Pakistan 161-2 at stumps as Babar steadies team against Bangladesh


Pakistan were 161-2 at stumps on the first day of the second Test against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Saturday after the final session was lost to bad light.

Play did not resume after the tea break, with Pakistan skipper Babar Azam batting on 60 along-side Azhar Ali, 36 not out, after left-arm spinner Taijul Islam removed openers Abdullah Shafique (25) and Abid Ali (39).

The morning session belonged to the Bangla-desh bowler who continued to trouble Pakistan bat-ters with his spin.

Ali and Shafique, who put on 146 and 151 runs in two innings of the first Test in Chittagong, looked confident early on as they successfully negotiated the new ball under slightly overcast conditions.

Ali, the man of the match in the first Test, domi-nated the bowlers, hitting six boundaries. Shafique also showed aggression, hoisting Taijul for the only six of the morning before the spinners forced Pakistan to slow down.

Taijul could have dismissed Azhar if the third umpire had not given him the benefit of the doubt.

Bangladesh reviewed the not out call from the on-field umpire and with the ultra-edge showing an inconclusive touch of the ball to bat.—APP

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