Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st Test, Chittagong, 3rd day December 11, 2011

Younis pushes Bangladesh towards massive loss

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Bangladesh 134 for 4 (Shakib 41*, Nazimuddin 41*) and 135 trail Pakistan 594 for 5 decl. (Younis 200*, Hafeez 143, Shafiq 104) by 325 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq killed the last embers of Bangladesh's spirit with a 259-run stand, before Misbah-ul-Haq gave them temporary respite with a declaration. The relief proved to be a mirage, though, as Pakistan's spinners skimmed through Bangladesh's top order to leave them facing a heavy defeat with two days to play.

Younis finished with an unbeaten 200, and along with first-time centurion Shafiq, administered Bangladesh a lesson in crease-occupation. The hosts, however, did not seem to have taken away too many learnings; their batsmen betrayed poor skills and a lack of patience for the second time in three days. On a wearing wicket, Pakistan's multi-dimensional spin attack made a breach apiece, while Aizaz Cheema also contributed to leave Bangladesh 134 for 4 at stumps.

Tamim Iqbal's approach in the six-over phase leading up to tea suggested he wasn't going to change his style following the first-innings implosion. He escaped twice, missing a kamikaze on-the-up drive off Cheema, and a heave against the spin of Mohammad Hafeez, his bugbear. Hafeez dismissed him for the third time on the tour soon after tea, hitting the stumps with a harmless offbreak that Tamim inexplicably chose to leave. Shahriar was clumsy while pulling and loose while driving on his way to 28, before missing a sweep against Saeed Ajmal.

With the pitch taking prodigious turn after staying benign through the day, Abdur Rehman probed away with four men around the bat in addition to the extra-chirpy Adnan Akmal. Mohammad Ashraful duly exited for a duck, clueless against a Rehman delivery that drifted towards leg before spinning across to take a thin edge on the way to the slips. Nasir Hossain had batted out time while facing a tall target in the second ODI, but opted for flash ahead of graft today in a situation where the draw was both acceptable and viable. Faced with a Cheema bouncer, he went for a pull instead of the leave, and Mohammad Hafeez held a smart catch in the outfield to make it 80 for 4. Shakib Al Hasan counterattacked with a series of shots for the gallery, and Nazimuddin showed promise for the second innings in a row, but his effort once again only served to highlight the recklessness of his colleagues.

Earlier, Bangladesh's seamers produced pace and bounce to show the first signs of spirit in their ranks, but the fielders were too sloppy to make it count. Three balls into the day, Younis got to his 19th Test ton, glancing Shahadat Hossain through fine-leg for four. Shahadat promptly offered him a couple of freebies - one too straight, and the other too wide - and Younis looted boundaries to suggest the overnight break in play hadn't diminished his touch or appetite. Shahadat hit his straps quickly, though, and summoned an extra yard of pace to test Shafiq's technical flaws.

In his second over, Shahadat whipped down a bumper that reared up at Shafiq, who fended it uncomfortably off the glove. Shahadat persevered, and eventually elicited a top-edged hook with another menacing bouncer. The ball swirled towards Rubel Hossain at fine leg, who made an apology of an effort running in. Shahadat applauded Rubel's attempt, and it wasn't clear if he was being sarcastic or genuine. Shafiq capitalised and marched past fifty.

Rubel also worked up impressive speeds - at times touching 145kph - from his round the wicket angle. He set up a leg trap for the bouncer, and had Younis pulling without control on two occasions. The first top-edge spiralled towards Shahadat at fine-leg, who returned the favour to Rubel by backing out of a tough chance. The second one looped straight to deep midwicket, and Bangladesh surprised themselves by holding on, but it was a no-ball.

Thereafter, Bangladesh looked incapable of taking a wicket unless it was gifted. Shafiq creamed Rubel square, and drilled him straight for fours, forcing Mushfiqur Rahim to fall back on spin. Younis prospered with his trademark mix of shuffle-and-dabs and lean-and-sweeps to go past 150. With lunch around the corner, he swivelled back to smash Ashraful for six, and Shafiq shredded Shakib through the off side for boundaries.

