Azhar Ali has made his career best score on this game © AFP
Azhar Ali has made his career best score on this game © AFP

A career best knock of Azhar Ali and a timely half century by Asad Shafiq, helped Pakistan to a reach a strong 428 for four at Lunch on the Day Two of the second Test at Dhaka against the hosts, Bangladesh. Azar was not out on 173, and Shafiq was batting on 58. This fifth wicket partnership has already scored 105 of 188 balls. This pair ensure Pakistan to finish another session of this ongoing test with a satisfactory result. Live Updates: Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Day 2

After a frustrating Day One, the home team came back strongly and got the wicket of overnight batsman Misbah ul Haq in the second over of the Day Two. Pakistan resumed form their overnight score of 323 for three and Shakib al Hasan got the priced scalp. He along with pacer Mohammad Shahid started proceedings of the Day for the hosts. Both bowled some tight overs initially. The first hour of the day was not at all productive for the tourists as they only managed to get 27 runs in 16 overs. Live Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Day 2

But after this cautious beginning, Azhar and Shafiq slowly took control. Especially Shafiq came out of his shell in the second half of the morning session and played some attacking shots. With one pace bowler shot, Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, tried to stop their counter attack with spinners, but they were was ineffective.

During the course of this session, Azhar reached his third 150 plus score, and also went past his highest Test score of 157 made against England in 2012. Shafiq also picked up his 12th Test fifty on a humid an overcast day at Dhaka. The pitch has started to take turn, so a score around 550-600 will put huge pressure on Bangladesh line up.

Earlier on Day one Younis Khan made 148 and Azhar was unbeaten on 127 at stumps. The pair shared a third-wicket stand of 250 to rescue the tourists from 58 for two after Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field. Both batsmen were lucky to reach three figures after being reprieved by no-balls even as Bangladesh struggled to overcome the loss of strike bowler Shahadat Hossain in the day’s first over. The pacer won’t be able to take any further part in the game.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 428 for 4 (Azhar Ali 173*, Younis Khan 148; Mohammad Shahid 2 for 255) vs Bangladesh.

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