for PAK.

  • zaf100 on December 10, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Another heavy defeat for Bangladesh on the card. I feel sorry for Bangladesh because when you lose every game it's very difficult to motivate your players. I think ICC should withdraw their test status and only allow them to play ODIs and 20/20 matches. Bangladesh must organise good first class structure for future players. Bangladesh need to send their A teams abroad to play against first class teams and when they are able to win against those teams regularly than they should be granted their test status back until than Please ICC save test cricket because every cricket lover wants to see good standard not just another game of cricket. Nothing personal against Bangladesh team I am sure deep in their hearts probably they wish the same.

  • on December 10, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and I am happy that my team is doing well in all formats of the game even after so many controversial times recently. But I can't understand why Bangladesh is going down and down in all formats of the game. Is there any natural flaw or they are lacking technically??? They should resolve it at their earliest bcz this is diminishing their moral badly. And this quality of Cricket is hurting me as a Cricket Lover.

  • on December 10, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Hafeez LBW decsion waz worst today,a player who waz looking to score a big one and waz playing without a single chance in this inning and given out in this sense its really heart breaking decsion.Wat i belive he is the man who is uplifting this team since one year and due to his performnce afrdi is performing.Well done hafeez u r rocker...

  • Shah-Ji on December 10, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    India ,WI and NZ won their first test 20 years after getting Test status.

    What would be international cricket today ,if Test status would have been withdrawn from WI or India , in 30s 40s or early 50s ,when their teams were showing worse than BD today . We would never be able to see Clive Lloyd team , would never be able to watch Tendulkar ,Sehwag Dravid or Gavasker

    Be patient ,and remember PAK SL are the only and rear exceptions . Who started winning as soon as they get test status.

    BD fans ,do not be disappointed , You will have a team like LLoyd ,Imran and Waugh teams,You will have great players. Its a matter of time,despite on the loosing sideall his life if Hazare never lost fans support. so why Nasir Hussain ,Shakib Mushrafe should be denied of the same affection and support they deserved.

  • elimomin on December 10, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    well a gud performance indeed by pakistan team. i must say the prediction of future captain is quite absolute. hafeez is turning out to be a great all rounder and have all the ingredients of captaincy in him. congrats to younis khan for achieving 6000 runs.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 10, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    Bangladesh shouldn't be allowed to play test matches. Remember what Sehwag said - Bangladesh is an ordinary team in test matches. I think Sehwag was being too generous when he said Bangladesh is an ordinary team. Dear Bangla fans, look at your team before you come onto India's matches to take visceral pleasures by taking pot shots at our big boys.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 10, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    Pakistan batting isn't so strong as it looks to be while playing BD. Umar Akmal is surely a better option than playing Asad. Biggest problem is in lack of a good wicketkeeper batsman. It is a long tail of 5. And the tail will always feel longer than it is because we don't have start batsmen. I just wish that they play Sarfraz in tests and Adnan in ODi. Sarfraz is a much better bat than his recent innings show. He needs time to make his innings.

  • on December 10, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    congrats to younus khan on his 6000 runs in tests,one of the best in the biz

  • zardari_ka_baap on December 10, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Bangladesh seems to be club level team but Misbah couldnt capitalize on the start he got from the openers and missed an opportunity of scoring BIG innings. What a chance for Younus and Asad to score big inninings. The match is totally tilted in the favour of Pak.

  • on December 10, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Umar Akmal is a much better Cricketer than Asad Shafique specially when it comes to batting at #6. Umarl bats aggressively and can change the game. Asad under the most ideal batting conditions is very slow. He can help opponents gain advantage. Umar is more skillful, more resourceful and brings positive energy to the game. Asad's presence at crease makes me wonder if he plays for Pakistan or the opponents. Billy Doctrove as always is disappointing. He should give up umpiring. He spoils the game spirit.

  • landl47 on December 10, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Well, Pakistan have shown they can bat against poor bowling sides. Their last few test series have been against WI, NZ, Zimb., SL and now Bang. Let's see how they do against a quality attack in the new year.

