Cricket: Abid Ali leads Pakistan to eight-stroke win over Bangladesh

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FILE PHOTO: Cricket – Second Test – England and Pakistan – Ageas Bowl, Southampton, UK – 13 August 2020 Pakistan’s Abid Ali celebrates his half-century, as the game continues behind closed doors closed following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Stu Forster / Pool via REUTERS

November 30, 2021

(Reuters) – Pakistan’s Abid Ali fell nine times in a second century in a row as the visitors chased a 202 goal on Tuesday to win the first test in Chittagong by eight shots and take the lead. in a series of two matches against Bangladesh.

Abid, who scored 133 in the first inning for Pakistan, and Abdullah Shafique combined with the opening 151 points in the second to take Pakistan to victory on day five of the test.

Pakistan looked like they were going to win with 10 goals, but Mehidy Hasan trapped his debutant Abdullah in the 73rd first leg match to soften the margin of defeat.

Abid lost his wicket six times later, when Taijul Islam shoved his pad to get him out earlier.

“Abdullah Shafique made his debut, so we tried to follow, wait for bad balls and succeeded in getting those balls away,” said Abid.

“I have done well in domestic cricket and have that same positive mindset here as well. Abdullah played really well, I have credited him more.

“I’m a bit disappointed that we lost 91 in the second half but at the same time I’m happy that we won.”

Azhar Ali (24 not out) and Babar Azam (13 not out) then combine to guide Pakistan to the finish line.

The second test in Dhaka starts on December 4.

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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