|Younis Khan, left, closed in on another century as Pakistan looked on course for an innings victory [AFP]|
Opener Mohammad Hafeez cracked a career-best 143 and Younis Khan an impressive 96 not out on Saturday to put Pakistan in a commanding position in the opening Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong
Hafeez hit 14 fours in his fourth Test hundred as Pakistan posted 415-4 in their first innings at stumps on the second day in reply to Bangladesh’s 135, to gain a 280-run lead with six wickets in hand.
Younis, playing his 72nd Test, completed 6,000 runs when he lofted left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan for a straight six in the last session. He also hit 10 fours in his 155-ball knock.
Asad Shafiq, who put on 104 for the unbroken fifth-wicket stand with Younis, was 40 not out with two sixes to his name as the tourists plundered 283 runs in the day after resuming at 132 for no loss.
|Second day scorecard|
Bangladesh first innings 135 all out
Pakistan first innings (132-0 o’night)
M Hafeez lbw b Elias Sunny 143
Hafeez, whose previous best was 119 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo this year, was unlucky to be adjudged leg-before off left-arm spinner Elias Sunny, as TV replays suggested he inside-edged the delivery on to his pad.
It was a frustrating day for Bangladesh, who not only struggled to take wickets on an easy-paced track but also dropped a couple of catches.
The hosts took the second new ball immediately after it was due and Shahadat Hossain had a chance to dismiss Younis on 15, but Sunny dropped the catch at deep square-leg.
Bangladesh also let off skipper Misbah-ul-Haq on five when the batsman edged paceman Rubel Hossain, but Shahriar Nafees failed to hold on at second slip.
Sunny, who made a seven-wicket Test debut at this venue against the West Indies in October, then trapped Misbah (20) leg-before when the batsman attempted to sweep a full-toss.
Hafeez earlier put Pakistan in a strong position when he added 164 for the opening wicket with left-handed Taufeeq Umar (61) and 56 for the second wicket with Azhar Ali (26).
Hafeez, 74 overnight, reached his century in the morning when he drove off-spinner Mohammad Mahmudullah through the covers for a four.
Bangladesh broke the opening-wicket stand when Mahmudullah trapped Umar leg-before after the batsman had added eight runs to his overnight score of 53.
Umar’s 164-ball knock contained eight fours.
Shahadat was the other wicket-taker, having Azhar caught by wicket-keeper and captain Mushfiqur Rahim in the afternoon.