Taufeeq hits century in Mirpur

December 19, 2011

by Souvik.arko

Day 3: Pakistan (292/3) trail Bangladesh (338) by 46 runs

Pakistan put themselves into a position of strength on day 3 in Mirpur thanks to a century from opener Taufeeq Umar.

On a day that was reduced because of morning fog and fading evening light, Pakistan yet again put in a performance that highlights their improvement of late. It must be said that the visitors were assisted by another poor performance by Bangladesh in the field, as they dropped several chances throughout the day.

Pakistan resumed today on 87-1 but because of the light they were unable to really assert their authority on the match. Pakistan added only a further 205 runs for the loss of just two wickets on what was a frustrating days play for players and spectators alike.

Taufeez Umar was the star of the show, as he brought up his sixth Test match century in his 36th Test match. He found good support in Azhar Ali who mad a patent 57 from 147 balls as the pair added 127 runs for the second wicket. Both batsmen were dismissed before the close of play, as Ali fell victim to Shakib Al Hasan, whilst Taufeez lost his wicket to the second new ball, off the bowling of Nazmul Hossain.

Younis Khan (48*) and captain Misbah-ul-Haq (26*) will resume in the morning, as Pakistan will look to push past Bangladesh in the hope of forcing a result in the latter part of this game. The visitors will need to bat more aggressively than they did today for this to happen, as it seems unlikely that a full day is possible with continuous fog and bad light affecting the amount of available cricket in this match.

Chris Murtagh 19/12/2011

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