Bangladesh took the third new ball as soon as it was available, but it only hastened Pakistan's progress. Shafiq was once again hurried by a bouncer - a weakness he will need to address before facing quality opposition - before reaching his century with a tuck off Elias Sunny. Shafiq perished soon after, testing the spread-out fields with an inside-out loft that ended in long-off's hands. Younis was unstoppable, though, punching Rubel Hossain for four, before slog-heaving Sunny over midwicket for a six. He reached his double-ton with a nudge through square leg. His second hundred had come off only 132 balls, and Misbah-ul-Haq seemed pleased as he applauded from the dressing-room, even as gestured for Younis and Adnan Akmal to come in. The declaration gave his bowlers 39 overs to make a mess of Bangladesh's reply.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 12, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    poor BD, they are proved as utter waste once again!

  • drnaveed on December 12, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    i think umar akmal should keep wickets ,batting at number 7 in test series against england

  • drnaveed on December 12, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    i think umar akmal should keep wickets ,batting at number 7 in test series against england

  • Cynthia25 on December 12, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    @Indian fans. There is no point blaming Pakistan for playing against Bangla cats. It was India/BCCI who got them the test status for that extra vote in ICC. @Pak fans. India is a much better team than Pakistan irrespective of what happened in England. Regarding home conditions - It is not the world's fault that Pakistan doesnt have a "home". @Aussie fans. It is better to be flat track bullies and respect your limitations than preparing spicy pitches and getting bowled out time and again (like today against NZ). 47 all out is no proud moment on whatever pitch.

  • FrenchCricketFan on December 12, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    when a batsman approach 80 he should change his mindset slowing down playing cautiously to get century. But nazimuddin did the opposit, when approaching century he suddenly decides to go after the ballers and keep doing that until throws away maiden century .

  • drnaveed on December 12, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    i think umar akmal should play as a keeper ,batting at number seven position in that all important series against england .

  • ibbani on December 12, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    which creature on this beautiful earth can bet with me? BD is the 3rd class team and will lose which ever, how many ever tests they play will lose in 3-4 days with an innings defeat.....

  • AnotherCricketer on December 12, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    @imransangdil, point well-taken. An inferior bowling contributed to the Indian fallout in England as well. A series earlier, they did fine in South Africa. Numbers don't lie. Check out a whole brigade of batsmen in their 20's that are getting ready to serve the Indian national colours. Pakistan doesn't lack good batsmen either, though the real struggle is getting over the mile high hurdle called PCB. There is no excuse for not having "Castrol Index"-like scale to highlight individual performance record and choose the top two players in various categories to be eligible for the national team. We should demand it. And PCB should tell us why this is a bad idea.

  • g.narsimha on December 12, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    bravo bravo if wi is such an use less team than how could your great team could not win a series in wi in the recent tour ,now i understand why you are critical of nz ,becouse of the thrshing your so called worlds best bwlers got from NEWZEALANDERS IN WC .

  • AnotherCricketer on December 12, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    @DrAtharAbbas, Thanks for your reply. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Teams that are caught unprepared for the exit of seniors take the longest to recover. Australia and Srilanka are recent examples. In fact, Srilanka has been on the loosing skid for three series in a row and they are arguably still not out of the ditch yet. The only batsmen in the 20's who are performing well are Shafiq and Umar Akmal. The issue here is that of accountability. Not taking advantage of the talent we have on the sidelines is like shooting ourselves on the foot. I feel that PCB is not practicing meritocracy. We deserve to know not just WHO made the national squad, also WHY someone else didn't make it. And if PCB thinks it is ONLY their game to play, still we deserve to know.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 12, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    poor BD, they are proved as utter waste once again!

  • drnaveed on December 12, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    i think umar akmal should keep wickets ,batting at number 7 in test series against england

  • drnaveed on December 12, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    i think umar akmal should keep wickets ,batting at number 7 in test series against england

  • Cynthia25 on December 12, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    @Indian fans. There is no point blaming Pakistan for playing against Bangla cats. It was India/BCCI who got them the test status for that extra vote in ICC. @Pak fans. India is a much better team than Pakistan irrespective of what happened in England. Regarding home conditions - It is not the world's fault that Pakistan doesnt have a "home". @Aussie fans. It is better to be flat track bullies and respect your limitations than preparing spicy pitches and getting bowled out time and again (like today against NZ). 47 all out is no proud moment on whatever pitch.

