Pakistan took four early wickets in the first test against Bangladesh


Pakistan bowlers used some variation to take four wickets in the first session of the first Test against Bangladesh on Friday, leaving the home side in trouble at lunch.

Fast bowlers Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali, medium pacer Faheem Ashraf and off-spinner Sajid Khan shared four wickets to leave Bangladesh at 69-4 when Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque won the toss and elected to bat.

At the break, Liton Das was batting on 11 and Mushfiqur Rahim was batting on 5.

Saif Hassan smacked Ali for two boundaries in the second over to signal a good start for Bangladesh.

But his opening partner Shadman Islam struggled against Afridi, who shook the ball well but Saif rose with confidence, taking the left-arm pacer for four through mid-off.

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Afridi applied the brake on the next ball when Saif made a short delivery to short leg for 14 runs.

Shadman was also dismissed for 14 as Hasan had made him leg before after conceding a run in his opening spell.

Khan gave the team a major breakthrough when he successfully reviewed skipper Mominul Haque for 6 runs.

Najmul Shanto then chased him down, taking a straight catch for 14 runs as Bangladesh collapsed under pressure.

The home team is missing three key players: Shakib Al Hasan And Tamim Iqbal was ruled out due to injuries and Mahmudullah, who scored an unbeaten 150 in Bangladesh’s last Test against Zimbabwe, retired from the five-day format.

Pakistan came in test series Flow Bangladesh in the three-match T20 International series.

The visitors handed Test debut to Abdullah Shafiq, who scored two centuries in the three first-class matches he played.