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Sometimes, playing in Bangladesh is trickier and more testing than playing in UAE because there can be the world’s most dead pitches and unfavorable conditions for foreign teams. Recently, New Zealand and Australia failed in this part of the world but Pakistan has won easily in all three T20Is as well as in the first of the two-match test series.
Pak vs Ban were playing for the win desperately as the latter was playing in its home conditions while the former think beating oppositions at their homes is necessary to stay in the race of the qualification for the finals of the WTC2.
Liton Das and Mushfiqur help Ban score big
Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first on day 1 but the team had lost their top 4 without reaching the 50 runs mark. Mushfiqur and Liton Das played sensibly and finished day 1 without losing any more wickets in an important Pak vs Ban game. Bangladesh had reached 253 for the loss of 4 wickets by then with Das having scored a century.
On day 2, Hasan Ali provided the first breakthrough when he bowled Liton Das LBW. Yasir Ali failed to get a start while Bangladesh’s hopes to reach 400 ended with the dismissal of Mushfiqur. Bangladeshi wicket-keeper missed his hundred by just nine runs.
Mehidy Hasan resisted but other players failed to support him and Pakistan bowled Bangladesh all out on 330. Hasan Ali got a fifer while Shaheen and Faheem 2’2 scalps each.
Pakistan provides Bangladesh with a lead
Pakistan finished day 2 without losing any wicket after having scored 145. Abid Ali was not out on 93 while Abdullah Shafiq had scored a half-century on his debut. He failed to add any run on the next day and was bowled LBW by Taijul Islam. Bangladeshi left-arm orthodox increased tensions in the Pakistani dressing room by dismissing Azhar for a golden duck.
Following batters also failed to capitalize after getting starts no notable contribution was seen except Faheem Ashraf scoring 38. Abid Ali scored 133 before losing his wicket to Taijul who bowled 7 Pakistani batters in the first inning of this first Pak vs Ban test.
Pak vs Ban: Bangladesh bowled all out for a Cheap Total
Bangladesh responded with a lot of confusion and a lack of confidence in their second inning as the team lost 4 wickets for just 39 this time. They needed a good show from Mushfiqur but when their most experienced batter failed to impress in a crunch situation, morale went further down in an important Pak vs Ban match. A half-century from Das helped them play as many as 56 overs but the total was an ordinary one and 202 needed a great bowling display as well as plenty of mistakes from Pakistan.
Pakistan openers star to hand an easy victory
Pakistan was in no mood to make any mistake and played sensibly and responsibly. Openers powered the run chase with a 109 run-stand on day 4 and added 42 more runs on the final day. Abdullah lost his wicket after having scored another half-century (73) while Abid Ali missed his second century in the same test by just nine runs. When Babar Azam joined Azhar Ali in the middle, Pakistan needed just 21 runs. It was an easy walk for both experienced batters in this Pak vs Ban game. Both dealt in boundaries and scored the total down slowly and gradually in the 59th overs without losing any more wickets. Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, and Abdullah Shafique also performed brilliantly but due to his outstanding display of batting in both innings, Abid Ali won the man of the match award.
They also won against the touring Sri Lankan team, winning 1-0 3 and whitewashed Bangladesh 2-0 2. One of the most biggest moment for Pakistan under Misbah’s captaincy was when they whitewashed England, the then no.1 side, who toured UAE in early 2012. Mohsin Khan, the Pakistan coach, compared his team’s whitewash against England to the 1992 Cricket World Cup triumph.