Dhaka: Bangladesh faced a long haul to save the second and final Test against Pakistan in Dhaka after they were set an improbable victory target of 550 on the third day on Friday. The hosts were 63/1 at stumps with Tamim Iqbal (32) and Mominul Haque (15) together at the crease after Imrul Kayes was bowled by Yasir Shah for 16 at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. Bangladesh will still need to bat out six sessions over the last two days to avoid losing the short series.
The Tigers were bowled out for 203 in their first innings before lunch in reply to Pakistan’s 557/8 declared, but the tourists did not enforce the follow-on despite a a mammoth lead of 354 runs. Batting a second time, Pakistan declared their second innings at 195/6 with skipper Misbah-ul Haq leading the way with a 72-ball 82 that included nine boundaries and three sixes.
Pakistan 557/8 declared & 195/6 declared (Misbah-ul Haq 82, Younis Khan 39; Shahid 2/23, Shuvagata 1/18, Mahmudullah 1/8) vs Bangladesh 203 (Imrul Kayes 32, Shakib Al Hasan 89 not out; Wahab 3/73, Yasir 3/58) & 63/1 (Tamim Iqbal batting 32, Mominul Haque batting 15)