Twitter Reactions: Shaheen Afridi puts Pakistan in command after Taijul Islam’s seven-fer
Taijul finished with stupendous bowling figures of 44.4-9-116-7.
Updated - Nov 28, 2021 10:46 pm
After three days of jaw-dropping action in Chattogram, Pakistan should be the happier of the two teams. The visitors endured a batting collapse, but their bowlers put their team back in command. In a roller-coaster of a day, Bangladesh threatened to take the game away from their opponents, but poor batting kept pushing them back. The Tigers are currently leading by 83 runs with six wickets in hand.
Taijul Islam steps up
Bangladesh made a thunderous start to the day’s play. In the very first over, Taijul Islam sent back Abdullah Shafique and Azhar Ali back to the hut. Babar Azam, Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan couldn’t show much resistance either as Pakistan were reduced to 207 for five from being 146 for no loss at one stage. Amidst the dominance from the spinners, Ebadot Hossain accounted for Rizwan’s wicket.
The situation didn’t fluster Abid Ali much as the right-hander notched his fourth Test ton off 209 balls. He went on to score 133 runs with 12 fours and two sixes before he fell prey to Taijul. Pakistan couldn’t recover from the jolts and were shot out for 286. Faheem Ashraf showed some resistance with a 38-run knock. Taijul didn’t stop and claimed a seven-wicket haul to restrict the visiting team.
Shaheen guides Pakistan
Having conceded a 44-run lead, Pakistan had lost quite a bit of momentum. But speedster Shaheen Shah Afridi came out firing on all cylinders and put pressure on the Bangladesh batting. The left-arm pacer picked up the wickets of Shadman Islam and Najmul Hossain Shanto in the fifth over of the innings. Opening batter Saif Hassan started with three four before he became Shaheen’s third victim.
Mominul Haque’s torrid time as a batter came to an end after Hasan Ali sent him back for a two-ball duck. From being in a dominating position, the Tigers were reduced to 25 for four in the 11th over. In the end, Mushfiqur Rahim and Yasir Ali Chowdhury made sure that the hosts didn’t lose any more wicket. For Pakistan, Nauman Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Nauman Ali also kept things tight.
Here’s how the netizens reacted to the day’s play
Saif Hassan wont be getting any front foot practice over then next week in prep for the next test match. #PAKvBAN
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) November 28, 2021
Taijul Islam is indefatigable from one end, finishing with 7-116. His second best bowling figures brings Bangladesh back into the contest after Pakistan made a solid start.#BANvPAK
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) November 28, 2021
— ICC (@ICC) November 28, 2021
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) November 28, 2021
Bangladesh finish day-three of the Chattogram Test with a lead of 83 (six second innings wickets in hand).
Top work by Pakistan bowlers in the final session led by @iShaheenAfridi 👏👏👏#BANvPAK #HarHaalMainCricket pic.twitter.com/QXudaVAWI5
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) November 28, 2021
— Malik Ijaz 🤝 (@IjazMuscat) November 28, 2021
— SAAD (@Fallen_x_King) November 28, 2021
First 2 sessions tomorrow for sure gonna decide who wins this match. Couple of early wickets gonna put us on top, that's what we require and IA they'll make it happen.#BANvPAK
— Khan || (@CricketxMovies) November 28, 2021
Babar Azam's Test batting average:
56.00 in 2018
68.44 in 2019
67.60 in 2020
29.72* in 2021
Just in case if you think he's not a test player. Every player gets in the bad patch, it's just one of those and he will definitely be back because he's the BEST. #BANvPAK #PAKvBAN pic.twitter.com/nhXKBJpx55
— Team Babar Azam (@Team_BabarAzam) November 28, 2021
— Yamin321 (@yamb321) November 28, 2021
— Rida Ali (@jalebi_baby_1) November 28, 2021
Stumps day 3:
Great day of test match cricket starting with Pakistan's collapse and ending with Pakistan as the more confident side.
Bangladesh are 39-4 leading by 83#BANvPAK
— Haroon Adil🏏🇵🇰 (@FifthFloor36) November 28, 2021
Different format, same Shaheen. he is on fire for Pakistan 🔥
— FAISAL (@faisalAFRIDIAN) November 28, 2021
— Bani Amin (@BaniAmin_) November 28, 2021