January 6, 2002

Danish Kaneria has Bangladeshis in a spin

Leggie Danish Kaneria limited the Bangladesh-A team to 210 in their first innings on the second day of the three-day match at BKSP. At the close the Pakistanis were 57 without loss in their 2nd innings. Earlier Bangladesh made a solid start through Mehrab Hossain and Hannan Sarkar, as the pair added 70 runs for the first wicket. The right-hander notched up 29 in his 136-minute stay before Waqar finally got him. At the other end his partner Mehrab was dealing with the Pakistani bowlers calmly. Nafiz joined him after Hannan's fall and added more 40 runs.

The Pakistani skipper struck again when he eliminated Mehrab caught by Shahdab Kabir. Bangladesh were 110 for 2 at that stage. Mehrab top scored 57 in a good innings that included six boundaries.

At 134 the hosts lost their third wicket, Nafiz Iqbal, who made the fourth highest score (29). Waqar contributed to this wicket too as he grabbed the catch when Nafiz tried to lift Kaneria.

Wickets then fell in quick succession as the Bangladeshi bats had no answer to Kaneria's wiles. The hosts lost their next five wickets adding only 43 runs. Only left-handed Enamul Haque put up some resistance through his unbeaten 35 with 7 fours. Kaneria, Pakistan's hero in Multan, captured 7 wickets in his relentless spell of 25 overs. Waqar well assisted him by taking 2 for 17 in his 15-over spell.

The Pakistanis had a 102-run first innings lead. Shahdab Kabir and Taufiq Umar, both less than successful in the first innings, came to the crease. They remained unbeaten in the 19 overs Bangladesh A bowled and extended the lead to 159 runs.