Bangladesh v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 2nd day

Pakistan fight back on curtailed day

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

December 18, 2011

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Pakistan 87 for 1 (Taufeeq 44*, Azhar 26*) trail Bangladesh 338 (Shakib 144, Shahriar 97) by 251 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Taufeeq Umar ducks a bouncer, Bangladesh v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 2nd day, December 18, 2011
Taufeeq Umar confidently handled the bowling on his way to 44 not out © AFP
Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim frustrated Pakistan in a truncated morning session, but the visitors levelled the game over the next two sessions. Bangladesh's fragility was once again on display after lunch, as the final five wickets went down for 33 runs after which Pakistan's top order responded strongly.

Until the Bangladesh lower-order collapse in the afternoon, the only impediment to the home side's progress had been the fog in Mirpur, which wiped out an hour's play. Shakib and Mushfiqur crafted a slow-and-steady stand once it cleared, to give the small but vocal crowd something to cheer about on a chilly morning.

Shakib made his highest first-class score and was headed for Bangladesh's record individual Test effort when he was run-out. Mushfiqur took a few quick steps before stopping and sending Shakib back, but a direct hit from Taufeeq Umar, running in from mid-on, was enough to snap the partnership at 82. Shakib walked off, after several glares at his captain over the poor calling.

Whether that had an effect on Mushfiqur is hard to tell, but the very next delivery, he gloved a catch down the leg side to the wicketkeeper which left two new lower-order batsmen at the crease, and Pakistan sniffing a quick end to the innings. Elias Sunny and Shahadat Hossain rode their luck in a brief, entertaining stand - Sunny survived as an Umar Gul delivery kissed off stump without disturbing the bails, and Shahadat was put down by Abdur Rehman at deep midwicket.

The innings ended in a hurry, though, as Saeed Ajmal's doosra proved too much for the tailenders, and a run-out curtailed Nazmul Hossain's first Test knock in seven years to a single delivery.

In contrast, Pakistan had little to celebrate in the morning. There was little movement on offer for the quick bowlers and even with the second new ball Gul and Aizaz Cheema couldn't get any major deviation. With the old ball, Pakistan's dangerous spin pair of Ajmal and Rehman got some turn, but were blunted by Shakib and Mushfiqur.

Shakib hit only one boundary in the first session, and survived several lbw calls and an outside edge that landed short of slip. While he was circumspect, Mushfiqur was more enterprising. There was a powerful swipe over midwicket for six off Ajmal, and he picked up several boundaries with his favoured cut shot. They took Bangladesh past 300 in Tests for only the second time since May 2010, but their back-to-back dismissals restricted the innings to a far lower score than expected.

There was something to buoy the home side as they went in for tea. They removed Mohammad Hafeez, who has had a great run in 2011, including a big century in the previous Test. He had begun ominously, swatting consecutive boundaries in the third over, but nicked Nazmul's first ball in Tests in seven years, to be dismissed for 14.

Bangladesh's bowlers gifted easy runs till late in the final session, when the spinners Shakib and Mahmudullah kept the batsmen in check. There was an early close call for Azhar Ali, who unwisely shouldered arms to a delivery that nipped in from Robiul, narrowly avoiding a supremely confident shout for lbw. He wasn't at his most assured against the spinners either, beaten several times by the big turn Shakib was extracting, and once edging just wide of the slips.

Taufeeq Umar was more confident, initially capitalising on the loose deliveries on offer. There were plenty of cuts and drives as he picked up eight boundaries on his way to 44, before bad light expectedly ended play an hour early. There's still plenty of work to do for the Pakistan batting but with their increasingly reliable middle order, they will fancy their chances of overhauling Bangladesh's total.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (December 19, 2011, 3:30 GMT)

i although we can expect shakib and nafees saving the match even in the second innings. Full team needs to be on fire or so if they want to win. it is a great chance acconding to the conditions and wicket (which we often complain about). we want a BIG start from tamim and nazim. But for the job at hand, i hope the bowlers pack up the pakistani batsmen quickly. finally, congratulations to pakistan and bangladesh that we will be seeing international cricket in pakistan once again. best of luck Tigers and BCB and PCB!

