First Test: Advantage for Bangladesh as Liton's ton, double century partnership with Mushfiqur keep Pakistani bowlers at bay
Chittagong, November 26: If the first session was all about the visiting Pakistan side, Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim displayed courage to first brave the bowlers and later stamp authority with an unbeaten 204-run partnership, in the next two sessions.
At the end of day's day in the first Test match between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here, Bangladesh were placed comfortably at 253 runs for the loss of four wickets. Earlier in the day, Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque won the toss and elected to bat first.
The decision soon started to haunt the hosts as the team was reeling at 49 runs for the loss of four wickets inside 17 overs.
Both openers Shadman Islam and Saif Hassan departed for identical 14 runs, hitting three boundaries each.
Najmul Hossain Shanto, the number three batter also scored 14 during his 37-ball stay at the crease as the visitors started revving up the pressure.
Bangladesh were dealt a severe blow when they lost their captain before lunch. Mominul could manage only six runs in his 19-ball stint.
Things were suddenly looking grim and the decision to bat first after winning the coin toss was already biting, but a seasoned pair of Rahim and Das blunted the Pakistani attack by batting throughout the day.
After a dismal performance in the T20 World Cup, Das had copped a lot of criticism from fans and experts, but made a roaring comeback by hitting a century.
His unbeaten 113-run knock consists of 225 balls- 11 of which were boundaries and one was hit for a six.
Rahim is unbeaten on 82 runs, having faced 190 balls. He struck 10 fours.
For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Sajid Khan picked a wicket each.
Through this Test, Bangladesh started their journey in the second edition of the ICC World Test Championship. The inaugural edition was won by New Zealand, who defeated India to lift the ICC Test Mace.