Pakistan speedster Shaheen Afridi ripped apart Bangladesh top-order, taking three wickets and restricting the hosts at 39/4 before the end of the third day’s play of the ongoing first Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
Afridi dismissed the top three Bangladesh batters – Shadman Islam (1), Saif Hassan (19), Najmul Hossain Shanto (0) – to reduce the home team at 15/3. Just 10 runs later, Bangladesh lost another wicket before the stumps was announced as the hosts were 83 runs ahead.
Earlier, Pakistan started pretty well with Abid Ali, and Abdullah Shafique dominated the proceedings. The pair went on to add 146 runs for the opening wicket to put Pakistan in a commanding position in reply to Bangladesh’s 330.
As the tourists were looking to cruise through a massive score, Bangladesh pacer Taijul Islam sent shockwaves to the Pakistan unit with scintillating bowling. Taijul exhibited top-class bowling and picked up a splendid seven-wicket haul to help his side restrict the visitors for 286.
Pakistan opener Abid Ali hit a tremendous century – his fourth in Tests – but the Babar Azam-led side lost 6 for 83 in the second session to concede a lead. Taijul picked up seven scalps in 44.4 overs with the help of nine maidens.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) November 28, 2021
Saif Hassan wont be getting any front foot practice over then next week in prep for the next test match. #PAKvBAN
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) November 28, 2021
Taijul Islam is indefatigable from one end, finishing with 7-116. His second best bowling figures brings Bangladesh back into the contest after Pakistan made a solid start.#BANvPAK
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) November 28, 2021
— ICC (@ICC) November 28, 2021
Bangladesh finish day-three of the Chattogram Test with a lead of 83 (six second innings wickets in hand).
Top work by Pakistan bowlers in the final session led by @iShaheenAfridi 👏👏👏#BANvPAK #HarHaalMainCricket pic.twitter.com/QXudaVAWI5
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) November 28, 2021
🇵🇰 Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali have a good recent record of taking wickets of toporder with the new ball in test cricket! Likewise batting partnerships test cricket also demands partnership among bowlers and Hasan/Shaheen are turning out to be good duo for Pakistan!#BANvPAK
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) November 28, 2021