Posted by dmqi on (December 19, 2011, 2:45 GMT)

I agree with one comment below that the way Sakib looked at Musfiqur after being run out was quite indecent. He has said later on that run out is a part of the game. So, he made a mistake by giving a bad look at his captain. We need to learn many things from other test playing nations. You guys have played many years, so we expect better attitute from all of you. When you are out by playing cheap shot, spectators do not look at you in such ways.

Posted by mainul079080 on (December 19, 2011, 2:35 GMT)

Same feelings Irfan Rainy.Pakistan hasn't recovered yet the loss of Waqar,Wasim,Shoib,Aasif,Aamer.Even an out of form Shoib is better then Gul,Junaed,Cheema.This pace attack can suffer seriously against England.Pak's main problem is-when opposition builds a partnership after quick loss of 3/4 wickets and when Pak seems on top,Pak bowlers loosens up the tight rope.They suddenly looks ordinary,lacks venom of a quality bowler and opposition recover to strangulate them.Pak should find real aggressive fast bowler like Stein,Lee,Anderson,Malinga.Their spin attack is the best of all at this moment.If fast bowling becomes the same...i m flying....

Posted by balajik1968 on (December 19, 2011, 1:58 GMT)

It's too optimistic to hope Bangladesh will win. First point: this is the stablest Pakistan has been in a long time. They have quite a few grafters. BD are also notorious for 2nd innings collapses. Weather permitting, we can see another Pakistan win.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2011, 1:35 GMT)

Bangladesh has done so far well as compared to their miserable debacle in t20& One dayers against Pakistan!Their338 is pretty far away from Pakistan's87/1.Pakistan has to perspire a lot before surpassing BDin this Match.Shakkeb&Shariar have donevan outstanding job& with bowling with good line & length with available Pacers&Spinners,it doe not seem to be a Herculian Task to send Pakistan back to Pavilion unless Umar Akmal,Misbah& Y.khan do their job once again well.Umar is the one strong& good Player to to be on the guard for BD Bowlers& fielders!All the Best to both Teams! SreedharanMundanat

Posted by   on (December 19, 2011, 1:30 GMT)

Well its good to see some optimistic BD Fans putting up comments and are very confident that their side will snap this test away from the Green Shirts but Just to do a small reality check here, its not gonna happen, the very best BD can do is to draw this test. As far as Pakistan pace bowling is concern InshaAllah they will do good, they are only relaxing at the moment and are saving their legs for the England tour. I did not watched a single game out of this whole series coz it was boring, BD need to work hard and they have to raise their level up, BD Premier leauge will get them new talent if Selectors and Couch do good so here is your chance to spot new talent and polish them. I wish you all good luck to my BD brothers.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2011, 23:04 GMT)

Hmmm after watching P..n look v ordinary in the morning session; it doesn't bode well for England series. The new ball bowling was v pedestrian indeed, lacking speed ( only 130kmh on ave), hardly any seam and way too many balls that could be left alone. Where is P..n's PHILANDER etc ? If we don't get the seam bowling up a notch we will struggle against top quality batting after all we have only beate ave to poor test teams this year. Anyone feel the same way too ?

Posted by Bang_La on (December 18, 2011, 22:37 GMT)

while all or most of you are talking about a draw or a result, my concern is how Bangladesh will perform in second innings? the record speaks very little about consecutive good Bangladesh innings.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2011, 20:38 GMT)

shakib and nafiz good play fot mirpur test. I hope they will be good play next innongs. Best of luck.

Posted by shafiqo on (December 18, 2011, 20:29 GMT)

BD should make sure to check runs first. Slower run rate for Pak will create opportunity for a draw first of all. After tea, spinners should go for a kill to create window for a possible win. BD will have to make at least 260-280 in the 2nd innings to win or save this match.

