CHITTAGONG: Pakistan’s bowlers struck early to scale back Bangladesh to 69 for 4 at lunch on the opening day of the primary Check in Chittagong on Friday.
On the break on the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Mushfiqur Rahim was on 5 and Liton Das on 10.
Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Sajid Khan every claimed a wicket to place the hosts in hassle after Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque gained the toss and elected to bat first.
Afridi set the tone for Pakistan with a gem of a supply within the fifth over that rose sharply to look off opener Saif Hasan’s bat to Abid Ali at brief leg. He made 14.
Hanan then trapped the opposite opener Shadman Hossain leg-before for 14.
Skipper Mominul fell quickly afterwards, scoring simply six as Sajid spun one sharply to take an edge that was gladly accepted by wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan.
The umpire initially declared Mominul not out however the choice was overruled on evaluation.
Najmul Hossain acquired off the mark with a 4 however he too perished quickly slicing a Faheem supply straight to Sajid at level.
Pakistan handed batsman Abdullah Shafique a Check debut whereas Yasir Ali was making a Check debut for Bangladesh within the two-match sequence.