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DHAKA---Pakistan crept closer to win-
ning the second and final Test after leav-
ing Bangladesh yesterday with nearly
500 runs, effectively eight wickets, and
two days to deny the visitors a series
After Pakistan declared for a second
time and set an unlikely target of 550 to
win the Test, Bangladesh lost a wicket
and was 63-1 at stumps.
But the home side had only eight more
wickets left, as fast bowler Shahadat Hos-
sain cannot bat after a serious knee injury
on the first day.
He was absent in the morning session
when Bangladesh was all out for 203 in
the first innings before lunch. Pakistan,
with a lead of 354, did not enforce the
follow-on, and piled on quick runs to
put intense pressure on Bangladesh to
save the Test series.
The Test is Pakistan s last chance to
salvage a miserable tour after being swept
in the one-day internationals, losing the
Twenty20, and conceding a draw in the
first Test in Khulna.
Bangladesh will have to go where it s
never gone to keep this Test alive, and
on a pitch that was beginning to offer
wicked turn and bounce.
The home side s highest fourth-innings
score was 413 in 2008 in a loss to Sri
Lanka. The highest successful chase in
a fourth innings is 418-7 by West Indies
against Australia in Antigua in 2003.
At the crease were Tamim Iqbal on 32,
and Mominul Haque on 15.
Tamim, who scored a career-best 206
to save the first Test, became only the
second Bangladeshi to cross 3,000 Test
runs after Habibul Bashar yesterday, and
needs only 17 more to become the highest
run-getter for Bangladesh in Tests.
Imrul Kayes was bowled for the second
time in the match by legspinner Yasir
Shah, this time for 16, half as much as
his first innings. Shah baffled Kayes with
one that turned viciously.
Bangladesh started the day batting,
from 107-5 overnight. Shakib s 89 not
out off 91 balls lifted them to 203 all out.
With Shahadat unable to bat, Shakib
had little support, but unleashed a spec-
tacular attack on the Pakistani bowlers
and made all but one of the runs in a
63-run stand with No 10 batsman
Pakistan decided to bat again, and was
set back initially when fast bowler Shahid
removed openers Mohammad Hafeez (0)
and Sami Aslam (8) to leave Pakistan at
Medium-pacer Soumya Sarkar
accounted for Azhar Ali for 25, but then
Younis Khan and captain Misbah-ul-Haq
regained the momentum.
Bangladesh could have imposed more
pressure on Pakistan had Taijul Islam not
put down a catch at cover when Younis
was on 16. Sarkar was bowling. Younis
went on to 39 before he was dismissed
Misbah went after the bowlers, with
a rapid 82. He smashed nine fours and
three sixes in his 72-ball knock. The sec-
ond six was Pakistan s 1,000th over the
boundary in Tests.
As soon as he holed out to deep mid-
wicket, Pakistan declared. (AP)
Pakistan declares 2nd time on third day
Pakistan 1st Inns 557-8 declared
Bangladesh 1st Innings 203
T Iqbal lbw b Junaid
I Kayes b Yasir
M Haque c Sarfraz b Junaid
Mahmudullah c Azhar b Riaz
S Al Hasan not out
M Rahim b Yasir
S Sarkar c Azhar b Riaz
T Islam b Hafeez
M Shahid c Azhar b Yasir
S Hossain absent hurt
Extras: (2lb, 2w, 2nb)
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-38, 3-69, 4-85, 5-107,
6-113, 7-119, 8-140, 9-203.
Bowling: Junaid Khan 6-2-26-2 (1w), Imran
Khan 7-0-31-0, Wahab Riaz 15-2-73-3 (1w,
2nb), Yasir Shah 15.3-4-58-3, Mohammad
Pakistan 2nd Inns
M Hafeez c Mushfiqur b Shahid
S Aslam c Mahmudullah b Shahid 8
A Ali c Shuvagata b Soumya
Y Khan c and b Taijul
M-ul-Haq c sub (Abul Hasan) b
A Shafiq b Shuvagata
S Ahmed not out
Extras: (2lb, 6w)
TOTAL: (for 6 wickets declared) 195
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-25, 3-49, 4-107, 5-140,
Did not bat: Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Junaid
Khan, Imran Khan.
Bowling: Mohammad Shahid 10-4-23-2
(6w), Taijul Islam 10-0-56-1, Soumya Sarkar
9-0-45-1, Shakib Al Hasan 8-0-43-0,
Shuvagata Hom 2-0-18-1, Mahmudullah 2.1-
Bangladesh 2nd Inns
T Iqbal not out
I Kayes b Yasir
M Haque not out
TOTAL: (for 1 wicket)
Fall of wickets: 1-48.
Still to bat: Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan,
Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar,
Shuvagata Hom, Taijul Islam, Mohammad
Shahid, Shahadat Hossain.
Bowling: Junaid Khan 5-0-19-0, Imran Khan
4-1-22-0, Yasir Shah 3-0-7-1, Wahab Riaz 2-
Umpires: Nigel Llong, England, and Paul
TV umpire: Ranmore Martinesz, Sri Lanka.
Match referee: Jeff Crowe, New Zealand
Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq, right, plays a shot as Bangladesh's wicketkeeper captain Mushfiqur Rahim
watches during their third day of the second Test cricket match in Dhaka, Bangladesh, yesterday. AP PHOTO
MALAHIDE---The one-day internation-
al between Ireland and England was
abandoned after 17.2 overs because of
After losing the toss and being put into
bat, the Irish were struggling at 56-4
when rain forced players to leave the field.
The teams had already played through
half an hour of light showers.
The ground at Malahide, near Dublin,
was virtually deserted by the time con-
firmation arrived about three hours later
that there would be no further play.
England was without players who fea-
tured in the recent test series in the West
Indies, and named a makeshift team fea-
turing five debutants. Two of them, Mark
Wood and David Willey, took a wicket
apiece, and two others, James Vince and
Jason Roy, took catches at slip.
It was a one-off ODI between the
abandoned because of rain
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