Bangladesh v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 1st day December 17, 2011

Shakib, Nafees rescue Bangladesh

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Bangladesh 234 for 5 (Shakib 108*, Nafees 97, Cheema 3-52) v Pakistan
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Shakib Al Hasan and Shahriar Nafees showed that it was possible for Bangladesh batsmen to play shots without throwing their wickets away, with the country's first century partnership in Tests since June 2010. The duo batted for almost two sessions to rescue Bangladesh from what had looked set to be yet another low total, after Aizaz Cheema had reduced them to 43 for 4 in helpful morning conditions.

At no stage in their partnership were Shakib and Nafees subdued, and without doing anything reckless, put on 180 at more than three-and-a-half runs an over. Though the Mirpur track eased out completely after seaming around in the first session, Bangladesh had caved in for 135 on a flat Chittagong surface a week ago. With their Test status being called into question by some, they had everything to prove. Shakib and Nafees showed that there was more to Bangladesh cricket than a large and fanatical fan following.

Fog and dew had delayed the start by 75 minutes but also encouraged Misbah-ul-Haq to ask the under-pressure Bangladesh batsmen to face his fast bowlers - although Pakistan went in with only two of them as against Bangladesh's three. Cheema's morning spell read 8-2-18-3 but Shakib ensured he was kept out of the attack for most of the second session, hitting him for three fours in four deliveries soon after lunch.

Shakib's aggression forced Misbah to turn to his spinners but there was not much help for them from a pitch that had now revealed itself to be a typical flat first-day subcontinent pitch. Shakib continued to play positively against Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman, working them on the leg side, and driving and punching through extra cover. A back-foot punch off Ajmal brought up his 50 and he stepped out next ball to caress a flighted delivery to the extra-cover boundary to bring up the century partnership - Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes were involved in the previous one in Manchester, against England in June 2010.

Nafees had earlier showed his team-mates the way to play the fast bowlers on a surface that was aiding seam in the morning. Wary of edging angled deliveries to the four slips, Nafees aimed to play straight as much as he could. Though that meant letting go of a few scoring opportunities, he went hard when he was given width and pulled with panache. Nafees hammered Umar Gul's first delivery of his second spell through extra cover to reach his third 50 after his return to the Test side in August.

Going against the propensity of Bangladesh batsmen to implode after reaching half-centuries, both batsmen continued in the same vein after getting to their landmarks. With the light fading in the Dhaka winter, Shakib cut Gul for two boundaries in an over to move to 99 and brought the appreciative crowd to its feet with a characteristic chop through point to reach his second Test hundred. Nafees clattered Ajmal through extra cover to move to 97 but Gul sent down an accurate bouncer in his next over to have him gloving it to the wicketkeeper. By then, though, Bangladesh had restored their pride, and Pakistan had looked clueless for the first time in three weeks on this tour.

Things had looked almost predictably bleak for Bangladesh in the morning after Cheema, especially, and Gul were relentless in exposing the hosts' frailties. Getting sharp seam movement, Cheema had Nazimuddin padding up in his first over, though everyone except umpire Shavir Tarapore thought that the bounce would have taken the ball over the stumps.

Gul did not get the kind of movement off the pitch that Cheema managed, and in the absence of swing, he had to rely on his accuracy and the element of surprise. After Tamim Iqbal had tentatively survived against several pitched-up deliveries, Gul dug in the bouncer in his fourth over. Tamim did what Tamim does, and the top-edged hook was taken safely by Cheema at fine leg.

With Bangladesh bringing in a fast bowler at the expense of Mohammad Ashraful, Mahmudullah was given a promotion in the batting order to No. 4. It didn't work, as Cheema rattled Mahmudullah's stumps first ball with one that nipped in between bat and pad.

Nasir Hossain, who had batted as low as No. 8 in the first innings in Chittagong, was sent in at 21 for 3. He looked thoroughly uncomfortable initially, stabbing and getting beaten as the ball jagged around. Another prod at an away-going Cheema delivery produced the edge and ended in the gloves of Adnan Akmal to make it 43 for 4. Another Test involving Bangladesh could have been decided by the first innings, but for Nafees and Shakib.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 18, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    HI EVRYBODY HOW ARE YOU I AM SHOVON FROM TANGAIL.THATS GOOD SHOT FROM SHAKIBUL HASAN.