Posted by BravoBravo on (December 18, 2011, 18:44 GMT)

I am really happy to see that BD posted a very good score on the board against a top of the line bowling attack. Well done and Congratulations BD! From here onwards it will be an interesting match.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2011, 18:36 GMT)

i m bangladeshi and a great supporter of bangladesh cricket team but very optimistic about what they will do.if they want to win something icc need to change rule for only play bet against bangladesh and win more money,so atleast one thing u will satisfied u get something from cricket team by losing them,our team is not tiger they r cat

Posted by Aura123 on (December 18, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

I am Pakistani but happy to see BD batsman playing well , come on tigger :)

Posted by dmqi on (December 18, 2011, 17:07 GMT)

Will there be a win or loss? It will depend how many runs Pakistan scores in 1st inning. If Bangladesh can contain them below 300, which I doubt, and then Bangladesh can score 250 plus in the 2nd inning, Pakistan will be under pressure with their fragile batting. At this point, I would say it will be a drawn games with time loss due to fog.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2011, 16:54 GMT)

well played boys keep this temperment.hpoe this time our red shirt will defeat the green once again

Posted by   on (December 18, 2011, 16:34 GMT)

Its probably naive to even think that Pakistan would concede this match.With the batting lineup,there`s no chance of a collapse rather expecting a good first innings lead for Pk.Bangladesh have batted well and they deserve the credit.they should be happy to take a draw out of this and put a Bangaldeshi vicory out of context.Pk should`ve played another seamer,as conditions are suiting them more.

Posted by Judas503 on (December 18, 2011, 15:58 GMT)

@Sehwag_Is_Ordinary...I'm surprised at your unabashed optimism and over-confidence. Did it ever occur to you that Bangladesh has a history of giving the match from a winning position?

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 18, 2011, 15:56 GMT)

@Sehwag_Is_Ordinary: I like good dreams, everything seems so perfect in them but the bad thing is that when you wake up it all weathers away like air, but keep dreaming good things must be enjoyed even if its for a very short period of time.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2011, 15:52 GMT)

Bangladesh played on well but at home and in batting conditions... just watch tommorrow what will happen when pakistani players such as Younis khan will score big... don't forget there are still 3 days left and only one innings have been played....

Posted by GreenTeam-Elite on (December 18, 2011, 15:47 GMT)

Today Tamim and Sakib Played very Well. Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are like Brothers and between brothers No win or lose. I feel this test match is a draw!!!

Posted by   on (December 18, 2011, 15:47 GMT)

Fifty Fifty but I must say Pakistan can come out of this pretty easily, because right now two of the Pakistani players on the crease who stay on the wicket most of the time and that's what the requirement of the time, and secondly why everyone is forgetting that YK scored a double ton in his last innings, so his confidence and moral would be on high!

Posted by HocasPocas on (December 18, 2011, 15:47 GMT)

There is no doubt that Pak gonna win this match but good to see that BD batsman start scoring again. i hope they wont collapse in 2nd Innings :)

Posted by Viva_Afridi10 on (December 18, 2011, 15:37 GMT)

Bangladesh did well, but there's still 3 days left. Expect Pak to win, but will be alot closer than the 1st test

Posted by   on (December 18, 2011, 15:32 GMT)

can bd win here ??? ???????????????

Posted by Desihungama on (December 18, 2011, 15:24 GMT)

What was that from Shakib? The constant glare at his captain as if it was only his (Mushfiq) fault? He too could have been watching the field and denied the single? Very unsportsman like conduct. I see it time again in BD team. His action cost Mushfiq wicket too and peoentiallly the chance to win the Test match.

