Pakistan on top at lunch in Bangladesh

Pakistan bowlers have Bangladesh in trouble at lunch on the opening day of the first Test, using some variety to take four wickets in the opening session in Chattogram.

Fast bowlers Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali, medium pacer Faheem Ashraf and offspinner Sajid Khan shared the wickets to leave Bangladesh at 4-69 after their captain Mominul Haque opted to bat first after winning the toss.

Liton Das was 11 not out with Mushfiqur Rahim on 5 at the break.

Saif Hasan hit Ali for two boundaries in the second over in a good start for the home side.

But Afridi broke through shortly after when Saif fended a short delivery to short leg for 14.

Shadman Islam also fell for 14, as Hasan had him leg-before after leaking runs in his opening spell.

Khan then reviewed successfully for the visitors to dismiss captain Mominul Haque for 6.

Najmul Shanto then followed him, caught at point also for 14 as Bangladesh crumbled under pressure.

The hosts are missing three key players – Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal were ruled out due to injuries and Mahmudullah, who hit a 150 not out in Bangladesh’s last Test against Zimbabwe, retired from the five-day format.

Pakistan came into the Test series having swept Bangladesh in the three-match T20 series.

The visitors handed a Test debut to Abdullah Shafique, who scored two centuries in three first-class matches he has played.

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