  • on December 18, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    BANGLADESH GOOD BOY SAKIB AL HASAN FINE & TACE CARE.

  • AP_88 on December 18, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Nafees and Hasan played really well, showed good composure and a lot of common sense. Pakistan's line up is calling out for a bowling all rounder..Hammad Azam maybe

  • g.narsimha on December 18, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    WHAT A STRANGE eterpretation,if any team perfomes admirably , to deam their efforts this is the justification we allowed them .otherwise no team on the earth can do any thing against this great team..

  • on December 18, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    WHAT A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN NAFEES-SHAKIB. I HOPE OTHER BATSMAN WILL SUPPORT AND TRY TO SCORE MINIMUM 400. ALL THE BEST BANGLADESH TEAM.

  • on December 17, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    The best line up for ODI right now would be Tamim, Aftab (agreeing with FrenchCricketFan), Nafees, Shakib, Mushfiqur, Nasir, Mohammadula, Razzack, Sunny, Shafiul, Rubel. As for test, they don't really have one unless you want the same thing. BD has a great bowling power for now but what they really need to produce at least 3 consistent players.

  • on December 17, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to nurture Imrul Kayes and Raqibul Hasan in the line up consistently. As a team you have to invest in the available resources. Imrul has the ight mind set to balance Tamim. Ashraful should never have been tried in Test. Sending Mahmudullah up at No 4 is forcing the issue. Mahmudullah is good, but he is no No. 4 batsman. Nasir should be surrouned by senior batsmen. He should not be put on the fire pit to get cooked so early. He has mettle but he needs time to settle. Bangladesh needs serious investment in building the pipeline, specifically around bowling resources. Somehow, the physical abilities of the Bangladeshi bowlers are not congenial to international cricket. Like Imran BCCB need to go and search for tall bowlers. Even look out internationally for 6ft+ NRB youths to fill the pipeline for the future.

    Good day, Shakib today. Lets hope that you have an even grander Sunday. Stay not out and bat through.

  • on December 17, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    Playing your natural game never translated into charging good ball. You got to respect good balls and hit the bad ones with your natural game. Good job Shakib. He is best for BD and there is no second best.

  • on December 17, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    tmrw we are going to be bundled out by 300 or max 350. our bowlers are mediocre so i am expecting a huge pile of runs from the pakistanis. and then when we come to bat again we will post a lower total in our second innings which will eventually lead to our downfall. someone might say why i am i so pessimistic...well cos i have seen this scenario lot of times. we were just lucky today cos of one partnership or else it would have been the same old story of low score in first innings. cmon ICC take away our membership. I had enough of our countries cricket embarrassment.

  • on December 17, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    I happy for BD, this time we would have some contest.

  • on December 18, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    HI EVRYBODY HOW ARE YOU I AM SHOVON FROM TANGAIL.THATS GOOD SHOT FROM SHAKIBUL HASAN.

  • on December 18, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    BANGLADESH GOOD BOY SAKIB AL HASAN FINE & TACE CARE.

  • AP_88 on December 18, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Nafees and Hasan played really well, showed good composure and a lot of common sense. Pakistan's line up is calling out for a bowling all rounder..Hammad Azam maybe

  • g.narsimha on December 18, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    WHAT A STRANGE eterpretation,if any team perfomes admirably , to deam their efforts this is the justification we allowed them .otherwise no team on the earth can do any thing against this great team..

  • on December 18, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    WHAT A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN NAFEES-SHAKIB. I HOPE OTHER BATSMAN WILL SUPPORT AND TRY TO SCORE MINIMUM 400. ALL THE BEST BANGLADESH TEAM.

  • on December 17, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    The best line up for ODI right now would be Tamim, Aftab (agreeing with FrenchCricketFan), Nafees, Shakib, Mushfiqur, Nasir, Mohammadula, Razzack, Sunny, Shafiul, Rubel. As for test, they don't really have one unless you want the same thing. BD has a great bowling power for now but what they really need to produce at least 3 consistent players.

