Bangladesh 69-4 at lunch in first Pakistan Test

Bangladesh 69-4 at lunch in first Pakistan Test
Pakistan's players successfully appeal against the wicket of Bangladesh's captain Mominul Haque (not pictured) during the first day of the first Test cricket match between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on November 26, 2021. (Photo by Munir Uz zaman / AFP)
Bangladesh 69-4 at lunch in first Pakistan Test
Bangladesh 69-4 at lunch in first Pakistan Test

Pakistan’s bowlers struck early on Friday, reducing Bangladesh to 69 for four at lunch on the first day of the first Test in Chittagong.

Mushfiqur Rahim had five points and Liton Das had ten at the halftime break at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

After Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque won the toss and chose to bat first, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, and Sajid Khan each took a wicket to put the hosts in trouble.

Afridi set the tone for Pakistan in the fifth over with a gem of a delivery that rose sharply and glanced off opener Saif Hasan’s bat to Abid Ali at short leg. He got 14 points.

Hanan then caught the other opener, Shadman Hossain, leg-before for a score of 14.

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Mominul fell soon after, having scored only six runs, as Sajid spun one sharply to take an edge that wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan gladly accepted.

Mominul was initially ruled not out by the umpire, but the decision was overturned on appeal.

Najmul Hossain got things started with a four, but he was out soon after, cutting a Faheem delivery straight to Sajid at the point.

In the two-match series, Pakistan gave batsman Abdullah Shafique his Test debut, while Bangladesh gave Yasir Ali his Test debut.

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