Wed, Dec 21, 2011 - Page 19 News List

Pakistan eye sweep despite Shakib’s heroics


Pakistan’s Umar Gul plays a shot against Bangladesh on the fourth day of the second Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh, yesterday.

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Umar Gul and Aizaz Cheema each took two wickets to boost Pakistan’s chances of winning the second and final Test against Bangladesh yesterday, despite Shakib Al Hasan’s superb all-round display.

The hosts were struggling at 114-5 in their second innings at stumps on the penultimate day after conceding a lead of 132, with paceman Gul bagging two wickets off successive balls and Cheema finishing the day with 2-41.

Nasir Hossain was unbeaten on 30, with Mushfiqur Rahim on 7 not out.

Pakistan lead the series 1-0.

Gul dismissed free-scoring Tamim Iqbal (21) and Shahriar Nafees for a duck with his last two balls before the tea break after Pakistan were bowled out for 470 in their first innings in reply to Bangladesh’s 338.

Tamim, who hit Cheema for three fours in an over, looked surprised when he was adjudged caught by skipper Misbah-ul-Haq at first slip while attempting to hook Gul, as TV replays suggested the ball had come off his helmet.

Shakib, who smashed a career-best 144 in the first innings, also impressed as a left-arm spinner as he took 6-82 to become the first Bangladesh player to score a century and bag five or more wickets in a Test.

He took five of the seven Pakistani wickets to fall in the day to complete his ninth haul of five or more wickets in a Test innings.

Misbah earlier made an impressive 70 and Adnan Akmal hit 53 for his maiden Test half-century as Pakistan batted steadily in the opening two sessions after resuming at 292-3.

Younis Khan (49), Asad Shafiq (42) and Abdur Rehman (24) were the other main scorers.

Bangladesh’s fielding remained below par as they let off Misbah and Shafiq in the opening session, and Akmal in the second after having dropped three catches on Monday.

Misbah played handsome shots in his 14th Test half-century, driving paceman Nazmul Hossain through the covers and then straight for two successive fours, before twice reverse-sweeping left-arm spinner Elias Sunny for boundaries, but he was lucky to survive soon after completing his half-century when Robiul Islam dropped an easy catch at mid-on off Shakib. He eventually fell sweeping, caught by Mohammad Mahmudullah in the slips off Shakib.

Shafiq started impressively, cutting and flicking paceman Shahadat Hossain for two boundaries in an over, before being trapped leg before wicket by seamer Robiul.

Sunny got a wicket with his second delivery of the day when he had Younis caught behind.

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