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Bowlers put Pakistan on top after Azhar double.

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Replying to Pakistan’s first-innings score of 557 for 8 declared, Bangladesh were in tatters at 107 for 5 at stumps on the second day of the second and final Test at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur on Thursday (May 7).

Yasir Shah bowled Mushfiqur Rahim, the skipper, for 12 off the day’s final delivery to leave Shakib Al Hasan unbeaten on 14 and Bangladesh trailing by 450 runs with five wickets in hand.

Rahim had added 22 runs with Shakib after Bangaldesh were 85 for 4 within 21 overs.

Tamim Iqbal, the double-centurion from the first Test, perished when Junaid Khan trapped him in front of the wicket off the fourth ball of the innings. Then, Junaid had Mominul Haque caught behind for 32. After that, Shah bowled Imrul Kayes for 32 and Wahab Riaz sent Mahmudullah back for 28.

All the Bangladeshi batsmen except for Tamim got starts but could not make them count, leaving the team in a difficult position.

Earlier, Azhar Ali hit a maiden double-century as Pakistan declared their first innings at tea. Azhar scored a career-best 226 and Asad Shafiq made 107 during a fifth-wicket stand of 207 before Pakistan lost four wickets in the space of 27 runs just before the interval.

Azhar, 30, had been reprieved on the first day after being caught in the slips off Mohammad Shahid, the right-arm pacer, off a no-ball. He reached his 200 with a six off Shakib over the long-on boundary. His 428-ball knock included 20 fours and two sixes.

Three overs later, Shafiq brought up his sixth Test hundred. Shuvagata Hom, the offspinner, removed Azhar and Shafiq in successive overs, both batsmen falling to catches on the long-off fence by Mahmudullah.

Taijul Islam, the left-arm spinner, dismissed Riaz and also sent back Shah off the last ball before tea to leave Sarfraz Ahmed unbeaten on 21.

Pakistan lost Misbah-ul-Haq, the captain, in the day’s second over, bowled by Shakib for nine, before a run had been added to the overnight score of 323 for 3. Younis Khan had made 148 on the first day after Rahim won the toss and elected to field.

The first Test ended in a draw in Khulna last week.

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