With the start delayed by bad light due to heavy fog at Mirpur for the second Test involving Bangladesh and Pakistan, it seemed the gloom was a sign of what was to come for the hosts. Bangladesh made two changes from the first Test, with Robiul Islam and Nazmul Hossain replacing Ashraful and Rubel. Pakistan went in with an unchanged side.
With the toss eventually taking place over an hour late, Bangladesh were put into bat after Misbah won the toss. The signs were ominous as the hosts lost their first wicket without a run on the board, with Mohammed Nazimuddin the man to fall to a poor LBW decision by umpire Tarapore off the bowling of Aizaz Cheema. With the ball doing just enough for the Pakistan pace duo of Gul and Cheema, coupled with Bangladesh's weakness of poor shot selection, another wicket wasn't too far off. It arrived in the 7th over with Bangladesh's best batsman Tamim Iqbal choosing to needlessly hook off Umar Gul, top edging to Cheema.
Since his return from injury, Tamim has managed a highest score of just 15 in three ODI innings and three Test innings so far. What's certainly obvious, and evident on the hook shot at his dismissal, is that he is carrying a lot of excess weight. We saw the 'Sri Lankan stomach' on exhibition in Pakistan's last series against Sri Lanka, and here Tamim decided what the Sri Lankans could do, he could do just as well, with his proud display of the 'Bangla belly'. He is someone that certainly needs to realise his importance to his team and address his physical condition and quickly. The performances will no doubt follow.