Pakistan need only 93 runs to seal the Chattogram Test against Bangladesh.
At the end of day four on Monday, Pakistan were batting at 109 for none with openers— Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique— hitting a fifty each.
In the final innings of the match, Pakistan’s target is 202, and they are off to a strong start to achieve that. They batted 33 overs to end day four without any loss.
Mominul Haque, the Bangladesh captain, used all of his specialist bowlers without a bit of luck, which might have made him understand the deficit of playing a Test with only four bowlers.
Bangladesh ended their second innings at 157 in 56.2 overs despite a fifty from Liton Das who also hit a hundred in the first innings. He was accompanied well by debutant Yasir Ali who later was hurt hard in his head by a nasty bouncer by Shaheen Afridi.
Bangladesh were at 39 for four at the end of day three. They needed the partnership between Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton to stay longer, but they couldn’t. Mushfiqur, the lynchpin of Bangladesh batting line, was removed by Hasan Ali in the first over of the day.
After his dismissal, Liton and Yasir posted 47 runs on the board before Yasir had to leave the field with a blow. Mehdiy Hasan Miraz, and Nurul Hasan Sohan came in after that, but failed to play longer.
Sohan got the chance to bat as a concussion substitute to Yasir. He went to play big shots unnecessary and cost his wicket. After Sohan’s departure, Bangladesh have done little as Shaheen took two wickets in an over.
Shaheen ended up taking five wickets conceding 32 runs. In the first innings, it was Hasan who registered a five-wicket haul for the tourists. Bangladesh managed to score 118 runs losing the last six wickets.
In the first innings of the match, Bangladesh scored 330 riding on the maiden hundred of Liton and 91 of Mushfiqur Rahim. In reply, Pakistan scored 286 thanks to Abid’s 133.
After the first Test, both the teams will take on each other in the second Test in Dhaka starting from December 4.