Journey towards Glory
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain & wk), Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Nazimuddin, Shahriar Nafees, Shakib Al Hasan, Nazmul Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Elias Sunny, Shahadat Hossain, Robiul Islam.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Taufiq Umar, Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal (wk), Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Umar Gul, Aizaz Cheema.
Toss : Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and decided to put Bangladesh into bat.
Day - 1
First day of the 2nd test match started with Bangladesh's top order collapse. Once again Aizaz Cheema clearly showed his bowling skills and had reduced them to 43 for 4 in helpful morning conditions. From the start Bangladesh never looked into the game But Shakib Al Hasan and Shahriar Nafees superb batting proved it wrong and rescued Banladesh. Nafees and Shakib played country's first century partnership without throwing away their wickets.
Misbah decided to use his spinners after seeing positive and aggressive batting display from Nafees and Shakib but there was not much help for them from a pitch that had now revealed itself to be a typical flat first-day subcontinent pitch. Shakib continued to play positively faced Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman. A back-foot punch off Ajmal brought up his 50 and he stepped out next ball to caress a flighted delivery to the extra-cover boundary to bring up the century partnership. Both Bangladesh batsmen to implode after reaching half-centuries, they continued in the same vein after getting to their landmarks.
With the light fading in the Dhaka winter, Shakib cut Gul for two boundaries in an over to move to 99 and brought the appreciative crowd to its feet with a characteristic chop through point to reach his second Test hundred. Nafees clattered Ajmal through extra cover to move to 97 but Gul sent down an accurate bouncer in his
next over to have him gloving it to the wicketkeeper. By then, though, Bangladesh had restored their pride.
For the first time in three weeks on this tour Misbah and his players had looked clueless. The
first day was totaly Shakib and Nafees day. Bangladesh could have been decided by the first innings, but for Nafees and Shakib.
Bangladesh 234/5 (Shakib 108*, Nafees 97, Cheema 3-52) vs Pakistan
Day - 2
Shakib's powerful batting had already made Pakistan trouble after first day game as the final five wickets went down for 33 runs after which Pakistan's top order responded strongly. Shakib and Mushfiqur start facing Pakistan with Slow and Steady formula. Shakib scored his highest first-class score and was headed for Bangladesh's record individual Test effort when he was
run-out. Mushfiqur took a few quick steps before stopping and sending Shakib back, but a direct hit from Taufeeq Umar, running in from mid-on, was enough to snap the partnership at 82. Shakib walked off, after several glares at his captain over the poor calling. The innings ended in a hurry, though, as Saeed Ajmal's doosra proved too much for the tailenders, and a run-out curtailed Nazmul Hossain's first Test knock in seven years to a single delivery.
From Pakistan's side Muhammed Hafeez and Azher start their game in a positive way, But Hafeez failed to stay in for long time and dismissed by Nazmul for only 14 runs. Taufeeq Umer joined the Azher Ali. As compared to Azher, Taufeeq Umer was more confident.
He picked up eight boundaries on his way to 44 and here they closed the game of 2nd day at the score of 87 for 1.
Pakistan 87/1 (Taufeeq 44*, Azhar 26*) trail Bangladesh 338 (Shakib 144, Shahriar 97) by 251 runs
Day - 3
Third day of the second and final Test was a bright day for pakistan. Taufeeq Umar and Azhar Ali hit half-centuries as Pakistan reached 139-1 in their first innings before lunch in reply to Bangladesh's 338.
Left-handed opener Umar was unbeaten on 66 at the break for his second successive Test half-century while Azhar was 52 not out as the tourists added 52 runs to their overnight total of 87-1 after a delayed start due to fog The pair Taufeeq and Azhar looked more confident this day. Azher who hit fast bowler Shahadat Hossain for two fours in the opening over of the day, reached his 12th Test half-century with a boundary off left-arm spinner Elias Sunny in the last over of the morning session.
Bangladesh's bowlers couldn't stop Taufeeq Umar to mark his seventh Test century to help Pakistan post 217-2 in their first innings. He played some aggressive shots after reaching his century. Bangladesh missed a chance to remove Umar on 56, but wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim did not even try to effect a stumping off left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan whil confidently appealing for a catch down the leg-side. Bangladesh, who went wicketless in the opening session, got their first wicket in the fourth over after lunch when Shakib had Azhar caught behind with a delivery that turned away sharply. Bangladesh's spirits were sapped further when both Younis and Taufeeq were given lives in the first two overs after tea.
Younas put down at deep midwicket by Shahadat Hossain, while Taufeeq offered a tough bat-pad chance that Shahriar Nafees couldn't latch on at short leg. Bangladesh managed to dismiss Taufeeq on 130. After his dismiss Mibah ul Haq joined Younas Khan. Their partnership raised 47 at a decidedly brisk 3.76 before play was called off with Pakistan closing in towards 300. Shakib was the most impressive bowler, conceding just 28 runs in his 18 tight overs.
Pakistan 292 for 3 (Taufeeq 130, Azhar 57) trail Bangladesh 338 by 46 runs
Day - 4
Fourth day of the second and final test became Shakib Al Hasan's day again as this day he took five wickets. He became the first Bangladesh's player to score a hundred and take a five-for in the same Test. Shakib, who cracked a career-best 144 in the first innings, also impressed as a left-arm spinner as he finished with 6-82. Bangladesh was easily able to put pressure on Pakistan when Elias Sunny delivered the goods by dismissing Younas Khan on 49 runs. After Younas Khan's dismissal, Adnan Akmal joined Misbah on crease. Adnan Akmal scored his maiden Test half-century and Misbah-ul-Haq marked his seventh Test fifty of the year.
Asad Shafiq (42) and Abdur Rehman (24) were the other main scorers as Pakistan batted steadily in the opening two sessions to strengthen it's position. With Pakistan leading by 132 runs after getting bowled out. Bangladesh then proceeded with their second innings, looking to play positively but once again it was a typical beginning of the inning from Bangladesh side. Tamim Iqbal's wicket falled before tea on only 21 runs. Umar Gul made it more worst when he dismissed Shahriar Nafees lbw for a golden duck on the very next ball and he was on Hat-trick. Gul got the new ball but he couldn't complete the hat-trick after tea. Fourth day ended with Nasir Hossain and Mushfiqur Rahim not out, while Bangladesh trail by 18 runs with 5 wickets remaining.
Bangladesh 338 and 114 for 5 trail Pakistan 470 (Taufeeq 130, Misbah 70, Azhar 57, Akmal 53, Shakib 6-82) by 18 runs
The last day of the 2nd test totally belonged to the green shirts, first with ball and later on with bat. Bangladesh kept struggling in their second inning. Nasir Hossain and captain Musfiqur-Rahim did try to save the team from lost but failed. Bangladesh bowled out on 234 runs in 2nd inning, Nasir Hossain was the top scorer who scored 79 runs, while Abdul Rehman picked 4 wickets for Pakistan.
In reply, Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali made it easy for Pakistan to win after losing early wicket of Taufeeq Umar. Mohammad Hafeez was the top scorer for Pakistan in 2nd inning who scored 47 runs and couldn't save his wicket in chasing the target. After losing the third wicket, the captain himself came out for batting and hit a final shot for his team. Pakistan won the match by 7 wickets, so as sealed the series victory by 2-0.