Rawalpindi. With the help of fast bowler Shaheen Afridi’s 4 wickets, Pakistan on Friday bundled Bangladesh to just 233 runs on the opening day of the first Test here. A 5-over game was left on the first day and Pakistan were to come out to bat but due to poor lighting the umpires decided to stump.
Shaheen Afridi took 4 wickets for 53 runs in 21.5 overs, and he got the support of fellow fast bowler Mohammad Abbas and spinner Haris Sohail, who took 2-2 wickets.
Earlier, Pakistan’s decision to invite Bangladesh to bat on the pitch of Rawalpindi Stadium proved beneficial. Bangladesh could have been reduced to 200 runs but Mohammad Mithun shared a 53-run partnership with Taizul Islam (24 runs) for the seventh wicket. The Bangladesh team was then battling for 161 for 6 wickets.
Mithun remained the top scorer with 63 runs, batting for 193 minutes, hitting 7 fours and a six in the innings. Sohail struck Islam’s wicket and 16-year-old Nasim Shah ended Mithun’s innings.
Before tea, Sohail broke a 54-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Litton Das (33) and Mithun. When Mithun was on 22, Sohail gave up his life by dropping his catch but it was compensated by taking two wickets. Yasir Shah took 83 runs in 22 overs but could not take wickets.
For Bangladesh, captain Mominul Haque contributed 30, Linton Das 33 and Najmul Hussain Shanto contributed 44 runs. Mahmudullah hit 25 runs with 4 fours.