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Bangladesh eyes maiden win over Pakistan

High on confidence after drawing the first Test, the host will hope to sign off with victory in the second game

Bangladesh eyes maiden win over Pakistan - Cricket News
Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal plays a shot during the fourth day of the first cricket Test match between Bangladesh and Pakistan at The Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna on May 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN
Mohammad Hafeez and Tamim Iqbal made their maiden double-centuries, Imrul Kayes recorded 51 and 150 in two digs and six other batsmen registered half-centuries in the drawn first Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan in Khulna which produced 1,515 runs across three innings, the third of them unfinished.
The teams will be hoping for more favourable bowling conditions during the second and final Test, which gets underway at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Wednesday (May 6).
Pakistan will be particularly eager to end the tour on a winning note, after losing the three One-Day Internationals and the one-off Twenty20 International. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will be keen to build on newfound confidence and register its first-ever win over the visitor in the five-day format.
The most remarkable aspect of Bangladesh’s fightback in the first Test after trailing by 296 runs was the manner in which Tamim and Kayes applied themselves at the top of the order.
By batting out 75.4 overs during a record partnership of 312, the pair ensured that it absorbed the pressure and didn’t expose the middle order. Bangladesh batted out a total of 136 overs in the second innings, getting much-needed five-day batting practice coming into the final game.
Tamim was particularly impressive. Expected to save the game, he showed good composure and collected his runs quite easily as he became Bangladesh’s highest individual scorer in Tests, surpassing Mushfiqur Rahim’s 200 against Sri Lanka in March 2013.
His performance has accentuated the feel-good mood in the country’s cricketing circles after the national team made it to the quarterfinals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
“Such a performance gives you belief as a group that we can overcome future goals,” said Chandika Hathurusinghe, Bangladesh’s coach. “There is no end to improvement.”
Bangladesh will be without Rubel Hossain for this game after the paceman was ruled out because of a side strain, and it remains to be seen if Rahim, the captain who injured his finger while wicketkeeping, makes a full recovery. Rahim did bat in the second innings, making a five-ball duck and suggesting that he was reasonably recovered, but if he plays only as a batsman, it could open a spot for Litton Das, the wicketkeeper at the Under-19 level.
Pakistan too has been hampered by injuries. Rahat Ali was the latest to join the long list before the start of the series, and Bilawal Bhatti has since been named his replacement. It also remains to be seen if Saeed Ajmal returns to the mix after being overlooked for the first Test.
Irrespective of what the team composition is, Misbah-ul-Haq will hope for an all-round effort as he attempts to wrap up the series.
Teams (from):

Mushfiqur Rahim (capt, wk), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Litton Das (wk), Mominul Haque, Sakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Shuvagata Hom, Soumya Sarkar, Taijul Islam, Jubair Hossain, Abul Hasan, Shahadat Hossain, Mohammad Shahid.

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sami Aslam, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Saeed Ajmal, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Imran Khan, Bilawal Bhatti.

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