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Hafeez, Umar put Pak on top

Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar cracked unbeaten half-centuries to put Pakistan in command after Bangladesh crashed to 135 on the opening day of the first Test yesterday.


Md Hafeez

Pakistan made a strong reply to reach 132 for no loss in their first innings at stumps, with Hafeez hitting nine fours in his 74 not out and Umar seven boundaries in his unbeaten 53.

Umar gave a chance in the last over of the day bowled by left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan, but Shahadat Hossain failed to hold on to the ball at mid-on. Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman earlier finished with 3-9 and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal with 3-40 as Bangladesh were dismissed in just 51.2 overs after being put in to bat in Chittagong.

Pacemen Aizaz Cheema and Umar Gul wrecked the hosts' top order before finishing with two wickets each. "When we sent Bangladesh into bat after winning the toss, we had a plan to bowl them out at as low a score as possible," said Rehman. "In the morning, the captain and the coach told us to maintain a good line and length and at the end of the day we got the result." 

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