Pakistan bowler's savage reply after taunts about Aussie star

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Pakistan's Shaheen Shah Afridi responded to taunts from the Bangladesh crowd by taking three wickets in six overs in the third innings of their Test match overnight. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Pakistan's Shaheen Shah Afridi responded to taunts from the Bangladesh crowd by taking three wickets in six overs in the third innings of their Test match overnight. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi hasn't heard the end of it since the team's shock loss to Australia in the T20 World Cup semi-final.

He had the dubious honour of delivering the three balls Australian star Matthew Wade belted for six in the second to last over of Australia's run chase.

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Those proved to be crucial runs, with Wade and Marcus Stoinis finishing the job the next over to win through to the final against New Zealand, which Australia subsequently won.

Having been among the favourites heading into the tournament, it was a brutal loss to bear for Pakistan.

The memories of that crucial over haven't been easy to forget for Afridi - certainly not with Bangladesh fans chanting reminders of him during their Test match against Pakistan this week.

Fans have frequently been chanting 'Matthew Wade' at Afridi over the first three days of their Test, particularly as Bangladesh held a lead after both first innings.

But a stunning spell from Afridi silenced the crowd and proved he's more than three bad balls, with the 21-year-old claiming three wickets late on the end of day three to leave the hosts in serious trouble.

Afridi's brutal spell left Bangladesh in a vulnerable position at 4/39 at stumps heading into the fourth day.

In just six second innings overs, Afridi returned figures of 3/6, also helping him tie India's Ravichandran Ashwin for the most Test wickets in 2021 so far, with 42.

Pakistan fans were thrilled to see the young gun rise to the occasion after a disappointing T20 World Cup exit.

Abid Ali ton for Pakistan with Test poised

Bangladesh had secured a 44-run lead after bowling out Pakistan for 286 on Sunday, thanks largely to left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, who returned figures of 7-116.

The home side then ended the day by extending their lead to 83 but they now have just six wickets remaining.

Mushfiqur Rahim, who made 91 in the first innings, was still there on 12 and Yasir Ali on eight after surviving several close calls.

Despite the first-innings deficit, Pakistan fought back through their fast bowlers, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali, who used the short ball to precision, leaving Bangladesh in a potentially precarious position.

Afridi cracked the game open, striking twice in his third over.

He trapped Shadman Islam leg-before for one with a ball that swung sharply and then two balls later had Najmul Hossain caught at first slip for a duck with a short ball.

His short ball again worked for him when opener Saif Hasan gave the return catch and was dismissed for 14.

Ali also got into the act, dismissing captain Mominul Haque for a duck with a leading edge, leaving Bangladesh on 4-25.

Pakistan's Abid Ali hit an impressive century in their Test clash with Bangladesh. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Pakistan's Abid Ali hit an impressive century in their Test clash with Bangladesh. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Earlier, Taijul had pegged back the Pakistan innings after the visitors began the day on 145 without loss.

Opener Abid Ali went on to top score with 133 off 282, hitting 12 fours and two sixes.

Taijul struck in the first over of the day, dismissing Abdullah Shafique and Azhar Ali via review with consecutive deliveries.

Shafique couldn't add any runs to his overnight total of 52.

Abid, who started the day on 93, flicked Taijul past square leg for a couple to reach his fourth century off 209 balls.

Skipper Babar Azam appeared to be in control before offspinner Mehidy Hasan's (1-68) quicker delivery rattled his stumps for 10.

Taijul used his flight and variation well to curb the aggression of Pakistan's batsmen and reaped the rewards again when he spun one sharply to dismiss Fawad Alam (8), also via review.

He also got the key wicket of Abid Ali, who had used his feet nicely against the Bangladeshi spinners, and then dismissed Hasan Ali for his ninth and second consecutive five-for.

Fahim Ashraf kept Pakistan in the game, guiding the lower order before he was last out for 38.

With AAP

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