The first Test between Pakistan and Bangladesh has entered a conclusive phase as the men in green stamped their authority on the match in the evening session on Day 3 at Rawalpindi. The Pindi boys in the crowd gathered in a huge number to witness the historic homecoming of Test cricket in their city.
Pakistan started their 1st innings on a bright Sunday morning and the Bangladesh bowlers came back with a good plan against the Pakistani batters.
Babar Azam was caught behind on the 2nd ball of the day off Abu Jayed’s bowling and the T20I captain of Pakistan couldn’t add anything to his overnight score of 143.
Asad Shafiq soon followed him and got out to Ebadat Hossain after playing a good handy knock of 65. Pakistan’s innings needed stability and rebuilding at that time and Haris Sohail took the responsibility on himself.
Sohail made a wonderful comeback half-century but wickets kept on falling at the other end. Haris eventually got out on 75 after getting caught off Taijul Islam’s bowling. Pakistan ended their first innings on 445 taking a healthy lead of 212 runs.
Bangladesh started their first 2nd innings with a lot more confidence and the openers played some lovely shots during the first few overs.
After getting an opening partnership of 39 runs, Naseem Shah finally broke through Saif Hassan’s defense and got the first Bangladesh wicket. The experienced opener Tamim Iqbal soon followed his opening partner as he was trapped in front of the wickets by Yasir Shah.
After the fall of both the openers, Captain Mominul Haque and Najmul Hossain Shanto formed a significant partnership to recover from the early losses.
Mominul and Najmul were involved in a healthy 71 run partnership but much to the disappointment of the Bangladesh fans, Naseem Shah was coming back into the attack.
The 16-year old came around the wicket to the left-handers and created a perfect in-swinging angle to trap both Najmul Hossain Shanto and Taijul Islam on consecutive deliveries. He was looking to create history by becoming the youngest bowler in the world to take a hat-trick in Test matches.
The young paceman went back to his run-up and Mahmudullah Riyad, the experienced all-rounder was on strike. Naseem bowled a fuller length delivery and Mahmudullah went for the drive only to nick it towards the safe hands of Haris Sohail in the first slip.
Naseem Shah took the first hat-trick for Pakistan in 18 years in Test cricket. The last Test hat-trick for Pakistan was taken way back in 2002 by Mohammad Sami.
After Naseem’s hat-trick, Yasir Shah got rid of Mohammad Mithun who was the lone warrior for Bangladesh in the first innings when he scored a decent half-century. Bangladesh are now 6 down at 126 and Liton Das has joined the captain Mominul Haque who is batting well at 37*. The Bengal Tigers need 86 more to avoid an innings defeat.