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Younis, Azhar centuries push Bangladesh back

Injury to Shahadat Hossain and wickets of both the Pakistan centurions off no-balls set host back further

Younis, Azhar centuries push Bangladesh back - Cricket News
Younis made 148 and Azhar was unbeaten on 127, the two having shared a third-wicket stand of 250 runs.
Centuries from Younis Khan and Azhar Ali powered Pakistan to a commanding 323 for 3 against an undermanned Bangladesh attack on the opening day of the second and final Test at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday (May 6).
Younis made 148 and Azhar was unbeaten on 127, the two having shared a third-wicket stand of 250 runs – a Pakistan record against Bangladesh – after the host dominated the opening session to reduce the visitor to 58 for 2.
Both batsmen were lucky to reach three figures after being reprieved by no-balls even as Bangladesh found it difficult to overcome the loss of Shahadat Hossain in the day's first over. Shahadat, who replaced the injured Rubel Hossain, collapsed on his follow through after sending down the first ball and hobbled off the field after his second delivery.
Shahadat returned after the morning drinks break, and even though he did not bowl for the rest of the session, he took a catch in the deep to dismiss Sami Aslam. He was due to bowl after lunch, but while training on the field during the break, he twisted his right knee, was taken off on a stretcher, and was later ruled out of the Test.
Left with a depleted attack, Bangladesh used nine bowlers to try to contain the run flow.
Soumya Sarkar would have dismissed Younis on 78, when he gave a simple catch at cover, but TV replays showed the bowler had overstepped. Azhar got a lifeline early as well when he edged a delivery from Mohammad Shahid to third slip when on 18. Sarkar took the catch but replays confirmed it was a no-ball.
Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez was caught behind off Shahid for eight. Taijul Islam, the left-arm spinner, then had Sami caught by Shahadat on the mid-wicket boundary for 19, but Younis and Azhar settled in to tame the depleted attack.
Younis hit 11 boundaries and three sixes in his 29th Test century. Azhar, who reached his eighth hundred by lofting Taijul for his tenth four, added three more boundaries before stumps. Younis was dismissed by Shahid five overs before close of play when he slashed a short ball to gully. Misbah-ul-Haq was unbeaten on nine at stumps.
Shahid was the most economical of the Bangladesh bowlers, with figures of 2 for 43 from 21 overs. Taijul took 1 for 102 off 30.

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