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Pak vs Ban: Play finally resumes on day four of Dhaka Test after rains

Pak vs Ban: Play finally resumes on day four of Dhaka Test after rains

Play finally resumed on day four of the second Bangladesh-Pakistan Test on Tuesday after rain triggered by a weakened cyclone.

Only 63.2 overs of play were possible over the first two days and the third day was completely washed out.

Pakistan resumed on 188-2 in their first innings, with skipper Babar Azam batting on 71 alongside Azhar Ali on 52.

The visitors had reached 161-2 at stumps on day one.

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam (2-49) had bowled brilliantly in the first session on Saturday to put Bangladesh on top after the visitors seemed headed toward a big score.

Openers Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique brought up 50-run partnership in the first hour after Babar won the toss and chose to bat first. But Taijul broke the 59-run partnership, taking both wickets with straight deliveries.

After his 133 and 91 in the first Test, Abid had appeared set for another big score but fell for 39 when Taijul again struck with a straight delivery that didn’t turn as much as he expected.

Babar and Azhar survived several tricky moments at the outset of their innings, particularly against Taijul.

The hosts could have swung the momentum had Khaled Ahmed not put down a tough chance, offered by Babar on 39 off left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan’s bowling.

Pakistan lead the two-Test series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Chittagong by eight wickets.

The visitors fielded an unchanged squad from the first Test while Bangladesh handed Mahmudul Hasan a Test debut and brought in Shakib and Khaled Ahmed in three changes to the team.Saif Hassan, Yasir Ali and Abu Jayed were dropped from the opening Test.

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