Pakistan have the opportunity to make their tour of Bangladesh a perfect one. If they beat their hosts in the final Test as well, which when coupled with their first Test win and a clean sweep of the T20I series, would make their visit of these shores flawless.
Based on the evidence of the first Test, they should achieve the feat unless something miraculous happens. After all, they won that game despite some of their best batters, including Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, and Mohammad Rizwan failing.
With the series not in the bag, expect Babar and Co to go with their full-strength side and try their hardest to win the second Test.
Bangladesh were extremely poor in the T20I but they were a lot better in the first Test and were pretty much in the game, and probably even had designs on a win at the halfway mark before a second innings collapse late on day three threw a spanner in the works.
The positives for them were Liton Das’ batting, with him top-scoring in both the innings. Tajiul Islam’s seven-for in the first innings was also impressive, while Mushfiqur Rahim’s resilient 91 was also commendable.
However, other than those three, few pulled their weight, with the top order failing in both the innings. If the front four do not deliver again, expect the same result as of the series opener.
One major boost for Bangladesh is that star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan has been declared fit to play. Saif Hasan is out with typhoid.