Pakistan did not lose a single wicket in yet another curtailed morning session in the Mirpur Test. The visitors collected just the 52 runs in the 21 overs that were bowled under murky conditions. TaufeeqUmar and Azhar Ali, the two overnight batsmen helped themselves with unbeaten half centuries but somehow couldn't push the game forward.
There was a lucky escape for Taufeeq this morning when he left the crease for a flick and was done in by a turning delivery down the legside from Shakib Al Hasan. The Bangladeshi Skipper and also Wicket Keeper MushfiqurRahim collected the ball and was busy appealing for a caught behind and it that process forgot to take the bails off in what could have been an easy stumping. The caught behind appeal was turned down by the Umpire and the stumping chance went down begging.
By lunch, TaufeeqUmar moved to 66* (from 141 balls with 9 fours) while Azhar Ali got to 52* (from 136 balls with 6 fours). The visitors are trailing behind Bangladesh by 199 runs.
Update at 9:00 AM local
For the third day in a row, fog has delayed the start of play in the Second and Final Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the ShereBangla National Stadium in Mirpur. The fog today looks very thick and more intense than what it was in the last two days. Already more than 45 overs have been lost in the Test match which could head towards a draw because of these conditions.
Pakistan are at 87 for 1 in 27 overs with a deficit of 251 runs to clear before they can take the game forward for a 2-0 cleansweep.
- BV Swagath