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Pakistan score 161/2 as bad light forces early stumps on day one

Babar Azam (60*) and Azhar Ali (36*) have posted unbeaten 91-run stand for the third wicket

Pakistan score 161/2 as bad light forces early stumps on day one PHOTO: AFP

After registering a comprehensive win in the first Test match, Pakistan looked to continue the winning streak as they took on Bangladesh in the second and final Test match of the series at Shere Bangla National Stadium.

Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bat first as Abdullah Shafique and Abid Ali once again opened the innings for Pakistan.

Both openers gave Pakistan yet another 50-run opening stand but Abdullah Shafique failed to capitalise on the advantage and fell prey to a great bit of bowling from Taijul Islam. He departed after making 25 runs.

Similar to Abdullah, Taijul Islam also trapped Abid Ali and the opener played a false cut short as the ball crashed into his stumps. Abid Ali managed to put 39 runs on the board before returning to the pavilion.

At lunch, Pakistan's scorecard stood at 78/2 with captain Babar Azam and Azhar Ali at the crease.

Following the lunch, both premier batsmen dug deep and put on and put on a 91-run partnership stand till the tea session was called. Babar Azam raced to his 19th half-century while Azhar Ali supported him from the other end.

At tea, Pakistan's total stood at 161/2 with Babar Azam unbeaten on 60 whereas Azhar Ali was not out on 36.

Batting with complete authority 🔥

Pakistan captain Babar Azam scores 19th Test fifty in 75 balls!

Can he convert this into a hundred? #BANvPAK pic.twitter.com/k8tdYQGMpd

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) December 4, 2021

 

The play was not possible after the tea due to bad light. Umpires had an inspection but decided to close the proceedings on day one. For the next four days, the play will start at 9.30 pm (local time).