  • FrenchCricketFan on December 12, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    when a batsman approach 80 he should change his mindset slowing down playing cautiously to get century. But nazimuddin did the opposit, when approaching century he suddenly decides to go after the ballers and keep doing that until throws away maiden century .

  • drnaveed on December 12, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    i think umar akmal should play as a keeper ,batting at number seven position in that all important series against england .

  • ibbani on December 12, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    which creature on this beautiful earth can bet with me? BD is the 3rd class team and will lose which ever, how many ever tests they play will lose in 3-4 days with an innings defeat.....

  • AnotherCricketer on December 12, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    @imransangdil, point well-taken. An inferior bowling contributed to the Indian fallout in England as well. A series earlier, they did fine in South Africa. Numbers don't lie. Check out a whole brigade of batsmen in their 20's that are getting ready to serve the Indian national colours. Pakistan doesn't lack good batsmen either, though the real struggle is getting over the mile high hurdle called PCB. There is no excuse for not having "Castrol Index"-like scale to highlight individual performance record and choose the top two players in various categories to be eligible for the national team. We should demand it. And PCB should tell us why this is a bad idea.

  • g.narsimha on December 12, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    bravo bravo if wi is such an use less team than how could your great team could not win a series in wi in the recent tour ,now i understand why you are critical of nz ,becouse of the thrshing your so called worlds best bwlers got from NEWZEALANDERS IN WC .

  • AnotherCricketer on December 12, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    @DrAtharAbbas, Thanks for your reply. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Teams that are caught unprepared for the exit of seniors take the longest to recover. Australia and Srilanka are recent examples. In fact, Srilanka has been on the loosing skid for three series in a row and they are arguably still not out of the ditch yet. The only batsmen in the 20's who are performing well are Shafiq and Umar Akmal. The issue here is that of accountability. Not taking advantage of the talent we have on the sidelines is like shooting ourselves on the foot. I feel that PCB is not practicing meritocracy. We deserve to know not just WHO made the national squad, also WHY someone else didn't make it. And if PCB thinks it is ONLY their game to play, still we deserve to know.

  • DrAtharAbbas on December 12, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    After the result between Australia and New Zealand: I think Pakistan can say with more pride now, They beat New Zealand in New Zealand.

  • CricHacker on December 12, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Bangladesh cricketers should request ICC to downgrade their test status. I mean they ought to be tired by now of dishing out mediocrity over and over again and loosing handsomely. They should be made to play club/province/state sides till they learn to show some stomach for test cricket.

    For Bangladeshi fans.... "ignorance is bliss", enjoy while it stays.

  • drnaveed on December 12, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    in order to match the england excellence in the field,pakistani fielders should have to take all the (full /half) chances that come in there way, mohammad hafeez, misbah younus are doing a great job,other batsmen like taufeeq umar, azhar ali , asad shafeeq should have to concentrate even further in the centre, and should try to overcome there weaknesses in the batting (if they have any) as soon as possible.bowlers are already doing a great job. in my opinion, the test team 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. what my friends think about the team ???

  • Whisperofdeath on December 12, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    Well played Pakistan, I think its a good practice before England series...

  • on December 12, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    Here is the stat for NCL 2011 (most runs/average)- Asif Ahmed 613/47.15, Dhiman Ghosh 571/47.58, Nazimuddin 544/ 50.79, Anamul Haque 482/55.02, Nafees Iqbal 473/ 33.78. Seeing how successful Nazimuddin is so far. I suggest giving Asif, Dhiman and Anamul a chance for next test. Throw out Nafees Iqbal, Ashraful and Tamim. Tamim is obviously out of form now. May be Bangladesh will score extra 100+ runs per innings and show a decent performance.

  • on December 12, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    @DrAtharAbbas The reason why people are bashing Bangladesh is because they have been consistently pathetic in their performance. Do not compare Srilankan players with Bangladesh, matter of fact don't compare any players from Pakistan, India, South Africa, Australia, England and Srilanka and even NewZealand with Bangladesh. Bangladesh players have no class or skills to play test match. My critics on Bangladesh is not based on Pakistan series, it is based on their performance for whole decade. Pakistan bowling is world class no doubt in that but if you are watching the test match all the wickets fallen was not because of good delivery but it was due to poor shot selection, completely failing to make contact with ball and etc etc. I am a Pakistani support and during this series Pakistan did not do anything that special and I hope Pakistani players are not expecting that England series will be this easy otherwise we will be in deep trouble. Bangladesh test status should be taken away.

