Shan, Babar centuries put Pakistan in dominating position on day two


Rawalpindi: Opener Shan Masood and fifth-ranked Test batsman Babar Azam centuries has put Pakistan in a dominating position against Pakistan on day two of the first Test at Pindi Stadium.

Pakistan at stumps are 342-3 courtesy Babar who is not-out batting at 143 along with Asad Shafiq who is on 60. Pakistan are leading 109 runs.

At the start of day two, Bangladesh bowler Abu Jayed provided a great start for the visitors as he dismissed Abid Ali who edged one to the wicket-keeper, Liton Das on a score of duck.

The home side recovered by the help of Shan and skipper Azhar Ali who added 90 runs for the second wicket. Azhar again failed to score big and got out on a score of 34 off 59balls. Jayed again picked a vital scalp for the tigers before lunch.

After lunch, Shan and Babar accelerated and troubled the visiting bowlers. Shan scored his third Test century and second in two consecutive matches but was departed immediately as he got clean bowled by Taijul Islam. He batted at a strike rate of 62.50 which included 11 fours.

In the final session, it was all about Asad and Babar as they scored freely. The Bangladesh bowlers looked hopeless with the crowd chairing every single run. Soon after, Babar reached fifth Test century of his career and three on a trot in the last three Tests.

Babar showed his class and smashed 18 boundaries and one massive six, Asad made his 27th Test fifty and was the slowest of the two in terms of making runs. The 34-year-old hit eight boundaries.

On day one, Pakistan bowlers shined as they dismissed the visitors on the score of 233 courtesy Shaheen Shah Afridi four-wicket haul. Mohammad Abbas and Haris Sohail claimed two whereas Naseem Shah picked one. Mohammad Mithun was the star performer with the bat scoring 63.