Dhaka, Bangladesh: Saad Nasim and Wahab Riaz both struck half centuries to lift Pakistan to 239-6 from a precarious position in the second one-day international against Bangladesh on Sunday.
Nasim made 77 not out, hitting six fours and one six, while Riaz was undefeated on 51 with five fours and two sixes.
Playing in only his second ODI, Nasim enjoyed two significant partnerships to help Pakistan to a respectable total from a faltering 77-5. He first added 77 with Haris Sohail (44) to move his team to 154-6, then shared an unbeaten 85-run partnership with Riaz to give Pakistan's bowlers a chance to level the series.
Shakib Al Hasan returned figures of 2-51 while Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Arafat Sunny and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza picked up one wicket apiece.
Bangladesh at first dominated after losing the toss, claiming two early wickets which included Mohammad Hafeez, the only experienced batsman in Pakistan's team, for a duck.
The Bangladeshi spinners played a vital role on the slow-paced wicket with Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain and Sunny sharing four of the first five wickets after Rubel Hossain made the breakthrough in his first ball, taking out Sarfraz Ahmed (7).
Bangladesh leads the three-match series 1-0.