  • Dhutugemunu on December 12, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    Guys, please do not try to compare BD with other top test playing nations. Even though Zim which exiled from Test arena for some time came back strongly thrashing BD in there initial comeback match. Not only that but also they gave a good fight to NZ. When we can see such an acceptable performance from BD. Not in near future. Accept that BD is not up to the test standards even though they are playing at their own home conditions.

  • qasim.haider1 on December 11, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    Younis khan's 200 was a nice inning but not a top class one because there was no pressure on him plus the wicket was dead and so was the Bangladeshi bowling............. similarly a recent innings by verinder sewag of 219 runs was not extraordinary because there was no pressure on him , the wicket was flat and the opposition was west indies..... and hence' saeed anwar's 194 and sachin tendulker's 200 were better than sewag's 219

  • DrAtharAbbas on December 11, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    Criticizing constantly the Bangladesh batsmen: I think people know Jayawadena (highest ever test partnership holder and highest score of 374 to his credit) and Dilshan from Sri-Lanka are no street cricketers. When they had trouble playing these bowlers, why are we constantly bashing the Bangali Batsmen as inept non professional etc. Can we, for a change, accept that Pak bowling is world class and is not easy to handle.

    When a batsmen gets out, it can be judged his fault or equally judged as a very good delivery from the bowler. Both are the two sides of the same coin.

  • DrAtharAbbas on December 11, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    @anothercricketer: Most of people in Pakistan can only say about every situation, that it is critically bad, unless what they are suggesting is implemented in future. Learn to see the glass half full and not half empty. In fact glass is nicely full at the moment. You only need to prove it by beating more top sides. SA in tests and Sri Lanka in ODIs are not low ranking teams. Perhaps on all Pakistan cricket pages on Cricinfo, it should be written in bold capital letters: PAKISTAN IS PLAYING ALL MATCHES AWAY FROM HOME. Thumping the low ranking teams is what you expect from a good side. Are they winning matches by one wicket? Are they in any trouble whatsoever. Answer is no. Just learn to be happy when things are good.

  • elimomin on December 11, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    one thing which was missing in pakistani batsmen was patience. now they are playing test cricket as it should be played.

  • imransangdil on December 11, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    To AnotherCricket. India Far superior batting lineup! LOL they prove that in England 4-0 in test and 4 or 5-0 in ODI. They are tigers only at home and MEOW away from home. the only difference between IND and BD is that BD is MEOW both away and at home.

  • on December 11, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    Job to be done Today: 1-- Don't lose any wicket in the 1st session and scored 50-60 run 2-- Shakib Al Hasan-your approach was good dominating the bowler but you must play defensibly now... we need your batting service....Please don't disappoint us. and don't murder your innings after reaching 50! 3-- Nazimuddin should play his natural game.. Perfect opener for Bangladesh, better than Mr Iimrul 4-- Our captain and V.captain you guys also have big responsibility on your shoulder.. Lose the match no problem but lose after fighting... we don't expect or want any win. we want to watch that our team is batting well.. That's what we want. BEST OF LUCK BANGLADESH & remind- MIGHTY IS THE BEST EFFORT.

  • on December 11, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Go Green ! Well played Younid , Asad , Hafeez and the rest of the team !

  • Iqrariyan on December 11, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan, u proved the world that what kind of talent we have still have besides of all the controversial scenes

  • AnotherCricketer on December 11, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    @INDIAN-111 Pakistan has yet to play a "rejuvenated" team to prove the point. PCB selectors have failed to strengthen the batting line-up by opting for Imran Farhat in the top order despite his several failures and leaving out a successful Ahmed Shehzad of New Zealand series. Azhar's scoring with 30 S/R and wobbly stroke play is hardly a formulae for success and they ignored the solid stroke play performance of Hammad Azam in West Indies series. The weight continues to be borne by the senior players. Both England and India have far superior batting line-up and it is the strong Pakistani bowling that may contribute to a "interesting" match play. And unless PCB decides to get wise and address the batting lineup challenges, stay tuned for more batting struggles in the forthcoming England series.

