Pak vs Ban: The game finally resumes on the fourth day of the Dhaka test after rains
Game operations finally resumed on the fourth day of the second Bangladesh-Pakistan Test on Tuesday after a weakened cyclone triggered rain.
On the first two days, only 63.2 overs of play were possible and the third day was completely washed out. Pakistan resumed their first innings at 188-2, with skipper beating Babar Azam at 71 alongside Azhar Ali at 52. The visitors had reached 161-2 on stumps on the first day.
Left-spinner Taijul Islam (2-49) played a brilliant bowling pin in Saturday's first session to put Bangladesh in the lead after the guests appeared to be heading for a big result. Openers Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique forged a 50-run partnership in the first hour after Babar won the throw and opted to hit first. But Taijul broke the 59-strong partnership and took both wickets with straight deliveries.
After his 133 and 91 in the first Test, Abid seemed set for another big score, but dropped to 39 when Taijul struck again with a straight delivery that didn't spin as much as he expected.
Babar and Azhar survived several tricky moments early in their innings, particularly against Taijul. The hosts could have won the momentum if Khaled Ahmed hadn't had a difficult chance Babar presented at 39 after bowling left spinner Shakib Al Hasan.
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Pakistan leads the two-test series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Chittagong by eight wickets.
Visitors set up an unchanged roster from the first Test, while Bangladesh made Mahmudul Hasan a Test debut and Shakib and Khaled Ahmed brought in three changes to the team. Saif Hassan, Yasir Ali and Abu Jayed were removed from the opening test.