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Hafeez smacks ton In solid Pakistan reply against Bangladesh

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM

KHULNA, Bangladesh (AP):

Opener Mohammad Hafeez was 137 not out in powering Pakistan to 227-1, 105 runs behind Bangladesh after two days of the first cricket Test yesterday.

Bangladesh resumed their first innings on 236-4 and were bowled out for 332 three overs after lunch.

Hafeez reached his third century in three Tests, and eighth overall, with his eighth boundary. The sixth Pakistani to score centuries in three straight Tests raised his bat and did the 'sajdah'.

He and Azhar Ali, unbeaten on 65, have shared 177 runs in Pakistan's highest second-wicket partnership against Bangladesh.

"We are waiting for one good session to come back to the game," Bangladesh batsman Soumya Sarkar said. "If we can do that tomorrow morning, the momentum will swing back towards us."

Debutant Sami Aslam was the only batsman to fall, for 20 after a rapid opening stand of 50.

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam (1-43) broke the partnership as it looked threatening. Hafeez and Aslam shared 50 off 67 balls until Aslam grazed a leg-side delivery and was caught behind. The umpire gave not out, but Bangladesh won the appeal on video review.

Azhar looked shaky at the start and survived chances on 11 and 28.

Meanwhile, Hafeez, who won a video review on 13, reached his own 100 off 123 balls, getting to his century in style by hitting paceman Rubel Hossain for consecutive fours through midwicket. By stumps, he had played 137 balls, hit a dozen boundaries and two sixes.

On a pitch in which the Pakistan batsmen scored effortlessly, Bangladesh added only 96 runs to their overnight total. They lost their last five wickets for 27 runs.

Fast bowler Wahab Riaz and leg-spinner Yasir Shah claimed three wickets apiece, and Hafeez and Zulfiqar Babar two each.