Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP via Getty Images)

Bangladesh would have felt some nerves in the first session of their opening test against Pakistan at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. But at the end of today’s game, the Tigers are in a respectable position thanks to Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim. The duo put on 204 runs for the fifth wicket as the home team collected 253 for the loss of four wickets in their 85 overs.

Pakistani bowlers dominate

Pakistan blasted away in the first session after reducing Bangladesh to 49 for four in 16.2 overs. Saif Hassan started with three fours before Shaheen Shah Afridi sent him back. Shadman Islam promised with just as many fours, but Hasan Ali rattled his woodwork to shorten his stay in the middle. Najmul Hossain Shanto also made 14 and he became Faheem Ashraf’s first wicket in the meeting.

Mominul Haque, the Tigers’ leading Test century maker, could not last long. Sajid Khan sent him back and put the hosts under extreme pressure. Then Mushfiqur and Liton took charge. To start with, they took Bangladesh to 69 for four in 28 overs. When they got goals on the conditions, they showed their class. At Tea, the two batterers took their team to 171 for the loss of four wickets.

Mushfiqur, Liton makes hay

In the second session, they added 102 races, and both Liton and Mushfiqur also reached their half-centuries. The Pakistani bowlers kept trying their hearts, but without the great results. Liton has struggled to find his feet in the T20s lately, but he did well again with his first test tone. The Dinajpur-born brought up his century with 199 balls and told about his pure class and flair.

Mushfiqur, on the other hand, did not play the T20I series against Pakistan, but put his best foot in white. He reached his fifty of 108 balls. The duo also smashed 21 fours and a six during their stay in the middle. As far as Pakistan is concerned, banned Nauman Ali, the other bowlers got one wicket piece. Liton and Mushfiqur will look to add more runs on the second day.

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