Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes scored 52 runs for the first wicket as Bangladesh went to lunch at 60 for 1. © AFP

Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes scored 52 runs for the first wicket as Bangladesh went to lunch at 60 for 1. © AFP

Yasir Shah struck the only blow for Pakistan after Bangladesh made a slow but steady start to reach 60 for 1 at lunch on the opening day of the first Test in Khulna on Tuesday (April 28).

Shah broke a 52-run stand for the first wicket between Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes just before the break when he sent Tamim back after Bangladesh had won the toss and elected to bat on a slow pitch at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.

Tamim fell for 25 as Azhar Ali took a sharp catch at forward short-leg in Shah’s second over.

At lunch, Kayes was unbeaten on 35 and Mominul Haque had yet to score.

Kayes survived a strong lbw appeal off the third ball of the innings from Junaid Khan, with the TV umpire turning down Pakistan’s subsequent review.

Mohammad Hafeez then dropped Tamim at leg slip off Zulfiqar Babar when he was on 16.

Bangladesh handed Test debuts to Soumya Sarkar, the top-order batsman, and Mohammad Shahid, the paceman, while Pakistan picked uncapped batsman Sami Aslam for the opening match of the two-Test series.

Pakistan also ignored Saeed Ajmal, preferring to include Shah and Babar as the specialist spinners in the playing XI.

Bangladesh swept the preceding One-Day International series 3-0 and also defeated Pakistan for the first time in a Twenty20 international.