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Umar bats Pakistan into strong position against Bangladesh


Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq ducks to avoid a bouncer from Bangladesh bowler Nazmul Hossain on the third day of the second Test in Dhaka, Bangladesh, yesterday.

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Taufeeq Umar rode his luck to crack 130 as Pakistan boosted their chances of gaining the first-innings lead on the third day of the second and final Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka yesterday.

The left-handed opener hit 16 fours in his seventh Test century, and his second against Bangladesh, as Pakistan reached 292-3 in their first innings at stumps in reply to the hosts’ 338.

Pakistan are now just 46 runs behind with seven wickets in hand.

Umar put on 127 for the second wicket with Azhar Ali (57) and 95 for the next with Younis Khan, who remained unbeaten on 48. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was 26 not out when bad light stopped play.

Paceman Nazmul Hossain, who returned to the Test side after seven years, struck with the second new ball when he had Umar caught by Shahriar Nafees at second slip in the last session.

Pakistan lost just two wickets in the day, adding 205 runs to their overnight total of 87-1 after a delayed start because of fog.

Bangladesh also failed to make the most of the chances that came their way, letting Umar off three times and Younis once.

The first opportunity came when Umar was on 56, but wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim did not even try to effect a stumping off left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan while confidently appealing for a catch down leg-side.

Umar was lucky to survive on 66 when he cut the first ball after the lunch break off paceman Robiul Islam, but Mohammed Nazimuddin dropped an easy catch at gully.

He was on 118 when Nafees failed to hold on to an edge at short-leg off left-arm spinner Elias Sunny, while Younis was dropped on 15 by Shahadat Hossain off Nasir Hossain.

Umar, 44 overnight, went on to complete his century when he cut off-spinner Mohammad Mahmudullah for a four in the second session.

He played some aggressive shots after reaching his ton, driving Sunny through the covers for two successive boundaries.

Bangladesh, who went wicketless in the opening session, struck in the fourth over after lunch when Shakib had Azhar caught behind with a delivery that turned away sharply.

Azhar reached his half-century with a boundary off Sunny in the last over of the morning session. He hit seven fours.

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