Bangladesh missed two opportunities today, which cost them badly. One was the dropped catch of Babar Azam when he was batting on 1 and the other was in the 44.3rd over when Shan Masood nicked a Rubel delivery, confirmed by snicko, but none of the Bangladeshis appealed for it. Their century-stand made Bangladesh toil under the sun at Rawalpindi.

 

In the 47th over Rubel Hossain was moving the old ball late in the air and off the pitch, but surprisingly, he lacked the pace to capitalize that. One could notice Rubel lost a lot of pace over the years or he might have lost the credibility as a Test bowler. One could not understand why someone like Al-Amin Hossain was not picked. He bowled well in India and the boy offers a bit of pace if not express.

Taijul Islam tried hard to check one end, but, it seems, he was over-bowled and could have been exploited by changing ends or angle – a bowler could be read easily if he is not utilized smartly. Taijul’s length was good and more often forced the Pakistani batsmen to execute airborne strokes, but they settled later on because the on-field captain did not think to change ends or varied the angle.

Abu Jayed impressed with his discipline. The fuller-length with the new ball worked well and strict line-and-length with the old ball cropped up a threat.

The Pakistani batting line-up is not solid. The start of the top-order batters was shaky and their defence looked fragile and like us, they have the tendency to throw away their wickets. Until Asad Shafiq and Babar stitched that fluent partnership, Bangladesh still had the opportunity to take the upper-hand, but sadly, our bowlers ran out of steam and idea along with the on-field captain.

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