Bangladesh vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 2: Hafeez’s century puts Pakistan in charge

Hafeez celebrates after scoring his eighth Test century

Hafeez celebrates after scoring his eighth Test century

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Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez scored an unbeaten 137 to give his side the upper hand over Bangladesh on the second day of the first Test in Khulna.

Hafeez was well supported by opener Azhar Ali, who made 65 not out.

Starting out the day on 236/4, Bangladesh’s middle and lower order failed to make any major contributions and they were subsequently bowled out for 332.

Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah picked up three wickets apiece, while Hafeez and Zulfiqar Babar claimed two wickets each.

Trailing by 332 runs, Pakistan got off to a good start as Hafeez and debutant Sami Aslam amassed a 50-run partnership before Aslam was caught behind off the bowling of Taijul Islam for 20.

It was all Pakistan from this point on as Hafeez and Ali put together an unbeaten 177-run partnership, during which Hafeez brought up his eighth Test century and Ali his half-century, before stumps was called.

Hafeez finished on 137 off 179 balls, which included 12 boundaries and two sixes, while Ali remained undefeated on 65 off 136 deliveries, which included two boundaries and a six.

Islam was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Pakistan ended day two on 227/1 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 04:00 GMT.

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