  • Maddy_Venki on December 10, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Really well played Younis! Class act!

    It is really hard to imagine if club teams in Pak, Ind and Sl won't play better than BD. This is a farce including BD as a full member. I think if BD is a full member bring on Ireland, Netherland Afghanistan. I'm sure they won't do any worse than BD. Sad to see BD's state. They have been saying they have good talent, but not sure when we'll really see them?

  • drnaveed on December 10, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    in tests against eng, umar akmal should play as a wk batsman.team should include : 1)mohammad hafeez 2)taufeeq umar 3)azhar ali 4)younus khan 5)misbah ul haq 6)asad shafiq 7)umar akmal 8)abdul rehman 9)umar gul 10)saeed ajmal 11)aizaz cheema.

  • on December 10, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    no comparison with Pakistan.... bangladesh needs more 10 years for practise :-)

  • bretandme on December 10, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Younis Khan is the best that Pakistan have produced in recent years. He is a true gentleman who plays the game with heart. Always with a smile on his face. To support his personality he holds a tremendous record in tests and a good record in ODI's. He is currently ranked 4th in all time test run scorers of Pakistan and shall overtake Mohd. Yousuf befor he retires as he has good 2-3 years left in him. All the best MYK... you r the best... a fan from India

  • on December 10, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Nice to see pakistan coming back to groove and doing what they are very good at. The fact is watching pakistan fast bowlers's raw pace is one of the best things in world cricket and i missed that recently. A strong pakistan is good for the future of the world cricket. I'm looking forward to see the duel between pakistan vs india after pakistan demolish the english in UAE. All the best for the forthcoming series.

  • MrBoy on December 10, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    I personally feel that Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal and Azhar Ali are the future middle batting order for pakistan. Maybe we can try Ahmad Shehzad as an opener? The future looks good for Pakistan, if only we had M. Amir!

  • khiladisher on December 10, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    COME ON BANGLADESH ,THIS PAKISTAN TEAMS BATTING IS AT THE MOST AVERAGE- NOTHING TO WORRY BOWL THEM OUT BEFORE 500 AND THEN BAT FOR THE NEXT 2 DAYS TO GET A DRAW-WE ALL KNOW HOW THE PAKISTAN BATTING COLLAPSES 1 TIME IN 2-3 INNINGS SO BANGLADESH SURELY HAS A GREAT CHANCE TO WIN THE NEXT TEST MATCH.ALL THE BEST BANGLA TIGERS-U ROCK.

  • on December 10, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Asad shafiq is highly talented batsman but needs to push up his strike rate...

  • on December 10, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Hope Pakistan carries forward this consistency in future as well! Love them

  • afy147 on December 10, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    An average of over 40 seems to suggest Taufeeg Umar is a top class opener unlike Nasir Jamshed who is inconsistent

  • on December 10, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    YOUNIS ROCKSSSSSSSSS .... I WANNA SEE HIM PLAY IN ALL FORMATS ... COZ HE HAVE MAGINFICENT RECORD

  • avmd on December 10, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    By giving test status to BD, "asian block" added a full member on its side and ICC is earning some money, but at the huge cost of disgracing the test cricket. I loved test cricket all my life and its painful to see it dying. This should be the last test series for BD, let them play 20/20 at the most.

  • on December 10, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    @Star62: I can laugh only...R u a cricket fan? How dare you asking for dropping a legend who is batting on 96???? Is ths not to break his heart? Atleast you r breaking the hearts of his fans...He s still fit for all kind of formates...If you were watching his recent mataches agains Ban then these were quite rough pitches...and he still scored at a better strike rate than the hitter Hafeez...Check out his career AVG, SR and Chases...!!

  • on December 10, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Bill.W ........in w.i he bowled second over of the match.he was the first time an opening batsman opened the bowling for pakistan.

  • WeeBee on December 10, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    It ws expected from bangladesh! Adding batsman dont matter, You know this is sweetest pitch for batting. A DOLLY!. But I think they really need to go back to sketch board and start from scractch. About Nasir Hussain , He is OK player but a typical oneday and T20 Player, "Not every ball is a scoring ball".

