With a 1st innings lead of 85 and 8 wickets still in hand Pakistan reign supreme over Bangladesh in the 1st Test of the Asian Test Championship at Multan. A fabulous century by Saeed Anwar, an impressive 77 not out by debutante Taufeeq Umar and a haul of 6 wickets by Danis Kaneria were the features of the day. The Bangladesh bowlers, fasties as well as spinners, failed to make a serious impact on Pakistani batsmen. The game is headed Pakistan's way.
The ATC's 1st fixture set off at the newly built Multan Cricket Stadium amidst immense enthusiasm among the local cricket fans, who thronged the stadium in bulk despite scorching heat. The Provincial Governor performed the inaugural ceremony.
After winning the toss Bangladesh opted to bat on a pitch that was described to help the spinners. This reading came out absolutely true when young Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria helped demolish Bangladesh's batting line for a paltry 134. He mesmerized the side with his magic, claiming 6 wickets for 42 runs and none of the batsmen could face him with confidence.
This total posed no threat to Pakistan, opening the innings the pair of Saeed Anwar and young Taufeeq Umar started punishing the bowlers from the word go and continued so till the end. Playing some smashing strokes all over the ground Saeed Anwar hoisted his 11th century as well as completing 4000 runs in test cricket.
On his part Taufeeq Umar is on the verge of playing the best innings of his life. At a magnificent 77 not out, he genuinely nourishes the hope of achieving the distinction of scoring a century on debut. He enjoys full support of a giant like Inzamam-ul-Haq ( 25*) batting at the other end to help see him through.
With a lead of 85 runs and 8 wickets in hand, Pakistan is in full command of the game. If the batting continues to flourish as it did on the 1st day, the 2nd day may end up with a big lead for Pakistan causing a spell of gloom over the vistors.