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Published: Friday, August 31, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Multan: Defending Champions Pakistan opened the Asian Test Championship with a crushing innings and 264-runs defeat of Bangladesh on Friday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Test newcomer Bangladesh was dismissed for 148 some 40 minutes before lunch on the third day, with 20-year-old leg spinner Danish Kaneria taking his second six-wicket haul of the match.Pakistan earlier scored a world record equalling five centuries in its first innings of 546 for three declared in the first ever Test between the two sides.Habibul Bashar on Friday provided Bangladesh's only resistance with a pugnacious 56 not out, but wickets tumbled from the other end and even a courageous eighth wicket stand of 45 between Bashar and Hasibul Hossain just prolonged the inevitable.Some 15,000 people watched Bangladesh's humiliation but cheered the visitors at the end of the match. Resuming at 55 for three and needing a huge 357 runs to avoid an innings defeat, Bangladesh was shattered once again by Kaneria. At one stage he took four wickets off just 22 balls for nine runs, with three edges to substitute Younis Khan at first slip.Former Bangladesh captain Akram Khan was the first to go when he was forced an edge to Khan after making eight. Captain Naimur Rehman made it five for 84 when he followed in similar style, then Khaled Masud gave a return catch to Kaneria for a duck.Bashar found an able ally in Hasibul Hossain with a 45-run partnership for the eighth wicket. But Hossain finally edged Kaneria to slips where Khan held his fourth catch of the innings. His 31 included four boundaries and six.Pakistan captain Waqar Younis then removed tail enders Mohammad Sharif and Monjurul Islam in quick succession to wrap up the match.Bashar's 56 not out came off 97 balls with five fours. It was his fourth Test half century in as many matches. Younis finished with four for 19 but pace partner Wasim Akram, recalled to the side at the last minute, failed to take a wicket in his nine overs and remained wicket less in the match.Bangladesh has now lost all four Tests since it entered the highest level of the sport last year.Sri Lanka is the third team in the Asian Championship. India pulled out of the event last week citing political differences with Pakistan.