    Umpiring has been really poor on this second day, and it really irritates when you are on 144 and umpire make that mistake. DRS should be working in this series. Mohmmad Hafeez, a great player! attacking batsman , tricky bowler, sharp fielder, a thinker, observer, good on media. I am seeing a future captain in him.

  • hakapuu on December 10, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Why are Bangladesh still playing test cricket?

  • wnwn on December 10, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Good decision to pick Asad Shafiq ahead of Umar Akmal. Yes Umar Akmal is a better player but until he sorts out his temperament he does not deserve a place in the test team.

  • on December 10, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. But your real exam will be against England. Pakistan should not be over excited on this performance

  • on December 10, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Bangladesh is struggling, Pakistan will take a lead of almost 350-400 runs, So they need to come back in the 3rd innings to make this Test to 5th day or there will be oneway traffic.

  • on December 10, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Is there any fights or misunderstandings / groupings in Bangladesh team ??? this is not the team we know !

  • Bill.W on December 10, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    I read an earlier comment that this was the first time an opening batsman opened the bowling - not so. this is actually the third time that Hafeez has opened the bowling and batting in the same test the last time he did so was test 1992 vs W.I and effectively ended the career of Devon Smith at the same time as he got him out both innings that he opened the bowling.

  • on December 10, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    hafeez is a magnificient allrounder

  • Stark62 on December 10, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Once again brilliance from Younis Khan but I think it's about time he retires from ODI cricket or is at least dropped. He should solely play Test cricket because that is his format and should concentrate 100% in this format.

    Also, please get rid off Taufeeq because he has a flawed technique and won't survive against the English attack. Yes, he got a double hundred but anything else worth speaking about?

    Nasir Jamshed should be given a chance in all formats as an opener!

  • on December 10, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    What happened to Bangladesh team,,, I can't understand their such a poor performance. Well done Pakistanis.,, Congratulations

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  • on December 10, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    What happened to Bangladesh team,,, I can't understand their such a poor performance. Well done Pakistanis.,, Congratulations

  • Stark62 on December 10, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Once again brilliance from Younis Khan but I think it's about time he retires from ODI cricket or is at least dropped. He should solely play Test cricket because that is his format and should concentrate 100% in this format.

    Also, please get rid off Taufeeq because he has a flawed technique and won't survive against the English attack. Yes, he got a double hundred but anything else worth speaking about?

    Nasir Jamshed should be given a chance in all formats as an opener!

  • on December 10, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    hafeez is a magnificient allrounder

  • Bill.W on December 10, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    I read an earlier comment that this was the first time an opening batsman opened the bowling - not so. this is actually the third time that Hafeez has opened the bowling and batting in the same test the last time he did so was test 1992 vs W.I and effectively ended the career of Devon Smith at the same time as he got him out both innings that he opened the bowling.

  • on December 10, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Is there any fights or misunderstandings / groupings in Bangladesh team ??? this is not the team we know !

  • on December 10, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Bangladesh is struggling, Pakistan will take a lead of almost 350-400 runs, So they need to come back in the 3rd innings to make this Test to 5th day or there will be oneway traffic.

  • on December 10, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. But your real exam will be against England. Pakistan should not be over excited on this performance

  • wnwn on December 10, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Good decision to pick Asad Shafiq ahead of Umar Akmal. Yes Umar Akmal is a better player but until he sorts out his temperament he does not deserve a place in the test team.

  • hakapuu on December 10, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Why are Bangladesh still playing test cricket?

  • WeeBee on December 10, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    It ws expected from bangladesh! Adding batsman dont matter, You know this is sweetest pitch for batting. A DOLLY!. But I think they really need to go back to sketch board and start from scractch. About Nasir Hussain , He is OK player but a typical oneday and T20 Player, "Not every ball is a scoring ball".

    Umpiring has been really poor on this second day, and it really irritates when you are on 144 and umpire make that mistake. DRS should be working in this series. Mohmmad Hafeez, a great player! attacking batsman , tricky bowler, sharp fielder, a thinker, observer, good on media. I am seeing a future captain in him.