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Younis and Azhar put tons Pakistan on the path of greater total

Younis and Azhar put tons Pakistan on the path of greater total
DHAKA: Younis and Azhar Ali hit tons to punish Bangladesh and Pakistan the power to strong 323 for three wickets on the first day of the second and final round Wednesday.

Younis (148) fell to the second new ball after adding 250 for the third wicket with Azhar (127 steps) that Pakistan laid the foundation for a massive first innings total.

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq was unbeaten on nine at stumps.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and elected to field but the hosts suffered a jolt from paceman Shahadat Hossain limped off after the second delivery of the game with an injury.

Left with a depleted attack, Bangladesh has always managed to return openers Mohammad Hafeez (eight) and Sami Aslam (19) early to reduce Pakistan to 58 for two, but let the visitors off the hook by overstepping on critical deliveries.

Azhar was caught slipping on 18, but was saved when replays showed up before bowler Mohammad Shahid had not landed behind the crease.

Younis also got a reprieve on 78 when he was caught at short cover, but part-time medium paceman Soumya Sarkar was convicted of exceeding.

The 37-year-old Younus was most commonly of the pair, put the sweep shot to good use against the spinners and was the first to reach triple figures, his 29th in tests, with a square of drive for two off Sarkar.

Shahid finally dismissed him when Younis, who hit 11 fours and three sixes in his shots, sliced ​​a cut shot straight to the gully fielder.

50 on the Pakistan captain Azhar lofted left-arm spinner Taijul Islam for a period of four to raise his eighth Test hundred.

Mushfiqur used nine pitchers in total to try to break the third-wicket stand between Younis and Azhar.

Bangladesh blanked Pakistan 3-0 in the ODI series and also won the lone Twenty20 match before drawing the first Test in Khulna, despite conceding a huge first innings deficit.

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