2nd Test: Babar Azam, Azhar Ali steady Pakistan vs Bangladesh before bad light forces early stumps on Day 1

2nd Test: Babar Azam, Azhar Ali steady Pakistan vs Bangladesh before bad light forces early stumps on Day 1
2nd Test: Babar Azam half-century helps Pakistan recover before bad light ends Day 1 early vs Bangladesh

Babar Azam and Azhar Ali shared an unbeaten 91-run stand before early stumps were called due to bad light on day one of the second Test between Pakistan and Bangladesh in Dhaka. Pakistan ended the opening day of their second Test against Bangladesh at 161/2.

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam (2-49) bowled brilliantly in the morning session to put Bangladesh on top after the visitors seemed headed toward a big score.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Day 1: Highlights

Openers Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique brought up the 50-run partnership in the first hour as Babar elected to bat first after winning the toss. Abid struck the first three boundaries of the day as the Bangladeshi pacers erred their length. Shafique hit the lone six of the day off Taijul to join Abid in lighting up the scoreboard.

But Taijul broke the 59-run partnership, denying the pair’s third century-opening stand as his straight delivery rattled the stump of Shafique on 25. After his 133 and 91 in the first test, Abid had appeared set for another big score but fell for 39 when Taijul again struck with a straight delivery that didn’t turn as much as he expected.

Babar Azam and Azhar Ali shared an unbeaten 91-run stand before early stumps were called due to bad light, on day one of the second #BANvPAK Test.#WTC23 | Report https://t.co/BB21J0rvTV

— ICC (@ICC) December 4, 2021

Babar and Azhar survived several tricky moments at the outset of their innings, particularly against Taijul. The hosts could have swung the momentum had Khaled Ahmed not put down a tough chance, offered by Babar on 39 off left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan’s bowling.

Babar then guided a length delivery from offspinner Mehidy Hasan for a couple to reach his 19th Test fifty off 75 balls. Azhar, meanwhile, looked shaky and was hit on his helmet by a bouncer of pacer Ebadot Hossain. But he continued to bat to accompany Babar in steadying the innings.

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