The Rawalpindi wicket was flat. The first hour aided movement, but not enough bounce. The average bounce has been 1 cm lesser than the Test match against Sri Lanka on the same ground. Whatever bounce was witnessed was due to the hardness of the new ball and caliber of Pakistani pacers. But it ebbed away as the day progressed.


On this track batting is easy and Bangladesh batsmen should’ve capitalized after being invited to bat first. But in turn, the top order continued to commit to the stroke earlier and slashed hard outside off after getting settled on the wicket.

The dismissals of the middle order batters showed how they threw their wickets away rather than falling prey to brilliant bowling. Only Mohammad Mithun displayed the right temperament and a brilliant delivery was needed to end his stay.

This is a 400-run-in-first-innings deck and had the Bangladesh batters got their shot selection right, they could’ve posted the suggested total.

A below-par batting display from the visitors.


Meanwhile, Pakistan bowlers did not have to work harder but relied on knitting dot balls more, which tempted the Bangladesh batters to play false strokes to break the shackles. Strike rotation would’ve worked better than throwing wickets.

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