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CRICKET: Hafeez blasts century to put Pakistan in command

AFP, CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH

Opener Mohammad Hafeez cracked a career-best 143 and Younis Khan an impressive 96 not out yesterday to put Pakistan in a commanding position in their opening Test against Bangladesh.

Hafeez hit 14 fours in his fourth Test century as Pakistan posted 415-4 in their first innings at stumps on the second day in reply to Bangladesh’s 135, to gain a 280-run lead with six wickets in hand.

Younis, playing his 72nd Test, completed 6,000 runs when he lofted left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan for a straight six in the final session. He also hit 10 fours in his 155-ball knock.

Asad Shafiq, who put on 104 for the unbroken fifth-wicket stand with Younis, was 40 not out with two sixes to his name as the tourists plundered 283 runs in the day after resuming at 132 for no loss.

Hafeez, whose previous best was 119 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo this year, was unlucky to be adjudged LBW off left-arm spinner Elias Sunny, as TV replays suggested he inside-edged the delivery on to his pad.

It was a frustrating day for Bangladesh, who not only struggled to take wickets on an easy-paced track, but also dropped a couple of catches.

The hosts took the second new ball immediately after it was due and Shahadat Hossain had a chance to dismiss Younis on 15, but Sunny dropped the catch at deep square-leg.

Bangladesh also let off skipper Misbah-ul-Haq on 5 when the batsman edged paceman Rubel Hossain, but Shahriar Nafees failed to hold on at second-slip.

Sunny, who made a seven-wicket Test debut at this venue against the West Indies in October, then trapped Misbah (20) LBW when the batsman attempted to sweep a full-toss.

Hafeez earlier put Pakistan in a strong position when he added 164 for the opening wicket with left-handed Taufeeq Umar (61) and 56 for the second wicket with Azhar Ali (26).

Hafeez, 74 overnight, reached his century in the morning when he drove off-spinner Mohammad Mahmudullah through the covers for a four.

Bangladesh broke the opening-wicket stand when Mahmudullah trapped Umar LBW after the batsman had added eight runs to his overnight score of 53. Umar’s 164-ball knock contained eight fours.

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