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Bowlers put Pakistan on top after Azhar double

Junaid, Shah pick up two wickets apiece as Bangladesh end Day 2 on 107/5, trailing by 450 runs

Bowlers put Pakistan on top after Azhar double - Cricket News
Azhar Ali's maiden double century put Pakistan in the driver's seat in the second Test against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Thursday (May 7).
 
Ali top-scored with 226 as Misbah-ul-Haq declared the innings shortly before tea with Pakistan on 557 for 8. Bangladesh was rocked right at the outset before it stumbled to 107 for 5 at stumps, losing Mushfiqur Rahim in the last over to Yasir Shah, the legspinner. Shakib Al Hasan was unbeaten on 14.
 
Bangladesh's record-breaking opening duo of Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes, who added 313 in the second innings of the drawn Khulna Test, made just 4 and 32 respectively as the host slipped to 69 for 3. As many as four batsmen who were dismissed got into double figures, with Kayes top-scoring with 32.
 
Kayes, who made 51 and 150 in Khulna last week, looked in fine nick till an attempted expansive drive resulted in his downfall as Shah struck off his third delivery to boost Pakistan. Mahmudullah was then set up by a short delivery by Wahab Riaz to leave Bangladesh in all sorts of trouble.
 
The highlight of the day was the fifth-wicket stand of 207 between Azhar and Asad Shafiq, who made 107, that helped Pakistan overcome the loss of Misbah in the second over of the day to Shakib. Azhar, who was caught off a no-ball on the opening day, hit 20 fours and two sixes during his 428-ball vigil at the crease.
 
His industry was complemented well by Shafiq, who timed the ball beautifully to get to his sixth Test century. But his dismissal triggered a lower-order slide as Pakistan last its last four wickets in the space of just 27 runs before tea.
 
Having twice fallen for 157 earlier in his 41-Test career, Azhar reached his highest score by edging Shuvagata Hom, the offspinner, past Rahim, the wicketkeeper, for a boundary. Three overs later, Shafiq brought up his sixth Test century.
 
But Hom, the offspinner, removed Azhar and Shafiq in successive overs, both batsmen falling to catches on the long-off fence by Mahmudullah. Taijul Islam, the left-arm spinner, dismissed Riaz and then sent back Shah off the last ball before tea to leave Sarfraz Ahmed unbeaten on 21.
 
Pakistan lost Misbah in the day's second over, bowled by Shakib for 9, before a run had been added to the overnight score of 323 for 3. Younis Khan had made 148 on the first day after Rahim won the toss and elected to field.

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