Lunch Pakistan420 for 7 (Sohail 54*, Afridi 3*, Abu Jayed 3-85) lead Bangladesh 233 by 187 runs
Bangladesh’s seamers mounted a delayed resistance from the visitors on the third morning, picking up three wickets as the four-over old ball hooped around in the first hour. However, the immediate effects of those blows were neutralised as Pakistan were let off once again and ended the session 187 ahead of Bangladesh’s first innings total of 233.
Throughout the second day, Pakistan’s scoring rate was on the ascent as a four-pronged, seamer dominated attack, struggled to collectively apply pressure on them. Abu Jayed was the exception, taking two of the three wickets that had fallen on Saturday. On the second ball of the day, his first, he caught Babar Azam halfway between a cut and a leave, getting a length ball to swing away very late in the corridor to take brush off the face of Azam’s bat and carry gently to first slip. Azam’s 143, built on confident driving, had begun tentatively on Saturday, but on this occasion, Bangladesh didn’t let him get away.
Ebadat Hossain, the fastest of Bangladesh’s bowlers in the XI, had been particularly expensive and wayward. But with help on offer, and a nervous start for Pakistan, he settled into an efficient line and length just outside Asad Shafiq’s off stump. He didn’t find the movement that Jayed did, but after straightening a few past Shafiq’s outside edge, he managed to make him jab outside off to take the inside edge with an incoming delivery.
Such was the pressure built by the two bowlers that captain Mominul Haque bowled them in tandem for 13 overs on the morning before bringing Rubel Hossain on. Rubel’s first ball, a half-tracked on leg stump, managed to find Mohammad Rizwan’s top edge for a catch at fine leg. At the other end, Ebadat extended his spell to nine overs.
Sohail was found to have edged a delivery early in his innings that no one had made an appeal for. It was only pointed out in broadcast a few overs after the event, but it had a significant impact on the session as Sohail capitalised on spinner Taijul Islam trying to find his rhythm, and wayward bowling from Rubel. From 12 off 39 at the drinks break, Sohail raced to his fifty off 71 balls.
In the penultimate over, Rubel trapped Yasir Shah in front and dismissed him on the review, but the dominant pattern of Pakistan’s batting had long been back.