OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - The few chances they got went a begging as the opening match of the SAFF Championship Football Tournament between Pakistan and Bangladesh ended in a drab, goalless draw on Friday at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, according to information made available here. Pakistan came close to scoring in the 24th minute after Jadeed Khan crossed from the right side but Faisal Iqbal fumbled and failed to tap the ball into an open net. Bangladesh goalkeeper Sahidul Alam was nowhere to be seen. The easy miss had an impact on the Pakistan team as Bangladesh gradually started to find their bearings, often creating moves which though never materialised in a goal. It was, however, Pakistan who were still dominating proceedings at the midfield. The stronger of the two sides physically, Pakistan relied on counter-attacks with their long clearances. Around the halfway stage, Bangladesh found an opening but Ariful Islams header off a corner hit the horizontal. Striker Jahid Hussain Ameli tried his best but could not find the target despite three attempts, every time the ball going off a deflection of one or the other defender. There was a chance for Pakistan in the second half as well but they could not capitalise. Much was expected of key players Adnan Farooq Ahmed, who plies his trade in the United Kingdom, and Atif Bashir Quereshi, but they could not get the elusive goal.