Debutant Shadman Islam stars in Day 1 of Dhaka Test

HIGHLIGHTS

⚬ Debutant Shadman Islam made a solid start to his Test career with his 76. 

⚬ Mushfiqur Rahim crossed the 4000 Test runs mark becoming only the second Bangladeshi batsman to do so.

⚬ Shakib al Hasan and Mahmudullah formed an unbeaten partnership of 69 runs to put Bangladesh on 259 for 5 at Stumps Day 1.


Bangladesh produced a refreshing start to the 2nd Test with decent batting performances at Dhaka. After winning the first Test at Chittagong, Bangladesh would want to clinch a clean sweep of 2-0 against West Indies. The opener debutant, Shadman Islam stayed on the crease for as long three hours. The left-handed batsman formed small partnerships with Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, and Mohammad Mithun. The first session saw the dismissals of Sarkar and Haque.

The cracks started to show on the pitch only late into the third session. But opener Soumya Sarkar fell for a delivery from Roston chase that only exhibited decent spin. Mominul Haque, on the other hand, tried a late pull on Kemar Roach’s delivery and mistimed the shot. As a result, Roston Chase at mid-on took a comfortable catch. After having played wonderfully in the previous Test, Haque lost his wicket on the penultimate delivery before Lunch. Bangladesh’s total at the end of the first session was 87 for the loss of two wickets.

After coming back from Lunch, Shadman Islam and Mohammad Mithun continued their partnership for another 22 overs adding 64 runs. It came to an end when Mithun was clean bowled by Devendra Bishoo. The batsman completely misread a googly and while trying the pull shot gave away his wicket, giving West Indies a spark of hope for a comeback. Bangladesh were on 151 for the loss of three wickets at that point. Just two overs later, Devendra Bishoo struck again and this time it was Shadman Islam getting dismissed. The debutant was denied a century. 

Bangladesh’s total was 161/4 when Mushfiqur Rahim, who was on 3992 career runs in Tests, came into bat. Although his innings was short-lived he crossed the 4000 Test runs marked. By doing so he became only the second Bangladesh batsman to score 4000 runs or more in Tests. There was no looking back from there for Bangladesh. Captain Shakib al Hasan batted for the rest of the day along with Mahmudullah. They added 69 runs in the 22.3 overs of the day’s play. Shakib scored a fluent fifty as the spin couldn’t distract him. But going by the conditions and the development, Day 2 is set to stage a difficult condition for batting. 

Bangladesh 259/5 at Stumps Day 1.

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