  • on December 17, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to nurture Imrul Kayes and Raqibul Hasan in the line up consistently. As a team you have to invest in the available resources. Imrul has the ight mind set to balance Tamim. Ashraful should never have been tried in Test. Sending Mahmudullah up at No 4 is forcing the issue. Mahmudullah is good, but he is no No. 4 batsman. Nasir should be surrouned by senior batsmen. He should not be put on the fire pit to get cooked so early. He has mettle but he needs time to settle. Bangladesh needs serious investment in building the pipeline, specifically around bowling resources. Somehow, the physical abilities of the Bangladeshi bowlers are not congenial to international cricket. Like Imran BCCB need to go and search for tall bowlers. Even look out internationally for 6ft+ NRB youths to fill the pipeline for the future.

    Good day, Shakib today. Lets hope that you have an even grander Sunday. Stay not out and bat through.

  • on December 17, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    Playing your natural game never translated into charging good ball. You got to respect good balls and hit the bad ones with your natural game. Good job Shakib. He is best for BD and there is no second best.

  • on December 17, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    tmrw we are going to be bundled out by 300 or max 350. our bowlers are mediocre so i am expecting a huge pile of runs from the pakistanis. and then when we come to bat again we will post a lower total in our second innings which will eventually lead to our downfall. someone might say why i am i so pessimistic...well cos i have seen this scenario lot of times. we were just lucky today cos of one partnership or else it would have been the same old story of low score in first innings. cmon ICC take away our membership. I had enough of our countries cricket embarrassment.

  • on December 17, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    I happy for BD, this time we would have some contest.

  • reyme on December 17, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Excellent Test Batting by Shahriar and Shakib! Few years ago Nafees scored a brilliant Ton that people will remmeber for a long time against the Aussies. Today he handled pressure and showed well and showed the guts you need in Test Batting in tough situation. Well played Shakib. Lets build on the good work.

  • on December 17, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Congratulation to former skipper shakib al hasan for his brilliancy and not to forget the efforts of Shariar nafees .If they want to up their heads they (shakib , musfiq) have to bulid up a partnership today other too were done today. BEST OF LUCK.

  • thePakistanian on December 17, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I'm happy that Bangladesh scored something to make it a contest! But still come on my Bangali brothers, 234-5 is not in anyway a proud score!! They can't be happy in performing in just One session, they need to perform on all 5 Days to Win!! I can't see it that happening at all, realistically!! & also if Bangladesh performs well with ball as well, this will be a good warmup for Pakistan before All important England series!!

  • WeeBee on December 17, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Take it as a joke .... i tell you why Pakistani bowlers could not break that long partnership ... actually Zaka Asharaf is on his tour to Bangladesh and asking then to visit Pakistan and a meeting was to happen today. He wanted a good moof from Bangladesh Board, he was not ready to afford their off mood today , so just to make Bangladesh board happy Pakistani players did it. From tomorow morning they will be on their natural game. hahahahah

  • on December 17, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Bangladesh could do it,Pakistan is not such extraordinary Team as aAussies used to be for adecadek.They too depend upon chances.Of course they could reign & rule over BD. Who were considered as Minnows along with Zimbabve for some time!.but netither can be called so any longer. Both have good Batmen & Bowlers.But they should get themselves involve and apply their Talents,.Tailor ofcZimbabve is one of the Best Batsmenbof todayvwith enormous calibre. So are thevtwo batsmen now at crease against Pakistan. Pakistan just depend upon Umer Akmal,Misbah& Younis Khan & lucky Spinner Sahid Afridy who can too bat if situation so warrants!So BD has to be on the alert! With present temperament ,they could post over 350 easily agaist which Pak will have to shed a lot of perspiration!All the Best to both teams!Errors,if any is partly due to the tablet computer iPad I use where soft,feather finger touch rule!Letters "b&v" interfere too much sometimes! Sreedharan Mundanat

    Sreedharan

  • Nick.coll on December 17, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    come on Bangladesh, U guys rock, Watch out Pakistan, Bangla is gonna rock.Bangi Rocks

  • on December 17, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Hoping a double ton from Shakib and a century from Mushfik 2mrw ! :)

  • ahmadz on December 17, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    congrats to shakib and nafees. pak point of view, misbah and co are so full of fear of loosing that they could not entertain the two new bowlers to give them a chance in the test. i mean why they have been with the team for long. will they get a chance against england, surely not. pathetic approach really.

