Abid Ali was just embarrassed by back-to-back centuries as Pakistan sealed for an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first Test in Chittagong on Tuesday.
Ali’s 151-run stand with other opener Abdullah Shafique helped bring the game to an end before lunch on the final day, beating their first-innings partnership by five.
The duo had already made 109 during the night and chased 202.
Bangladesh had to wait until the 10th day of their first success when Mehidy Hasan captured debutant Shafique lbw at 73 with a fuller delivery.
Shafique, who also scored a fifty in the first half, fell after hitting eight fours and a six.
Ali, who made 133 in Pakistan’s first innings, looked set to become the first Pakistani to make a test century in six years, after Misbah-ul-Haq achieved the feat against Australia in 2014.
But Taijul Islam hit him in front of the middle stump with a more even delivery, with Pakistan being just 31 runs from victory.
“Our thought process was to stay on the wicket and establish a partnership. I have played domestic cricket and performed well. That is what I have in this game,” said one of the match Ali.
He left the fold to standing ovations and was also congratulated by Bangladeshi fielders with a magnificent 148-ball innings that saw 12 boundaries.
Azhar Ali, 24 not out, finished the match at over 58.3 after back-to-back boundaries off Mehidy, with captain Babar Azam undefeated at 13 at the other end.
“We came back well … and that’s what test cricket is all about,” Babar said.
Taijul ended the match with eight wickets for the hosts, which included 7-116 in the first half.
“We lost in the first hour in the first innings and second innings too, but honor to them, especially Afridi and Hasan Ali. They bowled really well,” said Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque.
The hosts scored 330 runs in the first half and took a lead of 44 runs after bowling Pakistan out.
Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das made 114 runs in the first half and scored the top scorer in the next with 59.
Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi shone with the ball for Pakistan, claiming 5-51 and 5-32 respectively in two innings.
The second test will be played at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium from 4-8. December.
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