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Bangladesh vs Pakistan: Shaheen Shah Afridi stars as tourists hit back after giving up first-innings deficit

Shaheen Shah Afridi takes 3-6 as Bangladesh close on 39-4, a lead of 83, after day three of the first Test against Pakistan; the home side had earned a 44-run first-innings lead after bowling Pakistan out for 286 at Chattogram with Taijul Islam taking seven wickets

Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pakistan, Test vs Bangladesh (Getty)
Image: Shaheen Shah Afridi was superb with the new ball as he claimed three early wickets to rock Bangladesh

Pakistan's fast bowlers reduced Bangladesh to 39-4 in their second innings at the end of day three to leave the first Test evenly poised.

Bangladesh had secured a 44-run lead after bowling out Pakistan for 286, thanks largely to left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, who returned figures of 7-116.

Instead, the home side ended the day by extending their lead to 83 runs but have just six wickets remaining. Mushfiqur Rahim, who made 91 in the first innings, was batting on 12 and Yasir Ali on 8 after surviving several close calls.

"I think we can't take it (losing four wickets) as a disappointment. This is the nature of cricket," Taijul said. "Nobody wants to get out voluntarily. We came back after being four wickets down in the first innings. We hope to do the same in this innings too."

Despite the first-innings deficit, Pakistan fought back through fast bowlers Shaheen Shah Afridi (3-6) and Hasan Ali (1-19) who used the short ball to precision, leaving Bangladesh in a potentially precarious position.

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Afridi cracked the game open, striking twice in his third over. He trapped Shadman leg-before for 1 with a ball that swung sharply and then two balls later had Najmul Hossain caught at first slip for a duck with a short ball.

His short ball again worked for him when opener Saif Hasan gave the return catch and was dismissed for 14.

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Ali also got into the act, dismissing captain Mominul Haque for a duck with a leading edge, leaving Bangladesh on 25-4.

"We will try our level best to bowl them out quickly and hopefully (the) spinners will get into action tomorrow as well," Afridi said. "Our target is to keep the target under 200."

Earlier, Taijul pegged back the Pakistan innings after the visitors began the day on 145 for no loss.

Taijul Islam, Bangladesh, Test vs Pakistan (Getty)
Image: Taijul Islam took 7-116 as the hosts secured a valuable first-innings lead

Opener Abid Ali top-scored with 133 off 282, hitting 12 fours and two sixes.

Taijul struck in the first over of the day, dismissing Abdullah Shafique and Azhar Ali via review with consecutive deliveries. Shafique could not add any runs to his overnight total of 52.

Abid, who started the day on 93, flicked Taijul past square leg for a couple to reach his fourth century off 209 balls.
Skipper Babar Azam appeared to be in control before offspinner Mehidy Hasans (1-68) quicker delivery rattled his stump for 10.

Taijul used his flight and variation well to curb the aggression of Pakistan's batsmen and reaped the rewards again when he spun one sharply to dismiss Fawad Alam (8), also via review.

He also got the key wicket of Abid Ali, who had used his feet nicely against the Bangladeshi spinners, and then dismissed Hasan Ali for his ninth and second consecutive five-for.

Fahim Ashraf kept Pakistan in the game, guiding the lower order before he was dismissed as the last batsman for 38.

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