Khulna (Bangladesh) May 1: Pakistan cricket team's hope to register its first victory in its ongoing tour of Bangladesh was dashed by an unbroken opening stand between Tamim Iqbal (138) and Imrul Kayes (132) in the second innings of the ongoing Test rubber.
Hosts Bangladesh negated the huge lead from visitors as they went 273/0 at stumps on Day 4 of the first Test in Khulna today.
This is Bangladesh's highest partnership for any wicket. Imrul Kayes slammed his third Test hundred in 20 matches while Tamim Iqbal scored his 7th Test ton.
Bangladesh now trail Pakistan by 22 runs with 10 wickets remaining. This ensures that the visitors are not going to lose this match.
The hosts began a long haul to save the first Test after Pakistan ran up a 296-run lead on the fourth day of the first Test.
The guests took their overnight score of 537 for five to 628 before they were all out shortly before lunch at the Sheikh Abu Naser stadium.
The hosts were required to bat a major part of the remaining five sessions to prevent Pakistan taking the lead in the two-Test series and the openers did it in style for their side.
Earlier, the overnight pair of Asad Shafiq (83) and Sarfraz Ahmed (82) carried their sixth-wicket partnership to 126 to build a sizeable lead for Pakistan.
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam picked up three of the five wickets in the morning session to finish with creditable figures of six for 163.
Debutant fast bowler Mohammad Shahid claimed his first Test wicket when he ended the sixth-wicket stand by having Sarfraz caught at mid-on by substitute fielder Litton Das.
Taijul bowled Wahab Riaz for zero in the next over and then trapped Yasir Shah leg-before that gave the 23-year-old his third five-wicket haul in six Tests so far.
Between those two wickets, star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan claimed his lone success in the innings when he took a return catch to dismiss Shafiq.
Tajiul wrapped up the innings when wicket-keeper Mohammad Mahmudullah, standing in for the injured Mushfiqur Rahim, stumped Zulfiqar Babar.
The second Test begins at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka from May 6.
Bangladesh 1st innings: 332 (Imrul Kayes 51, Mominul Haque 80, Mohammad Mahmudullah 49, Wahab Riaz 3-55, Yasir Shah 3-86, Mohammad Hafeez 2-47).
Pakistan 1st innings (overnight 537-5): Mohammad Hafeez c Mahmudullah b Shuvagata 224 Sami Aslam c Rahim b Taijul 20 Azhar Ali b Shuvagata 83 Younis Khan b Taijul 33 Misbah-ul Haq c Rubel b Taijul 59 Asad Shafiq c and b Shakib 83 Sarfraz Ahmed c sub (Das) b Shahid 82 Wahab Riaz b Taijul 0 Yasir Shah lbw b Taijul 13 Zulfiqar Babar st Mahmudullah b Taijul 11 Junaid Khan not out 0;
Extras (b5, lb8, w3, nb4) 20; Total (all out, 168.4 overs) 628;
Fall of wickets: 1-50, 2-277, 3-339, 4-402, 5-468, 6-594, 7-595, 8-617, 9-617;
Bowling: Rubel 22-3-82-0, Shahid 19-4-59-1, Taijul 46.4-4-163-6, Shuvagata 34-1-120-2, Shakib 37-4-146-1, Mahmudullah 4-0-30-0, Soumya 1-0-2-0, Mominul 5-0-13-0.
Bangladesh 2nd innings: Tamim Iqbal not out 138 Imrul Kayes not out 132;
Extras: 3; Total (273/0 for no loss, 61 overs);
Bowling: Mohammad Hafeez 9-0-46-0, Zulfiqar Babar 16-0-60-0.
(With inputs from agencies)