Batting first in the second Test against Bangladesh, Pakistani middle order batsmen played nice cricket and managed to keep scoring at good rate.
Although opener batsmen from Pakistan failed to provide a handsome start yet the following pair proved to be stronghold for Bangladeshi bowlers to break. Playing positively and aggressively, both batsmen – Younis Khan and Azhar Ali – established a handy partnership of 250. Both these batsmen defused all the attacks from the bowling side and succeeded to provide a good start to their team. This healthy partnership changed the complexion of the game.
The veteran, Younis Khan, after making his 29th Test century, got out few overs before the stumps of the first day when he was at 148. His partner, Azhar Ali, also succeeded in making his century and remained not out at the end of the first day. He was playing at 127 with hitting 13 boundaries.
Earlier, Bangladesh put Pakistan to bat after winning the toss at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur. The move appeared to be fruitful after early break-through provided by Muhammad Shahid and Taijul Islam by dismissing last Test’s double century maker Muhammad Hafeez and Semi Aslam.
However, the damage was overcome by the partnership between Younis Khan and Azhar Ali. Pakistan ended with 323/3 at the stumps of day one.