Posted by khiladisher on (December 18, 2011, 15:14 GMT)


Posted by Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on (December 18, 2011, 14:53 GMT)

Clarity needs to come first before assumption: 1. Bangladesh will win this test match 2.Pakistan will crumble like pile of cards 3.Huge target will be set by Bangladesh 4.Deafeat Inevitable

Posted by Prashanth12 on (December 18, 2011, 14:35 GMT)

Yes It was a good Performance by Bangladesh today.......... And Shakib was good

Posted by   on (December 18, 2011, 14:32 GMT)

BD once scored 361 against Pakistan in 2003 and took a lead of 66 and still lost. They just scored 96 in the second innings. Against India, in their very first test match, they scored 400 and were dismissed for 91 in the second innings and lost. They have a habit of collapsing in second innings. So if we have full 3 days of cricket now, Pak will win. If overs are lost, match will be a draw.

Posted by FoMA on (December 18, 2011, 14:26 GMT)

Bangladesh must learn from there mistakes and comeback with fresh minds next morning.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2011, 14:04 GMT)

BD has played well.........but they have to play more well in front of our green shirts...

Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (December 18, 2011, 14:04 GMT)

I don't think Bangladesh will win due to Taufeeq and Azhar building a huge innings. If one falls then there's Younis to build it along with Misbah and Asad. 251 is not that much to chase down.

Posted by ajmal1988 on (December 18, 2011, 14:03 GMT)

Pakistan collapsing? What guarantees do you have that BD does not collapse ? remember test is about consistancy, not an inning

Posted by avmd on (December 18, 2011, 13:58 GMT)

Like the team, BD supporters also have little sense of test cricket, dreaming of a win ? Based on what ??

Posted by   on (December 18, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

@Arnab, its good to dreambut u r expecting something beyond bd capbilities.

Posted by shariq81 on (December 18, 2011, 13:27 GMT)

Well played BD, but that was it for them in this test. Abbas Mehmood and Arnab Hossain you will never see this happening. You will see how Pakistani batsmen will decimate BD bowlers. Good luck boys....

Posted by Adnan143 on (December 18, 2011, 13:17 GMT)

Does Pak has struck a deal with BD for play draw or atleast not inflict humaliting defeat in this match against a tour to Pak and and save thier test status, it reminds me something same happning in 1999 WC match

Posted by landl47 on (December 18, 2011, 13:16 GMT)

BD were doing well till the run-out of Shakib. Then Mushfiqur went next ball and the total is only respectable instead of imposing. The wicket looks pretty good and it's hard to think Pakistan won't get a decent first-innings lead.

Posted by cheguramana on (December 18, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

I predict a Bangladesh victory .....

Posted by khiladisher on (December 18, 2011, 12:52 GMT)


Posted by SirViv1973 on (December 18, 2011, 12:48 GMT)

Good to see Ban post over 300 and make the game competitive, well done to Shakib for his ton.

Posted by sumonmhr on (December 18, 2011, 12:43 GMT)

A lot of people used to forget that the other test nation are playing test matches more than 50 years...but sometime they could struggle...Now Srilanka is struggling in SA...Aus , WI , NL also....3 years back Eng also struggled..what about India in Eng series...So other nation should keep in mind that BD is playing just 11 years..and they have a lot of achievement also...We got class player like Tamim & Sakib...when we will get another 3/4 players like them ...then BD team also will fight like the is just matter of time....

Posted by dmqi on (December 18, 2011, 12:35 GMT)

Pakistan looked very ordinary in this test so far. I did not see a team with best bowling, except cheema. Also, I do not understand why Misbah is not utilizing his other bowlers in the tour, what's the point including them in this tour? Younus had to bowl one over. Is this good team selection? Even Bangladesh knew they need 3 seemers. England will win next month.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

pakistan need wrist spinner instead of figure spinner. wrist spinner can bowl in any condition. figure spinner totally depend on behavior of pitch.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2011, 12:13 GMT)

Banglades need concert ate on their batting and bowling against Pakistan

Posted by   on (December 18, 2011, 11:40 GMT)

good luck to bangladesh....... hopefully they would win this time...

Posted by   on (December 18, 2011, 11:34 GMT)

Looks like it is going to be a good match. Pakistan have a good chance of collapsing tomorrow! If BD plays well in the 2nd innings then we have a match on our hand.

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