Mohammad Hafeez's brilliant knock of 224 was the biggest highlight of the day © AFP
Mohammad Hafeez’s brilliant knock of 224 was the biggest highlight of the day © AFP

Pakistan earned a healthy lead of 205 runs at stumps against Bangladesh on Day 3 of the first Test of the two-match Test series, at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna on Wednesday. Mohammad Hafeez’s brilliant knock of 224 was the biggest highlight of the day and is responsible for Pakistan’s strong position in the Test, so far. LIVE Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Pakistan 2015, 1st Test at Khulna, Day 3

Earlier, Pakistan started the day on 227 for the loss of a wicket, as they ended on Day 2. It was a similar start as of where it had ended. However, by the end of the first session at lunch break, it was Azhar Ali who had departed for 83 and Pakistan finished on 333 for the loss of two with the lead by just a run. The post-lunch session saw the departure of Younis Khan for 33, followed by Hafeez’s maiden 200 and his departure for 224, as Pakistan led by 89 runs.

The post-tea session began on a good not after skipper, Misbah-ul-Haq scored his 27th Test half-century and off 105 deliveries, including three boundaries and a couple of sixes, while Paksitan continued to steady their innings, bring up their 450. Misbah, along with Asad Shafiq put-up a 66-run stand, before Misbah fell for 59 to Taijul Islam owing to a mis-timed shot. LIVE Updates: Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Day 3 at Khulna

Following his dismissal, it led to the arrival of Sarfaraz Ahmed along with Shafiq helped Pakistan cross the 500-run mark. Both also scored their respective half-centuries and put-up a 66-run stand in order to earn a lead of 205 runs as umpires called for stumps for Day 3.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 332 (Imrul Kayes 51, Mominul Haque 80; Wahab Riaz 3 for 55, Yasir Shah 3 for 86) trail Pakistan 534 for 5 (Mohammad Hafeez 224, Azhar Ali 83; Taijul Islam 3 for 116, Shuvagata Hom 2 for 112) by 205 runs.

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