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Pakistan on top despite Shakib show SCOREBOARD

dHAkA: Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq (L) plays a shot as the Bangladeshi captain Mushfiqur rahim (r) looks on. AFP




MAR Gul and Aizaz Cheema each took two wickets to boost Pakistan's chances of winning the second and final Test against Bangladesh on Tuesday despite Shakib Al Hasan's superb all-round display. The hosts were struggling at 114-5 in their second innings at stumps on the penultimate day after conceding a lead of 132, with paceman Gul bagging two wickets off successive balls and Cheema finishing the day with 2-41. Nasir Hossain was unbeaten on 30 with Mushfiqur Rahim on seven not out. Pakistan lead 1-0 in the series after winning the first Test in Chittagong by an innings and 184 runs. Gul dismissed free-scoring Tamim Iqbal (21) and Shahriar Nafees for no score with his last two balls before the

BANGLADESH, 1st innings 338 (Shakib Al Hasan 144, Shahriar Nafees 97; Aizaz Cheema 3-73, Umar Gul 3-102) PAKISTAN 1st innings (overnight 292-3): Mohammad Hafeez c Rahim b Nazmul 14 Taufeeq Umar c Nafees b Nazmul 130 Azhar Ali c Rahim b Shakib 57 Younis Khan c Rahim b Sunny 49 70 Misbah-ul-Haq c Mahmudullah b Shakib 42 Asad Shafiq lbw b Robiul 53 Adnan Akmal st Rahim b Shakib 24 Abdur Rehman c Mahmudullah b Shakib 11 Umar Gul c Sunny b Shakib Saeed Ajmal b Shakib 0 1 Aizaz Cheema not out 19 EXTRAS: (lb3, nb16) TOTAL: (for all out; 154.5 overs) 470 Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Hafeez), 2-150 (Azhar), 3-245 (Umar), 4-293 (Younis), 5-359 (Misbah), 6-389 (Shafiq), 7-430 (Rehman), 8-464 (Gul), 9-465 (Ajmal), 10-470 (Akmal). BOWLING: Shahadat 16-1-82-0 (nb10), Robiul 23-3-78-1 (nb6), Nazmul 24-5-61-2, Mahmudullah 15-2-45-0, Shakib 40.5-7-826, Sunny 27-4-95-1, Nasir 9-0-24-0. BANGLADESH 2nd innings: Tamim Iqbal c Misbah b Gul 21 Mohammed Nazimuddin b Rehman 12 0 Shahriar Nafees lbw b Gul Mohammad Mahmudullah c Rehman b Cheema 32 Nasir Hossain not out 30 Shakib Al Hasan c Azhar b Cheema 6 Mushfiqur Rahim not out 7 6 EXTRAS: (b5, lb1) TOTAL: (for five wickets; 35 overs) 114 Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Tamim), 2-24 (Nafees), 3-54 (Nazimuddin), 4-76 (Mahmudullah), 5-95 (Shakib). BOWLING: Gul 7-1-23-2, Cheema 10-1-41-2, Rehman 13-5-251, Ajmal 5-1-19-0. Toss: Pakistan Umpires: Billy Doctrove (WIS) and Shavir Tarapore (IND) TV umpire: Enamul Haque (BAN) Match referee: David Boon (AUS).

tea break after Pakistan were bowled out for 470 in their first innings in reply to Bangladesh's 338. Tamim, who hit Cheema for three fours in an over, looked surprised when adjudged caught by skipper Misbah-ulHaq at first slip while attempting to hook Gul, as TV replays suggested the ball had come off the helmet. Shakib, who smashed a career-best 144 in the first innings, also impressed as a left-arm spinner as he took 6-82 to become the first Bangladeshi to score a century and bag five or more wickets in a Test. He took five of the seven Pakistani wickets to fall in the day to complete his ninth haul of five or more wickets in a Test innings. "It was a great performance by Shakib. He batted and bowled well. I really praise him as an all-rounder and he's doing a great job for Bangladesh," said Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez. "At the moment we are in a domi-

nating position. Tomorrow we will try to get the remaining wickets as soon as possible. We are hopeful of winning the Test." Misbah earlier made an impressive 70 and Adnan Akmal hit 53 for his maiden Test half-century as Pakistan batted steadily in the opening two sessions after resuming at 292-3. Younis Khan (49), Asad Shafiq (42) and Abdur Rehman (24) were the other main scorers. Bangladesh's fielding remained below par as they let off Misbah and Shafiq in the opening session and Akmal in the second after having dropped three catches on Monday. "Dropping catches is an area of concern for us. I think the bowlers are doing well and creating opportunities," said Bangladesh coach Stuart Law. "Just before tea, we lost two wickets in two balls in decisions we felt were quite questionable. We are now 18 runs behind and if we can bat two and a half sessions tomorrow, I believe we can

