Scans clear Naseem Shah of serious injury

Bangladeshi commentator Shamim Chowdhury felt unrest right when he was commenting on fourth day of the game

Pakistan needed less than 90 minutes on Monday to claim the last four Bangladesh wickets and steamroll the tourists by an innings and 44 runs inside four days in the opening Test in Rawalpindi.

Sixteen-year-old Naseem Shah, who had become the youngest bowler to do a test hat-trick before leaving with a sore rib on day three, was not necessary since Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Abbas picked up a wicket each. Naseem was also awarded the Man of the Match.

Pakistan opted to review the umpire's decision after an lbw appeal against Najmul was turned down and replays confirmed the ball would have hit the stumps.

Earlier, exclusively four bowlers of Pakistan have achieved a hat-trick in Test cricket, during which Wasim Akram 2 instances and Abdul Razzaq and Samee have achieved this feat. He was wreaking havoc in Pakistan domestic cricket at the Under-16 level and about a year later, he was included in the Pakistan Test squad. "So, we are looking at pencilling in the first match on, say, 24th March", added Wasim Khan.

The Peshawar-born fast bowler was included in the side for the Rawalpindi Test against Bangladesh as the third fast bowler and he didn't disappoint.

A tough day for Bangladesh

Naseem, who bowled debutant opener Saif Hassan (16) out and followed it up with his hat-trick, will celebrate his 17th birthday on February 15. He returned with figures of 2/92, 0/71 and 5/31 in the three innings that Pakistan bowled, and the talent, temperament and the skill was on display.

Iqbal, fresh from scoring the highest first class score on Bangladeshi soil of 334 not out last week, has so far hit six boundaries.

Sohail, whose position was in danger after consistent failures, hit seven fours and two sixes in his third Test half century before he holed out off spinner Taijul Islam to deep mid-wicket. That is, at the end of the first innings, they are leading by 212 runs.

But resuming at 342-3, Pakistan lost Azam to the first ball of the day. "They worked very hard and it was more disappointing because we could not get even one 100-run partnership", he said.

Jayed was the pick of the bowlers with 3-86 while Islam finished with 2-139.



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