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Pakistan vs Bangladesh, 1st Test

Bangladesh in Pakistan, 2 Test Series, 2020 | 1st Test | Friday 7th February | 05:00
Day - 4,  Match Ended
Pakistan
445 (122.5) RR:3.62
Bangladesh
233
& 168 (62.2) RR:2.69
  • Commentary
  • Scorecard
  • Graphs
  • Match Info
  • Bangladesh 1st inningsBAN 1st inn
  • Pakistan 1st inningsPAK 1st inn
  • Bangladesh 2nd inningsBAN 2nd inn

The first Test is over but bizarrely, the second Test is two months away. And before that, a one-off ODI would be played as well. That is because Pakistan will now have their domestic T20 league, Pakistan Super League, to be staged from the 20th of this month. In that span, Bangladesh will go back home, host Zimbabwe for a full tour and then return here. Join us for the coverage of that series. And others too, in between. We take your leave for now. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

That ends an expected one-sided Test match. Bangladesh showed some promise but that was far and few in between. But there are signs. The batsmen have the talent but self-discipline is lacking. The bowling is not heavily reliant on the spinners now. Pakistan are seeing some refreshing young talent in both batting and bowling and could see themselves slowly climb up the Test rankings in a year or two. They move to 4th spot in the World Test Championship, with 140 points but India and Australia are well ahead.

Victorious Pakistan captain, Azhar Ali, lauds his side for getting the reviews on track in this Test. Admits that usually, Pakistan are not good with their reviews. On this win, Azhar says that this is included in the Test championship and any Test win is not easy. Praises his bowlers for sticking to their discipline in spite of the wicket not providing enough on the morning of the first day. Then, praises his batsmen for bedding in, supporting the hard work put in by his bowlers. On being asked about which department excites him more, batting or bowling, Azhar says that there are some good batsmen coming up and to see young fast bowlers do well is a great feeling. Thanks the Pindi crowd for turning out in large numbers not only for this match but for also turning up for the Sri Lanka game before this series. Ends by praising Naseem Shah for taking a Test hat-trick at such a young age.

Bangladesh captain, Mominul Haque, is very disappointed for not making a bigger total in the first innings on a flat wicket. On being informed that as many as 10 batsmen were dismissed between 20 and 60, Mominul says that it is a crime if you do not make a century after being set. On the feeling after Bangladesh's triumph in the Under-19 World Cup, Haque smiles and says that it is a massive achievement and believes that the future of Bangladesh cricket is in safe hands.

NASEEM SHAH HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. First, he is asked about his fitness. Naseem says that it is not a major worry and it is just a muscle pull. Hopes to resume bowling within a couple of days. Thanks the almighty for helping him perform well and also the crowd for taking out its time and coming in large numbers to watch the game. On his hat-trick and his energy during that spell, Shah smiles that the first LBW review did the trick, as he initially felt that it was going down the leg side. Once that went in his favour, he decided to go full and straight. Hopes to keep performing like this and wishes that he be remembered in a nice manner.

Now, the bowling. Pakistan were better in these conditions, exploiting the reverse and conventional swing while Bangladesh were not too bad either. Their bowling on Day 3 morning showed that they have fast bowlers coming up the ranks as Abu Jayed and Rubel Hossain took 3 each. Pakistan have some questions to answer regarding Mohammad Abbas and Yasir Shah but the youngsters Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah highlighted their bowling depth. Yasir took 4 in the second but it was more because of the batsmen throwing it away. Please stay tuned for the presentation.

Second innings was a much better start from the visitors. They looked focused, determined not to throw their wickets away. They were looking in good shape at 124/2 with Sunday about to come to a close but along came Naseem for one final burst and he blew Bangladesh away. His hat-trick completely floored the tourists and they lost their way.

Pakistan too, started poorly, in their batting effort but that was it. Shan Masood grinded the opposition along with Azhar Ali and Babar Azam on Day 2 while Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail took advantage of the platform set. They lost their way towards the end, but a lead of 212 was more than enough on this deck.

A forgetful Test for Bangladesh then. They were rocked early on Day 1 but then recovered well. However, the patience of their batsmen was tested as the middle and lower middle order threw its wickets away, after being set. That meant, only 233 was possible on a good batting track and that perhaps was where the game was gone.

Shaheen Afridi struck the right chord as he dismissed Mominul Haque in the first over of the morning. That nearly ended all hopes of a fightback and a possibility of Pakistan batting again but Rubel Hossain and Liton Das' effort managed to revive the hopes a little. They hung in there for 71 balls but eventually, the hosts found a way to break through.

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