Pakistan close in on victory

December 20, 2011
Mirpur

by Souvik.arko

Day 4 Mirpur: Bangladesh 338 and 114 for 5 trail Pakistan 470 by 18 runs

A familiar second innings collapse has left Bangladesh staring down the barrel of defeat in the second Test match against Pakistan in Mirpur, and all this despite Shakib al Hasan becoming the first Bangladesh player to score a hundred, and take a five-for in the same Test match.

The first half of day 4 saw Pakistan extend their lead through a positive display with the bat. Pakistan were eventually dismissed for 470 giving them a first innings lead of 132. Along with yesterday’s century from Taufeeq Umar, there were further half centuries today from Misbah-ul-Haq, and wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal, as they helped put the visitors in the driving seat.

Shakib Al Hasan can be proud of his efforts for Bangladesh after the slow left arm spinner got through nearly 41 overs, claiming 6/82 in the process. It was a fine spell of bowling from the former Bangladesh captain, considering all the bowlers around him looked toothless.

In the 35 overs that Bangladesh faced before the close, they would have been hoping that they could come through relatively unscathed on a wicket that was still good for batting. However, Pakistan managed to claim 5 wickets and have given themselves a real chance of victory as Bangladesh still trail by 18 runs.

Opening bowlers Umar Gul and Aizaz Cheema shared two wickets a piece, with Abdur Rehman claiming the other wicket. Nasir Hossain (30*) and Mushfiqur Rahim (7*) will resume in the morning knowing they face an uphill battle to save this Test match.

Even with some morning fog and bad light towards the close of play tomorrow, it is highly likely that Pakistan will wrap up a 2-0 series victory, and go into next month’s series with England in the UEA full of confidence.

Chris Murtagh 20/12/2011

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