DHAKA, May 7 (AFP): Azhar Ali smashed a career-best 226 and Asad Shafiq made 107 before the bowlers rattled Bangladesh�s top order to leave Pakistan on top in the second and final Test in Dhaka today.
The pair put on 207 for the fifth wicket as Pakistan posted 557 for eight before declaring their first innings during the tea interval at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Bangladesh tottered to 107 for five in reply by stumps, still 450 runs behind and facing the daunting prospect of batting for a major part of the remaining three days to avoid defeat.
Left-arm seamer Junaid Khan set the hosts back by trapping Tamim Iqbal, who hit a double-century in the drawn first Test in Khulna, leg-before with the fourth delivery of the innings.
Junaid also had Mominul Haque caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed for 13 and leg-spinner Yasir Shah bowled Imrul Kayes for 32 to reduce Bangladesh to 69-3.
Pakistan 1st innings (overnight 323-3): Mohammad Hafeez c Rahim b Shahid 8, Sami Aslam c Shahadat b Taijul 19, Azhar Ali c Mahmudullah b Shuvagata 226, Younis Khan c Shuvagata b Shahid 148, Misbah-ul Haq b Shakib 9, Asad Shafiq c Mahmudullah b Shuvagata 107, Sarfraz Ahmed not out 21, Wahab Riaz c Imrul b Taijul 4, Yasir Shah lbw b Taijul 0. Extras: (lb8, w2, nb5) 15. Total: (for 8 wickets declared, 152 overs) 557. Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-58, 3-308, 4-323, 5-530, 6-545, 7-552, 8-557. Bowling: Shahadat 0.2-0-4-0, Soumya 17.4-1-57-0, Shahid 31-10-72-2, Taijul 51-3-179-3, Shuvagata 16-0-76-2, Shakib 30-3-136-1, Mominul Haque 3-0-12-0, Mahmudullah 2-0-12-0, Imrul 1-0-1-0.
Bangladesh 1st innings: Tamim Iqbal lbw b Junaid 4, Imrul Kayes b Yasir 32, Mominul Haque c Sarfraz b Junaid 13, Mohammad Mahmudullah c Azhar b Wahab 28, Shakib Al Hasan not out 14, Mushfiqur Rahim b Yasir 12. Extras: (lb2, w2) 4. Total: (for five wickets, 27.5 overs) 107. Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-38, 3-69, 4-85, 5-107. Bowling: Junaid 6-2-26-2, Imran 7-0-31-0, Wahab 8-1-33-1, Yasir 5.5-1-15-2, Hafeez 1-1-0-0.