  • Saghyr on December 11, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    a great execution of senior players along with the upcoming talent, Younus with Asad, Umar gul with Aizaz Cheema, saeed Ajmal with Abdul Rehman,Hafeez with Toufeeq.... a really julted team..love to watch and support Pakistan Cricket since England Tour. Keep Up teh good work Team Pakistan.

  • ZAIDI9 on December 11, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    I believe that its a big chance for Pakistan to clinch 2-0 victory and get prepared for the upcoming test series VS England which will be tough one for Pakistan. However, by winning this Test Series, they will get confidence and can perform better Vs No 1 test team England

  • INDIAN-111 on December 11, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Dear Cricket lovers,

    I am really surprised to see everyone talking about the standard of Bangladesh. Why nobody is talking about the rejuvenating pakistan team. Pakistan has played far far better than England/India against England in England, Australia, SA, SL and Westindies.

    England and India are considered top teams. Both lost all the games outside their country against each other. On the other hand pakistan won many match against England in England, Drawn test series against SA.

    So it is very clear that standard of pakistan team has reached far. It will be in the top 2 teams in the next 6 months or so.

  • ZAIDI9 on December 11, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    its a big chance for Pakistan Cricket Team to clinch 2-0 test match victory and win the test series. if they do so, they can better thier test team rankings. Pakistan Team have great opportunity to get prepare as a team for the next challenging test series VS England.

  • FLying.Horse on December 11, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Atleast Pak Batsman Get some Batting Practice B4 Englist Series,,,,in Such Batting Tracks, all 11 Player,s Should Get Atleast Half Century against an Opponent Like B,Desh,,

  • ZAIDI9 on December 11, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    I believe that this is the best chance for Pakistan Team to clinch 2-0 test series victory and get the better test team rankings. In the same time its a good chance for Bangladesh Cricket Team to crash Pakistan team's confidence if they can draw this match which is probably seems difficult....

  • DesiCricketfan on December 11, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    EXCELLENT Younus, Being Indian cricket Fan, I am so glad that Younus Khan got to Double Hundred and amongst runs. My Favorite cricket star, ALways smilling and I beleive he is one of the best. I wish him all the best for his upcoming games. I hope Shoaib Malik to get some runs too. As far as BD is concerned, there are few comments that BD needs a good First Class setup, I beleive that BD setup needs to be better as well. BD is not fighting hard, they gave up as soon as the first wicket settled. Good Luck to BD/PAK... Again YOUNUS you have played an excellent Innings...Keep It up.

  • on December 11, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    I did not find any BD batsman except debutante Nazimudin who is playing test cricket temperament. Other players where playing like this was an ODI or t20.

    "Occupying the crease" is what the need to learn. The should be asked to bad 5hrs and do not score more than 20runs. See the videos of Jeffery Boycott or Sunil Gawaskar to learn this art.

  • on December 11, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    advice for Bangladesh team: strong competetive cricket right from schllo level. District commissioners of all districts to be made responsible to orgainise the cricket at that level. Any reluctane on their part to do the job should be dealt with severely. Players should come from schools from across the country. no alternative to strong and solid first class cricket.

  • on December 11, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    I know Bangladesh is a very bad cricket team........but we need to be patient with them............it took most other teams 10-20 years to remove the tag of 'minnows'...........they should improve their domestic first-class cricket structure..........a good domestic structure is needed to make a good team!

  • on December 11, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Younis took the day....Hafeez played impressive....and Asad Shafique simply rocked

  • on December 11, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    mercurial murali ??? he wasn't mercurial...he was consistent.

  • on December 11, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Bangladesh are playing sixth ranked team in test cricket. I wonder what would have happened if they had played the top ranked teams.

  • on December 11, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    I dont crib Pakistani team got an overseas series win but should Bangladesh play test cricket is the question? If the game needs to survive outside hard core few who also only follow it on the net, these kind of games should be eliminated...

