BSP-15 Tigers suffer batting collapse on day 1 in 1st Test

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Tigers suffer batting collapse on day 1 in 1st Test

DHAKA, Feb 7, 2020 (BSS)-Bangladesh suffered batting collapse as they
dismissed their first innings at 233 against host Pakistan on the first day
of the first Test of two-match series held on Friday in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Medium pacer Shaheen Afridi threatened early inroad on Bangladesh innings
as he sent back to debutant Saif Hasan for duck in the third ball of the
first over while Tamim Iqbal (3) was trapped leg before wicket by Mohammad
Abbas in the second over of the day, after Bangladesh were forced to bat
first by Pakistan.

After the departure of two openers there are some small partnerships in
the middle order but Pakistani bowlers are not in a mood to allow the
Bangladesh batsmen to build up partnerships picking up wickets in regular
intervals.

Skipper Mominul Haque and Najmul Hossain Shanto then come to the crease to
rebuild the Bangladesh’s innings contributing 59 runs for the third wicket
stand before Afridi struck again removing Mominul for 30.

Shanto, who scored a patient 44 runs off 110 balls laced with six
boundaries, toiled hard to stretch his innings but Abbas sent him back to the
dressing room, leaving the Tigers in a deep trouble.

Afridi picked up his third wicket when he dismissed dependable Mahmudullah
for 25 while Haris Sohail scalped the wicket of Liton Das for 33 as Tigers
were struggling at 161 for 6.

Mohammad Mithun, the top scorer of Bangladesh innings, dropped twice on
the day but he his side to a respectable over 200 land mark. His gritty knock
of 63 runs contained with seven boundaries and one over boundary before he
was the victim of Naseem Shah while Taijul contributed useful 24 runs.

Bangladesh lost their last three wickets of in a span of just four runs as
the Pakistani bowlers finished the day on top.

Afridi was the pick of Pakistan bowlers taking 4 for 53 runs while Haris
Sohail and Mohammad Abbas shared four Bangladesh wickets conceding 11 and 19
runs respectively.

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