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Ban shot down for 135, Pak 132/0

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Dec 09, 2011 at 05:47pm IST

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Chittagong: In another dominant performance, Pakistan cruised to 132 without loss to trail Bangladesh by only three runs in the first innings of the first Test here on Friday.

Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar smashed unbeaten half-centuries in little more than a session to further embarrass Bangladesh, which was all out for 135 just before tea.

Hafeez was unbeaten on 74 off 116 balls and Umar's 53 included seven boundaries.

1st Test: Ban shot down for 135, Pak 132/0

Pakistan's Taufeeq Umer, right, greets Mohammad Hafeez after completing fifty runs. (AP Photo) (AP Photo)

Pakistan have yet to taste defeat in their first Test tour of Bangladesh in nine years. They swept the one-day series 3-0 plus the one-off Twenty20.

Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim used six bowlers in vain for a breakthrough at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Friday.

Earlier, Abdur Rehman took 3-9 in less than seven overs, two of them were maidens, and Saeed Ajmal grabbed 3-40 in Bangladesh's first innings.

Umar Gul returned with figures of 2-33 and Aizaz Cheema claimed 2-35 as Pakistan's aggressive bowling prevented seven Bangladeshi from reaching double figures.

Nasir Hossain topscored for Bangladesh with 41 and Mohammed Nazimuddin added 31.

Pakistan won the toss and immediately made in roads when Cheema dismissed opener Tamim Iqbal for 9 and Shahriar Nafees for a duck.

Bangladesh was reduced to 28-4 in the 16th over and 52-5 by lunch. The recalled Mohammad Ashraful failed to shine and was out for 1.

Mahmudullah's and Hossain's 24-run partnership bridging lunch was the biggest for Bangladesh.

Hafeez, who has one century in his on-off eight-year Pakistan Test career, achieved his fourth half-century in his last five Tests, while fellow opener Umar was more circumspect, taking 114 balls for his 53.

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