MIRPUR - Opening bat Shadman Islam starred for Bangladesh with a half-century on Test debut as the hosts reached 259/5 at stumps on day 1 of the second Test against the West Indies Friday.

Shakib Al Hasan’s unbeaten half-century (55*), which came late in the day, and his 69-run partnership with Mahmudullah (31*) helped Bangladesh fight back in the final session after they were 190/5 at one stage.

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first, and Soumya Sarkar and Islam got them off to a good start, adding 42 runs for the first wicket before Roston Chase had Sarkar caught by Shai Hope on 19.

Mominul Haque, the centurion from the first Test, then joined Sarkar and the duo took Bangladesh past 50 in the 21st over and looked to take the team to lunch without any further damage. Kemar Roach intervened with a short ball that got big on Haque, as he ended up lobbing a simple catch to Chase at long-on for 29.

At 87/2, Bangladesh walked into lunch with a good base laid by the top order for the likes of Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, who were to follow. Mohammad Mithun joined Islam after the break and they put up a 64-run stand for the third wicket as Islam brought up his maiden half-century off of 147 balls.

Mithun and Islam also took Bangladesh past 100 and 150 as both batsmen relied more on rotating the strike than hitting boundaries. Before being dismissed bowled by a Devendra Bishoo wrong’un, Mithun had scored 29 runs off 61 balls with no fours or sixes.

Islam followed soon after, trapped lbw by Bishoo, for a well-compiled 76 of 199 balls with six fours and at 161/4, Bangladesh needed a partnership from the two most experienced middle-order batsmen, Hasan and Rahim.

They took Bangladesh to tea at 175/4 but could only put up 29 runs for the fifth wicket as Shermon Lewis got the Windies a breakthrough shortly after the break by breaching Rahim’s defence and rattling the stumps with an in-swinging delivery.

But this was not before Rahim became the second Bangladesh batsman to reach 4000 Test runs after Tamim Iqbal. Bangladesh brought up their 200 in the 72nd over of the day as Mahmudullah and Hasan bought their time and rode their luck to take Bangladesh to 214/5 at the final drinks break.

The Windies delayed taking the new ball after the 80th over even as the batsmen got comfortable at the crease. Mahmudllah pulled Bishoo for a boundary in the 80th over and then reverse swept the leg-spinner in his next for a couple.

The duo brought up the 50-run partnership for the sixth wicket and Hasan brought up his 24th Test half-century off 98 balls all in the 85th over as Bangladesh strolled to stumps having crossed 250 and wrestled back the momentum on their side.

 

Scorecard

BANGLADESH 1ST INNINGS:

Shadman Islam lbw b Bishoo 76

Soumya Sarkar c Hope b Chase 19

Mominul Haque c Chase b Roach 29

Mohammad Mithun b Bishoo 29

Shakib Al Hasan not out 55

Mushfiqur Rahim b Lewis 14

Mahmudullah not out 31

EXTRAS: (lb2, nb4) 6

TOTAL: (5 wkts; 90 overs) 259

FOW: 1-42, 2-87, 3-151, 4-161, 5-190

BOWLING: K Roach 15-1-38-1, S Lewis 12-1-35-1, R Chase 21-0-61-1, J Warrican 19-2-46-0, D Bishoo 19-1-69-2, K Brathwaite 4-0-8-0

TOSS: Bangladesh

UMPIRES: Aleem Dar, Ruchira Palliyaguruge

TV UMPIRES: Richard Illingworth

MATCH REFEREE: Andy Pycroft