After a fruitless tour so far for the out of form Pakistan team, were looking to regain some respect against Bangladesh in the 1st Test match, at Khulna.
The seniors Captain Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan made a return. Sami Aslam was on Test debut, Hafeez opener, Asad Shafiq added to the middle order, Sarfraz Ahmed middle order/keeper, spinners Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar, seamers Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan.
Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat. Pakistan once again dropped an array of vital catches. Imrul Kayes scored 51, Mominul Haque 80, leading to a 1st innings total of 332.
Wahab Riaz was the stand out bowler with 3/55 followed by Yasir Shah 3/86.
The wicket turned out to be a slow, batting paradise.
In reply Pakistan put in a solid performance with the bat. Opener Mohammad Hafeez made his highest Test score and first double hundred, with a splendid 224. This came off 332 balls, with 23 fours and 3 sixes. He was supported by Azhar Ali (83), Misbah an obligatory 59, Asad Shafiq (83), Sarfraz Ahmed (82). A mini tail end collapse took the total to 628.
Slow left arm spinner Taijul Islam impressed with 6/163.
It appeared that Pakistan’s fortunes were changing for the good.
However the Tamim Iqbal (206) and Imrul Kayes (150) then pounded the weak Pakistan bowling attack. Batting records fell left, right and centre. A punishing record opening stand of 312, brought Pakistan to its knees. Shakib Al Hasan ended on 76 not out, with the total on 555/6.
Pakistan’s bowling attack seemed to lack confidence and ideas.
On a gloomy, rain interrupted final day the match ended in a draw.
It is the first time Bangladesh have drawn against Pakistan. Upto now they have always lost the Tests. As Pakistan have found out the Tigers are no longer the minnows of cricket.
Man of the match Tamim Iqbal.
2nd Test Match starts Wednesday 6th May.