x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Pakistan over Bangladesh in first Test

Coach Law disappointed over batsmen's "mental block" as the visitors send them packing for 135 on the opening day.

Abdur Rehman celebrates the dismissal of Shakib Al Hasan, unseen, in Chittagong.
Abdur Rehman celebrates the dismissal of Shakib Al Hasan, unseen, in Chittagong.

The Bangladesh batsmen continued to disappoint even in home conditions adding to coach Stuart Law's misery as they were skittled out for just 135 on the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan in Chittagong.

The visitors, having already secured the preceding one-day series, were 132 for no loss and completely in the driver's seat at the close with Mohammed Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar helping themselves to unbeaten half-centuries.

"We didn't play the best cricket. It's very disappointing as our batsmen gave away their wickets cheaply," Law said later.

"It's not the lack of skill as we have got very talented players, but it might be a kind of mental block. I really can't explain it. The wicket was not bad to bat on."

Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, who was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan after they won the toss and put the home side in first, said things went according to plan as he finished with figures of 3-9.

Saeed Ajmal, the off-spinner, finished with 3-40 while Pacemen Aizaz Cheema and Umar Gul also gave a good account of themsleves as they 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."

Bangladesh also had their shot-selection to blame for their dismal batting display against Pakistan's pace-spin combination as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Pakistan, playing their first Test in Bangladesh in almost a decade, put the hosts in deep trouble in the morning when they took five wickets for 47 runs in the opening 23 overs.

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq opened the attack with off-spinner Hafeez, but had to rely on his fast bowlers to jolt the hosts on an easy-paced track.

Hafeez gave away nine runs, including a six over long-off by opener Tamim Iqbal, in his opening three overs before being replaced by Cheema who struck with his fourth delivery.

Cheema had Tamim (nine) caught behind and then had Shahriar Nafees caught by Younis Khan at second slip for no score in his next over.

Bangladesh continued to struggle against pace as they soon lost Mohammad Ashraful, caught behind off Gul after making just one run.

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim (four) was trapped leg-before in Ajmal's first over, while former captain Shakib Al Hasan (eight) was caught at square-leg by Hafeez while sweeping Rehman.

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