CHITTAGONG: Bangladesh ended the first day of the first Test against Pakistan on 253-4 after recovering from a top-order collapse.
Liton Das was on 113 not out at the close in Chittagong and Mushfiqur Rahim on 82. Earlier the hosts were reeling on 49-4 at lunch.
Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Sajid Khan each claimed a wicket to put the hosts in trouble after Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque won the toss and elected to bat first.
Afridi set the tone for Pakistan with a gem of a delivery in the fifth over that rose sharply to glance off opener Saif Hasan´s bat to Abid Ali at short leg. He made 14.
Hasan then trapped the other opener Shadman Hossain leg-before for 14.
Skipper Mominul fell soon afterwards, scoring just six as Sajid spun one sharply to take an edge that was gladly accepted by wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan.
The umpire initially declared Mominul not out but the decision was overruled on review.
Najmul Hossain got off the mark with a four but he too perished soon cutting a Faheem delivery straight to Sajid at point.
Pakistan handed batsman Abdullah Shafique a Test debut while Yasir Ali was making a Test debut for Bangladesh in the two-match series.
‘Dream come true’
Babar Azam gave the cap to Abdullah Shafique after which he became the 246th player to play Test cricket for Pakistan.
Expressing his excitement on this occasion, Abdullah Shafique said it is the desire of every cricketer to represent his country in Test cricket. “Today, my dream has come true and I am very happy about it.”
Shafique said he has learned a lot from his senior players and will do his best to perform well in the match.
As per the batting order, Abid Ali will open with the debutant.
Pakistan has a confident and settled middle-order with Azhar Ali, Babar Azam and Fawad Alam, followed by wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan at No.6.
Bangladesh will not have experienced Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan as the two are not available owing to their injuries.
Pakistan have played three series in Bangladesh and won five of the six Tests, with their last win in Dhaka in May 2015 by 328 runs. Azhar Ali and Mushfiqur Rahim are the only players from either sides to participate in that match.
Azhar had scored 226 and 25, while Mushfiq scored 12 and zero as Azhar walked away with the player of the match, which will also be remembered for centuries from Younis Khan (148) and Asad Shafiq (107) as well as match figures of 36.3-7-128-7 by Yasir Shah, who will miss the series as he is yet to recover from a thumb injury he sustained during the National T20.
Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (capt), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Nauman Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sajid Khan
Bangladesh: Shadman Islam, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque (capt), Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Yasir Ali, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain, Saif Hassan
Umpires: Michael Gough (ENG), Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid Saikat (BAN)
TV umpire: Gazi Sohel (BAN)
Match referees: Neeyamur Rashid (BAN)