  • on December 11, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    how one can expect a team to perform in test cricket when they dont know how to play in first class matches( because they dont have a minimum standard of first class cricket) secondly, you can not paly test cricket with just a few capital based cricketers as you dont any resource to produce more cricketers start cricket from scholl lavel organise high voltage first class cricket put professional in BCB

  • Herath-UK on December 11, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Ashraful gave a lot of promise when he scored a century in Sri Lanka against an attack that included mercurial Murali.It is really sad to see how he has flopped since then.A case like Kapugedera for Lankans. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • Nutcutlet on December 11, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    It's test matches such as this (and they crop up with great regularity when Bangladesh is being steam-rollered) that do a disservice to test cricket. I feel for the Bangla fans, I really do - what have they got to support? - the easiest pushovers anyone could imagine in international competition. Their team is not worthy of them. But the tests roll on; the record gets more and more absurd and there is not a hint of improvement, let alone true competitiveness - and this is on home pitches. I join others in asking, - no, pleading - that Bangladesh be given two years away from test cricket - with other test playing countries playing them on the strict understanding that no players that have played more than 5 test matches are selected for these first class, non-test internationals. A continuance of the current policy does no service to anyone. And for those who care for such things, test averages get greatly distorted by participating in these farcial occasions; they're meaningless.

  • on December 11, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    dear Precioustar84! yonus has mad hundred against england as well ............ ...........and it was second consective hundred....by younus ....and he has made 5,5 centuries against india and srilanka 3 against s.a, 2,2 against bangla and w, indies,1,1 against n.z and england ........dnt forgat 313 against srilanka and 250 + against india.so action speaks louder than words..

  • SirViv1973 on December 11, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    I really think the ICC has to think hard about the immediate future of Bangladesh as a test playing cricket nation. I think they got it wrong when the 2012 - 16 C&F tours prog was decided. I think Bang and Zim should have largly been limited to playing each other with maybe the odd 2 match series against NZL and WIN. Ireland could have been given some sort of limited status which would have allowed them to play 5 day games against Zim and Ban. I think when it comes to playing the better test teams Ban should be playing against their A teams until they can get more competitive. Test match cricket is in enough trouble as it is and these types of one sided matches are doing nothing to help the situation.

  • BravoBravo on December 11, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Congrats to Mr. Khan and Mr. Shafiq for their double and single centuries. Why most people want BD test status to be snatched away? During last years look at how NZ, WI, and IND have performed, why dont we go after their throat. @drnaveed: ICC ranking is a joke, that is how IND became #1 for a shortwhile as a computer glitch.

  • Chris_P on December 11, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    @mamboman. Good question, why are they allowed to play test cricket. The Bangers can compete in ODI and T20 but are really out of their depth in first class matches due to their poor infrastructure. Nothing will change unless this changes and it is just not happening. They will never get better. To compete in tests you MUST have a solid first class program. We all know who needs their full voting rights don't we?

  • Morfi on December 11, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    @precioustar84 - mate your comments are so precious, they needed to be kept to yourself only... LOL... now you have unleashed a barrage of comments on your star which is no longer precious!.... yes, a certain indian plays for records... and yes, so does every other team on this planet... Today, with Younis Khan, there was no thin line separating victory and going for the record - it was not the 4th day of the match that Pakistan would have run out of time, and might have lost also. It was only the 2nd day when Pak were required to build as big a lead as possible. Even then, they declared before tea... I would have kept on bating till tea and scored more... The idea is to bat out the opposition. it is not a 3 day game... by the way, did you even watch the game???

  • on December 11, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    i think BD is able to play test level cricket .........................well done younas khan and teach some new bangladeshi batsman like nasir

  • on December 11, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi, Please Ashraful, Don't comeback. I was a strong supporter of your comeback. But don't say, don't try, just go. Please Bangladesh, Take a break from Test. We love Cricket, but can't take humiliation anymore. Wish you good luck again.

  • anwaralam on December 11, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Bangladesh should change their game tactics when playing with tougher opposition like Pakistan. They have not learnt from previous failure. Their only need to improve in this version of the game is try to learn to stay at the crease. Need batting coach like Miandad. They must play for pride of their country. If batting failures continue like this then exit from test cricket for a period until improvement will be thought of by the ICC I am sure. So boys rom BD wake up now or face humiliation.

  • on December 11, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Good job Bangladesh. Keep fighting.....Shakib plz slam a hundred. No need to play for safety, just have a go at them.