  • qasrazakaz on December 17, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    good show by bengalis but i'm afraid that they'r going to lose this test as well

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 17, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Pakistan are a lower-ranking team, and the fact that Bangladesh can trouble them speaks volumes. Any match that they play, is still, unfortunately, left irrelevant in the minds of all cricket watchers in the wake of the cheating scandal. It'll take decades for that scandal to be forgotten I'm afraid.

  • CricLook on December 17, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    The real test match for bangaldesh start tomorrow. Having the last recognized batting pair, both shakib and mushfiq has to play sensible cricket, specially first hour will be cruicial otherwise bangladesh still has the chance to all out within 275. Shakib and Nafis made the platform. Congratulation to both of them considering the situation they were batting and the negativeness surrounded in bd team recently. Hope they can make a sizable total.

  • on December 17, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Bangladesh top order collapsed again, but a 180 from 5th wicket removed all the possibilities that once again the critics who in this platform were vocal to take the test status of Bangladesh. In recent time we watched how Ausies, Kiwis & Srilankans collapsed around 150. But criticized they Bangladeshis. Very sad and unacceptable is this attitude.

  • on December 17, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Today I was at the stadium. what a fine day it was for our Bangladesh team. Felling good......Early we didn't batted well but the conditions were helping the pasers. Nafeese batted well but Gul deserves his wicket before 100. he'd have left the ball. Sakib was at his best. Now let's see what we can do tomorrow in the first session and also rest of the day

  • Rizbiz on December 17, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Bangladesh can do anything. Go ahead tigers & grow up spontaneously. lol

  • KarachiKid on December 17, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Beautiful batting display by the two batsmen. The impressive thing was the command and at times utter disdain with which they treated the bowlers who, mind you, are not that mediocre. So based on this performance alone, regardless of what happens in the rest of the match, no one should question Bangladesh's inclusion in test playing nations. Its good from Pakistan point of view as well, they needed to come under pressure, and then show their mettle. Today was pretty hopeless as this pressure showed in the quality of bowling and ground fielding. Tomorrow they must put up better performance, else we can expect another drubbing at the hand of top quality English batting. One thing I could not understand is why Misbah who is supposed to be defensive captain did try to stem to flow of runs, there were so many boundaries, it seemed we are up against Aussies in their prime. Or Sehwag/Gambhir playing in full flow.

  • on December 17, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    However, someone says, MIGHTY THE BEST EFFORT! Good luck BD. We are waiting for more AWESOME MOMENTS! :)

  • FrenchCricketFan on December 17, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    well-done bangladesh. There was a bang batsman always in form and consistent - "aftab ahmed" , What happened to him ? I think if ban give chance to him like they given chance to nafees and ashraful, probably ban could strengthen its batting with this player.

  • Major_Hammad on December 17, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Congratulation Shakib, Nafees on superb batting and specially shakib on hundred, congratulation from Pak on some good cricket from Bng.

  • sarmin80 on December 17, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Shakib's number one allrounder in the world. So he can change the game any time.

  • on December 17, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Hope Shakib will continue his brilliant innings tomorrow

  • on December 17, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    nice batting bys hakib and nafees...........at last a gud fight ....i liked that from pakistan

  • Happy_AusBang on December 17, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Pakistan lost the opportunity to try a couple of new players, particularly in the bowling department. The other thing is that bowlers do need rest once in a while, particularly fast bowlers.

  • on December 17, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    yea talha and malik can be given chance in place of gul and ajmal coz they are not rested for a long time...

  • on December 17, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Can they continue tomorrow in the same fashion ? Sakib can easily score the first double hundred by a Bangladeshi if he can keep his head cool with the support of the tail- enders. Finger Crossed.

