KHULNA: Record-breaking first wicket partnership of 312 with Tamim Iqbal’s maiden double century following Imrul Kayes’ career best 150 took Bangladesh to first ever draw against Pakistan.
At the conclusion of the final day of the first Test, Bangladeshi batting side scored a massive 555/6 after facing 136 overs to end the Test with no result.
#BANvPAK 1st Test Day 5: Players shake hands. It’s a draw, with 15 more overs to go. Excellent batting from Bangladesh to save the match.
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) May 2, 2015
Bangladeshi opener, Tamim Iqbal, was awarded the player of the match prize after played a tremendous 206 knock out of 448 balls that includes 17 boundaries with 7 maximums. His partner also scored a memorable knock of 150 following the 76 not out by Shakib Al Hasan.
From Pakistani bowling side, no one could strike in the real sense of term and all the bowlers seemed to be run out of magical deliveries to get rid of Bangladeshi batsmen who appeared to be a relatively strong batting side. Junaid Khan and Muhammad Hafeez took 2 wickets each following Zulfiqar Babar and Asad Shafiq with 1 wicket each. All the other bowlers including Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah failed to blow the stronghold of Bangladeshi batting line.
Meanwhile, it is for the first time in Pakistan-Bangladesh Test history that Bangladesh managed to end a game with a draw, which could be considered a VICTORY for Bangladesh. In all the previously played games between the two sides, Pakistan remained victorious with 8-0.
The second Test of the two-test series is scheduled to be played on May 06 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.