save the match." Misbah played handsome shots in his 14th Test half-century, driving paceman Nazmul Hossain through the covers and then straight for two successive fours before twice reverse-sweeping left-arm spinner Elias Sunny for boundaries. But he was lucky to survive soon after completing his 50 as Robiul Islam dropped an easy catch at mid-on off Shakib. He eventually fell sweeping, caught by Mohammad Mahmudullah in the slips off Shakib. The Pakistani skipper hit 11 fours in his 123-ball knock. Shafiq started impressively, cutting and flicking paceman Shahadat Hossain for two boundaries in an over before being trapped leg-before by seamer Robiul. Sunny got a wicket with his second delivery of the day when he had Younis caught behind. He had a chance to take another wicket but Mahmudullah dropped Shafiq on 36.

Happy to play in Pakistan, says China hockey team KARACHI AFP

China's hockey team leader on Tuesday said his players were delighted to be on tour in Pakistan and expressed hope they would pave the way for other international sportsmen to visit. The first foreign hockey team to tour the troubled country in seven years, the Chinese will this month play four matches against Pakistan. International sporting events have been suspended in Pakistan since gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in the eastern city of Lahore in March 2009, killing eight people and wounding seven visiting team members. "We are happy to be here and since Pakistan is our friendly country we always wanted to tour here and we have no security problems," Chinese team leader Li Gaochao told a press conference in Karachi. China is fast becoming a top Asian hockey team since beating Pakistan in the semi final of the 2006 Asian games in Doha, Qatar. They play their first match against Pakistan in Karachi on Wednesday, followed by another on Thursday, a third in Faisalabad on Saturday and the fourth in Lahore on Christmas Day. "Pakistan and China have tremendous cooperation in almost all walks of life and our hockey team owe a great deal to Pakistan for helping us in training and coaching," said Li. "We always respect Pakistan as a top hockey team in the world and hope to learn from this hockey series," he added.

Brearley wants leniency for Amir


Former England captain Mike Brearley has said that Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir should be treated more leniently. Brearley said the pressure put on young players to fix spots or matches can be "appalling" and, should they admit their guilt and be willing to play their part in the fight against corruption, they ought to be given a second chance. "We also need to recognise that the pressure put on the young player by criminal bookies or their agents, or by their corrupt team-mates, can be appalling," Brearley said in his Voice of Cricket Lecture at the Raj Singh Dungarpur World Cricket Summit in Mumbai. "As a result, some of those involved might need to be treated with compassion, especially if they admit their guilt and are willing to be enlisted in the battle against corruption. Deterrent and retributive justice tempered with mercy and discrimination is vital in sentencing and punishing. "I don't think the whole truth has been told yet, or can be told. The 18-year old Mohammad Amir, who was subject to pressure and was, I believe, uninterested in any illegal financial gain, should have been, and I think should now be, treated much more leniently." Amir was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat during the Lord's Test in August last year. The case was brought to court following a sting operation by the News of the World newspaper, which alleged that player agent Mazhar Majeed had arranged for Pakistan captain Salman Butt to ensure Amir and Mohammad Asif would bowl three pre-determined no balls. Unlike Butt and Asif, who were found guilty after a 21-day trial, Amir had pleaded guilty before the trial began. Justice Cooke, who presided over the trial, said the early admission of guilt played a part in the reduction of Amir's jail term from nine to six months. Amir's appeal against his sentence, however, was subsequently dismissed. "Like all secret organisations that recruit the na誰ve for illegal activities, the criminals linked to gambling draw people in by involving them first in activities that seem of a minor importance," Brearley said, adding that such activities could include information about the pitch or fitness of players in the dressing room.

indian boxing team arrives today LAHORE STAFF REPORT

kArACHi: Chinese hockey players take part in a practice session at a stadium in karachi. Pakistan welcomed the Chinese hockey team for a four-match series this month. AFP

The Indian boxing team is due to arrive here today via Wagha Border to take part in the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto International Boxing Tournament being held at Islamabad. Around 40 countries are taking part in the tournament beginning from December 23 to 28.

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