  • on December 17, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    The BanglaDesh is under terrible pressure since the series of Onedayer& T20 with Pakistan ended in disaster for them.For their safe survival & to justify their inclusion as a Test playing Natoon status,Bangladesh will have to win this Test Match as otherwise there could be remarks from forign Experts about the doubt of the Status in due course. This won't be easy to overcome this kind of general remarks if they again a Test against Pakistan,more caution & involvement in the game earnestly would be the Key words they will have to keep in mind while they play.they show be able to show devotion to the! Sreedharan mundanat

  • on December 17, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    finally something to cheer for bangal tigers

  • on December 17, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    great work by Bangladesh. but it is hope that next day Pakistani Bowler will change this Condition and Bangladesh Would not be Cross 325.

  • on December 17, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    go bangladesh... sakib is always putting something in the total. now its time to others to contribute... nafis has been given times after arrival from ICL. he has taken it... indian has done the trick winning the worldcup.. but we will b on our track again like the pre ICL era.. best of luck.

  • on December 17, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    keep working shakib :) getting updates from the land of australia. keep it up

  • Prelude on December 17, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    At last, something to cheers for us, Bangladeshis. Once again, Shakib had to act. The good part is, this time he wasn't alone, Nafees accompanied him more likely, it was a sad ending of his fantastic innings. Well, I just can hope that, this partnership will help Bangladesh to regain their confidence. I wonder, in a total batting wicket, they'd got out, but in a more like "overseas" condition, they've playing brilliantly! Probably county cricket experience helped Shakib a lot here! Way to go.

  • Stark62 on December 17, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Nice work by Bangladesh!

    But my question is......what was the whole point of selecting Talha and Khalil?

    Pak won the 1st Test comfortably then, why not rest Gul and Cheema to try the new bowlers? At least try Talha because his young and express.

    This is the stupid thinking which, will peg Pak back.

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  • Stark62 on December 17, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Nice work by Bangladesh!

    But my question is......what was the whole point of selecting Talha and Khalil?

    Pak won the 1st Test comfortably then, why not rest Gul and Cheema to try the new bowlers? At least try Talha because his young and express.

    This is the stupid thinking which, will peg Pak back.

  • Prelude on December 17, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    At last, something to cheers for us, Bangladeshis. Once again, Shakib had to act. The good part is, this time he wasn't alone, Nafees accompanied him more likely, it was a sad ending of his fantastic innings. Well, I just can hope that, this partnership will help Bangladesh to regain their confidence. I wonder, in a total batting wicket, they'd got out, but in a more like "overseas" condition, they've playing brilliantly! Probably county cricket experience helped Shakib a lot here! Way to go.

  • on December 17, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    keep working shakib :) getting updates from the land of australia. keep it up

  • on December 17, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    go bangladesh... sakib is always putting something in the total. now its time to others to contribute... nafis has been given times after arrival from ICL. he has taken it... indian has done the trick winning the worldcup.. but we will b on our track again like the pre ICL era.. best of luck.

  • on December 17, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    great work by Bangladesh. but it is hope that next day Pakistani Bowler will change this Condition and Bangladesh Would not be Cross 325.

  • on December 17, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    finally something to cheer for bangal tigers

  • on December 17, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    The BanglaDesh is under terrible pressure since the series of Onedayer& T20 with Pakistan ended in disaster for them.For their safe survival & to justify their inclusion as a Test playing Natoon status,Bangladesh will have to win this Test Match as otherwise there could be remarks from forign Experts about the doubt of the Status in due course. This won't be easy to overcome this kind of general remarks if they again a Test against Pakistan,more caution & involvement in the game earnestly would be the Key words they will have to keep in mind while they play.they show be able to show devotion to the! Sreedharan mundanat

  • on December 17, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Can they continue tomorrow in the same fashion ? Sakib can easily score the first double hundred by a Bangladeshi if he can keep his head cool with the support of the tail- enders. Finger Crossed.

  • on December 17, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    yea talha and malik can be given chance in place of gul and ajmal coz they are not rested for a long time...

  • Happy_AusBang on December 17, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Pakistan lost the opportunity to try a couple of new players, particularly in the bowling department. The other thing is that bowlers do need rest once in a while, particularly fast bowlers.