Tamim, Shakib in recovery stand after Cummins’ early blows

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PV Sports Desk : Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan have joined up in a recovery stand for Bangladesh after Aussie pacer Pat Cummins ran through the top order early in the opening session of the first Test.

The Tigers were 96 for 3 in 28 overs at the stroke of lunch. Tamim was batting on 33 with Shakib on 48 at the other end in a partnership worth 86 on Sunday.

After Mushfiqur Rahim elected to bat with the sun shining down at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh suffered an early collapse as Cummins dazzled with the new ball.

Soumya Sarkar (8) was dismissed first, edging one low to the slips from close to the body. Cummins then took out Imrul Kayes and Sabbir Rahman, both for ducks, to leave Bangladesh tottering on 10 for 3.

Tamim and Shakib, either of whom are playing their 50th Test, then dug deep played through the initial overs.

With Shakib playing his strokes at one end, Tamim looked defensively solid at the other. But the two sixes that Bangladesh had in their account came from the openers bat as he blasted offspinner Nathan Lyon over extra cover on both occasions.

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