  • WeeBee on December 11, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Woo Woo Woo ... Well Done to Younis, He kept the temperament, Congrats to Asad for coming back to form. Pakistan cricket is gradually showing maturity and stability against top and weak sides. I would like to admire Hafeez, Ajmal, younis, asad, Abdul rehman performance here , .. they are pretty good squad for all forms of the game .. and i heard imran nazir is joining team again ....hehe .. After Sehwag double century Indians think they can win Australia Tour, Most of my fellows written down in this section are right , India is going to suffer in Australia. They are going to put the same scenes as they did in England ( Self Injured World Champion squad). About Tendulkar's Hundredth hundred ,,, whats the next tour after Australia ...hehe !!! Indians did struggle to win against west indies ... Poor performance by india

  • on December 11, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    it was a toothless performance by Bangladesh.younus and hafeez did capitalized .but shafiq is not impressive at all.he has quite a few flaws,specially he was pathetic against short ball.he survived only because of loose display by Bangladesh bowlers and fielders.i m sure asad will be vulnerable against good side.

  • chandy86 on December 11, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    dr naveed.this could be one of the biggest joke i have ever read in this cricinfo. What an excuse dude.:)

  • Islandvirg on December 11, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    The reasons are clear why Bangladesh are so bad. First class and youth system in Bangladesh is terrible. Get foreign players into their first class system to help out. Im talking of 35 plus guys who wont mind. Guys like Hall, Langeveldt, Symonds, Haurwitz, Harris and get groundsmen from SA,Oz and UK to get pitches to get these guys out of their spin comfort zone. Coaching brainless players such as Ashraful, Iqbal, Shahadat and Rubel by true coaches of their disciplines will help them get less ducks and single figure scores. If that doesnt get the approval, suspend them from Test cricket as they have learnt nothing.

  • on December 11, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    we need 2 improve in fielding...we badly need a good fielding coach..! our batting was not up to the mark.we need to push mahmudullah up the order!!he can bat well in top order.WHY DONT OUR PLAYERS PERFORM TOGETHER??!!! They have the ability to do something good..WHEN shakib performs,nasir fail or when nasir performs mahmudullah fails..nazimuddin looks like a good find for bd. Hope that we can atleast get a century from the next match!!!

  • on December 11, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    @ Precioustar84 certain players do play for landmarks, younis is not one them and the captain allowing him to get to that land mark was a great touch.... a bit of time in the middle is great... playing for a land mark would have been him batting all day to try and better his highest score... certain players including a few for all teams put there personal goals before the teams i.e slowing down nearing a century but this isnt the case here as pakistan have sufficient time to win....

  • on December 11, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    gud work team .. n rhen we always have people like precioustar84... haha :P keep up the good work younis :D

  • on December 11, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    @Precioustar84: Younis Khan did not declare but Misbah did. Misbah is the Captain and not Younis. Have you seen the match, this was good opportunity for match batting practice and we took it. While having batting practice for a growing team, we got some reords, so what are you cribbing about. Silly of you to bring in India into this.

  • ahq2 on December 11, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    don't wanna criticize Bangla, but really..its been 10 years and still nothing to show for it. Maybe a Zimbabwe-like break from test cricket can work well for them too. When they know something is at stake and not just go through the motions.

  • pb10677 on December 11, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    another hugely one sided test match - this is getting beyond a joke, and serious to the level it is damaging international cricket. I feel so sorry for Bangladesh fans, they are so amazingly loyal and suffer so much disappointment. But I honestly think the right thing is for Bangladesh to step out of test cricket for a few years (like Zim did) and focus on the one day game, where they are much more competitive. Irish fans must feel so hard done by - they have done so much to prove they should be given a go at the top level, but they never will. In contrast, Bangladesh won one match against Pakistan (who they have never beaten since by the way) and were awarded test status.

  • on December 11, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    Yes, Pakistan played very well. We [BD] are on learning, so are learning from every lose. You can see last 2 years we are plying good and increasing our play capacity. You can see the last tour of West Indies, we were played good cricket against them. Hope we'll play more better Cricket. Thanks to all.

