Missed chances hurt Tigers
The fog continued to disrupt proceedings on the third day but the Bangladesh bowlers failed to capitalise on the conditions yesterday.
Pakistan rode on Taufeeq Umar's hundred to consolidate their position in the second Test match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur while the bowling from pacer Nazmul Hossain under foggy weather was the only bright spot for the home team on the otherwise dull day. What was more frustrating for the home team was that they missed some chances, which were all the more costly due to the benign nature of the pitch as the day wore on.
Like the first two days, the day started after more than one and a half hours due to dense fog in the morning and only 69 overs were possible in the day's play. Despite the toothless bowling Pakistan, resuming on 87 for one, progressed at a snail's pace as they added 205 runs losing only two wickets to end the day on 292 for three, when once again bad light stopped play.
Still 46 runs behind Bangladesh's first innings total of 338, Pakistan didn't try to force the issue against the pedestrian bowling, instead they was as cautious as they could be on a flat track. Opener Taufeeq was the hero for the tourists as the left-hander batted six hours and 256 balls to make 130, his seventh Test hundred and second against Bangladesh studded with 16 boundaries. Nazmul, who bowled brilliantly in his spell in the third session, finally got rid of Taufeeq when Shahriar Nafees took a sharp catch at slip but the centurion enjoyed some luck on the day as he was given three lives on his way to the three-figure mark.
After lunch, left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan provided the first breakthrough of the day removing Azhar Ali, who scored 57 off 147 balls with seven fours, but it could have come earlier in the first session if keeper Mushfiqur had not committed a schoolboy error.
Taufeeq danced down the track to work the ball to the leg side off Shakib and missed, resulting in bowler and keeper appealing for caught behind, but in his eagerness to get the decision, Mushfiqur neglected to take off the bails which would have had the batsman, then on 56, stumped. In the event, Taufeeq was adjudged not out and a precious chance had slipped out of the Tigers' grasp.
Then, Nazimuddin deprived Robiul Islam of Taufeeq's wicket off the very first ball after the lunch break as the left-hander cut uppishly to gully where Nazimuddin clanged a sitter.
Then it was Shahriar Nafees who was slow to get off his blocks at short leg and grassed a bat-pad chance to give Taufeeq his third life.
Just before that Shahadat Hossain dropped Younis Khan at mid-wicket which enabled the dangerous right-hander, who made a double century in the first Test in Chittagong, to return to the dressing room along with his captain Misbah-ul-Haq (26) unbeaten on 48.
So in the end the Tigers were left to lick their self-inflicted wounds.