Bangladesh vs Pakistan 2nd Test Day 2: Bangladesh stumble after Azhar’s double century

Ali exults upon bringing up his maiden double century

Ali exults upon bringing up his maiden double century

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Bangladesh found themselves in all sorts of trouble at the end of day two as they lost five wickets following Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali’s maiden double century.

Ali was well supported by fellow batsman Asad Shafiq, who scored 107.

Starting out the day on 323/3, Ali and captain Misbah-ul-Haq failed to add any runs to their 15-run partnership as ul-Haq was clean bowled by Shakib Al Hasan for nine runs.

Ali and Shafiq stabilised the innings with a 207-run partnership, during which Ali brought up his maiden double century and Shafiq his sixth Test century, before Ali was caught by Mahmudullah at long-off off the bowling of Shuvagata Hom.

Ali’s career-best knock of 226 came off 428 balls and included 20 boundaries and two sixes.

Shafiq went on to score 107 off 167 deliveries, which included nine boundaries and a six, before he was also caught by Mahmudullah at long-off off the bowling of Hom.

Shafiq celebrates after scoring his sixth Test century

Shafiq celebrates after scoring his sixth Test century

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Wahab Riaz only made four runs before he was caught by Imrul Kayes at long-on off the bowling of Taijul Islam.

Islam struck again just four balls later when he trapped Yasir Shah lbw for a golden duck.

Shah reviewed the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to clip the stumps. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Following Shah’s dismissal, ul-Haq decided to declare with his side on 557/8.

Islam was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Hom and Mohammad Shahid snapped up two wickets apiece and Al Hasan chipped in with one.

Trailing by 557 runs, Bangladesh lost wickets at regular intervals and found themselves in deep trouble at 107/5 when stumps was called.

Many of the Bangladesh batsmen got off to promising starts, but they failed to convert it into bigger scores.

Shah and Junaid Khan took two wickets each, while Riaz claimed one.

Bangladesh ended day two on 107/5 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 04:00 GMT.

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