  • drnaveed on December 11, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    for mr precious star ........ against england in england,most of your champion batsmen got unfit for some reasons and went back home.they are going to do it again in australia, because they are champions on home ground only, tendulkar could not got to his hundredth hundred on a placid wicket on his home ground, and he is not going to get it in australia either.they will come back one by one during that series also as they did in the england series,you are 2nd in test ranking ,playing an 8th ranked team and still making a match out of it ,we are 6th in the ranking and playing 9th ranked team.

  • khuram13 on December 11, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Well done Younis. Congrats for double century

  • mamboman on December 11, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Tell me again why are Bangladesh allowed to play test cricket?

  • on December 11, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    Pakistan Should Have Come Out Wearing Black Arm Bands, To Mourn The Death Of Bangladesh Cricket. This Is Getting Serious Now ..

  • famas on December 11, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    @precioustar84, how wonder how many series indian team has won overseas....Minor team like WI, sehwag making a double ton what happened on the seaming track in England sehwag and tendulkar all got unfit, simply they can't bat overseas ........ its still seven session left to beat BD in this test match

  • sawifan on December 11, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    As an Aussie, i've been a big fan of Bangladesh and constantly hope they will improve. But supporting them is like supporting Mitchel Johnson. You know the ability is there, it just never shows up!! It looks a bit like Tamim has let his early success go to his head too. I hope he doesn't become a new 'Arashful', cos he has too much talent to waste. Well played Younis too! I like the look of this Pakistan team, and full credit to them for overcoming the 'spot-fixing' saga by showing unity and positive results.

  • on December 11, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    hmmmmmmmm........................

  • on December 11, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Lala, Good Going and Good Luck

  • on December 11, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    though i am a fan of Pakistani Cricket which seems very consistent since last year... I keep fingers cross that they stand solid against ENgland too....

  • Precioustar84 on December 11, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Younis Khan declares as soon as getting double hundred against minnows Bangladesh. 400+ wasn't enough lead for a team that won't even score 200 max? How is that any challenge for Pak batsmen? And they say a certain Indian plays for records; wonder what Younis was doing.

  • on December 11, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    nice batting display by younis asad hafeez and umer and brilliant bowling by bowling unit thats we called boom boom PAKISTAN

  • KAYANI999 on December 11, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    well done YK for 200 knock

  • muski on December 11, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Looks like Pak is on course to inflict the worst defeat in Test history- currently standing at innings at 579 runs. Hope Younis does not break Lara's record of 400 against such sub standard opposition. We all knew long long ago that even God cannot save Bangla Cricket. What next.

  • on December 11, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    yeah younas khan is a great player

  • on December 11, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Old horse did it again! =)

  • on December 11, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Awsm batting display frm Pakistan.... Bt the thing is if BD at least Fielded Better thn ths, thn what would b the result hahahahaha

  • on December 11, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    Younis D Boss....And also Asad here RockZzzz

  • khansview on December 11, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    bangladesh dont have test cricket temperament..its so frustrating to watch this..thy dont seem to b a test level team...pfftt

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  • khansview on December 11, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    bangladesh dont have test cricket temperament..its so frustrating to watch this..thy dont seem to b a test level team...pfftt

  • on December 11, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    Younis D Boss....And also Asad here RockZzzz

  • on December 11, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Awsm batting display frm Pakistan.... Bt the thing is if BD at least Fielded Better thn ths, thn what would b the result hahahahaha

  • on December 11, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Old horse did it again! =)

  • on December 11, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    yeah younas khan is a great player

  • muski on December 11, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Looks like Pak is on course to inflict the worst defeat in Test history- currently standing at innings at 579 runs. Hope Younis does not break Lara's record of 400 against such sub standard opposition. We all knew long long ago that even God cannot save Bangla Cricket. What next.

  • KAYANI999 on December 11, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    well done YK for 200 knock

  • on December 11, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    nice batting display by younis asad hafeez and umer and brilliant bowling by bowling unit thats we called boom boom PAKISTAN

  • Precioustar84 on December 11, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Younis Khan declares as soon as getting double hundred against minnows Bangladesh. 400+ wasn't enough lead for a team that won't even score 200 max? How is that any challenge for Pak batsmen? And they say a certain Indian plays for records; wonder what Younis was doing.

  • on December 11, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    though i am a fan of Pakistani Cricket which seems very consistent since last year... I keep fingers cross that they stand solid against ENgland too....